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how painful should contractions be before going to the hospi Brandi Coyle Wallace 3 kids; Arkansas 284 posts
1st Feb '13

Just curious... I'm 38w1d and for the past 3 hours I've been having several contractions an hour. Painful but not unbearable. I lost my plug a week ago and (tmi) have been going number 2 all last night and all day today. I've never gone into labor on my own so my question is this... do I have to be in serious pain as far as my contractions go, or go when they get close together and last longer?

Capt Plzen, Pl, Czech Republic 9110 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Brandi Coyle Wallace:" Just curious... I'm 38w1d and for the past 3 hours I've been having several contractions an hour. Painful ... [snip!] ... is this... do I have to be in serious pain as far as my contractions go, or go when they get close together and last longer?"


id wait as looooong as possible at home.



id probably wait until contractions were somewhere like 10 minutes apart, or to the point you want to rip your husbands balls off.. which ever comes first.

Gone 12345.... 2 kids; Houston, Texas 16000 posts
1st Feb '13

It's not how painful they are but how close together they are and if they're regular

Mrs.O! 18 kids; Hawaii 21030 posts
1st Feb '13

the contractions get closer and longer....I waited to go in until my water broke...that's when the contractions started killing me!!...

I AM TRON 17 kids; Illinois 1482 posts
1st Feb '13

Between all of those things happening, I would at least call L & D. I know a lot of moms say the constant BMs came right before labor. I was induced but I went a lot right after my water broke.

Tweakrachie 84 kids; Australia 846 posts
1st Feb '13

Are the pains lastinf for 60 seconds?

user banned 33 kids; Blytheville, Arkansas 7534 posts
1st Feb '13

It doesn't really matter how painful they are. You haven't had a natural labor before, so you have nothing to base it on...besides, some women experience "full blown contractions" for hours. The thing that will help you progress the most is being comfortable and relaxed, and that'll happen at home before it ever does at a hospital! Walk around a little and eat and drink a lot just in case this is baby day. Don't go in unless your water breaks or they get less than 3-5 minutes apart. Even then, some L&D centers still recommend 2-3 minutes.




ETA: I meant natural labor, not child. Wtf is with my brain? Sorry OP!

Secret Service Texas 723 posts
1st Feb '13

I had DD at 36 weeks. When no matter what you do you cant get comfortable and they seem like they wont go away then go in

Just Niki 19 kids; Oregon 1456 posts
1st Feb '13

Usually when the contractions are consistently 5-6 min apart and last for 1-2 hours.

Capt Plzen, Pl, Czech Republic 9110 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting The Andromeda Strain:" It doesn't really matter how painful they are. You haven't had a child before, so you have nothing to ... [snip!] ... unless your water breaks or they get less than 3-5 minutes apart. Even then, some L&D centers still recommend 2-3 minutes. "


its not her first.



id be terrified to wait that long, well, i did wait that long i guess cause they started being painful at 2 minutes apart, by the time i got to the hospital i was 8.5 cm. lol.



but if you want pain management, you need to get there before that point.

Brandi Coyle Wallace 3 kids; Arkansas 284 posts
1st Feb '13

Ihave 2 kids already but never went into labor in my own... had to be induced both times. I'm gonna wait until they get a little closer together, if they do, then call l&d. Thanks for the advice ladies :-) oh and they are lasting about a minute each but not at regular intervals. Sometimes its 5 minutes between and sometimes its 20 minutes. It sucks.

Brandi Coyle Wallace 3 kids; Arkansas 284 posts
1st Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting The Andromeda Strain:</b>" It doesn't really matter how painful they are. You haven't had a natural labor before, so you have nothing ... [snip!] ... some L&D centers still recommend 2-3 minutes. ETA: I meant natural labor, not child. Wtf is with my brain? Sorry OP!"</blockquote>




Lol its ok

Kelly +2 ERF/EH! 18 kids; Valdosta, Georgia 18072 posts
1st Feb '13

My water doesn't break until I'm pushing, so with both I went in when contractions were just under two minutes apart.



Got to the hospital at 6cm with Addison at 11pm, she was not born until about 7 hours later. Got to the hospital with Asher at 8cm at a little after 4am, he was born 30 minutes later.



Had two natural labor and deliveries, so I made sure most of my labor was at home. Addison's labor was 3 days long, Ashers was 5 1/2 hours.

Brandi Coyle Wallace 3 kids; Arkansas 284 posts
1st Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly +2 ERF/EH!:</b>" My water doesn't break until I'm pushing, so with both I went in when contractions were just under two ... [snip!] ... labor and deliveries, so I made sure most of my labor was at home. Addison's labor was 3 days long, Ashers was 5 1/2 hours."</blockquote>




My only thing is.... im single and home alone with my two boys. Not to mention I'm an hour away from the hospital. So if I go into labor in the middle of the night I wont have the luxury of waiting and having most of my labor at home. Ill have to get them up and drop them at their dads and drive myself to the hospital. Yay me.... lol

Kelly +2 ERF/EH! 18 kids; Valdosta, Georgia 18072 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Brandi Coyle Wallace:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly +2 ERF/EH!:</b>" My water doesn't break until I'm pushing, ... [snip!] ... most of my labor at home. Ill have to get them up and drop them at their dads and drive myself to the hospital. Yay me.... lol"


Oh jesus...that really stinks :(



We had to constantly call my sister around 3am with Asher until she finally called us back so that she could come stay here with Addison. Do you have an aunt, or cousin, or anyone that could come get all of you, take the kids to their dads, then take you?