(Closed) When did you consider yourself to be in “real” labor?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Real labor for me was when I couldnt walk/talk threw contractions anymore.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I always count my labor to have started when my water broke the first time.  Before that, I had consistet, timeable contractions for hours on quite a few occasions, but when my water broke, I realized this was FINALLY the real thing.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

When my water broke. That was when I HAD to go to the hospital and it was going down soon.LOL (well, 15hrs later.LOL)

(Not that water breaking is the only start to labor, just for me.)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had timeable contractions for days before! They were 8 minutes apart and 1-2 minutes long 5 days before she made her appearance! I considered it “real” labor when we headed to the hospital with contractions 3 minutes apart, hard to talk through and I was dialted to 8!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I start the clock when my water broke. I had DS 18 hours later.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@firsttimemom: haha 🙂 i never had any contractions prior to that. i went to the hospital and was dilated to 4cm but wasn’t contracting. I ended up on pitocin (FML) and my contractions were horrible but still not consistent and I got up to the highest dosage you can have. So, if i counted on contractions…i never went into labor!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I start the clock from the moment that I realized that the contractions were different. I had timeable contractions every night for 6 weeks before delivery with 3 of my kids but when it was time, I knew it was different and it was the real deal. My water didn’t break until minutes before birth.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I was induced at 10:30am.  My doctor broke my water at 8pm, and I delivered my baby at 3:16am after less than 20 minutes of pushing.  I start the clock at 8pm.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I guess I tell people when contractions started (Saturday night).  But they were hit-and-miss and not very strong and finally stopped until very eary Sunday morning.  Contractions all day, water broke around 9pm.  Baby was born around 11:00 Monday morning.  To me, it seems like it’s all labor but maybe not “hard labor?”  I say you should include all of it if you’d like and Hubby should just agree as his laboring time was none.  🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This makes me wonder – would I actually be able to drive/be driven the 2 hours to a birthing center between my water breaking and giving birth?  (The desire to do so may be insane.)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@cyneswith: Maybe.LOL My contractions started an hr after my water broke, but i didn’t give birth for 15 more hrs.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yeah, I think the desire to do so is insane. 🙂  I think I would have been fine to drive before my water broke and I could have made the 25-ish minute drive if I absolutely had to.  But I don’t think I could have done 2 hours.  While it took awhile for the baby to come, things definitely got more intense after my water broke.

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