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Does this sound like actual labor? ☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
4th Jun '13

2 cm dilated as of Monday. Only 36 weeks tomorrow. First son was born at 36w4d.



I had contractions erratically between 1:30 and 5:15 PM or so today. From about 5:15 to 5:45, they were 2 minutes apart. Then they were 5-15 minutes apart until about 7:00. From 7:00 until about 9:00, they were 3-4 minutes apart. Now, I somehow managed to fall asleep around 9:30 and slept until 10:30. Now I'm up again... chugging water and having contractions every 2-4 minutes.



So far I've got...
10:46
10:48
10:50
10:54



And all through the evening... ever since 5:30, the contractions have been getting increasingly intense and lasting about 40-45 seconds each.



I haven't gone in yet because every time I get ready to go, it seems like they quit are get really far apart and irregular again. I had to get out of bed, I was so uncomfortable... so here I am. If I do go, I hope I can give SO at least a couple of hours of sleep first... He takes a medication at night that makes him drowsy and he only took it about an hour ago and is knocked out. Of course he'd wake up and take me if I said the word... I'm just trying to see if I'm able to get the contractions to settle by drinking more water first.



ETA: It seems like when I'm laying down in bed trying to relax is when it's the worst. The contractions are much more bearable when I'm up and about or at least sitting up on the couch. It seems like when I'm laying in bed, they're so intense and coming one after another. And where they actually sort of hurt when I'm in bed, they're just really, really uncomfortable when I'm up. Does this make any sense?



Also, the doctor put me on pelvic rest... only light activity, no intercourse, etc. So I've been sort of chilling out trying to keep this baby in.

Vicki McDonald Due September 28 (boy); 3 kids; Belleville, Ontario 927 posts
4th Jun '13

I would say it's about time to wake him up.... I waited until I was in transition to go to the hospital ( that's basically right before your contractions force you to push whether you want to or not.) and believe me, you do not want to wait until that point!

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
4th Jun '13

It sounds like it to me.

☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
4th Jun '13
Quoting Vicki McDonald:" I would say it's about time to wake him up.... I waited until I was in transition to go to the hospital ... [snip!] ... your contractions force you to push whether you want to or not.) and believe me, you do not want to wait until that point!"


Shouldn't I be in screaming, agonizing pain or have water broken or at least leaking before I get to that point? I will probably wake him after I've been having steady contractions (once again) for at least 45 minutes... especially now that I'm up... I haven't been able to count steady contractions while up and about, so now that I'm having them, that tells me something could be up, I suppose.

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
4th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting [Hippie Jesus]:</b>" Shouldn't I be in screaming, agonizing pain or have water broken or at least leaking before I get to ... [snip!] ... to count steady contractions while up and about, so now that I'm having them, that tells me something could be up, I suppose."</blockquote>




I don't start to really feel lots of pain until it's almost time to push. With all 3 babies, I woke up, headed to the hospital a couple hours later and ended up being dilated to an 8 or 9 upon arriving.



I would keep counting and if they seem to be consistent, wake your husband up.

Vicki McDonald Due September 28 (boy); 3 kids; Belleville, Ontario 927 posts
4th Jun '13
Quoting [Hippie Jesus]:" Shouldn't I be in screaming, agonizing pain or have water broken or at least leaking before I get to ... [snip!] ... to count steady contractions while up and about, so now that I'm having them, that tells me something could be up, I suppose."


Maybe, if you're nothing like me. But I have never been screaming or in agonizing pain and I have had 3 children naturally. And I have had to have the Dr break my water for all 3... it has never broken on it's own. So, it all depends on your body I guess. It sounds to me like you're pretty close though

☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
4th Jun '13

I finally get ready to tell him let's go and it's another 8 minutes until I have another.

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
4th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting [Hippie Jesus]:</b>" I finally get ready to tell him let's go and it's another 8 minutes until I have another."</blockquote>




Baby's giving you a hard time! Sorry.



It does sound like you're getting close to time, though. Stay hydrated and rest if you can.



Hang in there! :)