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    Default Early Labour or Still Braxton Hicks?

    Argh... I am so desperate to be in labour!

    40w 3d. Had a S&S on the day of 40w. Lost a bit of mucous plug. Have been having BH contractions throughout pregnancy (this is the first time I've had them and it's child #3) but I have also been BF throughout this pregnancy too.

    Today I've been having contractions that I've been tracking and I'm averaging 4 per hour. They are around the 34-40 sec mark in duration but are still pretty differing in length. They come no matter what I've been doing, sitting, standing, walking around.

    But it's been 4 hours and pretty much the same thing. This is child number 3... should I stop holding my breath? Is this just BH still or start of early labour!?

    This time is so different from my last....

    I have an induction booked for next Tuesday that I'd really rather not have to attend....

    Please have good news for me....

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    I was always told if they dont ease with panadol and a warm bath/shower, its more than likely proper contractions not BH. From what you have described it sounds like early labour to me!

    Fwiw my contractions were always varied in duration.

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    Does sound a bit like very very early labour. Which could easily ramp up or cease entirely.

    The rule is generally that you are not in labour until you are having 3 contractions in 10 minutes that are lasting at least 30 seconds, or until you are 3/4cm dilated.

    Best of luck!

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    I had BH throughout my second pregnancy, but from the day I ticked over 40 weeks I had really strong BH that would come every 5 mins all day and night, lasting 45-60 seconds. I got to 40+5 before they suddenly got more intense and closer together. Baby arrived 2hrs later.

    So I guess you can't predict what will happen - but I'm sure you'll definitely know when it starts to progress lol. Best of luck!!

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    Agree with being prepared for things to intensify rapidly! With dd3 i was uncomfortable (weeks of strong BH but no contractions), noticed my plug after dh and I dtd (still no contractions), then all of a sudden my waters broke with a massive contraction (1st obe) and they werw coming 1 on top of the other. Dd3 was born half an hour later! Only just made it to the hospital a few blocks away. Definitely was not prepared for it to happen that quickly!


 

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