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I was induced with my DD - so going into labor is unknown territory for me.<br><br>
At what point did you just KNOW that you were in labor?<br><br><br>
I'm so anxious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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My water broke with my 1st.<br><br>
With my 2nd I had weeks of prodromal labor. When it was true labor, I knew from the 1st contraction.
 

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Don't ask me! I was in denial both times! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Didn't have a clue with DD until I had some bloody show 4 or 5 hours into bad back contractions. (Thought it was IBS attack.) With DS, I thought the pain was due to constipation. I was in the hospital on bedrest for a placental abruption. Initially thought gush was more bleeding. It was my bag of waters! I wasn't even sure DS head was his head when pushing. Thought it was BM. (DD was a C-Birth)<br><br>
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I just knew?<br><br>
LOL! I know that doesn't help much, but even with my first, there came a point when I just knew - and it was before the midwife thought it would happen for sure.<br><br>
I woke up feeling different, and it took awhile for me to realize what was up, myself, but it was so different from the way my body had responded to pregnancy for the previous 9 months that I knew that was the day.<br><br>
Midwife and nurses felt like my labor might not be really seriously established, but that was just the way I labored.
 

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I woke up to plenty of bloody show and cramps - they felt like the first day of my period. I had no doubt that this was it, and sure enough - it was!
 

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All of my labors were pretty much the same. I was startled our of sleep (5 am-ish) with a REAL contraction. Real labor contractions feel very different than mild BH or PLT contractions, to me. My contractions were immediately 5-10 minutes apart and pretty strong and I was at least 4 cm when I checked myself after that first contraction.
 

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I was crampy the night before, but had just had a pelvic exam at the OB so thought it was just from that ... but when I realized in the morning that the crampiness was now coming in timeable waves, that was it.
 

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I had the same "situation"! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> DD1 was induced, so I was also extremely anxious!....<br><br>
I got up one night/morning at about 2am to make my usual trip to the bathroom to pee and I realized I felt a little crampy in my back, but the pain wasn't nearly bad enough to keep me awake so I went back to sleep and then woke again an hour later to pee again and realized I was still crampy but didn't think much of it, then finally at about 3:30am they were bad enough to keep me awake, so I got up and I thought surely this isn't it! HAHA! So I stayed up on the couch watching T.V. and realized that they were regular and anywhere from 2-10mins. apart but they weren't going away when I got up and paced the livingroom. So I decided to wake dh and tell him I thought something was up. I called my m/w and told her I wasn't sure if this was "it" or not. So she said she would meet me at the bc at about 6am, on the way there they started to get a little intense and my m/w showed up 15 mins. late, by the time she unlocked the door and I got settled it(was 4cm so I guess I was in labor! HAHA!) was 6:30am....long story short dd2 was here at 7:35am!!! <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 bloody show followed by regular, painful contractions lasting at least 30 sec and coming every 2-3 min. Since it was my first time, I wasn't counting on it, but I also didn't have a lot of doubt. Dh knew that was "it" also, so I guess it was pretty obvious to both of us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I had no BH or prelabor ctx so I don't know what those feel like. There was pain with the very first contraction though, and every one that followed, increasing in intensity and pain level throughout the day. Endorphins kicked in after a few hours of early labor, I assume b/c of the pain. I don't think I'd consider it labor unless I felt real pain (it was painful enough that it was impossible to sleep through - I tried to go back to sleep but it hurt too much).<br><br>
Also, there was no spacing out the ctx. They were regular and strong right from the beginning - the only break was the natural alignment plateau shortly after transition, which lasted about half and hour. The ctx during that time spaced out to one every 5 min or so.
 

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with DD1, the first contraction was strong enough for me to know it was "it" and they were 4 minutes apart from the get go.<br><br>
with DD2 i was in denial up until right before i hit transition. haha. woke up at 4:30am with contractions but they tapered off. at 10am they were back again and didn't go away this time but they were never exactly "regular".. anywhere from 2 minutes to 8 minutes apart. so yeah.. it was prolly about 30 minutes before i hit transition that i KNEW i was in labor and about an hour and a half from that time till she was born.<br><br>
i'm no help i know. haha. sorry.
 

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With my first I didn't know at first, I though I was just having bh, especially since I was only 34 weeks 3 days. They got more regular and after 5 hours my water broke and the I knew that it was real labor.<br><br>
With my second, my water broke in the middle of the night, no contractions, but with regular activity for 1/2 hr they began, hard, close and intense. DD was born 1 1/2 later, almost a UC, but the midwife made it about 10 minutes before she was born.
 

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Mine just started with a bang and never let up, never got a break until he was out. I never really thought to question it.
 

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With both of my kids, I had prodromal labor for exactly six weeks before I gave birth to them.<br><br>
With my first, I went in to the hospital when they "told" me to...when I had ten in an hour that I paid attention to. They sent me home, and told me to come back when they were five minutes apart. They sent me home that time, too (mind you I was with midwives...I often wonder how long before I would have been "augmented" had I put myself in a different provider's care...). On the way out the door then, I was really frustrated and asked the midwife how I would know. She shrugged and said, "You won't be telling me you THINK you're in labor, Courtenay. You'll Know." I came in one more time, because the nurses had said to come in when they were FOUR minutes apart, and I did. When they sent me home THAT time, it was with me yelling into the phone to my mother as I was passing BACK through the ER that I wasn't coming back till my *)(*&^ water broke. The midwive (who was pushing me out) and my mother BOTH said at the same time, "NOW COURTENAY, don't be like THAT...you'll have the baby in the car!!"<br><br>
So, when I went into labor, I had my husband call my mom on the way to the hospital. She was supposed to be there for the labor and birth. She asked him if she should wait till I was out of triage or just come right then. He started to say that she could wait till we got into a room (it was implied that he thought that once again we WOULDN'T be put into a room!), at which point I grabbed the phone and yelled into it, "YOU ARE COMING N-O-W." To which she replied, "Oh, dear! You're in LABOR! I'll be right there!" The midwife was right. I just knew. The "flavor" "tenor" "feeling" of the contractions had changed.<br><br>
With my second, my prodromal labor had started every day at noon and stopped abruptly at 11pm. So, that night, at eleven thirty, when the contractions hadn't stopped, I started cleaning toilets. My mom and husband thought I was nuts and asked my why, when I'm usually on my way up to bed, I was cleaning toilets. I said that I was in labor and didn't want to be stuck in transition with a dirty toilet if I needed to throw up. It made total and complete sense to me. My mom took the wash rag and sent me to bed. My water broke at 2am, real, strong contractions started at around six, and I had him at around one. With him, from the first prodromal contraction until he was birthed, my contractions were four minutes apart...so the hospital mantra of "come in when they're X mins apart" would never have worked for that labor.<br><br>
My Aunt was in labor and never knew it. She was having back labor and diarrhea. SHe called my mom to complain about it, and my mom asked her if she was timing the bouts/trips to the bathroom and my aunt told her she was silly, 'cause it was just the flu. My mom asked her to just humor her and time them. My aunt called back an hour later and asked my mom to meet her at the hospital, because the "contractions" were three to four minutes apart now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So it IS theoretically possible to not know...but it really DOESN'T happen that often. THe end of the story is that my aunt was sitting cross legged in the middle of the bed at the hospital playing Euchre until she felt the urge to push...so she had relatively pain free labors anyway.<br><br>
So, three different scenarios. Generally, though, you figure it out before you give birth!
 

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with DD my water broke - pretty unmistakable sign <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
with DS i had weeks of prodromal hell that i kept thinking was something but kinda knew wasn't. the very first 'real' contraction i had i just knew he was going to be born that night. it was much stronger, more intense, crampy. i was like "oh yeah! i remember that feeling! very different than what i've been having these last few weeks."<br><br>
try not to stress about it. even if the early stages aren't blatantly clear, once things heat up a bit and they get stronger and closer together there's really no denying it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My water broke -- not a gush, but there was clearly a significant amount of fluid coming out of me that was NOT pee -- and about an hour later I started feeling contractions that took over my whole abdomen and wrapped around to my back. Where prior to that the "contractions" I'd felt were more just the top and front of my abdomen tightening up. I didn't have any doubt at all that a baby was imminent.
 

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With both of my bio kids my water broke and both times it happened on the toilet. Makes for easy clean up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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DD1- my water broke but contractions didn't start for a whole day. When they started it was pretty clear things were moving along!<br><br>
DD2- I wasn't certain but I was hopeful when I lost my mucus plug and had semi-regular tightenings around midnight. My water broke around 3am and I knew for sure there was no going back!
 

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I woke up feeling crampy and spent the morning taking it easy and running errands. By 11:30 it became clear that this was going to be "it." I called my midwife to warn her and then called her back at 2:00 to tell her to come. By 2:00 I was concentrating during contractions and really spending more time focusing. No more puttering around. It was "business."<br><br>
At 3:30 I was checked and dialated to 7<br><br>
At 4:30 I got in my birth tub<br><br>
At 5:30 my water broke during a pushy contraction<br><br>
And baby arrived at 5:45.<br><br>
For me, It really was the old clique "I just knew." The contractions were regular and with purpose. My mood was different. Everything about it indicated labor for me.<br><br>
I'm expecting baby three anyday now and woke up this morning feeling crampy and having BH. Despite being uncomfortable I knew it wasn't labor. No real reason. I got up, drank some water, had some toast, and then went back to bed three hours later when my contractions petered out like I imagined they would.
 

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Blopdy show and consistent contractions. I didn't leave for the hospital until I was at a 6 and water didn't break until I was pushing (and then it shot across the room!). You will know. It becomes very regular and there is just no denying!
 
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