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Did anyone else not know they were in labour

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Nikki2ol6 Sun 23-Oct-16 09:26:06

With my first baby my contractions started in my back and would wrap around my tummy and I was spotting and loosing mucus...... I guess those are th classic signs of early labour

With my second I expected something silimar but it went like this.....
Painless Brixton hicks all day which didn't stop regardless of very busy Sunday at a family christening and party. I ignored them as this was normal for me to have episodes of regular Brixton hicks which would randomly stop. I went home that night and still every 10 minuets a painless braxton hick. So I did think these have gone on longer than normal.....but I had been so busy and and assumed I was tired and my body telling me slow down so I went up to bed and got sever pains and an urge to poop!! I did poop and the pains went away.... but I was now spotting so decided a quick check over at hospital would be a good idea... I did not take my bag. I got there and was told I was 7cm.
They called it a silent labour and said it's very rare and it's a good job I went in when I did.

I'm now expecting a very poorly baby who will need immediate attention at birth and they want to induce me just after Christmas but I'd rather just go in when labour strikes. But I'm worried I won't know again....... anyone been through a labour like my second and not knew and felt stupid for not knowing? Did it happen again?

SamPotatoes Sun 23-Oct-16 09:44:02

My second child I only became aware I was properly in labour when my waters went. That was the point I started pushing- I put my hand down and felt my baby's head crowning. An unplanned home birth.

With #3 I was told to ring if I felt anything and the mw would come out immediately (home birth). I apologised profusely for wasting their time but I was 7cm! Baby arrived 2 and a half hours later. During this time the contractions developed so I did feel like I was in labour but I don't know if that's because I knew I was as the mw had confirmed it iykwim.

My mw was really proactive about having a plan in place to avoid a repeat of birth #2. It might be worth speaking to yours about how you could be helped to keep an eye on things and any monitoring that could suggest labour was imminent. Good luck!

Nikki2ol6 Sun 23-Oct-16 09:54:09

I have been told they would like an induction or because I live fairly close to the hospital I can let labour happen naturally but this baby would come rather quickly I'd imagine and needs to be born at hospital but if I knew I was in labour I'd go straight there lol it's just I don't know if I will know

PotteringAlong Sun 23-Oct-16 09:58:22

If you had a silent labour last time and you know your baby this time will need immediate medical attention then I would be induced in hospital and wouldn't want to risk it.

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