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Contrax every 25 mins for approx 20/30 seconds. Is it too early to alert?

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justlookatthatbooty Thu 30-Jul-09 13:54:12

Won't be calling midwives for a while but need to alert DH to be with me and in laws to come and collect DS at some point. Contrax are manageable but I need to fix my vision on something and focus and breathe. They are not thick and fast but are certainly more regular and present than the last couple of weeks of irregular ones that come and go, stop and start. Also accomapnied by need to empty bladder and loose bowel. They appear to be here to stay for the last couple of hours and are definately NOT Braxton Hicks. Planning an HBAC so need to stay very calm and quiet and not set things in motion too late.
Perhaps they will fade away again, but your experiences would be helpful as to how close together before calling inlaws, DH, etc.

Would a shower make them stop/start?

My doula had to leave country and I'm in a foreign country so at a bit of a loss as to know what, when etc.

Spoo Thu 30-Jul-09 14:02:55

Sounds like labour to me. I tends to be a bit quicker second time. I think you would feel happier if you did alert everyone you need to. I'm sure they won't mind if it turns out to be a false alarm. Good luck!

justlookatthatbooty Thu 30-Jul-09 15:15:14

Thanks Spoo

Am pottering around seeing how things go. If they continue or get any closer together I'll ring (cautiously!) the bell!

TwoJobsOneManOneBump Thu 30-Jul-09 15:57:01

I was having cxs in the early hours of this morning ten minutes apart for two hours - had a shower and felt great, propped myself back up in bed and dozed off for 20 minutes. Then they slowed right back to every hour sad and DP and I got a couple of hours of kip around lunchtime before getting up and moving around, which seems to be gradually getting them closer together (45, 35, 25 mins space between the last four smile). Feel a bit silly for having phoned the birth centre at 4am when they were just starting on the ten-minute series.

Wanna race? grin

justlookatthatbooty Thu 30-Jul-09 18:30:22

Now every 5 mins lasting 40-60 seconds. Midwife on the way...
Might turn out to still be nothing. If I'm still pregnant in the am we can compare notes TwoJobs. Good luck to you!

IdrisTheDragon Thu 30-Jul-09 18:31:48

Hope this is it for you

MakkaPakkasWilly Thu 30-Jul-09 19:09:01

Good luck!

I am either having contractions 1 minute long every 4 minutes, or very convincing BH's.

Can I join in? grin

3cutedarlings Thu 30-Jul-09 19:18:43

oooo how exciting 3 ladies all in labour!!

good luck to you all xxx keep posting

Spoo Thu 30-Jul-09 19:24:18

Can't believe it'll be nothing. GOOD LUCK!!

LuluMaman Thu 30-Jul-09 19:27:06

best of luck , booty

happy birthing vibes, hope you get your HBAC

a good thing to do is to get in teh bath , if it stops, it is not real labour

MakkaPakkasWilly Thu 30-Jul-09 19:37:11

Good plan lulu will give that a go I reckon.

Hell, you helped me with DS1, why not DS2 as well grin

LuluMaman Thu 30-Jul-09 19:44:04

my other rule of thumb , if you can post on MN during a ctx , then it is not labour ! LOL!

what was your name with DS1?

i would have remember makkapakkaswilly !!

MakkaPakkasWilly Thu 30-Jul-09 19:46:20

I was trendaverter, I had a 70 hour labour, I went to a chinese buffet and did my weekly shop at Sainsburys while I was having contractions last time so posting on MN is taking it easy I reckon wink

justlookatthatbooty Thu 30-Jul-09 19:46:56

thanks all.
midwife just been, coming back in an hour, says I'm 2cm. contrax are manageable, every four mins regular and 1 min long but have to sway and groan through them. Just had a succession of poops and pukes which both felt great. ooohhhhhhhhh.....

back.......2cm isn't much though trying not to feel disheartened. Hope I do't have 24 hours labour ahead. Staying positive. DH desparately trying to put DS who is totally hyper to bed. feeling pukey again. hoping someone can reassur that from 2-10dm contraxxxxxxx.......
am back..
can be ok in terms of discomfort and time...

oooooohhhhhhh bye for now.
god luck others.x

LuluMaman Thu 30-Jul-09 19:55:46

oh yes, i remmebr trendaverter!!

how time flies

booty... is your baby back to back? i had this with DD took forver to get to 3cm, then went off like a rocket.. use a birth ball to lean on or sit on, and get your knees wide apart. go with it, and think happy positive dilating thoughts.

eat and drink lightly if you can

keep up your energy

if you need to rest you should, but lie on your side

nigglewiggle Thu 30-Jul-09 19:57:31

Pukey is good IIRC. Sending good labour vibes. smile

Hangingbellyofbabylon Thu 30-Jul-09 19:59:12

Best of luck ladies - will keep an eye out for news. smile

justlookatthatbooty Thu 30-Jul-09 20:06:49

great tips thanks lulu. dh gone out with DS in sling....peace prevails (for now) hopefull come back with hinm asleep and we can be quiet together. will try legs wide open. contrax seem to intensify if I lean forward.

MakkaPakkasWilly Thu 30-Jul-09 20:11:55

Went for a little walk and it's killed it.

So I shall bow out and wish you ladies the best of luck!

TwoJobsOneManOneBump Thu 30-Jul-09 20:18:11

Hi again! ten mins apart now and definitely not able to type while they're going on.

Bizarrely, we've got three friends round right now who are helping DP lay the kitchen floor and prepare the bathroom walls for tiling (hopefully happening in our absence this weekend)... am just hiding in the bedroom (the doors are all off though) occasionally crouching doggy style on the side of the bed and racking up the TENS machine settings... not looking forward to the drive to hospital about 30 mins around the north circular when I'm 3-in-10... but afterwards (a) we get our first lovely DC and (b) we go and stay at my parents (which has proper floors and tiles everywhere!)

good luck booty and willy!

Hangingbellyofbabylon Fri 31-Jul-09 00:22:32

Best of luck to you all xx

IdrisTheDragon Fri 31-Jul-09 17:34:25

I wonder if any babies have been born yet?

justlookatthatbooty Fri 31-Jul-09 21:46:33

Our beautiful healthy girl was born at 0428, at home, in the water. about 8 hours established labour. we are delighted with her and happy with the HBAC. Was incredibly tough but managed to push her from not very engaged to out in twenty mins once midwife called "10 mins or transfer for section". as a result deep bones of pelvis not quite right and some tearing but am still relieved, knowing all will heal. willpost birth story soon. thankstoall for your support. x

nigglewiggle Fri 31-Jul-09 21:49:28

Well done! Congratulations and hope you are all doing well. What is she called?

MrsHappy Fri 31-Jul-09 21:53:59

Congratulations. I'm glad it went well and that you got your HBAC. smile

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