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    Default Length of Labour--how do you know?

    Here comes an ignorant question from a first time mum-to-be!

    When ppl say "I had a 5/15/48 hour labour" at what point do you start "timing" it? Just curious more than anything.

    I.e ppl say that Braxton hicks get more frequent, irregular contractions happen, over a few days sometimes, b4 they get more frequent...they get closer & then you know it's "time"

    When are you classed actually "in labour" -- once the contractions get to a certain amount of time apart or what?

    Silly question I know, I'm just curious!

    On a related question--

    Do "actual" contractions feel different to BH? How will I know when It's actually happening?

    Thanks in advance

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    I count the length of my labours from very first noticeable pain until bub is out. I have noticed that everyone has different ways of calculating the length - like some people i know count from when contractions get really close together, so they may have started contracting 10 hours before the baby is out but they say their labour was only 4 hours as that's when the contrations got really serious i guess?
    My labours had very regular, close together contractions right from the go and my labours were very short so i guess it is easy for me to count from first contraction as there was no lead up iykwim?

    When i was really in labour i just 'knew'

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    I say mine was 12 hours because at 3 pm I started thinking that something might have been going on and he was born at 2:45 am.

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    I always count from when real cx start, if I counted from when it wasn't fun anymore my labours would be 5hrs (8hrs), 6hrs (16hrs) and 3hrs (8hrs).


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    Yep I count from first contraction to when bubs was out which gave me a 6 hour labour.

    I only count from contractions as I was 3cm dilated 6 days before I has any pain (never got braxton hicks) but actual contractions didn't start for another week after that and then it was full force labour.

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    I've always wondered why people shortened their labour by only counting from a certain point into labour rather than when the contractions actually began - i want credit for every single minute i had to go through labour!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    I've always wondered why people shortening their labour by only counting from a certain point into labour rather than when the contractions actually began - i want credit for every single minute i had to go through labour!
    Too right


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    I think some people count from the first contraction and others from active labour when it gets down to the nitty gritty. I count from my first contraction, so say 19 hours and an emergency c-section.

    As for knowing, somehow you just do. Mine were more intense than BH right from the start. And of course if your waters break first, you'll definitely know!! If you're not sure, get up and go for a walk around the house, or have a shower. If you are still having regular pains, it's the real deal.

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    I always counted from the first contraction.. whether they are regular or super painful or not they are still contractions which clearly means labour has started

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    I believe hospitals time you from when you get to 4cm- I think this is when they consider it "active labour".
    But I think it should be counted from your first contraction!


 

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