Hi Everyone, I was curious if anyone has experienced prodromal labor before? With my first pregnancy I was 4cm dilated for three weeks and when labor finally started, my contractions were undeniably active labor contractions. This second pregnancy so far has been different. I have had tons and tons of Braxton Hicks since 25ish weeks that can for the most part could be ignored but over the past month have slowly started to grab my attention more and more and have actually gotten pretty painful. I'm not very deligant when it comes to timing contractions but they certainly have seemed to come in a pattern and last for several hours (usually at night) and then slowly tapper off. The past week (I am now 38.5 weeks) I have been slowly losing my mucus plug and having lots of diarrhea (sorry, gross) and yesterday I literally thought I was in labor. I was having those cramping contractions and feeling incredibly hot, dizzy and nauseous. So much so that I couldn't think and had to lay down. I called my midwife and doula and they even were convinced that this was the real deal. After three hours of believing I was in labor, I took a shower to get ready for hospital only to find the contractions stopped and although my head still felt pretty weird and I was still pretty shaky, things were normal again. My doula had mentioned prodromal labor to me and I was wondering if that might have been what it was? It certainly wasn't active labor and it definitely didn't seem like normal Braxton Hicks! Then last night I kept being woken by painful contractions for a few hours about 10 minutes apart (I did time those, haha). Sorry for super long post, wanted to share and see what you all think. I was so convinced my labor would start the same way as last time, but my experience yesterday has me feeling like a first time mom all over again! Feeling nervous about knowing when to head to hospital an hour and 20 minutes drive away. Any advice, tips, stories much appreciated!
Last edited by nicolemusicmama; 08-29-2015 at 12:27 PM.