What were your symptoms before labor began?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
Member
1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ugh I hated that part.  I completely remember how stressful it was. I was 4 days past my due date and I had 2 false labors and lots of “symptoms” that led to nothing for weeks.  The day I went into labor was no different than any other day.  I went to the Dr. and he said I hadn’t changed- still 1cm and 50% effaced as I had been for 2-3 weeks.  I went shopping, had lunch with my mom and cooked.  At about 4pm I had a HUGE, painful contraction but then nothing for an hour.  Then a few more, very far apart (an hour or two) and not consistent. Then at about 8pm they started coming every 10-15 minutes, then 8 minutes, then 4, then 3 and then we went to the hospital. 🙂

Sorry you are stuck in the holding pattern, but it does end eventually. Good luck!

Post # 4
Member
4587 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This probably isn’t helpful at all…

I started losing my mucus plug a week or so before but I didn’t really have any noticeable Braxton Hicks or other obvious signs. I will say, I was very antsy the night before I went into labor and had a really hard time sleeping. Then late the following afternoon my water broke, and contractions started an hour later.

Post # 5
Member
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had been having BH cx for over a month.  My only real “symptoms” before labor were desperation, irritation, and hopelessness.  I knew I was NEVER going into labor.  I was 8 days past due 🙁  In fact, about a week or so before I finally went into labor I had a few nights of contractions every 7-10 minutes that lasted for over 2 hours before going away. 

At the behest of my midwives, I did a castor oil concoction as a last resort.  I was 41 weeks and not even dilated.  I took the castor oil in the morning on a Friday.  I had contractions all day, increasingly uncomfortable but completely manageable.  I went for a few walks, I bounced on my yoga ball, I walked some more, bounced some more, you get the picture.  I did have some bloody mucous that evening, and contractions that were still very manageable and approaching 5 minute intervals.  I finally went to bed around midnight assuming this was just another one of those things that would go away uneventfully.

I woke up at 3:30am with more intense contractions and they stayed about 5 minutes apart until after 8am, at which point we went to the hospital.  I was bound and determined NOT to go in until I was SURE I was in real labor.  I had the baby at 2:34 that afternoon!

Post # 6
Member
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My water broke before I went into labour BUT I thought it was going to happen soon because  babys head felt so low he might fall out (clearly not but thats the only way I can describe it)

Post # 7
Member
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

My water broke on the kitchen floor.  To the hospital I went 🙂

Post # 9
Member
1996 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had no symptoms! Went for a check up a few days before my due date turns out dd was breach. They scheduled my csection for that monday (it was friday). Sunday night before I started “leaking” & my water broke. Had one contraction as they were taking me back for my epidural. This time around the schedule my csection a few days early to avoid the water break! Definitely keep walking! Good luck.

Post # 10
Member
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@kelly105:  It’s common to feel some contractions when walking if you’re VERY pregnant, it’s just putting strain on the body to have the baby bouncing gently as you walk, and if your LO is low in the uterus they could be bouncing a little on your cervix as well. It’s unlikely to get you into labor, but it will help you feel better to stay mobile 🙂

Everyone is different, but it sounds like you have some of the “getting ready” signs (pooping a lot is one). I would say the biggest indicator is timing of your contractions. There are some nice apps for phones that help you time contractions – way easier than using a stopwatch and notepad IMO. Since my contractions didn’t hurt at all for the first six hours, and then only hurt a little for the next two, it was helpful to have the app to keep track so I could give a heads up to my midwife and doula.

As for being at work, you could fake contractions off and on, that might get people to back off. Just put your hand over your stomach, bend over a little, and take some deep breaths for 10-15 seconds. Nobody wants a woman going in to labor on their watch, at least that’s how people were around me when I was past due 😉

Post # 11
Member
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What’s TWW?  I hate acronyms!!!

Post # 12
Member
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

TWW = two week wait

I had no symptoms before going into labour and almost no BH contractions. First contraction started at 3 AM and were about 3-5 minutes apart from the beginning. DD was born 6 hours later.

 

Post # 13
Member
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kelly105:  geez, is that how it is in the US? You work right until you go into labour? Crazy. I’ll be off work for at least a month before my EDD. it’s time to rest and nest and be ready for baby. 

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors