At what point do you / did you call your doctor (start of labor)

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got sent home twice the weekend before I gave birth, AND the day before-the nurse at my NST told me to get upstairs right away ( I was a week late) and the L&D nurse was like “why are you here?” I wanted to CRY. Actually, I did. 

Post # 18
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve only called or gone in when they were consistent/painful, 2-3 minutes apart and lasted for more than 5 hours.  I’m hesitant to call after being sent home twice 😉


Post # 19
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

We lived about 20 minutes from the hospital, and my doctor said to call when they are 4-5 min apart!

Post # 20
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Before I had Addie, I was worried I wouldn’t know what “real” labor was like, since I had false labor a few times in the last couple weeks before her birth.  My doctor said to come to hospital when the contractions were 5 minutes apart for one hour and so hard I couldn’t talk through them.  I actually ended up going in when my water broke.

Post # 21
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My doctor wants me to call when my contractions are five minutes apart, lasting one minute, for one hour.

Post # 22
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had contractions without dialating alot with my pregnacy so I just waited until I couldnt walk/talk threw the contractions anymore and they were consistant…

Post # 23
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Sounds like you’re close! 

I was really confused to bc some of my contractions would only be a few minutes apart and then when I’d think it was time to go in I wouldnt have another one for a half hour or so.  The day I started I had a nonstress test already  scheduled and the bigger contractions were ~8-10 min apart durung the test.  So since I was already fully effaced and starting to dilate she said to come in when they become regularly 5 min apart for 30-40 minutes in  a row or water breaks.  I went when my water broke.  I live like 5 min from the hospital so I may have gone in sooner if i lived farther.

Best wishes, you will do wonders.

Post # 25
2820 posts
Sugar bee

@firsttimemom:  Aw thanks.  Are you still having lots of contractions?  I hope theyre making progress too.  Right after baby was born and people would ask how long my labor was Id joke that with all the BH and other contractions that it lasted about a month.

Post # 27
47175 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

These are the instructions we give callers, but you should follow the directions of your doctor.

After 37 weeks of pregnancy, call your health professional immediately or go the hospital if you have:

  • Concern that the baby has stopped moving or is moving much less than normal. See kick counts for information on how to check your baby’s activity.
  • Any vaginal bleeding.
  • Regular contractions (about 4 or more in 20 minutes, or about 8 or more within 1 hour).
  • A sudden release of fluid from the vagina.


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