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Period type pains 40 weeks

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coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 20:31:59

Hi ladies,

I am 40 weeks today and despite people telling me ill just know I was wondering whether your labours started with period type pains? Been having them on and off since 2pm and before today they have been continuous pains but today they are intermittent and I think they are getting more painful.

Am I just getting my hopes up?

ThomasRichard Wed 08-Jul-15 20:34:35

It sounds hopeful! I suggest a warm bath, 2 paracaetemol and an early night.

Appleblossom82 Wed 08-Jul-15 20:37:03

Or maybe bounce on a birthing ball (if you have one) to encourage things along? Exciting! X

coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 20:43:32

I am bouncing away. Ah I hope it is it!

thomas I heard a bath slows things down? Did this work for you?

howtodrainyourflagon Wed 08-Jul-15 20:45:50

yup - this is exactly what labour felt like to me. Welcome to motherhood. Get the best sleep you can tonight as it's probably the last unbroken one for a while smile

BikeRunSki Wed 08-Jul-15 20:46:30

Sounds exactly like early labour to me grin. Have fun!

Appleblossom82 Wed 08-Jul-15 20:46:56

Good luck coney!

Psycobabble Wed 08-Jul-15 20:46:58

Grr hated all that youl just know bollox !

Other than my water breaking ( kind of a clue grin ) I only had period like cramps and I believe I was about 5cm dilated at that point

Sounds promising . Congrats !!

QuiteLikely5 Wed 08-Jul-15 20:47:18

Baths can slow labour. Avoid for now!

Keep us posted. I'm excited for you smile

ThomasRichard Wed 08-Jul-15 20:49:22

I have no idea, that's just what my MW told me to do grin I didn't.

Piffpaffpoff Wed 08-Jul-15 20:49:53

I was induced and both times the first sign of things starting was slight period-style cramps, which slowly but surely ramped up into full contractions after about 8hrs/2hrs respectively.

Best of luck, sounds like you're on your way!!!

coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 21:01:18

Thanks ladies your all lovely. I really hope this is the start of things. Think I will get an early night. Does it matter that they aren't really painful? Sometimes they are but mostly just cramps. Exactly like being on your period really!

MrsFogi Wed 08-Jul-15 21:05:51

Totally sounds like early labour - I sat down and watched a film at this stage thinking "this doesn't seem too bad".

coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 21:07:27

Oh really? I'm trying not to get my hopes up here cause it just doesn't seem like its painful enough. They are just niggly really.

mrstweefromtweesville Wed 08-Jul-15 21:07:54

oh, wow! how exciting! walking about is supposed to get/keep things moving. good luck!

caffiene99 Wed 08-Jul-15 21:09:01

This was exactly how my labour started too! I was able to get a good nights sleep but woke up early the next day with stronger and more regular cramps/contractions. When that got painful I had a bath and then stayed home until the contractions were a bit closer and the pain harder to handle

Appleblossom82 Wed 08-Jul-15 21:09:46

Up and down stairs sideways (but be careful!), walking, bouncing, circle your hips. Should all help things along.

Oooh i am so excited!!

coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 21:11:33

Ah ladies it's so nice to be able to get advice and get cheered on.

I'm on my ball now I'm just worried it's not the real thing cause I'll be so dissapointed.

caffiene99 Wed 08-Jul-15 21:12:08

P.S. Good luck!
I also wouldn't worry too much about it not being painful / I vaguely remember thinking the same thing at the start too!!

Highlandbird Wed 08-Jul-15 21:13:51

That's just how mine started both times.....brings it all back reading this! They just felt like period pains but gradually got stronger and more intense until they were painful and that was full on labour. Try and get some sleep....good luck!! smile

coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 21:14:31

Thank you smile ill keep you posted

Loiterer Wed 08-Jul-15 21:15:57

That sounds like my labour! Don't pace and walk about too much now, save your energy for later when you'll need it. A bath and some paracetamol will help. Good luck!

Whatabout Wed 08-Jul-15 21:18:13

It could be early / latent stages or could be just slightly more uncomfortable Braxton hicks. At this point it could stop or ramp up, labour is an odd beast! Try to relax and ignore as much as you can and don't be disappointed if it comes to nothing. Not long now in any way!

coneywonder Wed 08-Jul-15 21:29:21

Thank you. I think I will try and ignore them and go to sleep. I haven't had braxton hicks I don't think throughout this pregnancy so it could well be them but if I'm perfectly honest it just feels like period pain and they are in my thighs too

applecore0317 Wed 08-Jul-15 21:34:30

timed my period pains for an hour and a half on my contraction app and they were pretty regular, got up to go loo and my waters started going then proper contractions smile Fingers crossed for you :D

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