It’s best to follow the directions of your healthcare provider on this matter, as their advice has been individualized for you and your pregnancy.

You may hear that you should wait until your contractions are three to five minutes apart for one hour, or until the pain moves from the lower front of the abdomen to a level about the navel. It’s important to be aware that it may not occur exactly this way for every woman. For example, the chances of you having a fast labor are higher if you have a history of fast labor or if you know that your mom and/or sisters did.

It’s therefore important to listen to your own body and the features of the onset of your delivery. If your labor seems to be progressing quickly with frequent and intense contractions, then this is a sign that you should go to the hospital sooner, rather than later.