False Labour

Ali de Bold

I'm looking for advice from Moms who have experienced this. I have had a LOT of false labour to the point where I think I'd need to see the baby's head before I'd believe it's finally happening.  Did this happen to you?

By false labour I mean I've had a lot of regular consistent contractions that have gone on for hours and amounted to nothing.  They are intense enough that I even missed a critical part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 this weekend, because I was distracted by my discomfort.  Potter fans, help me out here: Was Snape his father or was he just in love with Potter's Mother? So confused! 

One night the contractions went from 10pm until 3:30am. Some mild, some hard ones but they didn't build.  I didn't wake my husband up because I didn't believe it would go anywhere,  until at 3am when he rolled onto his back into the starfish position and commenced open-mouthed snoring.  I shouted because I couldn't bear that and the contractions. 

I haven't gone running to the hospital for these because I assume they'd get pretty unbearable if it's the real deal and they'd be more consistent.  However, I have been to the hospital twice for what has appeared to be some ruptured membranes that turned out to be nothing.  Has anyone else had the same experience?
Jul 18, 2011 @ 01:25 pm

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Snape was only in love with his mom...I remember my boyfriend asking the exact same question. They made the Pensieve scene SO misleading.
I literally sobbed out loud, while everyone gave me weird looks.

Moving on to your actual question, obviously I have no idea myself, but I hope that your little boy comes out soon! I hope we all get to see pictures!
Jul 18, 2011 @ 02:01 pm

hang in there!

Aw, hang in there Ali! I was fortunate enough that when I had false labour, it was never really that regular and petered out more quickly than what you're describing. I'd encourage you to think of this as a dress rehearsal for both labour itself and the sleepless nights to come, but I remember all too well how comforting that sort of advice is (as in, NOT comforting).

However, this is very very normal from what others have told me. Lots of women go to the hospital and are sent home, even ones who have had babies already and know what productive labour feels like. It can be tricky, so don't feel embarrassed if the intake nurse says "oh, it's you again".

Pretty soon you'll be asking why you wanted Junior out so quickly since he's pooping up a storm and being a fussy nurser :) As best you can, enjoy the last few days before the countdown reaches Zero!
Jul 18, 2011 @ 02:06 pm
Ali de Bold

Too funny

@jskim07 - of course I will be bringing baby to the office to show him off. Maybe a pose-off or two ;)

@mamaluv - you made me laugh. I've been telling myself the same thing - about the poop and less sleepless nights than I'm already having. I'm trying to enjoy the down time as much as possible. But I think all women at this stage are just ready for the pregnancy to be over already and the new life to begin!
Jul 18, 2011 @ 03:38 pm


Looks like he's going to be an active one!
When is the actual due date supposed to be?
Jul 18, 2011 @ 03:43 pm


A friend of my who recently gave birth says she misses being pregnant. Weird right? I've read about what you're describing and the best thing I can say is if in doubt call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. You can have a registered nurse help you figure out if you should run to the hospital or take a calming bath instead.

Btw, they totally cut up the book in the movie, but hey, a movie is NEVER as good as a book. That being sad, the movie was SO good! :)
Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:08 pm
Ali de Bold

Due next week!

@jchang212 My due date is next week, but I've had a lot of symptoms that made me think it might be earlier.

@becky, thanks for the tip! I actually haven't been worried about the contractions because they've always stopped before I've considered taking any action. I figure they'd hurt more or build if it's the real deal. I'll let you all know how painful it is later ;)
Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:18 pm


I never really had any of this either, but when
mine did start they didn’t stop. I was told ounce they were every ten minute to
start making my way to the hospital. I did that and then sat there for a few
hours in the same place. I had a contraction every ten minutes, but they stayed
the same strength. If you’re really concerned by this call you’re Dr and ask
them what they think. Now that you are this close to your due date the baby can
come at any time. They are really only guessing when they give you a date any
how. From what you have said it sound like you’re getting very close to going
in. I wish I could be more helpful to you, but I don’t even know anyone that
has gone through anything similar to this. I’m very excited for you and Alex
and can’t wait to hear when the little bundle gets here. Good luck and try not
to worry, HUGS!Racey Rouge
Racey Rouge

Jul 20, 2011 @ 01:36 pm

I had these

and it was very uncomfortable...hang in there. I know they always say this but it's true, when it's the real deal you'll know. good luck xo
Jul 20, 2011 @ 02:25 pm

Oh no

What you're going through sounds extremely painful but when you're holding the little guy in your arms you'll think to yourself that it was all worth it :)
Jul 20, 2011 @ 02:44 pm
Ali de Bold

It will definitely be worth it :)

I'm not worried about it, just didn't realize this would go on for a month as none of my friends experienced it this way (I have literally 7 friends having babies right now). It's one of those things they didn't mention in prenatal classes either so I thought maybe it was unusual. Still, I feel great overall and it's not like baby is going to decide not to be born! Thanks for all of your support! XO
Jul 20, 2011 @ 03:06 pm

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