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Early labour???

(28 Posts)
GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 03:31:32

I'm 39+1 and started having period type pains that definitely felt more than Braxton hicks on Thursday. They lasted the evening coming every 10mins and then increasing in frequency to every 5mins before tailing off around midnight and I managed a full nights sleep.

No pain at all really during the day today (Friday) a few sporadic pains but nothing notable. They were every half hour this evening but slightly more painful than Thursday's.

The pains then really kicked off around midnight in there frequency but have stayed manageable in terms of their intensity - no painkillers needed, breathing through them is enough. Currently they are every 5 mins lasting 45 seconds to just over a minute and have been like this for the past hour or so.

Does this sound like early labour?? I'm confused about it as I haven't had a show or any of the pre-labour signs I was expecting to get - it seems to have started rather suddenly.

YokoUhOh Sat 19-Mar-16 03:51:54

It's not early labour if you're 39 weeks, you're definitely 'on time'! I'd be tempted to rock up to your maternity assessment unit; they'll check how dilated you are. I turned up at 6cm and a few minutes later I was pushing, things can progress quickly. Good luck!

YokoUhOh Sat 19-Mar-16 03:52:38

Sorry, misunderstood 'early labour' - yes, it sounds like early labour!

Junosmum Sat 19-Mar-16 03:58:26

Sounds like my early labour. I'll warn you though, it lasted 10 days for me!

Jenijena Sat 19-Mar-16 04:09:58

Sounds like it to me, but another one who had a stop start (more stop than start) labour for several days before the exciting stuff happened.

GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 04:14:07

Thanks both, annoyingly contractions are tailing off again. They're now coming every 15mins - this is obviously going to be a long drawn out affair!!

My toddler childcare (my DM) was supposed to be going away this weekend, she's already offered to postpone because of Thursday and yesterday - as I suppose it's now Saturday morning - I told her not to as everything had stopped. Now I don't know what to tell her!!

Would be a shame for her to miss out on her weekend and nothing much happen on the baby front but also don't want to have to be panicking trying to find alternative childcare if I need to go in to the hospital!

Jenijena Sat 19-Mar-16 04:39:23

If your childcare was supposed to be going away when you're 39 wks pregnant, it's a fair bet she was expecting to cancel anyway. So don't worry about it.

GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 04:58:28

well it was a last min invite from by DBro to stay with him. Think she was very tempted as she's not seen him in a while. He'll just have to come here instead if he wants to visit.

They've slowed down even more now - every 20mins - gah!! This is annoying!!

GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 05:35:51

They are back to every 5-7 mins now, this is all very confusing!

magratsflyawayhair Sat 19-Mar-16 06:53:39

Have you got a ball to sit on? Try to get up and moving about if you can. It sounds like the early stages and keeping moving really helped things for me. Good luck!

GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 07:26:10

I'm up and about, sat on my ball at the moment and have just got off the phone with the midwives. They've said it sounds like the start of things. Contractions are back to being every 5-10mins, I've had some toast and paracetamol and been told I can stay at home until I'm struggling with the pain of the contractions are coming every 3 mins.

Afreshstartplease Sat 19-Mar-16 07:32:17

Oooo how exciting

How about trying a bath?

ProfessorPickles Sat 19-Mar-16 07:42:23

This is exciting!! smile

GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 07:54:16

Would a bath slow things down at all?? Was contemplating a hot shower but a bath would probably be more soothing.

Afreshstartplease Sat 19-Mar-16 08:02:40

If it's the real deal then no

TBH I had a bath when labour started with DC3 and if anything it ramped up

GothicRainbow Sat 19-Mar-16 08:29:30

Fab well that will be next on the agenda then!

Happytot Sat 19-Mar-16 08:34:44

I had a lovely hot bath in early labour and as soon as I came out of the bath things started happening very fast!!

So exciting ! X

StepfauxWife Sat 19-Mar-16 09:25:16

Very exciting! I'm watching with interest, I'm 38+5 and had a similar night last night to your Thursday night!

Good luck!

Afreshstartplease Sat 19-Mar-16 19:41:06

Any news op!

GothicRainbow Sun 20-Mar-16 13:23:53

Finally able to make an update! Eventually went to the hospital at 7.30pm last night and laboured until 8am this morning to then be told by a consultant that I had only dilated to 4cm and it didn't look likely that I would be going any further. I was then booked in for a c-section and DS2 was born at 10.19am this morning. Currently in recovery having lots of sleepy snuggles with my new gorgeous boy.

Afreshstartplease Sun 20-Mar-16 13:25:22

Yay well done! flowerscake

YokoUhOh Sun 20-Mar-16 14:05:45

Ah congrats! flowers I hope to be in your position in a few weeks (cuddling DS2)

ProfessorPickles Sun 20-Mar-16 14:11:40

Congratulations!!! smilethanks

StepfauxWife Sun 20-Mar-16 19:02:27

Ah congratulations! So was your son born by c- section in the end?

Enjoy your newborn cuddles, what a great day to be born!

GothicRainbow Sun 20-Mar-16 19:22:52

Yeh that's right Stepfaux was hoping for a VBAC but was obviously not meant to be. I've got the most gorgeous DS and that's what counts

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