before your actual delivery?
No false alarms but I did think labor was starting several times. I was really determined NOT to have a false alarm and I really wanted to labor at home as long as possible so I tried hard not to get to carried away with those early contractions. For about 10 days before the big day I did have contractions that were getting more and more serious. Seemed like almost every day, usually in the afternoon they would get frequent enough that I'd start timing them but after a couple of hours they'd die down again. I remember being excited but also very calm about it, then of course a little disappointed when the contractions went away.
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I too did not want to be that person that went in a thousand times thinking "this is it", only to get sent home.
Not with DS but with DD i had about 6 hours of contractions that were about 8 minutes apart.
I agree. I think lots of times women are in labor and end up at the hospital only to be sent home and think that it was "false labor" but in reality, it's just "really long" labor. My cousin went in on a Tuesday night after having contractions all day, becoming more and more painful and closer together. But at the hospital they said she wasn't progressing so it wasn't really labor so they sent her home. The baby was born on Thursday (she'd continued the same contractions since Tuesday). She knew she was in labor to begin with and I'm sure she was right. Its a good thing the hospital didn't keep her though or she probably would have ended up with a c/s since it took another 2 days for her to have the baby.
I have a theory on this too. I know when my MW sent me from my appt over to the hospital to be induced, she told me she thought I was in labor (early stage). I had felt for several days that the birth was imminent. I'd had a couple of hours of regular contractions every day (afternoons) and each day they were stronger. That morning, I'd woke up with contractions, which was different because I had not been having them in the mornings. BUT when we got to the hospital, it all pretty much stopped. I really wasn't feeling any more contractions (except when they insisted on checking me) and I wasn't feeling the pressure I'd been feeling for the 2 wks prior. I seriously think the stress of the whole situation stopped my labor. I didn't progress any more and although as they amped up the pit, I did eventually have some stronger contrax, they never got regular. I think the nervousness of being induced and the major discomfort of being made to lay on my back (yes, the nurse insisted-rudely-I lay on my back!) stopped my labor. I'm sure this type of thing has stopped lots of labors.