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<p>So, we're in prodromal Hell over here.  I said someting to my MW yesterday and she told me to start taking Cal/Mag to stop it.  ???  That just doesn't make sense to me...why would I want to stop the progress, even if it is annoying (and making me totally miserable)??</p>
 

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<p>I would agree with her.  Typically, though we tell ourselves differently-I've been there, prodromal labor really isn't doing all that much.  Often times the changes that happen with it would happen anyway though to a lesser degree.  The big thing for me is that what good is it to be miserable, tired, exhausted, etc for weeks to shave a couple hours off labor when you could be more comfortable, better rested, etc to function for the remainder of your pregnancy and to handle the labor.  It's totally up to you and how uncomfortable and inconvienced you are by it.  Cal/mag will not prevent a labor, it won't even prevent early productive contractions, but it can settle down the irritable contractions.   Sorry, I don't mean to be contrary!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sarahn4639</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283480/does-this-make-sense-to-you#post_16093194"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I would agree with her.  Typically, though we tell ourselves differently-I've been there, prodromal labor really isn't doing all that much.  Often times the changes that happen with it would happen anyway though to a lesser degree.  The big thing for me is that what good is it to be miserable, tired, exhausted, etc for weeks to shave a couple hours off labor when you could be more comfortable, better rested, etc to function for the remainder of your pregnancy and to handle the labor.  It's totally up to you and how uncomfortable and inconvienced you are by it.  Cal/mag will not prevent a labor, it won't even prevent early productive contractions, but it can settle down the irritable contractions.   Sorry, I don't mean to be contrary!</p>
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<br><br><p>I agree, because I went through a 4 day labor, 3 days of going from 0-3 cm really knocked me off my game. No sleep, too uncomfortable to eat and by the time I got to the hospital, I had nothing left in me and ended up with every intervention in the book. Rest and comfort are the goal until things really get started, for me anyway. Hope you get a break!</p>
 

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<p>I started my son's labor with 2 hours of sleep (could not get comfy at that point and our couch was broken so not comfy either).  After a whole day of semi labor, I was exhausted.  I then ended up with all the lovely interventions and a c-section.  If you are not rested, things are just much harder for you.  It would just depend on how good you are feeling.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks, Sarah!  This actually makes total sense.  You just always hear that prodromal labor is good to get you a few extra cms out of the way, blah blah blah. I'd never really thought about it being a few weeks vs a few extra hours!  :)  I think I can handle a few additional hours over weeks at this point.  :)<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sarahn4639</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283480/does-this-make-sense-to-you#post_16093194"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I would agree with her.  Typically, though we tell ourselves differently-I've been there, prodromal labor really isn't doing all that much.  Often times the changes that happen with it would happen anyway though to a lesser degree.  The big thing for me is that what good is it to be miserable, tired, exhausted, etc for weeks to shave a couple hours off labor when you could be more comfortable, better rested, etc to function for the remainder of your pregnancy and to handle the labor.  It's totally up to you and how uncomfortable and inconvienced you are by it.  Cal/mag will not prevent a labor, it won't even prevent early productive contractions, but it can settle down the irritable contractions.   Sorry, I don't mean to be contrary!</p>
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