How did you know when you were really in labor?

I’m 35 weeks pregnant with my second child. Sunday night, I started having what felt like contractions every 5-6 minutes for two hours, along with lower back pain & hip pressure. It happened again Monday night but wasn’t exactly the same. Today I’m having hip pressure & terrible stomach pains that are mainly constant along with lower back pain. With my first baby, I had to be induced & was on pain medication, so I can’t really remember what real labor feels like, but this is painful. I’ve tried laying in different positions, walking around, seeing if I just needed to use the bathroom & nothing has helped. I have a doctor’s check-up tomorrow & don’t know if I should just wait & deal with it until then or go-ahead to the hospital. A nurse from my doctor’s office told me earlier today she would like for me to go get monitored, but I’d hate to go all the way to the hospital for false labor.

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You could be going in and out of labor. Like progressing a little then it stops. My body doesn’t this for weeks before it’s time. Drink 40oz water, take some Tylenol, relax and try to nap. If it’s keeping you awake or wakes you up it’s time to go. However your dr knows best so keep that in mind.

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There is no wrong reason and even if its false labor at least you’ll know!!

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If it doesnt stop after walking, drinking water, pain is constant and lasting longer you’re probably in labor .

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I’m 35 weeks (my 4th) and have the same thing happening… it could just be baby moving down on the cervix (first stages of baby preparation for birth)!! You should go get checked if your worried about it!

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You’ll know when it’s real. But if you’re worried you can call your OBGYN and they can do a test for you and let you know what they think.

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I’ve had 5 babies id go to the hospital who cares if its a false alarm better to be safe amd make sure you and the baby are OK!!!

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When my water broke lol. No seriously though. With my second I was in active preterm labor with contractions anywhere from 3-5mins apart for 3 full days before my water broke. I went to the hospital twice and got sent home twice so I looked at my then fiance and said I’d not go back until my water broke! I was pissed.

Two days later in full blown pain, contractions, labor I still refused to go to the hospital until my water broke then the nurse had the balls to ask me if I peed myself instead of it being my water because I was there so much in the end.

You may be dehydrated, trying drinking lots of water and resting

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I told my doctor about having Braxton Hicks frequently and he said if I have them consistently for 2 hours that I should get to labor and delivery ASAP to be checked out so I’d say go get checked for sure… they will just do a stress test and maybe even an ultrasound so it can’t hurt!

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Definitely go to the hospital even if your not in labor thats why they’re there. Happened to me with my first one, thought i was in labor but wasn’t, and two days later i was.

If it gets worse then go

If you have an appointment tomorrow I’m sure you’ll be fine but I’d go now if I were you.

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Im 33 weeks and my doctor said if I have 5 or more contractions in an hour to go pee, drink a bottle of water and lay on my side with one hand on my stomach for one hour. If they continue with 5 or more in an hour after that she needs to know. But they usually always stop after i take those steps

I was like this for weeks. Get checked. The worse they could do is tell you to go home and wait it out

I had a similar issue last week and I was also 35 weeks. I had contractions about the same intervals for several hours. Laying down and drinking water didn’t help so Went to triage labor and delivery per my doctor just to make sure and I was contracting due to dehydration and babies heart rate was elevated because of it. Had a bag of fluids and contractions stopped and heart rate went to normal. Left a few hours later. I too was induced with my son for first pregnancy so was unsure about what going into natural labor felt like. Never hurts to always double check if you have concerns. Good luck mama!

I had to be induced with my first and that Pitocin makes your contractions excruciating…I felt a little weird with my second and thought it was just those Braxton Hicks contractions or not even those so I figured to go get checked out…well I was 8 cm dilated and they put me in a delivery room stat and the nurse said I don’t know how close I was to having my daughter at home or in the truck on the way there…from the time I got registered, into a regular room to get checked then into a delivery room and had my daughter it was only about a half an hour :astonished:… definitely different than my first time :+1:

If it’s real labor the contractions will be consistent and get closer together and more painful. Being dehydrated can cause irregular contractions so drink extra water

Sounds like contractions

Just go in, sounds like early labor to me