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What were your early signs of labour?

(22 Posts)
Jayne266 Wed 10-Aug-16 20:03:54

Did you have any signs or symptoms before your labour started. An example is back ache, urinating more or sickness. Please share what you experienced before your contractions started. I have got horrible back ache and nausea and just curious if I have just done too much today.

NeedACleverNN Wed 10-Aug-16 20:07:45

Diarrhoea grin

Sorry

divadee Wed 10-Aug-16 20:08:14

I felt like I was going to have the squits! That kind of tummy ache where you know it's going to turn into a bug. Obviously it turned into a baby instead!!! Midwife said that symptom was really common.

Ohwoolballs Wed 10-Aug-16 20:09:49

Like NeedACleverNN it was a big case of the poops, which was actually ace as I had been constipated the entire third fecking trimester

Then two hours later I had three contractions and my waters went. Six hours later a baby came!

No other big signs really.

katiegg Wed 10-Aug-16 20:10:09

contractions! I was waiting for days for the whole 'emptying of your bowels' thing people talk about and it didn't happen until I was in theatre, with forceps up my doot and my work colleagues present because I had decided to deliver in the hospital I work in

Dixiechick17 Wed 10-Aug-16 20:11:38

Dull slight period pains and tightenings every eight to ten mins was my first sign, two hours later contractions, and five hours after that my DD arrived. Looking back though I had a bloody show that morning and irregular painless braxton hicks throughout the day.

Iloveapplepie Fri 12-Aug-16 23:25:01

Feeling of keeping needing a poo, going and not needing one. Then feeling like I was getting tummy pains. They went on for an hour before I realised they were contractions

spacefrog35 Fri 12-Aug-16 23:26:51

I was really irritated & restless, finally settled on the sofa for a nap & pop, my waters went hmm

FV45 Fri 12-Aug-16 23:34:47

Number 1: Period type niggles, increase heart burn (Tums totally let me down!!), dodgy tummy. Wasn't sure it was "it" though until I lost my mucous plug.

Number 2 was simply slow and steady increase in contractions. Only when someone in a shop asked if I wanted a seat did I think "oh maybe this is the real deal". 3 hrs later he arrived.

UnicornPee Sat 13-Aug-16 08:38:42

I too had the runny poops. My body literally cleared itself out then contractions started. From start to finish (poops to giving birth) was 8 hours

MrsRhubarb Sat 13-Aug-16 10:42:15

I just woke up at 3am with a contraction, lay in bed and five minutes later another one came and by lunch time baby was here! I had been niggling for a week beforehand with on-off contractions, but an evening on all fours wiggling my hips with my birth ball seemed to finally get her in the right place for everything to get going a few hours later.

Autumnsunshinebaby Tue 16-Aug-16 17:11:19

Massive unexpected explosion of my waters in bed in the middle of the night!

AddictedtoGreys Tue 16-Aug-16 17:39:42

Watching with interest as I am just waiting for the main event to happen too!

TheInternetIsForPorn Tue 16-Aug-16 17:45:43

I had none. Both times waters went, then about half an hour later I started with pains, then shortly after had a baby. In case if number 2 VERY shortly after grin

Good luck all of you waiting.

NappingRabbit Tue 16-Aug-16 17:56:09

Mild backache like really mild period pains. It was a few hours before I realised it was coming and going but I had to really concentrate to notice it. Contractions started in earnest a couple of hours later.

Jayne266 Tue 16-Aug-16 19:18:39

For those of you who went into labour did it happen naturally or did you try anything to start it off?

Titsywoo Tue 16-Aug-16 19:23:37

My water breaking was the first sign with DC1. It was a trickle and proper labour didn't start until 15 or so hours later.

With DC2 again it was my water breaking but it went with a gush and labour was much faster (2.5 hours compared to 20 hours).

TheInternetIsForPorn Wed 17-Aug-16 06:58:50

First time it happened shortly after cleaning all my floors vigorously and enthusiastically on my hands and knees.

Second I was running around after his sister all day.

I did spend lots of time sitting on my ball every night with both of them. But that was just for comfort not as an exit strategy.

Eminybob Wed 17-Aug-16 07:05:51

Waters breaking in a proper splash.
I had no prior inkling, and as it was 17 days before due date I really wasn't expecting it.
The contractions started exactly one hour later.

michelle388 Wed 17-Aug-16 07:09:01

Before both of my labours started, my mucus plug became loose the day before and then within 12 hours i was in labour.

LolaStarr Wed 17-Aug-16 07:20:56

I lost my mucous plug right after having a sweep, then the next day I started with contractions. They weren't just like niggles or period pains either, I knew exactly what it was from the first one, it bloody hurt straight away!

LynseyH Wed 17-Aug-16 11:50:55

Interesting thread!
I also had to run to the loo and had a large bowel movement, quite a nice relief! But before that I had an insatiable appetite. Night before my third, I ate everything I could possibly get my hands on!!
I didn't try and trigger labour as mine have all come in the 39th week. Pregnant with 4th now and hoping for the same!

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