When I was pregnant, I was terribly worried that the Time X would come, and I would not notice it and miss the most important thing. I was especially frightened by the stories on the thematic forums that the waters had moved in the toilet and the mothers did not notice them, somehow.
I repeatedly asked my doctor how to recognize contractions, how not to confuse them with other sensations for which the pregnant woman’s body is so rich. To which she always answered: Alinochka, believe me, it is impossible to confuse labor with something else.
Contractions – This is a regular involuntary contractions of the muscles of the uterus, which the woman in labor cannot control. The definition, which brings at least some clarity – regular, I thought.
The closer the moment of immediate labor activity, the more frequent and longer cuts. At the end, the interval between them can be several minutes, and the fight itself can last 20 seconds.
There are even special applications on the Internet, which are called grapples. It is necessary to enter the time and duration of contractions in them in order to be able to analyze this process as a whole.
I gave birth to my daughter already at the 43rd week, so almost 3 weeks after the expected date of birth, I waited and worried every day – well, when was it already? I constantly listened to my feelings, whether it hurts, if there are any pulling sensations in the abdomen, but everything was quiet and calm.
That evening did not foretell anything special – my husband and I had dinner and were already preparing to go to bed with thoughts. Another day passed, and I did not give birth to it. And here, already in bed, I felt pain in my back. It resembled that which women feel during painful critical days — an unpleasant, aching and nagging pain. These feelings lasted for about 15 seconds, but it was then that I understood the meaning of the doctor’s words that contractions could not be confused with something else.
I didn’t wake up my husband, because, according to my calculations, I had plenty of time. I quietly got up and first of all I went to wash the dishes and the floor with thoughts would bring me from the maternity hospital, and my place is dirty.
Then she carefully washed her hair, made a couple of masks … An hour later, after the first one, the second fight took place. The pain was not at all strong and short-lived, for some reason I thought at that moment. And for some reason does it all say that it is painful to give birth? Absolutely not, you can tolerate. All things were done, things were collected in the maternity hospital, and I went to bed.
Probably, there were contractions at night, but I slept soundly. Apparently, the body gained strength before such a crucial moment. In the morning the interval was already 30-40 minutes, there was no complete panic, on the contrary, there was a feeling of finally, because listening to daily questions, so what? I no longer had the strength.
My husband took me to the hospital. After going through all the procedures for registration and inspection, I found myself at about 11 in the delivery room. It seems to me that for a long time I will remember the huge clock on the wall, on the dial of which I marked the interval of fights.
In the meantime, they were becoming more and more painful, but the pain was only in the back. Personally, I can compare this pain with that which happens if I pull the back muscles strongly or blow the lower back.
By lunchtime, the interval was reduced to 5 minutes, I tearfully asked the doctor to finish with this, because there is no more strength to endure. The doctor assured that there was very little left and did not deceive me – at 14:52 I had a daughter.
I heard that there are also false contractions that can occur at any time during the pregnancy period. I don’t know, maybe it was intuition, or I so wanted to give birth quickly, but I didn’t even consider the option of a false alarm.
Unless, it seemed to me strange that the pains were only in the back, and not in the lower abdomen. Perhaps it is individual. In any case, it is necessary to run to the maternity hospital when the intervals between contractions rapidly decrease, or they are initially less than half an hour. In addition, if you have had cases of fast delivery in your family, this fact should not be ignored.
And you could confuse the fight with something else?