This morning I woke up for a pee around 2am and was having braxton hicks, they seamed fairly regular so I kept looking at my phone and they were every 12 minuets. So I just relaxed and they were then every 10 minuets so I got up and went to the toilet again walked around the house got my clothes on had a cup of tea and they stayed 10 minuets apart and my back began to hurt and I had a heavy period like cramp feeling in my lower tummy. I then ran to dash to the toilet and had some very loose stools. I thought for sure this is labor!!! My last two babies were inductions but this felt like early labour and I googled and had all the signs. So I relaxed on the sofa and kept timing. They were still 10 minuets apart then suddenly I got 3 in a row that were 1minuet apart then I got another 30 minuets later and another 30 minuets later. My cramps and back pain have gone. I'm not sure what is going on. I want to call my midwife but guessing it's closed as it's New Year's Day. Could this be slow labor? Or is my baby teasing me? I am due next week btw
Delivery suite never closes - that is who you call for advice if you think you're in labour, should be on your notes. I'd say it's the latent stage of labour if the contractions are painful and irregular.
Hmm. I had two false starts to labour with my third. The first two were 0-60 in about 10 minutes (both precipitate labours, second born within 1 hour 20 mins of 1st twinge) - so I rushed to hospital with the third twice only for labour to stop totally. But it did start properly twice with contractions every 2/3 mins. My third one was definitely not what I was expecting. The baby eventually arrived after they induced me (by breaking waters as had got to two cm a week earlier - weird) - again, came very rapidly in the end. No idea what to expect with number 4.... But, if I were you, I'd call the labour ward!!