So after a month of zero contractions on the nst monitors, today there was finally some action. The doctor came in to check after an hour and counted 10 contractions. I felt a whopping ZERO of them (and some of them were pretty good contractions apparently). He left me for another thirty minutes and this time I watched the monitors. Pains that I thought might be contractions didn't show a thing on the monitors and the few more that did show up I felt nothing.
I had the same problem with Brandon. They kept telling me I was having contractions and I felt nothing, even after they started the induction and was supposedly having really strong contractions. I was hoping this time I would be able to tell when I was having them but no. How am I supposed to tell when I need to go the hospital if I can't even tell when I'm having contractions?
When they get more intense I should feel them right? I'm just nervous since we have such a long drive to the hospital...
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I dont really have too much of value to add but with me it was the opposite. I KNEW I was having them and because they didn't show up on the monitors no one believed I was having them. Thank God things turned out for the better. I was also second guessing because they were below my belly button and in my back, none up high. Once you are able to reliably count them to the minute, you'll know. I'm confident your body will let you know when it's "zero hour" and things will work out. You're not defective.
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I was also the opposite where I knew I was having them but the monitor didn't show them. Even when it started to detect them, it missed 50% of them and it barely left baseline. I couldn't stand/talk/think during those contractions so I think they were strong despite the monitor saying they barely existed
I hope you do get some warning when it is time
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I'm sure once they get really strong and intense, you will feel them.
I had the same thing as Sonia- I was having really intense ones in my back, but they didn't show up on the monitors so they tried to tell me I wasn't having them . I'm sure that when it's at the point that you need to go in, you'll know. Even if you're not feeling "pain" you'll know your body is doing something! In the meantime, be thankful!
I agree that you should be thankful you are not feeling them!
My body is defective in that I have been having/feeling contractions (even painful, 3 minutes apart!) for 3 months and NO progress! I was a mere half cm dialated after spending about 3 hours with painful contractions 4 minutes apart. So my body wants to make me as uncomfortable as possible, with as little progress as possible. And after 3 months of contractions, I'm sure the only way she is coming before her due date is because we have a c/s scheduled!