Since I never really got to experience labor with Lyla, I'm like a first timer when it comes to labor and contractions. I've got some stuff going on, but I'm not sure if it's BH or early labor stuff. Either way, I'm not overly concerned that anything in imminent, but I'd like to get a better idea of what some of you experienced in early labor and what your contractions felt like. TIA!
I had BH contractions starting pretty early, around 23 weeks or so if I remember correctly. Those were occasionally uncomfortable but mostly because they'd come on at the most inopportune time (like hoofing it to the car lugging my backpack in 105 degree heat) so I couldn't just relax and ride them out. In the week or so leading up to T's birth they'd occasionally stop me in my tracks. My entire belly would get tight for about a minute. My labor started when my water broke in the middle of the night. About 15 minutes after my water broke I had my first "real" contraction and I was like "Oh, THAT's what they feel like." They weren't more painful right away but the sensation was much more intense and I immediately knew that these were for REALZ. Ah, but only if I'd known just how much more real they were going to get . Of course, my water breaking was a great indicator that that show was on, huh? So, that's how I knew, I just did. Not every woman's labor starts like that but I can pretty much guarantee that you'll know when the time is at hand. No matter what's going on it sounds like things are starting to get going! Consider what's happening as practice. Practice your breathing and relax. Every contraction brings you one step closer to meeting Kole!
I would kinda describe it as a noticable light cramp in early stage, and has time goes on it just becomes more and more painful. If you have some things going on you can see if its the real deal by timing them. Drink some water, to see if that will help them go away if its not real. But timing and just seeing if the pain increases over time will give you a good idea..
Mom of 3 beautiful babes!
1 mth 6mth, 11mth
How frequently are you having them and how long do they last? You know, there's an app for timing them! I spent my evenings timing contractions for a few days before I went into labor with T. Lauren's right. If you relax and drink water and they go away then its not show time yet.
I was totally the same way last time not knowing what they would be like and thinking I wouldn't know when they came since I'd had loads of BH for weeks. Trust me, you'll totally know when they are the real deal. I had on and off ones all day leading up to labor and they were more like BH and really far apart, nothing that I thought too much of. Just tightening in the belly. Totally some lower back pain that I also dismissed. But when I went to lay down and go to sleep, I couldn't cause they came more in waves and became predictable. It was when they started to feel like 'waves' with a start/peak/decline that I started to realize that they were 'it'. Plus they went from way far apart to timeable at 10min, 5 min, and finally 2-3 min. Plus I had to focus more through them and had more of an urgency to get last minute things done right away. Seriously, I scrubbed my sink when I kinda thought labor was starting cause I thought it had to be done now (1am).
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
i was completely clueless as to what they were. For me it just felt like period cramps that slowly got worse. Once my water broke they became very strong. Have you ever had a charley horse in your leg? That is what it felt like for me as the best way to describe it, but I would say it was stronger then a regular cramp in your leg and would last longer and come in waves. like it would slowly get stronger and then you could really feel it, then it would slowly go away.
I had no contractions until my water broke and about half an hour later I got a crampy type feeling which became more and more noticable. By the time they checked me (about 45minutes to an hour after my water broke) it felt like someone was pushing my pelvis apart but I managed to find a point where counter pressure worked for that. It all just kept growing until they put the spinal in for the c section which was about an hour from the first niggle that could be called a contraction but mine also went from one or two contractions to very close together in a very short space of time.
They feel like AF cramps
But with both mine my water broke first (in bed-both times! What are the odds?!?) but everyone is different
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
Alexander-8 Dec 2008
Tobey-1st Oct 2010
I think your body is starting to gear up! YAY!
Early contractions were like bad AF cramps that went away after 30 seconds to a minute. And then came back 10 minutes later. lol Later contractions were pit contractions for me and they were from the devil