In case you haven’t already heard, TPT is having its Teacher Appreciation Week SALE! I asked for a meeting with all of the midwives and I met with them personally a few weeks after he passed away. A physically obstructed labour is rare and can be identified by frequent, long lasting contractions over many hours without any change in the position of the baby, or the behaviour of the mother, or the cervix.
Unlike Braxton-Hicks contractions, once true labor contractions begin, they do not slow down or quiet with simple measures like drinking water and resting. We make contractions with auxiliary verbs, and also with be and have when they are not auxiliary verbs.
If you do need any continuous monitoring of your contractions and your baby’s heartbeat, you can still wear the monitor while standing or kneeling. But labor contractions usually cause discomfort or a dull ache in your back and lower abdomen, along with pressure in the pelvis.
If it’s not your first baby then it really depends on your previous birth history as to how long these contractions may last. Contractions in this phase are usually irregular—starting and stopping; sometimes strong, sometimes mild. Syntocinon/pitocin administered via a drip into the blood stream only effects the uterus ie. contractions.
Finally, two weeks later I did go see my regular Family Doctor, and was it good to see an old friend. Does everything you need with a simple straight forward interface, including edits and a nice visual display of the last two hours of contractions. Needed to time my contractions in order to know when to go back to the hospital.