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Contractions that start and then stop!!!?? Brooke Hajdasz 2 kids; Wisconsin 23 posts
24th Jan '11

I had my membranes stripped on tuesday (and found out im 3cm dilated and 50% effaced and baby is fully engaged) and had the normal spotting and a little extra discharge that night. The next day i had nothing... that night however i went to the bathroom and when i wiped there was a HUGE (close to golf ball size...) glob of jelly and it was pink. (sorry TMI) I know this was my mucus plug.. About an hour after the plug came out i had contractions that were ten minutes apart for an hour and then they stopped altogether for about a half an hour. When they started back up they were every 5 minutes for and hour and then they stopped again!! Now for the last couple days i have only had a few random contractions that are pretty painful but so random. This sucks and im frusterated!! why did everything stop!? I have tried everything to get my contractions to start back up again.. sex, walking, spicy food, peppermint oil (which worked with my first).. nothing is working!!! I didnt have any of these issues with my first pregnancy. I had regular contractions that were 10 minutes apart for 4 days and then i knew when it was time to go in! This pregnancy is really getting to me!! Does anyone have any suggestions/advice?

Kairi Leeloo 33 kids; Acworth, Georgia 6958 posts
24th Jan '11

I had contractions like that for two weeks :(
I wanted to go in so bad and just have her out, but the hospital wouldn't let me until they were consistent for 3 hours.

Weinus Badger 1 child; Whidbey, WA, United States 63 posts
24th Jan '11

squats and walking....lots of walking :)

Momma Rawks 1 child; Iowa 7180 posts
24th Jan '11

Sounds like early labor. Try walking while you're getting contractions and see if that'll make them any stronger and more consistent.

Kyrie ♥'s Monkeys 2 kids; why, az, United States 52117 posts
24th Jan '11

I was like that for weeks. I got to 6cm and 90% effaced and my contractions wouldn't stay until we broke my water.



Try evening primrose oil to help dilate more, if baby gets lower and you're more effaced it may help your water break.
Also try red raspberry leaf tea, it won't make contractions but when you have them they'll be more effective.

Sploj Due February 23; 2 kids; Chattanooga, TN, United States 1273 posts
24th Jan '11
Quoting Brooke Hajdasz:" I had my membranes stripped on tuesday (and found out im 3cm dilated and 50% effaced and baby is fully ... [snip!] ... and then i knew when it was time to go in! This pregnancy is really getting to me!! Does anyone have any suggestions/advice?"


You could try using a breast pump. Pump until you get a contraction, stop pumping with the contraction, then resume. I did this on day 2 of my 3 day labor/birth and it really got contractions going . . . they did stop once I stopped pumping. However, I woke up in the middle of the night to full blown labor that only lasted 4 hours that night.

user banned 2 kids; Kansas 903 posts
24th Jan '11

I just got out of the hospital today for being in there for 24 h ours to be induced. Everything was going great until my contractions became real weak and I stopped dilating at a four. So they sent me home and here I am :9 so I'm watching this one because I want baby out now but his stubborn butt has other plans

Brooke Hajdasz 2 kids; Wisconsin 23 posts
24th Jan '11
Quoting Jordan & Jacobi's MaMa:" I just got out of the hospital today for being in there for 24 h ours to be induced. Everything was going ... [snip!] ... they sent me home and here I am :9 so I'm watching this one because I want baby out now but his stubborn butt has other plans"

Yeah i JUST got out of the hospital too cuz i was having cramps that were coming every five minutes and really starting to hurt for 2 hours. The nurse that was there couldnt even find my cervix.. seriously! it took her like 5 minutes and then she said "oh your a tight 2 and barely effaced.." OKAY.. considering i have been at an "easy 3 cm" for over a week. and have been 50% effaced for about 3 weeks! OBVIOUSLY that nurse needs some more schooling or something.. lol But yeah its incredibly frustrating! =( I hope we both go soon for the sake of our sanity.. lol