I'm not sure if this fits what you're asking exactly, but I had a sweep at 10am with DD2 when I was 10 days overdue and nothing happened that day, but I woke up at 4.30am the next day with contractions every 3mins and she was born 5.5hrs later. So apart from the sweep, which may or may not have helped, was in established labour pretty much out of nowhere.
With DS I was a week late and had mild contractions from mid-afternoon to late evening but I was convinced it would be hours before anything proper happened. Then my waters broke and it all got very intense very quickly. He was born about 2.5 hours later. So not exactly from nowhere but once it got going it was v quick.
With DS1 and DD (DS2 was induced) I went to bed with no signs of anything apart from immense frustration (8 and 10 days overdue respectively) and woke up a couple of hours later in labour. No warning signs, no braxton hicks, no anything before hand.
Yes it can just start like that. With DC2 I had 2 massive contractions close together, so strong I thought the baby was coming straightaway. Luckily it calmed down enough for me to alert DH and get to the hospital.
The first contraction was at 11pm and she arrived at 3.45am.
Hope all goes well and you get the birth you want.
I was given a sweep at40+1 and nothing much seemed to have happened till next night when I was drifting off to sleep and my waters went. I did have slight show after sweep but really didn't think anything much was happening. Baby arrived 5 hours after waters went.
I had spent the day trying to relax and chill out, listening to music and resting and I think this helped. I had been induced twice before so spontaneous labour was a real bonus for me
Definitely. This time last week I felt absolutely fine- no contractions nothing. I went to have my hair done at the hairdressers as I seriously didn't think anything would happen ( I was 39 weeks with my 1st ). Got home and my waters broke and we went into hospital to have the usual checks and was told I would need to come back in 3 days. As soon as I got home things most definitely started to happen 'all of a sudden'. From nothing I was having contractions every 2 minutes and had to go straight back in. My baby was born 3 hours from arriving back at the hospital and 9 hours from my waters breaking. Good Luck - Hope it isn't too long for you!
Yes. My labour started out of nowhere. No Braxton Hicks, no early labour at all really, then waters broke and it was all systems go. By the time I got to hosp about 1 hr 30 mins later I was 4 cms. Shame the whole labour didn't go that well but that's another story... I was 40+3
I didn't feel any different on the Friday, went to bed, woke up at 2.30 am as waters had broken. Contractions started about half a hour later and were every 3-4mins right from the start, which was not at what I was expecting. Went to the hospital at 6ish (at DH's insistance, I kept telling him that labour takes hours and hours!) and was 8cms. DD was born at 9.30am at 39 weeks 5 weeks ago.