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How far in advance of labour starting did you have a show?

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laa Thu 20-Jan-05 14:56:27

I'm due in 3.5 wks. with baby no. 3 and for the 1st time in any of my pregnancies I've had a show. I was overdue with the 1st 2, so I'm assuming I will be again. But I've been getting lots of period pains in the evenings and today I've had really bad low back pain. Could this be pre-labour. No. 1 was induced and no.2 was v. rapid - I woke up and just had contractions straight away - must've slept through the pre-labour bit!
My neighbour said her show happened 5 wks. before labour began. What is other people's experience?

serenity Thu 20-Jan-05 15:02:28

Not much help I know but I didn't have one with first two, and I was already having contractions when I got it with DD.

dawnie1 Thu 20-Jan-05 15:05:51

My show came at 6am and my contractions started very infrequently at 10am, by 4pm they were ever 10 minutes. DD born at 23.11pm. All in same day.

MistressMary Thu 20-Jan-05 15:06:19

Spontanious water break, show and contractions from the off pretty much like youe second to start with.
I was ten days overdue.
Good luck anyhow.

galaxy Thu 20-Jan-05 15:09:03

4 days before (after a sweep) followed by hindwaters breaking and then induced labour.

michmash Thu 20-Jan-05 15:09:51

I had mine 9hrs after the first back pain and DS was born 14hrs later. Sorry to be gross but have you also had a big bowel movement? It's just that this is usually part of the show process. I'd probably at least call the hospital or midwife and let them know because it could be the real thing. Good luck and hope all goes well

Pidge Thu 20-Jan-05 15:26:53

Had mine 2 days before pre-labour began, it was another 2 days before 'proper labour' began (i.e. before I got to 3cm dilation.

I've read that it can be several weeks between the show and labour - and I think that is particularly true in later pregnancies?

Hard not to get excited though ... looking forward to a baby announcement in the not too distant future!

laa Thu 20-Jan-05 18:51:18

Thanks all. It is exciting - at least I feel my body's getting ready to do something! Feel like I've had a tummy upset and my morning sickness is back in a big way (not that it has ever quite disappeared!). Ho hum. I'll just sit and wait!

SeaShells Thu 20-Jan-05 18:53:03

Had a show on the sunday morning, had contractions until tues afternoon when I went into labour, had baby at 9:30pm on the tuesday night.

Amanda3266 Thu 20-Jan-05 18:53:53

Methinks you are getting ready to have that baby, laa. All sounds very promising to me. The period like pain could be the neck of the womb preparing to dilate.

All the best.


scaltygirl Thu 20-Jan-05 18:58:33

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Lonelymum Thu 20-Jan-05 19:01:16

I only had a show with my dd and it occurred in two parts, the first the day before and the second, the day of her birth. I think it is imminent laa! Good luck!

Posey Thu 20-Jan-05 19:06:44

Woke up in the night with mildish pains, went to loo and had had a show, so that was sometime in the 6 hours before I was woken.
With ds was induced and had no show.

bottle Thu 20-Jan-05 19:21:37

show on the thursday labour started properly midnight on saturday, bubba monday morning - v long labour

jampots Thu 20-Jan-05 19:23:25

show on the Tuesday, waters broke on the Saturday, labour started the following Friday and baby born on Monday = so nearly 2 weeks

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