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  1. Emily
    September 24, 2008

    Don’t be TOO afraid of hospital checks when you think you might be in labor:
    EIGHTY-ONE LABOR CHECKS. And this is just one particular hospital. Showing up once or twice and being sent home? NOTHING compared to EIGHTY-ONE LABOR CHECKS.

  2. WabiSabiLife
    September 24, 2008

    25-30lbs? Hahahahaha!!! I *WISH*!! Last feb. I was 133. Yesterday? 184.4. I am due the same week as Amalah, which means I still have apx. 3 1/2 weeks to go.
    god, I’m so achey….

  3. Charlie
    September 25, 2008

    Gah, at 36 weeks I was ready to be done. Labor ended up coming the day after I hit 37 weeks. And there are days I wish my little were average in size she was 9lbs at three weeks early. And no worries about going in to the hospital. Sadly we went in to have the baby checked the night before I went into labor.

  4. Karen
    September 25, 2008

    Heh, I was one of *those* women, who is convinced she was in labor (my doula agreed with me!), went to the hospital, triage nurse checks me, says “You’re 4 cm dilated” and I was all, “WOOT!” Got checked in, and….no progress. My doctor gently said that we could either a) use pitocin to speed things along, or b) i could opt to go home, see if things sped up and spend more labor time in the comfort of my own home.
    I went home, bawling not because I hadn’t had a baby, but because I had put everybody (doula, family members, sitter) through all that bother.
    At my next OB appointment, found out that the nurse messed up, that I was only 1 cm dilated. I remember flinging my heavily-pregnant upper torso upright on the exam table and yelling “WHAT THE HELL!?”
    One week later, I was induced because a) big babies run in the family and b) I was so done, dear Lord.
    it’s not the worst, being one of those ladies. A bit humblig, but not the worst.

  5. Kate B.
    September 25, 2008

    I probably shouldn’t post this, but it all happened backwards for me. I suspected that the “assorted pregnancy fluids of mystery” had changed, subtly, but thought I was being paranoid due to over-Googling pregnancy symptoms. I shared my concern with my mother-in-law, however, and she was worried enough that I decided to go to the doctor just to make HER feel better. My doctor was slightly patronizing, agreeing to test for amniotic fluid leakage to “make me feel better,” and surprise! It really WAS amniotic fluid! The startled doctor send me to the hospital immediately, and 11 short hours later, I had a baby girl.
    We actually had the baby the night of our last childbirth preparation class. Now that we know she is absolutely healthy, I am so glad she came early (not least of the reasons is that she weighed in at 6 lb 9 oz a MONTH before her due date). It was strange because I never got to experience the impatience/anticipation, since it seemed like a month was a LOOONG ways away. I hadn’t packed my hospital bag, and we hadn’t even agreed on a name!
    It is hard to believe that instead of going in for my 38 week check-up tomorrow, I’ll be bringing her in for HER 2 week check-up!

  6. Shaunna
    September 26, 2008

    I’ve learned in my childbirth prep classes that you can reverse dilate. So maybe somebody did not mess up. You actually can be 4 cm and then later be only 1 cm. Who knows. Just a thought.

  7. Crystal
    September 26, 2008

    Ok, here’s my embarrassing tale.
    I lost my mucus plug and FREAKED OUT because I was only 32 weeks along.
    I call my OB, and am informed that
    -A-without blood it doesn’t really mean anything
    -B-Please dear god don’t save it and bring it in to show us
    -C-No,REALLY, it doesn’t mean you’re going into labor anytime soon.
    -E-You can lose it multiple times
    Two weeks later I’m still super pregnant, have lost a second mucus plug, and am equally grossed out by having seen what looked like a giant booger come out of my vagina.

  8. Stephanie
    October 3, 2008

    Its so hard knowing when its really going to happen. So after my last child I told myself I wasnt going to assemble the troops until I was sure. After 2 false alarms trying to find babysitters at 9pm for my 2 little boys I decided it was enough. Best advice for people is to call people when you think you might, just to give them a heads up to keep the phone with them. Thats what I plan on doing this time.

  9. Pregnancy
    December 16, 2008

    Labor is the most painful time in giving birth but when the baby is coming out it is the happiest moment, according to my Aunt and Friends who experienced it.me??Not yet..I am one of those women who are having phobia on having this kind of challenges.

  10. lornadoone1972
    January 16, 2009

    I just had my 36 week check up with my fabulous Jamaican doctor – he is truly super laid back and has a great reputation in town – which has its benefits – sometimes. I asked when I should go to hospital and asked if I should follow the 1 minute contractions every 5 minutes for 1 hour or more rule… to which he replied – Oh no – just go in when the contractions are too uncomfortable…hmm – couldn’t that be different for everybody. So then I said – should I call you when i go in or earlier. Oh no don’t worry about calling me – just go in and they’ll find me! Oh boy… ambiguity at its best!

  11. Lauren
    April 1, 2009

    Gah! I’m so with you on the false labor. I’m 33 weeks now, lost my mucus plug with plenty of “bloody show (ha, ha)” yesterday, and had hard contractions 3 minutes apart for 3 hours straight last night. The best part? My husband is out of town, and my mom is in the hospital. I was really looking forward to my 3.5 year-old being my labor coach. Thank heavens…no baby, yet.

  12. Della
    August 11, 2009

    Siiiighhh. Last weekend (35 wks), I totally whacked my belly on a door frame, which sent me into 1-2 minute apart contractions for THREE HOURS. About the “are they getting closer together” question… um… how could they!?!!
    But luckily, this is my second baby, so I knew they were false labor and they didn’t hurt. Much. Still, I slept sitting up, that night, just in case. In the morning, I counted 8 in the hour between when I woke up and when my doctor’s office opened, so for all I knew they could have been going all night! I was freaking out by now! When I spoke to my nurse, I found that the doc was performing a major surgery that morning. Rather than tell me to come in and see another doc in the practice, the nurse told me I could wait until the afternoon to see my regular doc. I couldn’t believe she was being so calm about it! I was sure they would send me to the ER to get re-hydrated or SOMETHING. But nah.
    Sulking, I took a nap while I waited, and the contractions had stopped by the time I got to the doc. Figures. Also, I am neither effaced NOR dilated. Siiiiigghhhhh….
    Anyhow, if it’s your first one, I’d suggest having called the doctor back at the point where they were a couple minutes apart, instead of doing what I did. But I did learn something; my doc says that with the second, third, etc, “every woman tells him” that the practice contractions feel more like the real thing, are more intense, possibly painful even. Just something to keep in mind.

  13. CherylH
    September 2, 2009

    I read this site religiously during my first pregnancy last year. Just wanted to share that I was one of those “lucky” 10% of women whose water DID break prior to any symptoms of labor. I was just sleeping in bed at 12:45 AM and woke up thinking I’d peed myself. No cramps, never saw a mucus plug or bloody show. Just, water breaks = off to the hospital = healthy, 7lb 12oz baby boy born about 15 hours later. Oh, and I was only at 36 1/2 weeks.
    So…it’s just hard to tell. Every woman is different.

    • Emily
      March 14, 2013

      I was one of those women as well. No symptoms, no contractions, no cramps, no mucous plug.. water broke at the grocery store. I was thick and closed. So, yeah.. no prior indication. On my due date, nonetheless.. I think that puts me into a 3% rarity for water breaking on due date without any prior labor signs. And when labor did start? It was back labor.. so took me awhile to realize that the back pain was my own official version of ‘active labor contractions’. There really isn’t a ‘normal’ in pregnancy.

      • Jen
        September 16, 2013

        It’s funny I was ALSO that small percentage.  I think this statistic needs to be revisited.  2 of my best friends and myself all had our water spontaneously break with no pregnancy symptoms.  I wonder if the hospitals don’t really report it consistently so the statistic gets messed up.

      • Erin
        December 3, 2013

        Same!  I had some mild cramping, sort of menstrual style and then poof! (Or splat?) water broke and then I had my son 4 hours later!

  14. Kim
    December 31, 2009

    Had my first at 35 weeks (7lbs, 3 oz – I laugh at your 6 lbs!) I was so happy to get past that date – and then I woke up in pain all night, and was sure the baby wasn’t moving. Eventually I had a bowl of cereal, and the baby did move, so I tried to get some more sleep. But I was still in godawful pain when I woke up (although I wasn’t contracting, and the pain was way higher than I expected it. So I trundled off to the hospital, where I spent the whole day having… gas pains. Hyperactive Bowel Activity, they called. Yeah. Ain’t posting that on Facebook. But… I am glad I went, because they ruled out pre-eclampsia, and I did have some early labor, and good gah, I was in pain. But honestly – gas pain? Pregnancy rocks.
    I’m due Jan. 27, don’t expect I’ll make it, but I really want to get past the holidays and into the new year….

  15. Dbug
    March 2, 2010

    I just spent a Sunday night up every hour to either pee or because I was in pain. Painful false labor where the contractions where an hour apart but lasted like 15 minutes. Ick. I also passed my mucus plug. Fine the whole next day and night, but it did have the effect of waking up my husband. He’s usually so laid back and my mentioning we will have a baby soon and he should be prepared has had no effect. Now he thinks I’m going into labor tomorrow and has gone into super husband/dad mode. Finally:-)

  16. Lauren
    October 4, 2013

    Advocating a language change here – instead of False Labor, I call it Practice Labor. False labor seems to imply that the woman read the signs wrong, or did something wrong by going to the hospital, or somehow got “faked out” by her body. But after experiencing it myself for MANY hours at a time, MULTIPLE times over the course of this past week (39 wks + 1day today), I can honestly say F that on the negative judgements towards these contractions. My body IS doing something, there’s nothing false about it. They are REAL and they are likely EARLY labor, which has no set time period no matter how hard movie script writers try to define one. Practice labor (or super-duper-early labor) sounds much more accurate a description to me than “false”.

    (there, that passed 5 minutes of my day. is my baby here yet?)

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Kallman
      October 4, 2013

      Thanks for your feedback. Really appreciate it!

  17. Julie – Claire
    March 30, 2014

    if i would have listened to what the Dr’s said with any of my last 3 kids i would of had the babies in the elevator. the first one i had no contractions just non movement and they tried sending me home until i started bleeding and then 15 mins later my son was here, my next one i went to hospital bc my left leg was having shooting pains and i didn’t understand what was wrong and they again tried to send me home and checked me i was 3 cm, i went to pee and said please check one more time, and i was 9 just like that and a little girl was born 30 mins later.. and with my youngest son i had been having horrible horrible back pain and a few contractions they monitored me and were again gonna send me home, i refused and said ill just walk around and then i stood up my water broke and that was 1:57am and he was born at no shit 1:59am.. so with me when i say im in labor they better listen this time because I’m IN labor.. and i didn’t have time for an epidural or even an IV with any of them, and not really alot of notice just a gut feeling on my part.. so everyone is different and i don’t listen to the Dr, when they say wait till they are 5 mins or 3 mins apart. if i would have listened to them i would of had a baby in an elevator, a car and a bathroom.. and at the time the nurses and Dr’s thought i was being crazy and didn’t know what i was talking about lol, i showed them.. 

  18. Brandi
    April 23, 2014

    Ha, let us see. My daughter will be 5 months old on April 25th. I had her November 25th at 7:48 AM. That Saturday I worked. I was in early labor apparently. My contractions were all over the place. Short  ones, long ones, 3 min apart, 10 min apart, 7 min., etc. Well by 2 am Sunday morning I get up, I am trying to breathe through worsening contractions. Suddenly I need to have a BM, then I lose my mucous plug, then while walking back and forth from the living room to the bathroom my water breaks. Finally, my hubs gets up and asks if it’s time. I call the hospital while he showers. Well, after 36 or so hours she was born. With only a few problems during labor. She was perfect. Oddly, no gunk or blood on her. She was just wet. Fun times! :)

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