Originally Posted by Pepper44
Here is a beacon of hope: All false labor leads to real labor eventually!
Hello my name is Carley & I'm a prodromal laborer (if that's not a word, it is now!)
I had weeks prior to the birth of my daughter (at 42 weeks) - I also had 48 hours straight prodromal labor prior to my near 24 hour active labor (48 hours of exhaustion & sleep dep is not how one wants to kick off a very long labor!)
Right on schedule I'm prodromal laboring with this one too - have been for weeks (and I'm at 40+ now). Some nights are definitely 'worse' than others from the pain/sleep dep perspective. Some nights I'm woken a few times for I'd guess 15 m of contracting, some nights, like the other night, I'm up for hour long stretches for seriously painful stuff.
I know I've mentioned this before, but my midwives call this "Doing The Monkey" - it's a norm in the primate world.
Anyway! "Real" labor is unmistakable. There's no "oh they're every 15 minutes, now every 5 minutes, now every 7 minutes, now they've fizzled out for 10 minutes" etc etc It is wham ba-yum! They are COMMING!
I had my poor dear husband timing my prodromal labor contractions during that 48 hours prior to my daughter's birth desperate to make sense of it all. I kept all the pages in her baby book
This time around I'm not timing until it becomes quite apparent they're doing something, and only so I can report to my midwives. Prodromal labor can make one crazy!