Woman Endures 9 Weeks of Labor Before Finally Giving Birth

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pregnant womanI thought being in labor for 24 hours was pretty exhausting, but I guess I really can't complain after hearing about a British woman who endured labor for nine weeks. Yes, nine weeks. NINE freakin' WEEKS, people!

Twenty-four-year-old Debbie Mills dealt with contractions from the 28th week of her pregnancy right up until when she gave birth to her son, Owen, at 37 weeks.

OMG. The poor woman had contractions for an entire nine weeks. Sorry, but I just can't seem to get past this one.

When describing what she had to suffer with, Debbie said, "The pain would shoot up my back and that was agony. Sitting down was like running a marathon."

Yep. That pretty much sums up contractions, all right. And contractions are one of those pains that are pretty hard to describe until you actually have them. I, for one, had no clue that they could really be as excruciating as people had told me they'd be -- until I was in full labor having them right on top of each other without a second to gasp for breath. At that point, I realized people were serious in describing childbirth as one of the worst pains I'd ever experience.

And I can't tell you how many times I've bitched and moaned about my 24-hour labor and how difficult it was -- but now I really feel like a wimp after hearing what Debbie had to go through.

I guess the old saying of "someone always has it worse than you" is true, because I cannot even begin to fathom being in labor for nine weeks and not being able to do a damn thing about.

Thankfully, Debbie's son was born healthy, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces, even though he was three weeks early. And as difficult as it was to bring him into this world, she said, "It has all been worth it."

I think it's safe to say that any mom will agree that we'd go through labor 100 times over again to have our precious babies. Debbie hit the nail right on the head -- it's all worth it.

Do you think you could handle being in labor as long as this woman?


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LoveM... LoveMyKBabies

Oh shit. Well I would endure it if I had to but...damn! Yes, labor and/or surgery is worth it in the end...but 9 weeks..?!! That woman is my hero.

johni... johnie_carney

i had contractions the whole last trimester. it was miserable and went to the hospital all the time.

proud... proudmomma6804

Holy shit...I really feel like a wimp. Six hour labor with pitocin and I thought I was dying...poor poor woman.


Contractions dont equal labor! Labor by definition is contractions WITH cervical change. Im certain this lady slept and had periods of not contracting. Stories like these only mis-inform women.

Labor is contractions that become increasingly stronger causung cervical change. Early labor can take days but even it takes breaks... im sure it wasnt pleasent to go thru, and i feel for the lady. But it wasnt a nine week labor.

Im sure people will comment with their own personal stories....doesnt make it LABOR. :-)

schlis schlis

Am i missing something? This doesn't seem like a big deal at all. I had contraction for months, went to the hospital over and over, they never did anything to my cervix. I had to be induced. I thought it was pretty common.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

I had an irritable uterus which made my Braxton hicks that started at 10 weeks in pregnancy very painful and I had them all day everyday

the4m... the4mutts

While I feel bad for her pain, what you've blogged is nonsense. It wasn't real labor, and she had a medical condition that caused extra pain. Please start writing facts, and not your loose interpretation of them.

heart... heartnhidin

I had contractions for two weeks before having my son. They would last for an hour or two them stop then start up again. It wasn't true labor even though I was dilating.

Renee... ReneeN1979

I first went into labor with my 3rd child at 31 weeks. Because of drugs, I held him in until exactly 39 weeks. It was horrible, painful, and the last thing I'd ever wish on anyone I hated. The contractions wouldn't stop, but because the medication kept those contractions far enough apart for my doctor's liking, and despite the fact I spent 8 weeks in the hospital, my son held out until the c-section that delivered him. I've been told by a few doctors since his birth that my blood pressure was allowed to remain far too high during those 8 weeks. I tend to agree, but I also can't be hateful over the fact that my son was born on time, weighing normally, and has had only a few hospitalizations since then.

nikki... nikkivolkov

So okieobrn does that mean my 35 hours on cytotec and pictocin with increasingly stronger painful contractions doesn't count as labor because miy cervix couldn't dialate? (I was two weeks postterm when they decided to induce me, and in the end it ended with an emergency cesarean since the contractions were putting the baby in distress with lowered heart rate and meconium). Some women have problematic labor where cervix does not dialate, which does not make it fake labor. I don't know the specifics of this case but if anyone tried to tell me I didn't have a real labor based on cervical change definition alone I'd laugh in their face. Ps, I didn't take an epidural and that was the worst pain in my life, unlike the bh that preceded it for weeks which I do not consider part of my labor.

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