Topic: When did you "naturally" go in to labor?

For those of you that weren't induced or didn't have a c-section, when did you go in to labor on your own? And how did it happen? Water breaking? Contractions get stronger?

I'm starting to obsess over when York will decide he is ready. I'm not rushing him, I just can't think of anything else, ALL FREAKING DAY! Lol I could likely have 2-3 weeks left.

So just for fun and for something else for me to obsess over, when and how did it happen to you? All the details are welcome!

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I had my 40 week appointment on a Monday.....at exactly 40 weeks. I was 3 cm and 90% effaced.  The next day I just felt "off.". I wasn't really having contractions but I felt just kind of sick and just different, and I had my bloody show.  Then Wedneaday morning I woke up to contractions at 4 am.  Went into the hospital at 10:30 and he was born 2:57 the next morning.

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i did end up having pitocin, but i still went into labor naturally at 39 weeks 5 days.  my water broke, and when i arrived at the hospital they said i was already having contractions (though i couldn't feel them at all).  my water broke during a storm, and i was told when i arrived at l&d and stood in a line of three other people whose waters had broken, that this happens every time there is a storm, due to barometric pressure.  just become a storm chaser!!!

they stripped my membranes at 39 weeks 2 days, though.  i don't know if that had any impact or not. 

other things i did were:  spicy food, lots of walking, squeezing boobies and sex.

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My three very different answers smile

Boog:  42w2days, 9ish pm, my water broke (Thursday night).  No contractions, just slapped on a pad, wateched a movie then went to bed, knowing I had a Dr's appointment in the morning, and I may as well sleep.  9am Friday Dr confirmed yes my membranes had ruptured, told me to go home and come to hospital when uncomfortable.  Felt "off" all day, like I had to pee constantly, but not real crampy.  Dr called me at home at 7:30pm asking where I was.  Told her I was not in pain yet, just felt restless and like I had to pee all the time!  She told me to come up to the hospital.  Went shopping for new jammies and slippers first, then headed up about 9pm.  Was checked, no progress (long cervix, 1cm).  Was given a sleeping pill and scheduled for induction at 9am Saturday, approx 36hrs after ruptured membranes (but only 2 vaginal checks and my temp was fine, Boog was looking good on monitors).  Woke up at 4am feeling menstrual crampy, which quickly escalated into contractions that I needed to really internalize and focus on.  Got very quiet and pulled into myself for his labour.  Was told I could push at 6:30, promptly fell asleep and was OUT for an hour, woke at 7:30 screaming "I have to push" and he was here at 8:14.

Moosie:  I had been having mild contractions (more like hard BH with minor cramping) every ten minutes for 3 days before my EDD.  Had been sitting at 50% effaced and 3cm for 3 weeks before my EDD.  Woke at 8am on my EDD and my sister (I was staying with her, my ex husband worked 2 hours away, and I needed to be able to get to the hospital) commented that I was turning pink with each cramp.  I called my ex at work at noon and told him to come home now, not at 5pm as expected, but honestly did not think I was in labour, again, I just felt off, restless and weird.  He arrived at my sisters at 4 and we headed to the hospital.  5pm check, 3cm, 50% effaced, I could still talk through my contractions, therefore I was not in labour, but my blood pressure was high, so they wanted to monitor me for a bit.  6pm, no change.  7pm, no change.  8pm, no change (I read a lot of magazines, talked with my then hubs and tried to convince the nurses that I might not be in labour YET, but it was coming, I just KNEW).  At 8pm they accused me of doing something to keep my BP high so I could stay even though they could use the bed for someone else.  at 8:18pm my water broke.  Then I screamed like a banshee, kicked a nurse, cried, grunted and howled, and Moose popped out at 9:05pm.  Oh, she's the only one I recall losing my plug with too, about 3 in the afternoon.

Tiny:  I was DONE.  I was miserable.  I wanted to meet this baby.  Was told by midwife at 4pm on Oct 31 that I would be pregnant at least a week more.  I cried.  I came here and complained.  I made dinner, and took my biggies trick or treating.  MW had checked me, so I was crampy but not contracting.  Came home at 9pm, had the kids in bed by 10.  Watched TV with a heating pad on my back from 10-11 then had a hot bath.  Went to bed about midnight, but could not get comfortable, my back HURT!  Told Tim at 1am that I could nto sleep, my back was killing me.  He called the midwife, she told us to meet her at the hospital so she could give me something to help me rest.   By now I was contracting, but they were short (20-30 seconds) and not consistant.  Got to the hospital, went to triage, chatted with midwife for a bit and she decided to check me at 2am.  Told me I was not leaving the hospital without a baby, I was 3cm and paper thin.  I rocked, swayed, cried a bit, moaned and Tiny was born at 3:16 am, born at 38w4days.

So here I sit, 37w1d, obsessing over every cramp and contraction, waiting it out like you, because I know there is no way to REALLY know, until its just about time!

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39 weeks 4 days....5 hours of contractions then water broke. 22 hour labor with pitocin.
39 weeks 1 day......water broke than contractions started about 1.5 hours later. 12 hour labor with pitocin.

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10 days past due at 10am started having contractions. They were mild though I'm a baby so not comfortable. I was able to to to work though.  Went to the hospital at midnight & had him at 3:34pm the next day. I could have had him a few hours earlier but I chose to labor down. Overall super easy experience. I have no idea how long & when I was in active labor or how long I pushed. I never thought to look at the time at the start of things. I felt like I only end pushed maybe a 1/2 an hour. It felt fast!

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Well, I will be a little more open than I usually am, but... My second husband induced me! It was three days before my due date, I had all sorts of effacement and dialation. I was having regular contractions every night for a couple/few nights in a row. I knew I was close to actual labor. He and I were separated but at times still exploring a relationship. I don't make a habit of sleeping with people I'm not in a committed relationship. I made an exception for the man I still loved and was legally married to. smile He and I discussed it and it was the right choice at the time. I knew it might induce labor if I was really ready to go. And by god, it worked! OK a little bit graphic, but I could feel my cervix react from the sperm or what ever is in semen that can affect the cervix. I felt discomfort on my cerviximmediatly. Oh yeah, I'm just remembering that it seemed I leaked fluid right away, but, um, was a little unsure exactly what the fluid was coming from. I got up and made us some food and was having contractions. Then leaked some more fluid and the contractions didn't stop. This was the late afternoon. By night time, after running around organizing my house, I called the dr on-call. I went to the hospital to have the fluid checked and it was confirmed. Strangely the contractions started to be more than bad period pain shortly after getting in my room. I had the baby the next day by noon, two days shy of my due date. smile I actually didn't tell the second husband I was in labor until after I had the baby because it was a touchy subject.

OK way too much info, but it's more fun this way. wink

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With my first, I was just over 38 weeks. It was midnight. I had just laid down and started to doze off when I felt a gush. I just laid there, confused for a minute, thinking "I know I did not just pee!" and then another gush and I knew. I was given pitocin to speed things up. He was out almost exactly 12 hrs after my water broke and with only a few minutes of pushing.

I was induced with #2 (my own stupid impatience) and ended up with an emergency c-section.

With #3, I was 38 weeks, 6 days when I got a repeat of #1. I had a feeling that day...something was different. I cleaned all day and had a total meltdown that evening. We went to bed at like 8 that night. Midnight rolled around and gush. I had the same thought as the first time, lol. After 12 hrs of no progress, pitocin was started. He was born 4 hrs. later after just a few pushes.

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@scifimom:  those were actually my reasons for getting busy constantly toward the end, too--the stuff that is in the semen and the orgasms causing contractions.  thanks for going into that detail for me.  lol.

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I was induced bc of pre-e and had a c-section. BUT dw went naturally with all 3 before that:

Isaac she woke up feeling bad and crampy (37w5d), walked all day around a friend's yard (when she stopped the ctx would stop), ate dinner, got more uncomfy, went to hospital. They put her in the room furthest from the nurse's station thinking she was a first timer and everyone else there would deliver before she did. She got in a  jacuzzi and went from 4-10 in 30 minutes! They ended up screaming at her not to push so they could get a doctor & their delivery gear.

Evan she had preterm labor and had to be on bedrest, once she was 36 weeks she relaxed the rest requirements.  She  knew she was in labor all day again (36w?d), made it through dinner again, then to the hospital. He's the only one she asked for pain medicine for, the Native American midwives at the Indian hospital pretended to give her something but didn't because she was complete & he was born.

Asa she was only 35 weeks & I think 6 days and decided she should  start "toughening up" her nipples to get ready to breastfeed again.  So she pinched/flicked them for a minute and went to bed. This was at 10/11 pm, he was born at 10 the next morning!!

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babybaby and scifimom, I applaud you!  I have a husband, and there is no WAY I am having sex right now.  We tried near the end with Tiny, and I literally felt like her head was RIGHT THERE and it was so uncomfortable.  I haven't even bothered since this baby dropped.  Evening primrose oil has similar prostoglandulans, you can take it orally or vaginally, all it does is help soften the cervix, won't induce you.

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I don't recall have contractions beforehand, but my water broke at home 5 days before my EDD! I calmly finished my dinner..knowing I wouldn't eat once I went to the hospital...then decided to call my family knowing there was no turning back now!! smile  Best of luck Cocobay!!

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LOL, I posted nearly this exact same post about 1 year ago. Hang in there!!!!

I had my son at 40 weeks, 1 day.

My EDD was 9/30. We knew this was precise because we conceived via IVF.

I was so over being pregnant by the time I entered the last month. I walked a ton the last few weeks. As the evening of 9/30 came on I was getting downright pissed that the EDD was going to pass and no baby would be here., so I went for a long walk in the foothills. I had a "talk" with River and told him quite seriously that I was done carrying him inside me and he needed to come out; I was ready for us to meet.  This was around 6:30 pm. Then I went to a restaurant and ate a tuna sandwich. I took a bath and read a book, I fell asleep at 11:15. I woke up at 1:30 am on 10/01 and went to the bathroom, but my water was breaking, or rather leaking. Cx started soon after and labor progressed nicely.
He arrived just under 12 hours after my water broke at 12:47pm on 10/01

Hang in there!!!

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H went at 39wks exactly, by water breaking and immediate horrid contractions.
Labor was 32hrs, eventual c-section.

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Also to provide more detail, here is how the labor progressed:
1:30 am water broke. (meconium present in water)
2:30 am cx start. They felt to me like bad period cramps, coming approx. every 6-7 mins.
3:30 am cx get stronger and closer together, am in triage and admitted to my room at hospital. cx every 4-5 mins., still early labor
5:00 am: cx begin really picking up. I eat breakfast. No less than 3 mins later I have really bad diarrhea and bleeding. cx pick up more.
6:00 am onwards: active labor. I dont remember a TON from this time except that I was in the tub a lot, or on the floor of the room moaning in the hands and knees position.
10:15 am: epidural in. I was exhausted, cx back to back for probably an hour or two?
10:45 am: time to push!
10:45-ish-12:47pm: Pushing
12:47pm: Baby River arrived!

Hope that helps.

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I went into labor at 39 weeks 2 days. First baby. I had acupuncture for induction a few times though, so I don't know if you would consider that all natural. Labor started with period-like cramping at 5pm on a Monday. It grew increasingly strong, turning into contractions. That went on for about 26 hours, no sleeping or rest, walking around. Then my water broke at 7pm Tuesday, followed by increased contractions. At about 30+ hours after labor first started,I began to push, around 10pm Tuesday. 3-4 hours of pushing. Our son was born at, I think, 35 hours, 2am  Wednesday.

Hang in there!!

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Emergency c-section with my 1st at 35 weeks

Baby # 2- had a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks & went into labor on my own starting at 38 weeks 4 days at 9pm- laid down and started having contractions that were extremely painful but 20 mins apart - they would get closer and further away until the got about 7 to 10 mins apart constantly - I was in so much pain and lived an hour away from the hospital so after 20 hours I went to the hospital to get checked and I was 4cm and fully effaced so they admitted me - he came an hour later via repeat c-section (they did offer to let me VBAC but I was exhausted from the contractions all day and caring for a 3 year old, so went ahead with the section , which was a good thing because he never dropped and his head was up instead if down so my labor would have stalled)

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cocobay wrote:

For those of you that weren't induced or didn't have a c-section, when did you go in to labor on your own? And how did it happen? Water breaking? Contractions get stronger?

I'm starting to obsess over when York will decide he is ready. I'm not rushing him, I just can't think of anything else, ALL FREAKING DAY! Lol I could likely have 2-3 weeks left.

So just for fun and for something else for me to obsess over, when and how did it happen to you? All the details are welcome!

Me too....I have 6 days till my due date and I'm obsessing over every little ache/pain and Braxton hick that's more intense hoping that THIS IS IT!!! but then....it's not. uuuuugh. just need to be patient, but it's soooo hard!!!!   smile

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babybaby wrote:

i did end up having pitocin, but i still went into labor naturally at 39 weeks 5 days.  my water broke, and when i arrived at the hospital they said i was already having contractions (though i couldn't feel them at all).  my water broke during a storm, and i was told when i arrived at l&d and stood in a line of three other people whose waters had broken, that this happens every time there is a storm, due to barometric pressure.  just become a storm chaser!!!

they stripped my membranes at 39 weeks 2 days, though.  i don't know if that had any impact or not. 

other things i did were:  spicy food, lots of walking, squeezing boobies and sex.

That happened here yesterday! There was a thunderstorm overnight, and the next morning when had my 39 wk appt with my OB she told me she'd been in the birth center all night delivering babies! the place was full! I was bummed that one of them wasn't me... but my time is soon approaching! smile

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With B I went into labor at 38 weeks. I was taking a shower when my water broke and my contractions started shortly after. With R it was 41w1d. I was laying down and my water broke and again contractions started shortly after. Apparently that's kinda rare for it to happen both times the same way.  tongue

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Courtney, just wanted to say I'm so excited for you guys!  Both of my labors and deliveries were natural, as you know.  They were both pretty awesome, but different too.  With O I woke up "leaking" -- water had broke and 12 hours later she was born-- with an adventure of driving three hours over the hills and through the mountains to get to our birthing center.  Then with Elliott I started contracting on and off Saturday night, regular strong contractions that would start about 11 pm and go until 3 am. This pattern restarted on Sunday night as well, but never stopped and E was born Monday night at 10:58 pm.  Both kids came at 38 weeks 1 day.  I felt like E was keeping me on my toes and playing games with me :-)  I kept thinking it was the real deal, then after four or so hours the contractions would completely disappear. This happened three nights in a row leading up to his birth!  I was exhausted from being up throughout the night having contractions and needing to walk downstairs to pee every 30 minutes around the clock ;-). The night he was born I thought this pattern was likely to continue-- the faking me out pattern that is, but nope---once my water broke, this time it was a loud POP! that not only did I feel, but Anna and I both HEARD!  Liv was asleep between us when this happened, I jumped out of bed SO quickly and ACTION!  While with Liv I had nearly 12 hours between when my water broke and she was born, with Elliott it was less than two hours.!!!  He was already in the birth canal when we showed up to the birthing center(which was 45 minutes after the water broke)!  Wow!  Just thinking about how fast it all happened with him takes me back to the intensity and excitement of it all!  Again, so excited for you and Ali!

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I can't believe you are so close! How the time flies. I am so excited for you guys to meet your new little man.

39 5/7 weeks we had a date night. Ate a large meal and went for a nice walk. Came home, did pressure points myself for 10 minutes and went to bed late. Woke up around 6am with contractions. Right off the bat they were 4-6 minutes apart but mild and pretty short. I started timing them at 7:47am (still have them in my phone!) and woke Em up. I knew it was probably the real thing bc the cats were going crazy all over me.

Went on a walk and sat at coffee shop. Em tried to go to appointment and I said NO WAY, this is it! She didn't believe me but sure enough, by our walk home I was having to stop and breathe. Took a bath and at 4pm I had a lot of bloody show. Called doula. I was having painful contractions every 3-4 minutes. Hospital trip #1 around 7 or 8pm (13 hours later) I was a measly 1 cm!!! I could barely tolerate the contractions. Midwife told me to take a Tylenol PM so I did when I got home which made me puke. Got into shower and was still moaning from pain. Huge POP and broke my water for the 1st time. Hospital trip #2 around midnight I was still only 2cm and thought I was dying. After 20 hours of labor I opted for an epidural. My contractions spaced out and the midwife suggested Pitocin. Instead I did nipple stim which worked immediately. Never had to have a drop of pitocin!!! My water broke 2 more times (there were pockets) and the 3rd time it had meconium in it. I was fully dilated at 8:20 but epidural wore off. Baby was in a funky position and likely sitting on a nerve but I pushed her out in 1:45. Little nugget took forever, even at 6lbs 5oz! Every labor and delivery is truly SO different, it amazes me.

So from beginning to end, it was 28 hours. Epidural and catheter

Wishing you all the best for the successful VBAC that you dream of!

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I had been feeling pretty great all through pregnancy and then all of a sudden on Easter Sunday I could hardly move I just felt terrible. I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night to pee. Came back and laid down and felt and heard the huge pop of my water breaking. This was around 330 am. We got checked in around 6 and I was started on pitocin and had him around 10 that night. I know not natural with the pitocin but the onset labor was. I was exactly 37 weeks.

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@emlklg444:  well, i know there are a lot of storm systems moving across the u.s. right now, so hopefully you'll be the recipient of some of that barometric pressure action!!!

to add to what goobie said about evening primrose oil, i also wanted to say i was told a while back by someone who had already had two children, that black cohosh tea can induce labor.  i know i already told you this, cocobay, but if anyone else can use that tidbit of info., i thought i'd post it here, too.

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@babybaby, idk if you will see this, but we actually have lots in common so I love reading your posts!

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scifimom wrote:

@babybaby, idk if you will see this, but we actually have lots in common so I love reading your posts!

i've thought the same thing when i've read your posts.  smile

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41w3d, contractions on and off the day before, consistant contractions started around 2am the next day and he was born at 5:45pm

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babybaby wrote:

that black cohosh tea can induce labor.  i know i already told you this, cocobay, but if anyone else can use that tidbit of info., i thought i'd post it here, too.

Just to mention, and I honestly can't remember if it was blue or black. But we almost had DW take that on advice from a health food store employee who swore by it. It's a good thing we didn't though because as it turned out DW needed the opposite one. If she had taken the one we got, for her it could have caused higher bp. Even though it works great for other women. So I'd check with your mw before taking it. smile

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39 weeks and 6 days. I was due on May 6, but she came on May 5, one day ahead of due date. Woke up at 2:30am feeling some sort of cramps, like a period, and just knew this was it. Woke my mom up, I am a single gal, and have 4 generations in my home, so my mom is here, and she said okay, try to get rest, which I did try to do, but couldn't. FInally at around 630am I called my MW and she and her assistant came over about an hour later. I did a totally natural birth, as in no looking to see dilation, etc, just waiting. By around 3pm labor really started coming strong and by 5:12 pm my girl literally burst out and landed on my stomach looking right up at me with these huge blue eyes. She hasn't stopped staring at life ever since. The day before my mom and I went shopping, got groceries and went out for pasta. I ate some parsley, which is supposed to help contractions start, and I think it helped me get going. I had no drugs and actually had my girl in our basement with the MW, my mom and the MW assistant. I am happy as heck I had her at home with no drugs for me or her.
Labor all told was about 15 hours. The whole time all I felt was like I was having my period with lots of cramps, and then out she came. I do know that acupuncture has some spots you can press to make labor start, and I know parsley, which is a big no=no in pregnancy can also make you go into labor. Time went by quick, IMO, and for my water breaking, it was all spurts, no real big gush like some have, it was just constant spurts. Good luck.  smile

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OneSmallStep wrote:
babybaby wrote:

that black cohosh tea can induce labor.  i know i already told you this, cocobay, but if anyone else can use that tidbit of info., i thought i'd post it here, too.

Just to mention, and I honestly can't remember if it was blue or black. But we almost had DW take that on advice from a health food store employee who swore by it. It's a good thing we didn't though because as it turned out DW needed the opposite one. If she had taken the one we got, for her it could have caused higher bp. Even though it works great for other women. So I'd check with your mw before taking it. smile


I thought you were supposed to use both of them together?  honestly this is one I have never tried, and am scared to!

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I take a supplement called Dr. Christopher's prenatal birth prep. It's a mixture of herbs and it has either black or blue cohosh in it. Not sure which one. But I also take 9 alfalfa capsules daily to help with blood pressure and to also up my vitamin K for baby, since we are skipping the Vit K shot. I also take Evening primrose oil. I seriously swallow 19 pills a day, along with drinking 2-3 cups of red raspberry leaf tea.

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i never took it myself.  i was considering it this time because of what i'd been told about it inducing labor, but maybe i'll look into it a bit more.  i'm pretty sure it is black cohosh that's supposed to bring on labor.  i defer to goobie's opinion on this, since she knows far more about this kind of thing than i do.

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chandraandamanda used cohosh, I believe, they would know more then I do!

Coco, I hear you on the supplements.  I take: antinauseant (or I'll be throwing up all day still) and EPO first thing in the morning.  Lecithin and cal-mag a bit later.  EPO, my anti anxiety pill, more lecithin, prenatal vitamin with dinner.  More lecithin (it helps with my pelvis) more EPO, flax and another anti nauseant before bed.  I swear some days it feels like I don't need to eat.  Plus I have been drinking "labour tea" a friend made for me, it's red raspberry leaf, nettles, and some other things that are all supposed to improve blood flow to the uterus.  So far none of it is doing squat though!

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