I just had a baby (fourth) two months ago, and it was the worst labor ever. The fastest at 4 hours, but yeah, the worst. At the time, my nurse kept shaking her head, telling me that my contractions were off the charts.
That got me wondering, when I got home, what was normal. A few places sited tocodynamometer readings of 120-140 were the average. With the last three kids, I remember the readings got as high as 180/190, and labor was still painfully bearable. But this time, the contractions were measuring 240 PLUS
and the nurses were shocked.
So, my question is: Is there ever a reason to worry that the reading is TOO HIGH? I mean, risk of rupture or anything? And would would make them so strong? Any thoughts?
What's truly the normal range?