I guess I'm wondering what labor contractions with your water intact feel like. This is nuts b/c I teach childbirth classes. I'm just wondering if I'll know. Kind of funny to be on my 3rd and feel like a first timer!
At least I'm having a homebirth so I don't have to think about when to leave and go somewhere--I'm pretty sure I'd screw that up and be the woman giving birth in the car!
Happy SAHM Mom and CBE to three boys: DS1 (11/06), DS2 (7/08), DS3 (11/10) and D?4 (12/12)!
With both my previous labors, waters were intact until I was ready to push. Yet they were totally different experiences!
With my 1st, I had a long, slow and steady kind of labor... contractions were manageable, I was very quiet throughout... the hard part was feeling like I never knew how much longer it would take. I was in labor for 20 hrs total with her-- pushed for about the last hr.
With #2, I woke up from a nap and started having intense contractions. The pace picked up very quickly. I was definitely very vocal! I might have had a few contrax that were 5 min apart and then jumped to every 3-4 min. ds was born about 3 hrs later.
I'm going kinda nuts this time because this is NOT steady or consistent. I know that once I really need to focus through them that it's the real deal. Having no idea when that will happen despite having ctxs all day long is enough to make me crazy.
I will say that ctxs with waters intact are MUCH easier than after the waters break. Still entirely engrossing and such - not easy when they get strong, but easier.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.