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...does that mean that I am destined for a long labor? This is my first child and I haven't had a single solitary BH contraction yet. I am 34 wks today. This pregnancy has so far been uneventful except for the normal "I am pregnant" complaints. I just wonder whether or not the absence of BH will mean that my uterus isn't getting it's "workout" and therefore whether or not my labor will be long b/c of it.<br><br>
I know that there are many factors involved in labor time and that there are exceptions to every rule but have any of you found that BH tends to make you labor faster or is that just a coincidence? Does anyone know if there's any correlation to labor length?
 

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No it doesn't mean that. I've never had a noticeable BH contraction in all 4 of my pgs. My labors have been 4, 3.5, 1.5 and 2.5 hours. So it really didn't make much differece for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I never had a noticeable BH and my first labor was 12 hours, which I think is pretty average. My doc seemed to think that I could still be having BH and just not knowing. I am on the small side, and since my whole stomach was hard, he thought there might just be no way to know when I was contracting, since all the books promise that you'll feel your stomach harden, but mine always was hard. So no, I don't think they're related at all.
 

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I didn't think I had any either last time. My MW said that I might not have felt them, or that they didn't register with me as a contraction. I was in labor with dd for about 12 hours (with an epidural so I'm sure it would have gone faster otherwise). Even with the "real" labor, I didn't realize what it was until dh pointed out that my "stomach ache" was coming and going at regular 5 minute intervals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I had billions and had one 37 hour labor and one 6.5 hour labor. They're not predictive. Also it's totally possible that you're having them and not realizing it or not feeling it.
 

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Someone had to tell me that what I was feeling was BH, it was so mild... just thought my tummy tightened a little when I went up the stairs... maybe you have them but they're subtle? They don't hurt at all and I would never have thought it was any type of contratction. This is my first so I'll have to let you know how labor goes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Interesting question, thanks for posting this.
 

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I had lots and lots with my 1st pregnancy, labor was around 34 hours long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"><br>
I would concern myself with the atmosphere that you have wherever you plan to birth your baby, nothing to make you uncomfortable or stressed, make sure you have a good advocate that knows what you want and can stand up for you in a civil way....
 

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They can be unnoticeable, especially in a first pregnancy. You may very well be having them and not be able to tell. The only time I ever felt one with dd was during a NS test when the nurse told me I was and had me put my hand on the fundus-sure enough I felt it tighten. This time I felt them really early, since I knew what i was looking for. So in other words, don't sweat it!
 

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I didn't notice them with my first pregnancy until I saw one happening. I couldn't feel it, but my belly looked tight and round, and when I put my hand on it it felt hard like a basketball. I had tons of BH the last trimester, but still had a very long labor (41 hours ending with cesarean).<br><br>
I think there are many things that affect length of labor, but I doubt BH contractions are key. Being a first-time mother generally makes the labor longer (but not always!), position of baby, emotional state, interventions... those are the things that matter IMO. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Didn't notice them with #1 or #2. Labor with #2 was 5 hours. And I was having them, I was dilated to 2.5 at my last appointment, I just never felt them. I am noticing them this time, though.
 

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I never noticed any with my first and my labor was just 6 hours. I had tons with my second and labored about 8 hours but I think that had more to do with the atmosphere in labor than anything else.
 

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I've never felt any kind of ctx til labor, and my first labor was about 8h, second was about 5h.
 

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I have an irritable uterus (I guess??) and had PTL and BH ALL the time, and I mean all day every day, from around week 20, until they stopped them artificially with terbutaline around week 31. I had a relatively short labor, not super crazy short but only about 4 hours, but I don't really think the BH had anything to do with it... I think my babe just wanted out, NOW. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No it doesn't mean that. I've never had a noticeable BH contraction in all 4 of my pgs. My labors have been 4, 3.5, 1.5 and 2.5 hours. So it really didn't make much differece for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Hallelujah!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I had many, many Braxton Hicks contractions, for weeks before the birth of my son - and still, I labored for over 40 hours! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
So, at least for me, having them wasn't related to a faster labor...
 

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BHs started at about 23 weeks of gestation and my labor was 30 hours long. I don't think it has anything to do with how long your labor will last. Good luck.
 

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Doubt it. I went to 40 weeks, 3 days, was induced with Pitocin, and had a two-hour labor and delivery. I went from not feeling anything (No BH contrax ever, didn't feel any contrax but I was 100% effaced and 4 cms dilated before being induced) to having a baby in 2 hours.
 
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