Labor Pains, No Labor Pains...

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi, I will be 40 wks pregnant tomorrow...I started getting labor pains 2 days ago and went to the hospital last night. They told me i was two centimeters dilated and i could go rest at home if I wanted, so I did since I could still handle the pains.

Throughout the night the pains slowed down and by morning had stopped and then my mucus plug came out. I found this strange, I still have no pains...is this normal??? This is my second pregnancy.

ANSWER

Sure, sounds totally normal to me, especially if the baby is not yet in the ideal position for delivery. I remember once having a plane to catch, and a favorite client went into labor earlier that day, even though it was not quite her due date. She had totally normal labor until 5cm, then it just stopped. I was out of the country for over two weeks, and when I returned, I asked my partner what had happened. She said that the woman had not gone into labor for another ten days, and then had delivered a 9 pound baby face up (with no stitches). Mystery solved! and a happy ending for everyone except me--I hated to miss that birth!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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