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So, I think I'm in labour - I know you all like a live labour thread!

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bumperlicious Wed 20-Jun-07 11:04:20

Been having what I thought was a show for a couple of days, and today it was pink and definitely a show. Woke up feeling a bit weird, chilly and shaky, and crampy and nauseous.

Think I've been having contractions but not rally been timing them as wasn't sure, but going to start now. Am 40+2, have an appointment with MW at 2.30 but wondering if I will make it!

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:05:19


how far apart are the contractions? Have you had breaksfast <stern>?

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:05:39

and do you have a tens? if so, switch it on

mumfor1standfinaltime Wed 20-Jun-07 11:05:42

How exciting!

bumperlicious Wed 20-Jun-07 11:06:40

Effie, that was going to be my next question! It won't interfere with the timing?

Lizzylou Wed 20-Jun-07 11:07:23

OOH, feel all nostalgic and broody now!

Good luck, relax and enjoy!

Lizzylou Wed 20-Jun-07 11:08:21

Switch on tens, I didn't have one with DS1 but found life soo much easier with DS2. I think it actually helped me time contractions.

Darciesmum Wed 20-Jun-07 11:10:34

ohh how exciting!
And never used a Tens so don't know if it helps.

mumof4aceboys Wed 20-Jun-07 11:11:12

Bumper - the earlier you get ur TENS on the better impact it will have. Have you been timing yet - did you call DH?

IdrisTheDragon Wed 20-Jun-07 11:11:33

Ooh - hope this is it .

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:11:51

Nope, you'll still feel them (sorry!) but it will help as they get stronger. In fact, did all my labour using tens - have to say it got a loss less effective when I was pushing

so no. 2 recommendation is to freeze on to the gas and air when you get to that stage!

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:12:27

Oh and it means you can get used to using it, inc the boost function, for when you really need it. Can't recommend them enough

Klaw Wed 20-Jun-07 11:14:37

Go Bumper Go!!! Actually carry on as normal just now, ignore them while you can.

Early labour mistakes

When you cannot talk during the contractions then it's time to go to hospital. I'd suggest staying at home as long as you dare. Listen to your instincts. Keep warm, active but don't over do it, plenty fluids & pee regular!

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:14:46

<drums fingers>

get DH to help with putting the pads on - tricky to do by yourself (as you may have just found)

bumperlicious Wed 20-Jun-07 11:15:15

F*cking tens machine! Difficult to get on by yourself. So do I just keep it on all the time now and use the burst bit when I get a contraction?

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:15:54

sorry should have mentioned that earlier...

mumof4aceboys Wed 20-Jun-07 11:16:05

Yes bumper cant recommend G & A enuff!! Helps with pain and helps you focus & breat as they get stronger. WHen they get stronger you tend to hold your breath - like you would when you stub ur toe but for longer - you have to breathe to get the gas in you so you stay focused - its ace.

Klaw Wed 20-Jun-07 11:16:27

TENS - turn dial so that you can just barely feel tingle, when contx get stronger so that you can't feel tingle anymore then turn up a tad. And so on! If the tingle is annoying then it's on too high.

Darciesmum Wed 20-Jun-07 11:16:53

Hope your okay?

EffiePerine Wed 20-Jun-07 11:16:54

experiment a bit

use th boost if you need it

annobal Wed 20-Jun-07 11:17:10

Good luck Bumper! Have you called DH yet? How far apart are contractions?

fannyannie Wed 20-Jun-07 11:17:24

I have to smile at the "can't talk through contractions" - I was talking - ok it was complete gibberish and sometimes verging on shouting LOL - all the way through most of mine right up to, and including, pushing .

bumperlicious Wed 20-Jun-07 11:17:30

DH is on his way. Works about 45 mins away. Don't know whether to call my mum or not. She is coming up, and is on the alert at the moment, but I told her to wait until I see the midwife in a couple of hours. She lives 2 hours away and don't want to call her for nothing.

lulumama Wed 20-Jun-07 11:17:45


stick the tens on , if you want to use it for pain relief, start now, and then you keep cranking it up as it gets more intense....

mumof4aceboys Wed 20-Jun-07 11:17:56

Yes - keep tens on now and press boost when you get a contraction. How far apart are they and for how long?

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