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DD 8 and DS 4
Vanessa... Happily married to a paramedic - celebrating 10 years of marriage! Mama to one crazy 6 year old transformer and one chatterbox 4 year old princess. Daycare provider to many jumping beans I'm expecting my third in late November.
A lot of times you will have a contraction or 2 but it wont be real labor until they become consistant and dont go away when you do stuff.
For the last three babies I've had, I never had much back pain, or else if I did it was negligible. Mostly it just starts out with some lighter abdominal cramping that gets more intense. I have noticed my tummy hardening a lot more with the last three than I did with the first... but mostly they were just like really really bad menstrual cramps accompanied by a BH of varying degrees... until the end. Transition to birth generally lasts between 10 and twenty minutes for me so at the end I really feel like a train is battering it's way out with all the pain and pressure... but since it doesn't last very long for me I can handle it. If more of my labor was like that, as high a threshold for pain as I have, I might give in to some kind of relief!
I had a lot of back labor with DS. I'm curious to see how this labor will differ. I didn't progress past 5 cm, then got pit and later, an epidural. I really want to experience the whole thing this time, drug free. I want to feel how my body works and trust the process. I'm looking forward to labor this time, call me crazy.
and planning to eat it again