8 Parents Finish the Sentence: “The Moment I Realized I Was In Labor Was …”
When I was rounding out the last trimester of my first pregnancy, I had no idea what was just around the corner. Yes, I had read all the books about what to expect during labor, I had talked with family and friends about their experiences, and I had attended prenatal classes.
Still, when labor started for me at four in the morning, I doubted it was actually labor. I thought for sure my stomach was raising an uproar over the ice cream I ate earlier that day. I sat at the computer trying to wait out the cramps I was feeling.
It wasn't until those cramps started to get worse instead of better when I thought, “Hey, maybe since yesterday was your due date and all, this could be labor?” I know — I was a little slow to the idea — but it just didn't seem like what I thought it was going to be like. Not too long after that, the pain was impossible to ignore because those cramps turned into full-blown can't-stand-up contractions that hit me every two minutes.
There isn't really an easy or right way to explain what labor feels like since it's different for each woman. While there are some medical signs, I asked parents to finish this sentence: “The moment I realized I was in labor …“
Their answers are just as unique as they are.
Ache in my back
“… when I woke up with an ache in my lower back that was hot — like a fire was smoldering in my back.”- Hilary
I kicked the cat
“… when I kicked the cat. He walked right in front of me, and I couldn't see him. My whole demeanor changed. I loved that cat!!” – Tori
“… when I couldn't even get comfortable in my jammies!” – Tonya
My water broke
“… when my water broke, and I was so excited. I was almost jumping up and down until the first contraction — then I just thought this was a really bad idea!!!!!!!” – Jacqueline
Contractions started hard
” … when my contractions were three minutes apart and lasting 45 seconds each. Baby was born 1 hour 15 minutes after the first contraction.” – Jenna
It all just hit me!
“The moment I realized my wife was in labor, reality and the enormity of what was happening hit me like a Mack truck. It wasn't until it was all over and I was on my way home when it hit. I had to pull the car over.” – Jamie
“… when it was almost too late. Good thing my midwife lived five minutes away!” – Kelly
It was wishful thinking
“First time, I wasn't really sure what was happening. I thought it was wishful thinking because it was my actual due date. I was wrong! Second time (again on my due date), I thought to myself, ‘I remember now what this felt like.'” – Tracey
Now your turn to finish the sentence in the comments! The moment I realized I was in labor …