How to tell if they're contractions????

Okay. I'm really uncomfortable. I had what felt like just intermittent menstrual cramps last night. I had a teeny bit of blood this morning (pink) and I'm getting what I think are contractions every 15-17 minutes or so - but they're only lasting about 30 seconds. I saw the dr. this morning and I'm only 1 cm. So now I'm home. But in between the bigger "contractions" I'm getting more of the crampiness in my lower abdomen and lower back. What are those????
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I know that I had lots of discomfort in my back while I was in labour - DS was face up. I don't know if those are contractions or something else.

It sounds like you are very close. Good luck and try to keep yourself fed and hydrated even though it feels like the last thing you want to do right now.
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The only way to tell is if they are occurring at regular intervals and get consistently closer and demand more of your attention. A good time to head to the hospital or call a midwife is 4-1-1 - when they are 4 mins apart for 1 hour and last 1 minute.

You'll know when it is time - everyone told me that, and I didn't get it, but I did know.
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Yeah, the only way to tell is if they get consistently closer together.

I only cramped and had bloody show when I was actually in somw sort of productive, active labor, though. Both times, I had prolonged prodromal labors with consistent contractions that did not get closer together and with minimal cramping. So I guess that's a possibility, either way, you're close.

Good luck. It's the hardest thing to wait for, isn't it?
I timed mine for an hour last night at 5 minutes apart and about 45 seconds each in duration. Then they stopped... It was the same two nights before that. Why do they keep stopping?
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I timed mine for an hour last night at 5 minutes apart and about 45 seconds each in duration. Then they stopped... It was the same two nights before that. Why do they keep stopping?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

That's called prodromal labor. It's often because baby isn't perfectly positioned. Try spending some time in hands-and-knees position and maybe even doing a chore in that position, like washing the kitchen floor. Yeah yeah, I know, washing the floor at a time like this sounds dreadful, but being in that position really opens up the pelvis and the swaying and gravity help baby get into perfect occiput anterior position (back of baby's head towards your front). Once that head is perfect, and if all labor conditions are good to go, prodromal labor will stop and real, active labor will start.
Okay. I'm really uncomfortable. I had what felt like just intermittent menstrual cramps last night. I had a teeny bit of blood this morning (pink) and I'm getting what I think are contractions every 15-17 minutes or so - but they're only lasting about 30 seconds. I saw the dr. this morning and I'm only 1 cm. So now I'm home. But in between the bigger "contractions" I'm getting more of the crampiness in my lower abdomen and lower back. What are those????
Originally Posted by CurlieGlamourGirlie


You've got to stop timing contractions that are more than 10 minutes apart, or you'll drive yourself insane. Ignore that non-consistant contraction pattern stuff as long as you can. You will pay attention at the right time, I assure you. Your body will demand it of you. But timing them when they are so far apart is just not fruitful. Try the hands-and-knees stuff I suggested in the post above. Opening the pelvis and allowing gravity to act on the heaviest part of the baby (it's back) really helps get baby ready to go (if all other labor conditions are optimal). It won't be long. There's no such thing as a wasted contraction. Every contraction does something, even if it's just getting baby's head perfectly positioned or toning your uterus to perfection. Go on with your regular life and try to ignore it until it can't be ignored any longer.
You've got to stop timing contractions that are more than 10 minutes apart, or you'll drive yourself insane. Ignore that non-consistant contraction pattern stuff as long as you can. You will pay attention at the right time, I assure you. Your body will demand it of you. But timing them when they are so far apart is just not fruitful. Try the hands-and-knees stuff I suggested in the post above. Opening the pelvis and allowing gravity to act on the heaviest part of the baby (it's back) really helps get baby ready to go (if all other labor conditions are optimal). It won't be long. There's no such thing as a wasted contraction. Every contraction does something, even if it's just getting baby's head perfectly positioned or toning your uterus to perfection. Go on with your regular life and try to ignore it until it can't be ignored any longer.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Thanks RCW - I knew you'd pop in with some info!! I've just been writing everything down so I can keep track.

I have an exercise ball and I've been on my knees with my head and chest on the ball - that seems to be helping greatly.

One more ?? and it might be TMI - I've been having more bloody show - kind of like period blood - this is normal though, right??
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One more ?? and it might be TMI - I've been having more bloody show - kind of like period blood - this is normal though, right??

Yup, normal. It really just means the cervix is doing something. If it gets really heavy, though, call the doc.
I had a TON of bleeding before and during early labour. I was worried, but it is/was normal. I wore pads.
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I timed mine for an hour last night at 5 minutes apart and about 45 seconds each in duration. Then they stopped... It was the same two nights before that. Why do they keep stopping?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

That's called prodromal labor. It's often because baby isn't perfectly positioned. Try spending some time in hands-and-knees position and maybe even doing a chore in that position, like washing the kitchen floor. Yeah yeah, I know, washing the floor at a time like this sounds dreadful, but being in that position really opens up the pelvis and the swaying and gravity help baby get into perfect occiput anterior position (back of baby's head towards your front). Once that head is perfect, and if all labor conditions are good to go, prodromal labor will stop and real, active labor will start.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Oh, I wish I had known this 6 1/2 years ago!
I tried doing the counting thing, but honestly, I couldnt tell when active labor started. Basically when I couldn't form a full sentence without moaning and groaning, I knew it was time to go. I'm not sure if that helps or not.

<<<happy pushing>>>
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Hands and knees is really what got my labor going, it was like I flipped a switch.

Your cramps sound like contractions to me. That is exactly how I felt when I was in labor.
You guys are so close! Sending quick labor vibes!!! Keep us posted.
Oh, I wish I had known this 6 1/2 years ago!

You'll get another chance in a few months, Cosmic.
CGG--PM me (use MedussaGuide) if you need anything. I'm only a few minutes away. Are you giving birth at SSH or GSH?

Also, getting in a warm bath really helps move things along. Try it. Same goes for you Spiderlashes.
Good luck, you two! I hope your babies come soon!
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Good luck, you two! I hope your babies come soon!
Originally Posted by velvet paws
Hope yours stays inside for what...another week or so? Good luck on your finals!
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG


Hope yours stays inside for what...another week or so? Good luck on your finals!
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Thanks! He just needs to stay put until Tuesday. I'll start flashing the lights on and off for last call then.
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OK, this is probably completely TMI, but how big is the mucous plug supposed to be? I think I may have just lost mine. (What a funny term though. I didn't lose it at all, I know exactly where it went ) Once again TMI, it was also all bloody, does that mean that's bloody show or the mucous plug? or both? I thought I had read and knew about all these things, and now that it's coming down to the nitty-gritty I'm feeling totally clueless.
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