Originally Posted by firefly mama
I'd love to be one of those moms that doesn't think it is labor until like 30 minutes before the baby is born. Actually, talking to my mom today, I learned that my brother's birth was exactly like that. She had lots of pre-labor stuff then a sporadic early labor, then dilated from 3-10 cm in 10 minutes and out came my bro. Ooooh, I hope I get just a hint of that.
That's sort of how my labor went with my second. My water had broken in the afternoon so I knew I'd be having a baby sometime soon, but the contractions hadn't really kicked in. I went into the birth center to get antibiotics and had them check me before I went back home to get some sleep (ha ha). Well I was 4cm when they checked and DD was born 30 minutes later. I have to say it was a bit of a roller coaster ride and in the end when I was holding DD I was still very disoriented and couldn't quite figure out what had happened.
I'd do it again over a long drawn out labor like my first though.
As for prodromal labor-land I had a rough day today. 3+ hours of ctx 3-5 minutes apart and nothing I tried slowed them down. Finally fell asleep for a nap and when I woke up they had spaced out. I can't wait until I hit 37 weeks so I can stop debating if/when I should call the midwives and just wait it out knowing that if it's the "real thing" that is okay...unlike now when the baby would be a preemie and have to be born in the hospital. Just 10 more days to 37 weeks. Actually, I only have to get to Thursday (36 weeks) to be cleared for a homebirth so that's not too long I suppose.
Thanks again for starting this thread. Nice to know there are others going through the same thing, well not that I want anyone to have painful ctx for hours on end, but it's nice to not feel alone, yk?