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Need some advice/ information on labour, first time mum. Carrie Dawson Due March 4 (girl); United Kingdom 60 posts
24th Feb

This is going to be my first baby, I have no idea what to expect from it, how do I know its started?
When should I actually go in to the hospital because I know if you go in to early they send you home.

Any good pain coping techniques?
I'd like to try and do this purely on gas and air.

How long realistically should i expect labour to be (An average not an exact obviously). I know its usually longer for first timers.

Please only bother replying with genuine advice. Don't start acting out if someone has a different opinion to you.
Try and remember I'm 39 weeks pregnant and don't need the stress of bickering.

M L P 1 child; 1 angel baby; d., NS, Canada 105 posts
24th Feb

 
id like to add another question.. 

if ur water breaks .. and only if i know it doesnt always..... 
do u go right in to hospital, because  a friend mention that u can have up to 24 hrs before u have to go in after water breaks..

MzB1012 2 kids; 1 angel baby; L, Tn, United States 454 posts
24th Feb

Pain that gets worse with time and doesn't let up with walking or taking a bath. They usually want you to wait till your contraction are 5-7 min apart. Tightening and lightening up in your stomach sometimes in your back. Your water could break or have a bloody show. Have trouble walking and speaking during contractions. Increase pressure. Labor varies for everyone I was in labor for 8 hrs other people I know with their first they was in labor for 12plus hours everyone is different. You will know though when your in labor. 

MzB1012 2 kids; 1 angel baby; L, Tn, United States 454 posts
24th Feb

Quoting Michelle L P:
 
id like to add another question.. 

if ur water breaks .. and only if i know it doesnt always..... 
do u go right in to hospital, because  a friend mention that u can have up to 24 hrs before u have to go in after water breaks..


I went when my water broke because it made my contractions 10x worse. Also they say your water usually doesn't break till you are to a 10cm but that not the case for all. Mine broke when I was 5cm dilated. Things progressed faster when my water broke tho. 

goatfajitas 3 kids; 1 angel baby; dirty 5 thirty, CA, United States 3954 posts
24th Feb

Quoting Michelle L P:
 
id like to add another question.. 

if ur water breaks .. and only if i know it doesnt always..... 
do u go right in to hospital, because  a friend mention that u can have up to 24 hrs before u have to go in after water breaks..


If your water breaks you should definitely go in, you risk infection once the sac has ruptured.  And for me....once my water broke I was only in labor for a couple hours before crowning.  

Carrie Dawson Due March 4 (girl); United Kingdom 60 posts
24th Feb

Thanks, any labor pain coping techniques?

goatfajitas 3 kids; 1 angel baby; dirty 5 thirty, CA, United States 3954 posts
24th Feb

Meditation worked really well for me, but I always opt for an epidural when it gets too painful

Carrie Dawson Due March 4 (girl); United Kingdom 60 posts
24th Feb

I'd rather avoid the Epi if I can, my sister said the birthing ball helped her.

Lil Cookie 2 kids; Meandarra, Australia 93 posts
28th Feb

Hey honey I'm due on the 3rd of March with my second, when going through Labour try and have a focal point for eg: I had a torch I would stare at, it helped so much, if your water breaks I would go in good luck :-)

Tonya3 3 kids; Ticonderoga, NY, United States 195 posts
1st Mar

I was in labor for about four or five hours.  My water broke halfway through.  I didn't have any pain meds for either labors.  My second one, they had to break my water.  I was due for my third on the 24th of February.  She still hasn't made an appearance.

Carrie Dawson Due March 4 (girl); United Kingdom 60 posts
1st Mar

Eeek, hopefully she comes soon then!

Hoping this ones not gonna be over due, due on the 4th.