that labor was 13 hours long.. but he had both hands on top of his head and i refused to get out of the tub so i'm sure that didnt help speed anything up..
I did start having Braxton Hicks-like contractions with #3 about 12 hours before my water broke. That's the most "notice" I've ever been given.
I thought I was in prodromal labor with #4 at about 40 weeks, but that turned out to just be really bad gas. He waited 2 more weeks.
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My second labour however started with my water breaking at 38 weeks. I was so surprised and really not ready. There was no sign before and because my first had gone to 42 weeks I was certain I had another 4 weeks ahead...
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ETA: With that pregnancy, I had menstral type cramps off and on for weeks before my water broke. This time, I've hardly had any pain at all. Though, I have had painless BH contractions where my belly hardens, but even that has mostly stopped over the past couple weeks or so.
With DS I had the traditional showing a few days before and then the AF style cramps came either 1 or 2 days later the morning that he was born.
No BH with either baby, no water breaking in early labor, nothing. So needless to say I take AF style cramps very seriously!
I had not had ONE BH ctrx! I was starting to worry my uterus didn't work!
Turns out, I was 3cm, went to 4 as she went around to do the stripping. She didn't give me a % effaced #, just said, "It's a perfect cervix. I think this will do the trick, I don't think you even have to worry about coming back to get membranes stripped again." (I had asked.)
Sure enough, ctrx started 2 hours later, 1st stage was over less than 5 hours after that! After resisting the urge to push for 30 min to make it to the hospital ( 1st baby, I never imagined 1st stage would go that quick!) Took 45 min to push out DS after we arrived. Awesome, great experience.
With #1, my cervix was closed, maybe barely effaced, baby was still pretty high according to my midwife at the beginning of labor (after water broke, before contractions). For #2 we didn't check til I'd been having contractions a while but based on that check, it's likely I didn't have any significant effacement or dilation before contractions started.
Labor #1 was very average for a 1st child, I think 11 hrs-ish, #2 was long due to poor positioning which wasn't at all surprising given the hip pain I'd had which had significantly limited my mobility late in that pregnancy (so it didn't come out of the blue, is what I'm going for).
"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."
But it's true, all labors are different
Banana, doula wife to Papa Banana and mother to Banana One, Banana Two, Banana Three, Banana Four...
However, I woke up having contractions. In fact, I woke up once, thought I was having some constipation issues, tried to poop, failed, it passed and I went back to sleep. Woke up again and realized after considering trying the toilet again that nope... I'm just in labor now!
I tried to sleep more after that but I was too excited. I ate some jello that my mommy made me for whenver I DID go into labor (she was hoping it would happen ASAP and got a bit too excited preparing) instead
DS1, 41w6d, lost my mucous plug, had first contraction about 5 minutes later, he was in arms less than 6 hours from losing my plug.
DS2, 35w4d, had what I thought were BH contractions start at 11pm, they weren't regular, figured out around 1am it was the real thing, he was born at 2:30am.
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So, no signs until contractions, and my water didn't break until broken. After I sat at 9cm for 4 hrs at the hospital, Once they broke my water baby was born 45 minutes later
Jenni Wife to Jason and Mommy to Enza 9/08 and Grayson 1/11
My first two started with my water breaking, but this guy just decided to come really quickly with little warning.
Mama to 4 girls 5/05, 12/07, 9/09, 3/11
My second I was having "Braxton-Hicks" while out shopping. When we got home I was really bored and annoyed with my husband for working. So I started timing the BH for fun and found they were happening every 3 minutes. I called the after hours nurse and chatted through them and she said come down and get checked out, so we went down about an hour later. I almost didn't bother taking a bag along.
They hooked me up to a monitor and saw there were WEE TINY contractions and the OB was going to send me home when she got the bright idea of having the student doctor do an internal for practice, which was fine with me 'cause I wanted the info. I was over 5 cm dilated and the membrane sac was bulging (which confused the student doctor entirely). I had my son about an hour later.
I'm kind of glad I was not in the car going home at the time.
So yes it does happen. I don't think it's totally typical.
Having said all that I'll probably have a 48 hr labour with this one or something.
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Anyone go into labor without anything leading up to it? What was it like? Did you just suddenly start having contractions? Did your water break? How long was your labor?
I woke up with contractions at 8 am when I was 40+5, and DD was born at 7 am the next morning. The contractions were regular from the beginning--they started out 5 minutes apart.
My water broke some time during my 6 hour (UGH) transition. I was in the pool already. I don't really remember it, or if it changed how labor felt. I was pretty deep into laborland by that point.
ETA: I didn't have any cervical checks before (or during) labor, so I don't know what my cervix was like before that first contraction.
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With #2, I had zero signs- other than the same BH I'd been having for weeks. I went to 41.5 weeks, ate a big yummy meal on Superbowl Sunday (think chili, brisket, etc), took a nice nap during halftime and woke up in labor.
Never saw a mucus plug or any kind of show in either birth. And my water didn't break until I was ready to push with both.
The days leading up to my daughter's birth, I had a few BH contractions every night, but nothing even remotely painful and not more than a couple at a time.
Then when I was 38w6d, still with no signs of labor, I had sex...20 minutes later my contractions started and about a half hour after that, I realized my water broke.
My daughter was born at 39 weeks, 9 hours after my first contraction.
Second I didn't have any contractions but I was dialated to 4 when checked a week before I had her. Maybe thats why she came so fast, I was already half there.