Before I start this post for real you may be wondering how I can question labor pains, seeing as this is my fourth pregnancy and I’ve gone thru the process already 3 times. Well, I’ll tell you in case you missed it before.. My first two kids were induced because they were each 10 days over due. I went into the hospital scheduled for each of them and was given pitocin and the doctors broke my water. It was actually very easy as there was no guesswork on my part and because I was hooked up to monitors and what not (and because medically induced labor is rather fierce) there was no question as to what contractions actually were. With the third baby my water broke suddenly and I went straight to the hospital where again I was given pitocin because my contractions were not progressing at all. Again, not much guesswork or confusion on my part.
Last night however I was getting some consistent contractions for over 2 hours and they were rather close together. They weren’t nearly as painful as one that I’d experienced in my previous deliveries, but they kept up for hours and were not erratic at all. Regina was up with me and we were both pretty sure that the baby was going to be coming. I wasn’t fully convinced though because even though they were painful they weren’t mind numbing or even enough to stop my ability from talking. So we waited, and waited and waited. At 2 I told her I was going to lay down and that she should try to sleep. I let her know if Aidan and I were going to the hospital I’d wake her and headed for my room. Within 10 minutes of laying on my side the contractions stopped and that was that.
I’m so glad I didn’t head to the hospital only to be sent home. On the other hand I’m so glad I didn’t wait to long and deliver a baby in the living room. I really don’t know how powerful natural and real labor contractions are! I’ve never experienced them and only have the rapid and fierce ones that pitocin brings on to compare them to. Believe me I know what they feel like but I’m unsure how less intense real labor will feel. Last nights weren’t alarming pain wise, so I used the thinking “do I need pain medication to get through this?” the answer was no every time and I guess that helped me a lot in my decision.
In any case, I definitely think the contractions were real and getting me closer to that 4 cm mark before active labor begins. As I was laying in bed I read plenty of stories from women whose labors had paused for quite a while before getting hardcore ready to deliver. My stomach feels pretty tight this morning and I am pretty sure that we are on our way towards the real deal. I have an OB appointment on Friday, if I make it til then at least I will feel better knowing if this is normal and get some solid ideas of when I would want to head to the hospital if this is actually my first normal delivery.
Well, have a great day and I’ll check in tomorrow with an update :) Maybe there will be a baby picture to post :)
ps I realize that I am probably jinxing myself and there will be no baby picture to post for another 3 weeks.. but I hope that’s not true :)