I started feeling nauseous and having menstrual-like cramps. It felt like I had food poisoning or something. But the cramps quickly got regular and stronger and I started timing them. Very soon, they were regular, timeable and I couldn't talk through them. That's how I knew it was the big day. :)
My water broke with my first. I had contractions about 2-3 mins apart with my second and I couldn't stand straight and I had bad bad cramping. This one.... Pre-term labor I had severe backache and bad crampingt
I ironically went into labour on my due date lol. had ds2 the same day. ds1 and ds3 were induced, baby#4 will probably be induced too.
with ds1 I had 2 hours of labour and delivery, including my water breaking and me going from a 4 cm to a 10 cm immediately and delivered 10 min later. so when I went into labour with ds2 they needed me at the hospital asap incase my water broke. so I spent like 10 hours there having contractions but not in labour, and 5 hours for labour and delivery. even though I spent the extra time in the hospital, in my case it was better :)
1st....induced at 41 weeks
2nd....my water "broke". it started leaking......felt like I kept peeing myself. pads would be soaked. went in and got induced and they finished breaking my water. Hubby always teased me I just sprung a leak....haha...but so true.
3rd....induced at 42 weeks. they broke my water. I had consistant contractions for 3 weeks but did not diolate. painful! but worth it for a healthy baby!!
4th....I was induced but I was consistantly contrating just not diolating. they broke my water.
5th.... I was contrating consistantly and went to the hospital and I was progressing on my own and my water broke and 30 minss later she was here. All the others it was HOURS before anything changed. This last time there was no pitocin (sp?)!! **huge deal for me so I still am shoked and so excited**
contractions are without a doubt YOU KNOW cramping/pressure. braxton hicks are the ones you go "is this it?". if you are saying "HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!" time them.
I was having contractions on and off for a few days. (felt like period cramps) I started losing my mucus plug the night before (big glob of mucusy gunk) and then I started having regular contractions. I would time how far apart they were. When they got to be about 3 minutes apart, I called DH, he came home, a friend picked up DD1 and we went to the hospital.