E.C. asks from Shreveport, LA on August 18, 2006
Signs of Labor
Hello! I am pregnant with my first child and I have already dilated. I was at fingertip last week and went up to one and a half this week and the doc said I was "thin thin thin." I know that I could go early but I also know that I can be dilated and still go on my expected due date (which is sept 6). I was curious what some of you experienced before you went into labor. Are there any warning signs?! =)
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for responding! This is my first time to use Mommasource and I see now I should have been using it a long time ago! Well, I started having some Braxton Hicks for the first time the night before last and then last night my back started hurting really bad during the false labor pains but it didn't last too long! I will keep you posted! Again, thanks!
J.M. answers from Houston on August 21, 2006
I developed tons of energy before I went into labor. But I always had help with pit. because I was to slow. My lower back aches. Two of my labors were about the same energy, lower back ache and the tummy and sides cramping, then the first child was the hardest the second was the easiest and the third prenacy was a nightmare. With the energy I cleaned like I never cleaned before which was good because I didn't have tons of energy afterwards. Good luck and congrats.
K.V. answers from Houston on August 19, 2006
Hi E. from KathyV the midwife: whatever happens before labor is not all that significant, as far as labor goes. If you are not sure if you are in labor--You're not! The main thing is that you can be in contact with your provider about whatever concerns you. When my clients call me about contractions, possible leaking fluid, blood, I make a plan with her about when we need to meet!
Early labor contractions are very important as the first step toward the baby arriving, and you are safest in your own home, moving and eating/drinking, bathing etc. to move into active labor.
Most physicians will have anyone who calls to go to the hospital and have the nurse report back about status. Many times, aggressive medical management takes place whenever the woman is term.
Good luck, and feel to contact me @ ###-###-#### if you have further concerns.
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M.N. answers from Little Rock on August 20, 2006
If you start peeing every 10 minutes and are kind of uncomfortabel, even if it's 3 weeks early, call your doctor. those were my only signs with baby #2
H. answers from New Orleans on August 18, 2006
You won't have any real signs that I can tell you because everyone is different. By thinning I guess you mean that you are effacing. Well you can't push until your fully diallated and 100% effaced. you can be 100% effaced and not diallated enough and vice versa. They work together. I got a boos of energy just before I started to go into labor. I had alot of back pain, but that is due tothe fact that both of my kids were posterior and had to turn to get the pressure off of my back. Your water might break when you get thin enough. Just pay attention to any contractions and when they are consistantly 5min or less apart then it's time to go to the hospital. Good Luck!!!
M. answers from Houston on August 19, 2006
Hi E., it sounds pretty normal since your due date is soon approaching. Some women start dilating and possibly stay at 1 or so cm for even a couple or few wks before labor. The dilation is one of the warning signs that it is close to the real thing. The big warning sign would be your water breaking...and you'll definitely know by then. Best to you!
J. answers from Little Rock on August 18, 2006
I was staying at the hotel room across the street from the hospital, with plans of induction the next morning. I woke up with what I would describe as menstrual cramps that just kept getting more and more uncomfortable. I had to move around each time it started. It ended up being perfect timing for me! And I was 2 days later than my due date but I was already dilated to 2 and thinning. Good luck!
R.P. answers from Houston on August 18, 2006
I have three children, and with me each birth was a little different. I did walk with all three, and when the pains moved lower, I knew it was time to head to the hosp. With my first one, I lost my mucus plug first and then went to the hosp. I was a little dilated and the dr. had me walk the halls until I was dilated more. Which by then the pains had definately moved lower... and 17 hrs later my first child was born :)
I am not sure if I helped any, but that was my signs with my first.
R. answers from Fayetteville on August 18, 2006
Congratulations! This is such an exciting time! It's all so fast, yet it seems like it's never going to actually happen!
I was 75 effaced and at 3 1/2 centimeters for almost a month...so, everyone's different. I felt so much pressure, because I was already dilating. Most women do have to have their water broken at the hospital.
It's just so weird...you just know when it's time to go. We started timing the contractions at 3am...got to the hospital at 5am...and had a beautiful baby boy by 1 pm. it all goes by so fast! it's the most wonderfully scary feeling to go into the hospital as two people and know that you're going to leave with an extra person! It's the most careful drive home too! :)
Congratulations, and good luck! just know that know matter how much pain you are in, it does have an end! and it's all worth it!!!!!
L.M. answers from San Antonio on August 18, 2006
LOL! I wish i could tell you, but with both of my boys i had to be induced! I never really got to go into labor on my own.