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oh yes, my experience with prodromal labor is still fresh in my head.<br><br>
With me I had uncomfortable contractions all night on a Saturday that were about 30 min apart. I thought I was in labor but then the morning came and the contractions disappeared. I had a few during the day on Sunday but nothing regular. Then sunday night came and same thing contractions every 15-30 min apart, all night long than disappeared. I called my MW on monday, she came over and checked me, i was dilating but not in labor. She told me I was in prodromal labor, (I had never heard of it before) she had experienced it herself for about a week. Monday night I had contractions again that were much more intense but this time DD was born 3 hrs and 45 min later. I dilated from a 5 to a 10 in less than 15 min.<br><br>
My MW said that a woman who has prodromal labor almost always has a very short real labor.<br><br>
I think I prefer it that way. With my DD1 I was in labor for 42 hours.
 

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I understand it (and experienced it) to be labor starting and stopping. For three weeks before DD's birth (supposedly at 42 weeks) I would be sure I was in labor for several hours. Then it would go away. So I'd have contractions every 10 min that were long and painful and I'd think "This is it!!" And then I'd lay down and poof, they'd disappear. Only for the same thing to happen the next night for several hours. And the next.<br><br>
Sigh... it can be frustrating!!
 

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I've been having mild prelabor-like contractions off and on for a few days. It's such a tease :p For me they feel like mild menstrual cramps. With Corbin I had mild menstrual cramping that got more intense and closer together for about 10 hours, starting around midnight. Well, tonight now I am having the same thing, and I've been just sitting here for like two hours having these cramps--started around 10 PM. I'm afraid to get excited though because I'm only 36 weeks and because of all the "HAHA JUST KIDDING" stuff of the last few days.
 

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For me, it would start up whenever I went for a walk during the last few weeks of the pregnancy. At first I got excited, but then after it happened several times I just ignored it. It also had a tendency to come and go for long periods in the evening and at night time...lo and behold he was born at night. There's probably a correlation there...
 

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Feels like you are in early labor that never gets to the next stage. I was in prodromal labor for 4 days, contrax 10-15 mis apart most of that time, it would stop for a few hours here and there. It is mentally and physically exhausting b/c you are waiting for it to advance and it doesn't, but for me I still had to stop and breathe through the contrax, it is tough! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> One night the contrax started getting somewhere, though, labor really kicked in and then I had a baby 6 hours later. Hang in there.
 

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I had prodromal labour for four weeks prior to ds3's birth, five or six evenings/week. My contractions were typically 5-8 minutes apart and I couldn't do anythng while they were happening- just breathe and brace myself while trying to relax. They would start right after our other two sons were asleep and continued well into the night and early morning, usually until 2 or 3am. On the last day of it, I went to sleep, finally, at 2am and about an hour later felt like there were waves going through my body. Those became more intense and I needed to walk, so I did and ended up walking and then resting between waves on the couch. I guess my breathing became louder because dh woke up at 4am and called our friends to pick up dc. Ds3 was born after nine <i>final</i> hours, although I tend to think of the whole experience as one long labour- so four weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
Those prodromal contractions were just a bit less intense than the ones that came on the final day, like the step just before, but definitely the same 'feeling.' Dh missed a lot of work and in the end, I had to conclude that there was no difference between those and the final day that would reasonably indicate to me that 'this is or isn't it.' The prodromal stuff was distinct from BH, for sure. He received a lot of flack from his supervisor who told him that the next time he stays home, if I'm not <i>really</i> in labour he'll be written up. The difficulty with that is that my prodromal was <i>really</i> labour- not false as most would assume- it was the <i>same</i>!!!<br><br>
We had a baby and dh quit his job for a better one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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what a meenie boss!!! luckily we're students so we can skip class when we need to and make up the work. it's just a matter of actuially making up the work.<br><br>
this sounds exactly like what's happening now and what happened w/ DS #1. OBs and MWs never used this term w/ me before though. they were all just surprised i had a 1st labor in just a few hours. hehehe. a few days and a few hours!
 

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They don't use the term over here either- and to be honest, I don't know if it would really have helped me to have what I was experiencing labelled. I started contracting on Halloween (regularly, strong enough to mess with life, not enough to be unable to sleep through) and couldn't stop them. I took a break from the 10th-15th of November with the world's most horrendous cold-I felt so ill that i just couldn't move, let alone have a baby- and DD eventually turned up on the 26th after some fairly major DIY intervention. She was born with a nuchal hand, so the ctx had obviously been trying to move her into the right position to be born and we'd just ridden roughshod over the process.
 

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This is the way I define it - I call random contractions that come at random times BHs or warm ups. I call prodrominal labor contracting that comes in a pattern and lasts for a significant amount of time but does not effect major cervical change and stops before it progresses to the next phase of labor. I've always several bouts of it over the course of several weeks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is the way I define it - I call random contractions that come at random times BHs or warm ups. I call prodrominal labor contracting that comes in a pattern and lasts for a significant amount of time but does not effect major cervical change and stops before it progresses to the next phase of labor. I've always several bouts of it over the course of several weeks.</div>
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What a great definition!<br><br>
I had prodromal labor for 7 weeks believe it or not.... I couldn't believe it, but then I also birthed my baby in less than 5 minutes, so I guess it works out in the end?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is the way I define it - I call random contractions that come at random times BHs or warm ups. I call prodrominal labor contracting that comes in a pattern and lasts for a significant amount of time but does not effect major cervical change and stops before it progresses to the next phase of labor.</div>
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are they still bh when they hurt? For the past two days I've had strong bh ctx that hurt low on my belly...some make me stop and wince. I'm 35 weeks along. They are irregular but when they come I get lots close together. I hope this doesn't last for 5 more weeks! ouchie.
 

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I don't use pain to define them - I hypnobirth and experience most all contractions as painless. It's the pattern that I use to differentiate.<br><br>
On the other hand, I find relaxation has a lot to do with how I experience them. If I walk down the sidewalk at 34 weeks, I get cramped up - that to me is a signal that I need to take it easy and walk slower. If I get a BH and stop and relax, then it will not hurt. If I get a BH and insist on pressing on with some activity I'm doing, then yeah, they hurt. I'm taking this late pregnancy alot easier than I did my first, because I've learned I'm just more comfortable if I do.<br><br>
Right now I get BHs throughout the day and especially in the evening. They aren't yet coming in pattern waves though, so I don't consider it prodrominal labor. Painless or not, I do find them annoying though, since I have to relax if I want to stay comfortable - they can be rather inconvenient :-D But I have to make friends with my contractions, because I always have so many - may as well try to enjoy them...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">are they still bh when they hurt? For the past two days I've had strong bh ctx that hurt low on my belly...some make me stop and wince. I'm 35 weeks along. They are irregular but when they come I get lots close together. I hope this doesn't last for 5 more weeks! ouchie.</div>
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IME, BH were lots of pressure or tightness, and all over my uterus. Labour ctx are more like menstrual cramps and lower down, possibly radiating over my hips and to my back. I will sometimes get a bunch close together in the evening (like 10 in an hour) and then they stop, and otherwise it's just random times throughout the day (or not so random, like if dd is nursing).
 

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my 2 UC's, I experienced prodromal labor about 2-3 weeks before they were born. I worked through it and when the big day arrived- labor was 5 hrs for #2 and 4 hrs for #3.<br>
I see it as a warm up for the big day. If it was the real thing- it wouldn't stop!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I call prodrominal labor contracting that comes in a pattern and lasts for a significant amount of time but does not effect major cervical change and stops before it progresses to the next phase of labor.</div>
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I would have previously defined it that way too, but for me, that prodromal period (4 weeks) dialated me to 6cm and had me completely effaced before the final birthing day, so those ctx were certainly productive. Also, the 6cm/effacement didn't happen all at once- it was a gradual thing over the course of the 4 weeks prior to birth. I also had a few dialation reversals during that time, so I re-dialated up to the previous measurement several times as well, but the redo's happened very fast when they did- like in a day or even a few hours.<br><br>
I suppose then, that prodromal labour could be a 'warm-up' or 'preparation' for birth, but different in how each woman's body expresses it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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That doesn't surprise me at all Preggie - the only rule is that there are no rules! I'm 34.5 weeks, and already starting my prodrominal laboring - fun, fun! I can set a clock by how regular it comes on in the evenings. Please God, don't make me do this til 40 weeks!!
 

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2bluefish, as my lovely GP told me "third pregnancy, worst pregnancy, best baby." I don't know about the best baby bit, but I have never been so bloody miserable in my life as I was that last month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm 34.5 weeks, and already starting my prodrominal laboring - fun, fun! I can set a clock by how regular it comes on in the evenings. Please God, don't make me do this til 40 weeks!!</div>
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Hahaha <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ! I'm there too! It doesn't quite seem fair does it...? I'm still measuring high and dh is away now for another two weeks (I CAN'T believe this is still going on... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ) so he pleaded with me to wait to have the baby until he comes home. I said I'd do my best <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Also I have less than 1cm left of effacement and I'm dialated 2-3cm. Last night I woke up to a HUGE all-body contraction and I felt like the babe's head was on it's way- not so, but really intense nonetheless. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: That started happening a couple of night's before ds3's birth, so we'll see what happens this time. I'm exhausted.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">2bluefish, as my lovely GP told me "third pregnancy, worst pregnancy, best baby." I don't know about the best baby bit, but I have never been so bloody miserable in my life as I was that last month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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Just for balance, my third pregnancy was by FAR my most memorable, most comfortable and all-round most pleasant experience of all of them (I've had 7, including this one). I would say this one comes in second and then the first two were horrible- soooooo much pain and then c/s. The others ended in 1st trimester m/c.<br><br>
Number 3 definitely outshines the others in my experience, and ummm, GP, what a weird thing to do- ranking babies...?<br><br>
Also, I had chiropractic care throughout and the weather was very nice all year, so that made a huge difference, I think- being able to go out for a walk everyday, having lots of yummy organic produce all the time and being able to go to the market every week really impacted my experience as well. This time I am struggling with my diet (terrible selection here in the far north this year), cannot go outside often because I am in too much pain to walk for long let alone chase three littles off the road, and my dh has been away for 7 weeks for training in a new job and he still has two weeks to go. So, #7 is better than all others except for #3 which was amazing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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