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I am a childbirth educator, lecturer, doula, and natural mother of eight children. This is not a medical reference; I do not proclaim to give medical advice. Anything stated here is from personal experience, research, study, and opinion. Each woman has the responsibility to do her own research, consult with her own medical team, and make her own decisions about pregnancy and birth.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Speed bumps...a sign of labor!

 Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

Having Braxton-Hicks contractions during the final weeks of pregnancy can make it difficult to tell when "it's the real thing."  Not sure if it's real labor?  How about a drive over a few speed bumps to find out! 

Of course the only way to know if contractions are "real" or not is to wait it out and see if ends with birth.  I hope that you enjoy this article.  Let me know if you have a story you'd like to share.  Now on to the story...Speed bumps...a sign of labor!...
Every birth is unique and I really enjoy reading birth stories.  Recently, as I read a birth story, it struck me that there was a common element in the story that I too have repeated a few times in my own stories...speed bumps!  To illustrate, I'll copy the comments from her story and a few of mine here:

"On the journey, I couldn’t help but groan and make quite loud noises with each contraction. The poor taxi driver (which we later discovered was a brother, as my husband later bumped into him in the masjid) drove over a hole in the ground as I was having a contraction. I screamed at him (may Allah forgive me) and the poor brother apologised and apologised and apologised. I think this was his first labour – lol!"  [story here]

"When we left the store I remember feeling like my husband was racing over speed bumps.  He wasn't, but each little bump hurt![story here]

"The dreaded speed bumps were just as painful this time around as last.[story here]

"As we left the parking lot I felt that he was speeding over the speed bumps. Déjà vu, it must be labor![story here]

"I knew her contractions were much harder this time when Aisha had to ask me to slow down, slower than I was already; the van was hardly moving.  I’m not sure if she realized that, LOL.  At one point she cried, “Slow down and don’t go fast over that speed bump!”[story here]

It seems from these comments that speed bumps could be the true test for "real labor!"  Okay, maybe you shouldn't bank on that, but it surely seems to be a repetitive theme in my birth stories!  I wonder if anyone else has a similar experience?  I'd love to read comments from other mothers who found speed bumps intolerable during their labor.  
 

4 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading all the stories. Amani looks a lot like Amina baby photos! You've done a super job putting this site together.

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  3. Asalam Alaikum,

    Thanks, Brandi Lee (Mom) and Tara. I appreciate your time to read and make comments!

    Tara, There should be a link at the bottom of the home page "Asalam Alaikum,

    Thanks, Brandi Lee (Mom) and Tara. I appreciate your time to read and make comments!

    Tara, There should be a link at the bottom of the home page 'Subscribe to: Posts (Atom).'

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom


    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

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  4. Wa alaikum salam, I'm receiving the posts now. Thanks.

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