Good Ol Prodromal Labor

What’s that you say? You have no idea what prodromal labor is?! Why, you’ve come to the right place! Starting Sunday right at the end of my baby shower (which will be another post ) I started contracting about every five minutes. Joy. I got excited and went home, where I continued to time the contractions and realized that for hours I was at a steady every five minutes. I decided not to really do anything until my OB appointment the next day. In retrospect, it’s probably the smartest thing that I have done. I went into the appointment, found out that I have dilated another centimeter (putting me at three now) and things are shifting into position for delivery. I should be excited right? Of course, and I was. We even found out that baby B had flipped head down, and baby A was using my lower uterus like a papasan completely blocking anything from engaging and limiting the amount of dilation. Excitement level dropped immediately.

So, of course, I go to the place where EVERYONE goes to share great news. Facebook. All I put was that I was timing and immediately my status message blew up with easy labor vibes and suggestions of how I should be resting. All from very caring people, but because I knew how far along I was as far as dilation and the fact that baby A was blocking ANYONE from getting out, I decided to at least let everyone know what I was having to try and flip their minds from the contractions. Wrong move. Everyone seemed to believe that I had delivered and was announcing the genders of my newly born twins. Worst day ever. Well, as far as miscommunication goes.

Anyhow, I am now on my third day of contracting – going anywhere from every 15 minutes for several hours to every 5 minutes for several hours. My body is tired, my mind is frazzled and I’m just not in a really happy place. I’ve gone from being excited about the birth that I just KNEW was about to happen to being frustrated that no twins are going to be born seemingly anytime soon. So I did what any good laboring mother would do….I started cleaning and preparing the nursery. Papa Nicholes and I have painted 3/4 of the nursery and are almost done setting up the furniture that we do have. It’s been a long three days. I know that he is tired too, because apparently when I have a contraction in my sleep, I moan. Who’d of thunk it?!

Now, some info on promodral labor….

How to Handle Prodromal Labor

Prodromal labor is early labor that takes an unusually long time. Prodromal labor can occur for a day or more and may frustrate you at what seems to be a total lack of progress. During prodromal labor, you may experience regular contractions, but dilate at a much slower pace. You may experience a few days of contractions, or perhaps a few hours of contractions several times a week. Prodromal labor can set up fear that you are not progressing or that you have an atypical labor pattern that may never advance.

Handling a prodromal labor takes patience and encouragement. You are oftentimes exhausted and discouraged by what seems to be a “never-ending” cycle of contractions. The following steps can help you handle a prodromal labor pattern and be ready to handle the active phase.

    Get some sleep if possible. Lying in a tub of hot water is relaxing enough to let you doze off and sleep for a few minutes at a time. You can also try different positions while lying in the bed or perhaps propping yourself up in a recliner. Getting some rest will help you cope with contractions better and can make them less intense, or perhaps go away altogether.
    Stay hydrated. You should be drinking and eating frequently throughout your labor to maintain your blood sugar and energy level. Doing this will help you alleviate exhaustion through this seemingly arduous process.
    Be patient. At some point, your labor is either going to stop or pick up in intensity. Realize that this is just a temporary period and that every contraction you have is bringing your baby closer to being born.
    Use visualization. Visualize your baby coming down further into your pelvis with each contraction that you have. Use the words: open, big, huge, soft and wide when referring to your cervix. Stay relaxed during the contractions and allow your body to work.

Read more: How to Handle Prodromal Labor |

While I’m all for the resting and resisting the urge to let everyone know that the twizzlers are coming, I would be lying if I said that I’m not disappointed that this is not real labor. I think more so because of the length of time that it has lasted as opposed to not being in real labor. Does that make sense?

Oh well, you live and learn – and apparently having a third full term pregnancy does not an expert make!

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  • Reply
    K. Rock
    December 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Wow. Looks like you are in for a loooooong ride. You seem in good spirits though. Hang in there girl!

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    N. Nicholes
    December 3, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Thanks! It's definitely not for the faint of heart though. Today was a good day. Not too many contractions – they seem to be tapering off. I guarantee you though that when I think that they have completely stopped, I will go into full blown labor. It'll be when I'm on a romantic dinner date with my husband. LOL!

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    December 6, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Hello from the DDC!

    I have been dealing with this ALL WEEKEND! It started Friday night and today was the worst. All day every 3 to 5 minutes.

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    N. Nicholes
    December 7, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Hey Sarah!

    I'm hoping that sometime soon we progress to something worth getting excited over! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 8, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for the link to your blog! I am sorry to hear of your discouragement. Hang in there. You're doing a lot of work laboring prodromally; even if your cervix doesn't show it, LOL!

    I'm going to link to this post from my prodromal birth blog ( so others can read your story and find comfort in community!

    Thanks again, and I'm excited to hear how the "actual" labor will look (and if you'll recognize it!). I DO hope you'll post about that!!!


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    N. Nicholes
    December 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Sarah – thank you for linking up to me! I love the support that I have online!

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