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What was the first sign of labour for you?

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Pontouf Sun 07-Apr-13 19:44:17

I am 40+1 with DC2 but ad an ELCS first time oun so hae never actually been in labour. I was just wondering what people's experiences were of the beginning of labour - was it having a show, or your waters breaking or just the start of contractions? And if it was contractions did they build up from nothing or did they start off at an intensity that meant they were recognisable as contractions?!

I have had an achey back for about a week now but baby is back to back so that could be nothing to do with imminent labour. Would really love to know what sort of things I should be looking out for!

GingerDoodle Fri 26-Apr-13 22:05:29

something that labour would be an inconvenience to*

GingerDoodle Fri 26-Apr-13 22:03:34

Unpainful tightenings;once every song whilst travelling up to London.
Sitting down for dinner thinking, bugger this actually hurts.
Refusing my husbands offer of duck (I LOVE duck) and hissing 'we need to leave NOW).

I should add; this was Leicester Square and we needed to (and did just make) get to Chichester!

First Tightening probably around 5.30pm, DD deliver 11:24pm.

I should add; I had really painful hips in the morning and saw the mw who didn't detect imminent labour. I had joked my friend that the sheer inconvenience of labour in London would mean I'd come home with a baby!

So I can recommend doing something inconvenience to labour.

LuckyOwl28 Wed 24-Apr-13 15:09:45

Early evening I seemed to have a massive hormonal surge and was just in a VILE mood, felt depressed, angry... went to bed and sobbed uncontrollably for about an hour and was disgusting to my other half.

Went to bed at 10pm and woke up at midnight with strongish period pains, then saw the very faint start of my show when I went to the toilet. By 2am they were coming on strong and getting regular. I gave birth at 7pm that evening!

Its so hard as everyone is so different! Good luck! x

jessebuni Sun 21-Apr-13 20:53:10

Also in my experience with my contractions

My first child I had twinges all day but they hardly hurt, I was able to completely ignore them and go shoppin in the Xmas sales! I wet to the hospital to get checked out when they were regularly every 4mins but got sent home because they said I didn't look in enough pain to be in labour yet. It wasn't until that evening that suddenly they were every minute and hurt like hell and it was all quite quick after that.

My second was more gradual. I had a few twinges one night but nothing more then the next day I went into labour. I noticed the pains when they were every 4 mins and they gradually increased in intensity over the next hour until my daughter arrived.

jessebuni Sun 21-Apr-13 20:47:46

I had a couple of bits of a show for like a week before I went into labour. The first sign that I was in labour though was when contractions were every few minutes. Before that I wasn't sure if I was having the odd twinge or just had a massive uncomfortable belly.

PleaseDontEatMyShoe Sun 21-Apr-13 20:26:51

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WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 16-Apr-13 22:39:45

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beautybox2 Tue 16-Apr-13 21:51:38

Nothing.. I had a sweep at 40+3and contractions started a hour later smile had my DD the next day! (Waters broke in labour not a gush a trickle)

Pontouf Tue 16-Apr-13 21:46:44

Thanks Quak, I'm a little bit excited! Trying to manage my expectations, as obviously I have no experience of this and also I don't want to get all worked up only for it to stop - I am after all 10 (nearly 11) days overdue!

Quak Tue 16-Apr-13 21:15:08

Pontouf - I think I am a bit jealous, I have such happy memories of giving birth. Anyway, I had loads of contractions for ages but the difference is when they start getting very regular and then closer together I think. Then they start to get very, very painful.
I was almost 2 weeks late and I spent all day every day googling 'what is labour like' etc etc and I think nothing I read explained what it was like for me. It is very individual.
Good luck smile

Pontouf Tue 16-Apr-13 21:07:29

Hello all, thanks for all the replies. I am 40+10 today, booked in for induction on Thursday.

But <whispers> I think things might be on the move..... Had a second sweep yesterday and lost a big lump of plug this morning. Then this afternoon I lay down for a nap and started getting vague period type cramps, so I gathered up DH and DS and went and marched round the park in the hope that things might kick off. I'm getting stronger pains in my lower abdomen and my back. They are totally copable (is that a word???) with but definitely there. Please God let this be it!

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 16-Apr-13 19:55:10

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us4downhere Tue 16-Apr-13 19:34:37

I am 40+3 and have been having BH every 15 minutes since last night but no pains with them. Had no signs with previous 2 DC except a show on DC1 so I'm not sure what's going on here!

Hopefully it will all start going soon as I'm fed up already - hope you have your baby now OP.

shellandkai Tue 16-Apr-13 19:06:07

For me it was very mild cramps, that built up stronger and closer together over the night ooohhhh I actually cry now when I see women in labour on films especially as I know I'm going to go through it all over again in October lol x

tumbletumble Tue 16-Apr-13 10:38:22

How's it going OP?

Chocaholics Sat 13-Apr-13 16:02:58

Have had 2 DCs, in both cases no symptoms of labour, I just stood up, heard a pop and waters broke. Then in both cases no contractions for several hours just water leaking away then contractions started.

Fingers crossed you start soon!

Pontouf Sat 13-Apr-13 15:55:42

Aah bless you Harriet, I really really hope so! I'm getting so disheartened now. Am almost two weeks more pregnant than I was when DS born!

WouldBeHarrietVane Sat 13-Apr-13 14:39:49

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Pontouf Sat 13-Apr-13 14:30:58

Tumbletumble that description of the start of labour for your DC2 made me really laugh! These are all really interesting. I'm afraid I have STILL not gone into labour. 41 weeks today and grumpy as hell....

CitizenOscar Fri 12-Apr-13 21:04:28

Good luck OP!

No signs for me until I was woken at 3am by first contraction. Fairly strong and regular from the start (although took an hour or so until I realised these weren't just practice ones - DH gently suggested it might be the real thing)... But still nearly 3 days til we got to meet our baby!

tumbletumble Wed 10-Apr-13 17:22:54

I had BH for a week or two before all three.

DC1 - waters broke, contractions started soon after.

DC2 - exactly like an episode of Friends, I forced DH to have sex with me (was 8 days late) then shouted 'OK, that's fine, you can stop now' when the contractions started!!

DC3 - had contractions for most of the day - but very irregular / infrequent. Finally became 'proper' contractions around 7pm.

Tinkerbell43 Wed 10-Apr-13 17:17:46

I had period like pains in my back for weeks before I had DS1 2 days before i went into proper labour I had my mucous plug come away in bits over 2 days , I had no bloody show and then mild contractions started Friday night held off going to hospital but when I did I was 3cm dilated so all the period pains had been doing something ! Was then in labour for 17 hours (hmm) had my waters burst by mw at 8cm and had my little boy came a few hours later xx

aufaniae Wed 10-Apr-13 17:05:48

Last time, my waters broke at 39+5. No warning before that at all.

Am currently 39+6, so am eagerly awaiting something happening as this baby is already a day late compared to DS!!

Good luck Pontouf, I hope labour kicks off for you soon smile

festive Wed 10-Apr-13 17:01:13

No warning at all here either. Woke at 1am at 40+12 with strong contractions that made me want to go to the loo (bit like having eaten something dodgy but pain far worse) and severe nausea.
Didn't have a show until I was in active labour the following day about 3pm somewhere around 5cm.
Waters never broke, ds was born in his amniotic sac smile just before 1am 40+13 so almost a full 24 hrs from first contraction.

DangerMousey Wed 10-Apr-13 16:35:02

Had a show on the Thursday evening, and then again on Friday morning. Started having mild period type pains at 3pm ish on the Friday, by 10pm they were stronger and more regular, but still wasn't really sure I was in labour.

By midnight I was sure!!

They were every 4-5 mins apart and lasting 40 seconds. By 4am when I got to the MLU they were 3 mins apart and 50 seconds long. DS was born at 0856am!

Good luck!

ps - i never had any BH, or any other sign labour was imminent until it started. I had a failed sweep at 40+3 because cervix was totally posterior and MW couldnt even reach it. Head was not engaged at all, and I was sure I would end up being induced. DS was born as detailed above at 41 weeks exactly. Don;t give up hope!

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