This is the biggest question when you are expecting. And I do mean the biggest. How do I know when I need to go to the hospital or where ever it is that you will be delivering your bundle of joy?
The books say, you will know or that when your contractions get to a certain time apart, etc. But what do contractions feel like, how do I know this is real and false labor?
For me that was a big challenge, I was waiting for the tell-tale signs of labor. However, never really got to experience it as it would naturally occur. I was induced ad 10 days overdue with my son. So here is what you will be on the look out for…
For most women menstrual cramps are painful and fully engulf your lower belly and back. Now, I am making a generalization. If you do not experience cramping during your menstrual cycle congrats and I am envious. Most women experience a great deal of at least discomfort.
While waiting for labor to begin I wondered if I would feel the cramping over my entire belly area or just in a certain spot. As they call it a contraction I could only compare that to a muscle spasm, which I have the unfortunate pleasure of experiencing. I was partly right and entirely wrong at the same time.
I didn’t get much for contractions until my water broke after being induced and then well, it was on!
My entire extended belly and into my lower back would cramp. Best way to describe this is that your worst menstrual cycle times 1000 or more, but again this wasn’t until after my water broke. Until then I could have been having contractions and not ever been aware of them.
This doesn’t really give you much to go on, which is why I guess that the literature doesn’t say exactly what it will feel like. But know that if your water breaks go to the hospital. If you feel as though someone is trying to rip out you insides go to the hospital. Until then, enjoy the last days of being pregnant.
This is honest and my experience. Everyone has a different experience. I didn’t have a difficult labor in the idea that it was labor and hurt like a (insert expletive here). There were other challenges with my delivery of my son that I will tell you all about at another time.
What I can hope for all of you is that you have a good nurse who is able to stay with you during the entire experience. And that your partner is also able to be with you. I went through the first 8 hours of labor on my own, not because my husband could not be there, but because of the ward that I had been admitted to when I was induced, which was the hardest part of my labor.