Not sure if this is it, if I disappear I'm either having a baby, or tucked up in bed fast asleep, all contractions having stopped. Have been told that with my second baby I should be going in when the contractions are 10 minutes apart - is that really true?! 20 min drive to hospital, but obviously it definitely won't be more than that at this time.
someone was saying that was what was written in their maternity notes. My mum also seemed to think that was reasonable, though I don't think she'd claim any expert knowledge. 5 sounds more reasonable - some are 10 minutes apart at the moment but not consistently anyway. They're not stopping me in my tracks, when I have a bad one I do have to concentrate but I remember they got a lot worse last time. Might just go to bed and see what happens - if I can sleep they;re not that bad, if not well I'll end up back on here
Sorry, to answer your question, I had contractions from the Wednesday night until the Friday morning, Friday morning they got really bad, DH came back from work at lunchtime, hospital at 3 and DS was born at 5.30pm.
Before phoning the hospital, try soaking in the bath and see what happens with the contractions. If they ease off then you are not in established labour. If they are getting sore try 2 paracetamol. I find that the combination of bath and paracetamol is a good test.
Bed is definitely a good idea. Try and ignore what is happening just now and get some rest. Fingers crossed this is it for you
You could but I really think that lying in the bath makes the difference when women phone in thinking they are in labour. The bath either settles things down or helps it along. If you contractions ease off you can jump into bed knowing it isn't time yet.
Morning! Well I'm still huge, but managed to sleep until the last few woke me up. They seem to be getting worse so I'm hopeful that things are happening, just slowly (I think the bath did slow things down so was worth it, even if I did feel like a hippo getting out). At this rate we'll be hitting the rush hour traffic!
Suck sweets for sugar and energy if you can. My second labour started with bearable contractions seven mins apart and over 14 hours they slowly got more intense but not closer together. Then suddenly they became unbearably intense (but still 7 mins apart), that is when I went to hospital. It took six hours from then. Good luck!