Can We Discuss Early Labor?? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 02:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
MamaPhilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 420
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is #3 for me. But with DS1, my water broke and then when contractions began (7 hours later) they were 4 minutes apart and really intense. With DS2, I was at 8 cm, my MW came to my house and broke my water so I wouldn't have the baby by myself. It was 2 hours before contractions began, and then they started at 3 minutes apart, ridiculously intense.

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 jumpers.gifboys:  DS1 (11/06), DS2 (7/08), DS3 (11/10) and D?4 (12/12)!

 

MamaPhilly is offline  
#2 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 03:11 PM
 
mitintraining's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I could have written this with #3! I also dilate really far and then go into labor really quickly! I will say this I had my water broken for my first 3 resulting in a baby in relatively short time each time. With #4 I choose not to get checked at all at the end of pregnancy. I still pre labored but I did go into labor by myself this time 10 days early. Labor was a cake walk compared to the broken waters labors, and it was just as short-45 minutes. I did however end up giving birth in my bathroom with just my husband and I. I was waiting for my water to break and to throw up, the two signs I had with all 3 previous labors that I was going into transition! When contractions spaced out I actually told my husband to go back to work, labor was stopping, that is how easy labor was! My husband said no, I think you are going into 2nd stage, to which I went 'phhhffff, yeah right!' My water did break followed immediately by #4's head! #5 I went into labor myself again, had a really easy manageable 5 hours of contractions 10 minutes apart, followed by 5 minutes of intensity that resulted in DD2 being born! Have faith in your body. I also know that not being checked by a care provider really made a difference to me. I know it ended up being unassisted but it was totally worth it to feel the difference! Good luck momma!

wife to an amazing hippie man, momma to many~3 DS/ 3DD  novaxnoIRC.gif homebirth.jpgcd.gif homeschool.gif
mitintraining is offline  
#3 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Lucy&Jude'sMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

delete


Mommy to Little Girl, Age 3. Baby Boy, Age 8 months.  caffix.gifnovaxnocirc.gif

Lucy&Jude'sMama is offline  
#4 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 04:25 PM
 
butterflies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 364
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's so interesting to see the range of experiences.

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.
butterflies is offline  
#5 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 05:42 PM
 
Adamsmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 4,280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It always felt like BH contractions that were regular (lik 4-5 min a part). The pain didn't get really really bad until about 6cm ... and with my last two I went from 6-10 in about 45 min -- pushed for 5 min.
Adamsmama is offline  
#6 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 06:48 PM
 
HeatherB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Sugar Land, there is no equal
Posts: 9,090
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I have had three labors where I had mild but regular ctxs intensify and get closer over time (lots of time!) until I was in a strong, active labor pattern. With my 3rd one, that active labor pattern was mostly "semi-active" where ctxs would be anywhere from 4-15 minutes apart, but it did the steady build up over about 3-4 days and never let up at all in there.

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:  reading.gif 03/02; modifiedartist.gif09/04; sleepytime.gif 09/07 - and Eliana, babygirl.gif 11/13/10!  
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.

HeatherB is offline  
#7 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 09:22 PM
 
Ellen Griswold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: On my way to Wally World
Posts: 1,628
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeatherB View Post
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.
This has been my experience too. I had AROM with my previous pregnancies to get the babies to move down. It certainly brought about more intensity.
Ellen Griswold is offline  
#8 of 8 Old 11-08-2010, 09:42 PM
 
3 little birds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,002
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have had one out of three labors where my water broke before labor. That labor seemed more painful-more bone against bone is the only way I can describe it. One short, intense labor with waters intact and one long, slowly building labor with with waters intact.

wave.gif
3 little birds is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off