I Knew I Was in Labor When...

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Registered: 07-05-2005
I Knew I Was in Labor When...
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Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:04pm

Once you've got your hospital bag packed, your infant car seat installed and the diapers arranged in little stacks near the changing table, waiting for the early signs of labor can drive you to distraction. Never mind that it can be hard for a first-time mom to know whether that squeeze was just another Braxton-Hicks contraction -- or the real kick-off to childbirth. And the answer that everyone gives -- "Oh, don't worry. You'll know!" -- is just not helpful at all.

Moms Reveal: "I Knew I Was in Labor When"- http://www.ivillage.com/signs-labor-how-know-its-time-delivery/6-a-392951

BTDT mamas, how did you know you were in labor with previous pregnancies?  What made you realize this was really *it*?

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 7:47pm

My water broke. Seriously, on June 5, 2002 I hadn`t had any Braxton Hicks contractions, no low back pain, no excessive tiredness, no cramping, no weird movements. I remember it was around 3 p.m. and I decided I should make the bed. I heard a loud POP and felt a gush of water. At 1:08 a.m., June 6th, my son put in his appearance.

And he`s been early since. His idea of sleeping ing is 7 a.m., LOL!

Gail

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 10:09am

Not sure I did, really. I'd heard enough stories about very extended labors, and what with all the age-discouragement, I was sure I'd be in that situation.  I was starting to feel a bit uncomfortable in the morning, and finally decided it was contractions after I put kid #1 to bed that night. (She was a no-labor c-section). Then I found out that I REALLY didn't like the doctor on call, so I waited as long as I could (which turned out to be a bit more than an hour until I was throwing up and trying to push) before going to the hospital. Then they tried to turn me away because I wasn't dilated enough, and the baby was born 4 hours later.

The one thing I really got from the Bradley class was that there was no one way labor had to go, so I wasn't inclined to think any of this was wrong or frightening.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 10:29am

Ca_Dreamer: The one thing I really got from the Bradley class was that there was no one way labor had to go, so I wasn't inclined to think any of this was wrong or frightening.

Very wise words. Too often women become conditiioned to believe that if labour isn't "by the book" or by the guidelines laid out by the hospital, something is wrong and it's time to be frightened.

Gail

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Registered: 01-17-2008
Mon, 12-17-2012 - 5:15pm

My water broke at 2:30 a.m.!

Tracie, proud 1st time Mommy to Jake! "Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future" - Oscar Wilde
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Registered: 10-20-2010
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 4:07am

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