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When your labor started, was it at an inconvenient time/place?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm just curious.  Both of my babies seemed to have waited until weekends when my husband was already home, and I was home already... it was all very convenient.  I'm just curious to hear about how many folks have had labor start in a time or place when it wasn't convenient.  It seems like that just doesn't happen all that often?

post #2 of 13

We cheated with #1 (stupid ignorant unnecessary medical induction) so can't say there but this one was VERY convenient...right at 40 wks, several days after my mom arrived to help with DD1, DH had already taken off work, and we were even scheduled for our regular midwife appointment less than 2 hrs before she was born, so it was rather convenient for them too ;-) And we were all cleaned up and in bed by our normal time and got great sleep on night 1...almost surreally convenient (should I be knocking on wood somewhere??)  I feel very grateful!

post #3 of 13
Labor started at home in the evening with DS so yes, it was a convenient time I suppose. The feet he was 12 days late was NOT convenient though!
post #4 of 13

labor started for me at 3:30 in the afternoon, about 90 minutes after i got off work, and 30 minutes before dh finished for the day, so the start was great timing.  the fact that i was in labor till 4:30 the next morning was a little less convenient as it made for a long day the next day, but hey, you take what you get, right?? But, I was right at 40wks and that was fantastic, so that was convenient...

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

It's weird how movies and tv shows almost always have labor start suddenly and at a very bad place/time (usu with a splash of water in a public place, it seems to me!) -- in reality, though, none of my friends have stories like that.  I'm sure it's largely because we tend to stick closer to home around the expected due date, but still.  I think there must be something to the feeling of readiness one has...

post #6 of 13

With DS, DH had gone to bed super sick with GI stuff and then my water broke a few hours later. DH was a trooper and I felt bad waking him up but that was the only part that was inconvenient. This time it couldn't have been more convenient, DS had just been put to bed, and she was born before 10pm.  I didn't go to bed at any reasonable time but I could have if I wanted :)

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Aletheia View Post

It's weird how movies and tv shows almost always have labor start suddenly and at a very bad place/time (usu with a splash of water in a public place, it seems to me!) -- in reality, though, none of my friends have stories like that.  I'm sure it's largely because we tend to stick closer to home around the expected due date, but still.  I think there must be something to the feeling of readiness one has...



 My friend's sister in law's water broke at Kohls! Asides from her, I don't know anyone that has had a TV type experience either.

post #8 of 13

1st- first contraction (I have a long period of "practice contractions" before I am in active labor) while I was voting. finished, walked home and started cleaning my floors, then ran errands and went out to eat, etc.

 

2nd- first contraction at a movie with my sister. went home slept, went to zoo with my daughter.

 

3rd- first contraction was at home.

 

4th- first contraction at home.

 

I don't really think any of them were inconvenient, but it all starts off so mild with me you just sort of incorporate it into your day. Plus my water always breaks at the end so nothing like that.

post #9 of 13
Started 4PM on a Friday, at home after a restorative nap. Extremely convenient!
post #10 of 13

With DD I had my first contraction while sitting on the couch near bedtime on a Friday night. I had bought groceries and taken a nap that afternoon, so everything was all set. We went to bed and DH slept for 3-4 hours, but I didn't. The midwife came around 8:30 in the morning after she had a good night of sleep. Baby was born at 3:44 Saturday afternoon. We were all able to sleep well that night! I would say it was very convenient. I tried to replicate the situation yesterday to no avail....

My big fear is my water breaking in church. I've yet to have SROM, but I still worry about it.

post #11 of 13

#1 started at home after a sleepless night of prodromal labor.

 

#2 water broke just after my shower. DH took off work, we rested, got things ready. Next morning took castor oil, so it was pretty darn convenient.

 

Oddly enough both labors started with contractions at 2 minutes apart. I apparently don't do the latent phase.

post #12 of 13

I was up late working on homework. I got up from the computer, walked across the kitchen and had my hand on a banana when my water broke. It was 1:08 am Tuesday, April 3rd. I went to the bathroom and yelled F pretty loudly.... All I could keep thinking was that I needed to finish my homework and I now had 24 to deliver or I would have a c section.... Luckily Eleanor was born at 9:23 am after an hour and a half of pushing. I know that's not too inconvenient but it sure rocked my world.

 

My best friend was working at a factory and her water broke on the line when she was 35 weeks. She was annoyed that it couldn't wait till the next day, her day off. lol. She and her DD2 were fine, now she is due  with her DS in 4 or 5 weeks. :)

post #13 of 13

Interestingly, all my labors happened during pretty convenient times. My first two babies' dad is in the USAF and he was away during both pregnancies but was able to come home and be present for both their births and I went into labor conveniently during the VERY short windows that he was home, which was pretty lucky. My next two came at convenient times, too...I recall. I know that my last birth which was my UC baby came during the day and the WHOLE pregnancy I wanted and heavily visualized labor occurring at night because I wanted it to happen while the other kids were asleep. I'm one who needs SILENCE for labor and I felt that I would not be able to get in the right zone for my UC if it were during the hustles and bustles of daytime with all the kids running around. But even though labor and birth was during the day, my older two kids were with their dad who happened to be in town at the time so I still got a quiet UC labor/birth. I guess the universe just knows how to make it all come together right. Maybe those awkward, inconvenient, off the wall ones only happen in the movies and on sitcoms. wink1.gif

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