When people ask me how long my labor was with ds, I'm not really sure what to say. I started losing my mucous plug on Friday. Monday morning I had a lot of wetness, freaked thinking I was leaking water, went to the OB, but it wasn't amniotic fluid. I was having very mild, inconsistent contractions that morning. By the afternoon, 4 or 5pm, they were consistent at 3 minutes apart, but very mild. They didn't get intense until around midnight or so, but were always 3 minutes apart. I was 10cm by around 10am, pushed for 3 hours, and ds was born at 1:05pm on Tuesday.
So do you consider labor to begin when you first notice contractions? When they get regular? When they get intense? What criteria do you use?