Long early labour

(42 Posts)
Newmum2013 Thu 04-Apr-13 21:01:44

Hi all. I'll try to keep this short. I'm 40+10 and started with contractions yesterday afternoon. They haven't stopped all through night and at one point were averaging every 8 mins.

Throughout the day the same has happened and pains got stronger. However went in the bath and had some tea and now lucky if I get one every 15 mins

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience of this and whether they will progress or just stop?!

Thanks in advance

glorious Thu 04-Apr-13 21:20:10

This happened to me and it can be really tough. In my case they did keep going and eventually got closer together and stronger. They were all doing something even though it didn't feel like it. You're doing the right things. People will say to rest as well - I wish I could have done but I was too uncomfortable. so do what you can.

You're doing very well, hang on in there smile

glorious Thu 04-Apr-13 21:21:46

oh and if you want to speed things up again you could try going sideways up stairs or bouncing on a birth ball if you have one

BananaPie Thu 04-Apr-13 21:25:59

Happened to me too. Lasted 3 days. Contractions were every 10 mins, never got much quicker - went to hospital when my waters broke, and it turned out I was already 8 cm.

Not every labour progresses in text book style, so call your midwife if you're worried.

Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 01:25:06

Thank you. Managed to get an hours sleep but woke up to a really strong contraction. They still 15 mins apart but very painful. No idea what's going on but I'm exhausted already!

tangerinefeathers Fri 05-Apr-13 01:58:13

This happened to me too. I went into hospital and was told by the midwife I was in very early labour and to try and drink warm milk, take paracetamol and try and sleep. At the time I was outraged, but in retrospect she was right (funny that, given that she was a midwife and had probably seen someone like me a thousand times before....).

Getting in the bath might slow things down, if you want to speed things up once you've rested/slept then walking, birthing balls, getting under a big blanket and just giving in to your contractions will speed things up.

Also remember (another tip from a midwife) to eat and drink. Something easy like porridge and lots of water to stay hydrated.

Also you could ring the labour ward and chat to a midwife, they will be able to assess over the phone where you are at and give you the right advice.

Good luck smile

AnAirOfHope Fri 05-Apr-13 02:08:22

Have you had a show or waters gone?

I had this for two days then they got stronger and three hours later had a baby girl smile

To speed it up move around, clean, birthing ball or walking helps. Drink lots of water and for the pain try meditation, breathing slow and deep. Do you have birthing hypono cd to listen to?

Ask your partner for a back massage or foot rub. Read a good book, sleep or watch your fav tv show. If all else fails try a cup of tea.

Good luck smile

Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 03:59:45

Had three shows yesterday and just had a mammoth one (sorry tmi!) Didn't think there would be that much!

No signs of water going. Contractions seem to have picked up a bit and getting a lot more intense.

Have spoken to the midwives. They just said I need to sit it out til there five minutes apart.

Hope it happens soon. Thanks for advice x

fuckwittery Fri 05-Apr-13 05:27:51

Poor you hope they pick up soon, my first labour did this from a Thursday evening to Sunday morning was exhausting, like you couldn't sleep as they only let up for 15 mins top. Don't wear yourself out by marching up and down stairs and bouncing on balls, try and lie in bed and doze between contractions. After the third night my waters were broken which speeded things up! Hopefully the big show means things are picking up!

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Fri 05-Apr-13 07:24:18

My labour with dc1 included a 48 hour stop start prelabour phase. Then everything stopped for 5 hours. Then full contractions started and 5.5 hours later I delivered DS (2.5 hours after arrival at hospital).

I know how frustrating it is, but every one of those contractions is doing something useful! As above, eat well and drink plenty of non-fizzy stuff, take paracetamol regularly and alternate between bouncing/being upright and active, and getting some rest when you can. Fwiw the bath did tend to knock off my contractions.

The hardest thing is the lack of rest, because when baby is born you'll spend that night just staring at them and then the next 2 constantly bf as you wait for milk to come in. Starting that on a background of 2-3 days no sleep from prelabour is really hard.

Good luck, hope your little one comes soon.

Welovegrapes Fri 05-Apr-13 07:30:35

I had this with my first baby. Contractions all night on a Thursday - at one stage every 7 minutes, then died away during the next day to every half hour. Then stopped for a few hours.

Huge show.

Started again at 7pm on the Friday - went into hospital at 1 a.m. and has DS at 2 pm on the Sat smile

Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 07:54:42

Thanks for sharing. Makes me feel much more hopeful. Am managing to eat and drinking plenty (really thirsty) also trying to rest as much as possible.

11days overdue today come on baby x

Welovegrapes Fri 05-Apr-13 08:06:08

Keep us posted smile baby will probably decide tonight is the night for full on labour to start!

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Fri 05-Apr-13 08:24:15

DS was born at 40+13 so plenty of time yet. Don't forget to keep your bladder empty or it'll slow things down.

I'm 39 weeks and have been having runs of contractions for 1.5 weeks so am actually very jealous of your labour!!

glorious Fri 05-Apr-13 08:34:25

Well done you, keep us posted if it helpssmile

Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 10:43:14

The contractions seem to be picking up. Been every 6-7 mins for past hour or so although there are a couple of 12 min ones too. Fingers crossed they keep going and get closer together.

Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 10:44:18

Good luck hpsauce. Fingers crossed

SuffolkNWhat Fri 05-Apr-13 10:45:48

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AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Fri 05-Apr-13 10:49:58

If things are picking up, you might want to think about hiding the watch, closing the curtains and just sort of abandoning yourself into it for a while. For some women, the pure act of keeping an eye on the timing, worrying when there's a longer gap, etc can inhibit things. Might be worth a go?

PrincessOfChina Fri 05-Apr-13 11:15:19

I had a very long labour (started Sunday night, contractions every five minutes by Monday night, took until Thursday to get to 8cm and then had EMCS for FTP). Please try and eat regularly and get as much rest as possible. I was so exhausted the first night I had DD that I didn't know who she was sad

NAR4 Fri 05-Apr-13 15:53:42

I was contracting like you at the beginning of my last labour. After a 2nd night I decided I wanted the midwife to check if I was dilating at all, so went for a check at the labour ward. The midwife checked and I was only 2cm but the check seemed to REALLY get things moving as I needed to push within 15 minutes.

Might be worth getting checked. Maybe your community midwife would do a home visit for you. Could put your mind at rest and be encouraging to know you have started to dilate. You might get lucky like me and get things kick started as well.

Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 16:00:36

Quick update! Had three lots of five minute contractions and they really strong now! Fingers crossed things are kicking off finally. Thanks for your adviceetc. Been a wwelcome distraction and made me feel like I'm not the obly
one going through this


Welovegrapes Fri 05-Apr-13 16:02:46

Yay - probably on your way grin

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Fri 05-Apr-13 16:11:02

Oh exciting! Fingers crossed it goes quickly and smoothly from here. Good luck.

fuckwittery Fri 05-Apr-13 17:35:04

Good luck! Hope you managed to rest! Remember, every contraction takes you one closer to your baby smile

Good luck newmum, soon you will meet your baby grin

Welovegrapes Fri 05-Apr-13 18:47:09

Looking forward to seeing your next post when it's all over and you are home! smile

glorious Fri 05-Apr-13 18:49:38


Newmum2013 Fri 05-Apr-13 23:15:31

Well I wish I could say my baby haa arrived but instead im back at home. Went to hospital with strong contractions but was only 2cm. Sent home and an hour later they calmed right down. No idea what's going on but im shattered. Going to try get some sleep but typically getting a few more strong ones coming through x

Welovegrapes Fri 05-Apr-13 23:30:43

Oh new mum - poor you! If you get some sleep now, hopefully all will kick off properly.

Un MN hugs


glorious Sat 06-Apr-13 07:31:50

oh no sad Hope you've had a good night. It will end and you will have your lovely baby.

fuckwittery Sat 06-Apr-13 09:25:17

Oh newmum, poor poor you, this is exactly what happened with my first labour. I second the trying to nest in a dark room. Although you have "only" got to 2cm this is actually a brilliant start, you cervix will have been thinning as well, and with mine, DD was in a bad position and all the "useless" cotnractions that I thought were doing nothing (what, 48 hours and only 3cm), were actually her trying to get into a better position. Hope things got going overnight.

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Sat 06-Apr-13 13:16:38

Assume from the silence you're now in hospital having your baby, hope so anyway! Wishing you a speedy end to this hard work and lots of newborn cuddles very soon.

glorious Sat 06-Apr-13 17:40:22

thinking of you OP smile

Newmum2013 Sun 07-Apr-13 20:41:26

Well I finally have gorgeous boy after a horrendous labour!! But looking at him now makes it all worth while. He was born Sunday morning at 215. Thanks again for all your words of wisdom xx

Rookiebfcounsellor Sun 07-Apr-13 21:29:17

So pleased for you and congratulations!!! grin

MrsHoolie Sun 07-Apr-13 22:59:06


fuckwittery Mon 08-Apr-13 00:55:20

Well done! It's amazing that all that pain is so worth it at the end! Come back and tell us more if you want to write it down later on, but enjoy your lovely newborn cuddles for now!

glorious Mon 08-Apr-13 03:54:37

Hooray, congratulations! thanks

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Mon 08-Apr-13 08:14:53

Congratulations! Hope you get home soon.

Congratulations thanks

wedontplaywithelectrics Mon 08-Apr-13 23:07:51

Ahh,huge congrats on the birth of your son. Reading this post brought back so many memories of my son's birth two years ago...it was a 4 day marathon! Enjoy all the snuggles now he's finally here,little pickle x

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