I got uncomfortable (like, mostly constantly uncomfortable) at a certain point and it was kind of a plateau from there on out. Until, like the last 4 days or so, when I reaaaallly did slow down and it was hard(er) to move around. It was late July (I was due July 25 and gave birth on July 20) and it was likely a combination of the growing heat and just nearing time to have the babies.
I missed the cup more than once when giving a sample at the office. You may have more success by reaching around from behind to hold the cup!
Aside from Braxton Hicks when I overdid things or didn't have enough water, I didn't really have contractions until actual labor. Even the NSTs at the end....maybe one contraction during those. It was kind of disheartening because I was so wanting to have a spontaneous labor & not an induction, and it just seemed like nothing was happening as we neared the OB's preferred "deadline." I continued to wait, but the stress was on because at that point, I was declining her "suggestions" and it was tough.
So I didn't have lots of contractions. But yeah, getting in and out of bed, being comfortable while there (ha), handling walking for any length of time....it was a challenge. I had the most trouble with back pain. My belly was all out in front and boy did my back let me know things were not right!
But I did love growing the big belly. I guess maybe it's perverse to think this, but it sort of looked good. Impressive, at least. (Maybe just out of clothes. Under clothes, it just looked sort of wrong!
) I just went to find some pictures and I picked a few. Here are 30 weeks and 39 weeks. And just for grins, 20 weeks. The last two photos were taken 2 days before the babies were born. I don't know if you can see the difference between the belly in 30 to 39 weeks (at a certain point, it all just looks "big." But pregnant mamas, and moms of multiples in particular, should be able to note the subtleties!) Putting my 20 week belly up there makes the contrast even greater!! 20 weeks pregnant with twinsTwin belly at 30 weeks
Twin belly at 39 weeks
(I, um, drew the blue "outfit" with Microsoft Paint!
)more of a front view of 39 weeks
(you can sort of see the bandage from my stab wound from my unfortunate late-term ice cream opening incident. Advice....don't try to cut the band off a Ben & Jerry's pint with a sharp knife on your countertop....it might slip and, well, your belly is out there. That was a scary ER trip at 35 weeks.)