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How long after you start to get contractions do they become more regular?
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replied November 4th, 2004
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Its different for everyone

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replied November 4th, 2004
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Does it mean that im in early labor since im getting contractions now?
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replied November 4th, 2004
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Hope this helps...


Early (premature) labor 20 - 37 weeks

uterine contractions or tightening of the abdomen that happen every ten minutes or more often. (some women will have a contraction now and then that is normal.)
menstrual-like cramping in the lower abdomen that may be constant or may come and go.
Dull backache felt in the lower portion of the back. (below the waistline.) it may be constant or may come and go.
Pelvic pressure that feels like the baby is pushing down. It will come and go (not constant).
Abdominal cramping - with or without diarrhea.
Increase or change in vaginal discharge may be watery (with or without blood) and may have a foul odor.


True labor 37 - 42 weeks

uterine contractions or tightening of the abdomen. They usually come and go and then become more constant.
Contractions may start in the lower back and move to the abdomen.
Some women will feel either back or abdominal labor but not both.
Contractions will increase in how long they last, how often they occur, and how strong they feel.
Walking may cause the contractions to come more often.
Rupture of membranes (leakage of fluid from the vagina).


False labor 32 - 42 weeks

uterine contractions or tightening of the abdomen that come and go. They are not constant.
Contractions are felt in the right and left lower abdomen and pelvic region.
Contractions do not increase with walking.
No rupture of membranes.
Contractions do not increase in how long they last, how often they occur, or how strong they are.
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Thanks lauren! Hope that helps sazsha!

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Sazsha are they evenly spaced and strengthening? That's the main thing to look for.
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Yeah when you can time them evenly on a stopwatch then I think youre in business!
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replied November 4th, 2004
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Yeah they're evenly spaced
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Sounds like the real thing. Also, they often start in your back and then work themselves around to the front. How long and how far apart are they? They should be about a minute long, and you need to go to delivery when they are about 5 minutes apart, or when your water breaks, which ever happens first.
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replied November 4th, 2004
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They're just in my lower stomach and like about 10 or 15 mins apart.
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They may move to your back as they strengthen. Of course, some women never get back labor.
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They're starting to hurt more now and I just timed they for like a 1/2 hour and they were about 6 mins apart but I think I need to time they for longer cause they might be irregular.
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replied November 4th, 2004
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Wow! Sounds like it might be beginning!! Walk walk walk girl! Smile
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Everytime I walk though my legs hurt.
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Hmmmm I guess sex is out of the question....
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Yeah especially since after my doc apt yesterday she checked me again and now i've been bleeding.
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Well I hope this isn't a false alarm! I hope you pop tonite!!
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Oh me too, I can't wait til this is over and I can see who's been kicking me all this time lol.
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fairylexi wrote:
so I can see who's been kicking me all this time lol.


oh my gosh what a great way to put it!!
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Hehe, its the truth.
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