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post #1 of 173
Thread Starter 
I thought it be fun to start a thread where we can compare notes on possible symptoms of possible labor to come.

So far here is what I have and I dont think Im going anytime soon since Im 37w 2 days but here it is nonetheless:

-I'm 2cm dilated as of Mondays appointment
-have been having loose bm (sorry tmi) the last couple days
-been feeling crampy off and on
-feeling SUPER sore way on my lower abdomen
-pinching feeling on my cervix
-feeling nauseous (weird since I've had ms this pregnancy)
-get tons of hot flashes
-tons of Braxton hicks
-more clearish cm when I wipe after using the bathroom

anyone else have possible symptoms?
post #2 of 173
I've been having prodromal labor for the last 3 days now. I feel like an engine that doesn't know if it wants to start or not.

Yesterday I was dilated 1-2, but today I'm so high up I can't even find my cervix.

I've started sleeping much more lightly than normal (even than earlier in pregnancy), which tends to happen to me right at the very end.
post #3 of 173
So I know it's ridiculous to be annoyed, but after the day I've had with symptoms and no progression, I am irritated! So I'm obsessing over symptoms and would love to add to your post.

-baby has dropped significantly
-dialated to 1 and mostly effaced(didn't get a %)
-stronger contractions
-back pain
-abdominal cramping
-hot flashes
-lost a bunch of mucous
-nausea, extreme episode today
-indigestion
-increased bowel movements
-was nesting pretty bad but after today I am in too much pain

I'm trying to relax because I know there is not much I can do about it if she's not ready, but I've never had this much happen at once and I am hoping soon so I don't have to be induced.
post #4 of 173
I wish I were definitely in labour... I don't think I am close even though I am 39 weeks today But that said, these are the things I've been experiencing over the last week:

-lots of BHC
-increasingly frequent pinching in cervix that is getting more and more noticeable.
-occasionally feeling nauseous and not really finding anything really appetizing
-flashes of pain and pressure in very low abdomen (sort of around bladder) when standing or walking. I think it happens when the little guy turns on his head.
-Exhausted and feeling apathetic towards any cleaning, organizing or running around.
-having to get up early - Even though I am exhausted, I still can't sleep in.
-Strong desire to stay home and veg. I really don't feel like going out at all!!

Gawd! I hope he doesn't go over and I have a baby in my arms by the end of the weekend LOL
post #5 of 173
Thread Starter 
ugggg today so far I have been feeling very crampy so far. I had one contraction that was pretty painful. Im not sure what is going on but Im def keeping an eye on things.
post #6 of 173
Well, I've been having BH for weeks, but the ones in the past few days have been much more crampy-feeling and much stronger (and longer!). I'm still just 1 cm, but I've never been more than that without being in REAL, no-questions, labor.
No real "labor symptoms", but yesterday I started up with swelling in my hands and arms (feet have been swelling for a couple weeks). My BP is also creeping up just a tad... poo. I'm keeping an eye out for any other pre-e symptoms, as I'd really rather not be smacked upside the head with a very serious situation like last time... of course, I'd rather just repeat my other births and go into labor on my own around 40-41 weeks!
post #7 of 173
Wish I was having more symptoms than I am, but the writing's on the wall nonetheless.
* disturbed sleep -- lots of pee trips then insomnia, can't sleep in, etc.
* increased BM
* crampy feeling almost all day, some BH thrown in the mix.
* back pain
* baby is LOW!
* weird bladder/cervix pinching, esp when baby moves
* can feel head deep in pelvis
* mostly very fatigued, but then get spurts of nesting energy to get something done.

No loss of mucus plug yet, and I have no idea how dilated I am. My mw doesn't check until 40 wks & my cervix is unreachable by me at this point (too high or belly too big to get to it, who knows). Basically I'm tired and ready for this lil guy to make his appearance. I dread going to work each day b/c I have to be on my feet and active & I just don't feel like I can do much more of that. Also a little negative today... have to work about 12-13 hours Also just found out the DH probably has to find a new job b/c his company is moving. Maybe the stress will get things going.
post #8 of 173
I've got:

**Increased heartburn! Oh my gawd it's awful!
**More BH- but honestly, I'm wondering if maybe I'm a bit dehydrated. Water is giving me heartburn these past couple of days!
**Feeling a bit like the baby's a smidge lower.

That's it really. Everything else seems status quo. Sigh. I wish I was having major stuff going on. DP said he thinks my cervix feels spongy, but I can't reach it and my midwife didn't check on Thursday.
post #9 of 173
This is me now at 35 weeks and 4 days
-I'm 2cm dilated and 40% effaced (never reached 4cm before I'm in full labor) Two weeks ago I was closed and long. Usually it takes longer to get there. I'd be surprised if I made it to my "due date-May 22nd"
-have been having loose bm (sorry tmi) the last couple days
-get tons of hot flashes
-using the bathroom every 3 hrs which brings on BH and pressure until I decide to get up and go
-heartburn alot these days
-pinching in cervix-some that really hurt-happens a few times a day
-SO MUCH pressure down there (like she's REALLY trying to come out NOW)
-exhausted all the time
-having to get up early, feel fine for an hour then crash, needed to take a nap then fine till late bedtime
-irratiable all the time (mostly from being tired and dealing with 4 kiddos)
post #10 of 173
I am trying to tell my brain and my body to match up. I have sworn I would go late, and I am not anticipating an early baby at all....but here we are at 36w on the nose and OMG.

My BH have been getting more intense over hte last week and are now up to about every 10 mins at times. Then last night I had to deal with my lower back KILLING me...and it's still going on today. I haven't had issues with my back at all this pregnancy or heck in anyway since my fusion.

I had back labor with my first and I am freaking out now thinking of all I need to do in case she does want to come early!
post #11 of 173
35weeks 5days today. Im ready to see my little girl, but I know it's best for her to keep on cooking. I think she will for awhile. I definitley feel more going on than I have the last few weeks. She is due 5/16 but my gut tells me 5/9 or 5/10. Here's whats' up with me:

No BH's to speak of
By my own cervical checks Im about 1cm dilated and still pretty "high"
lots of cervical "pinches"
bursts of energy with major crashes afterward
waking up several times a night
night time hot flashes
more short of breath and asthma acting up
stuffy nose/nosebleeds
return of the killer acid reflux
getting antsy about having everything ready
very very irritable with kids and dh
post #12 of 173
Thread Starter 
ok here is my update for today. The pressure and the pain is SO bad today I can hardly walk. oh. my. gawd. It hurts so bad. And idk if this is a "symptom" but its def a change. My skin has broken out pretty bad the last few days. Possibly caused by a surge in hormones? I am so short of breath and feel like I cant get a full breath in. Lots and lots of bh contractions. And more clear cm when I used the bathroom. peeing a ton ton ton... well let me rephrase... feeling like I have to pee a ton then when I go... nada or hardly anything. I have been having waves of upset tummy pain...contractions? I actually am having one right now as I type this... ouch!
post #13 of 173
Oh. Okay. There are other mama's experiencing the same symptoms as I am -- kinda makes me feel a little better.

I'm trying not to wonder if THIS is IT because based on these posts, my symptoms are quite normal.

- Braxton Hicks up the wazoo
- cramps
- pinching feeling on my cervix
- hot flashes
- finger-tip width dialation
- increased indigestion
- increased bowel movements
- nesting
- pressure on my cervix
- stuffy nose/nosebleeds (and increased snoring, per DH)


and the worst:
- sleep issues -- many pee trips followed by insomnia
post #14 of 173
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Originally Posted by copperfox View Post
Oh. Okay. There are other mama's experiencing the same symptoms as I am -- kinda makes me feel a little better.

I'm trying not to wonder if THIS is IT because based on these posts, my symptoms are quite normal.

- Braxton Hicks up the wazoo
- cramps
- pinching feeling on my cervix
- hot flashes
- finger-tip width dialation
- increased indigestion
- increased bowel movements
- nesting
- pressure on my cervix
- stuffy nose/nosebleeds (and increased snoring, per DH)


and the worst:
- sleep issues -- many pee trips followed by insomnia
i have pretty much all of these issues (except i haven't checked dilation) but i was assuming it was all just normal late-pregnancy symptoms. i didn't get even remotely curious about labor until yesterday, when i woke up with ctx 4 minutes apart...and they stayed at 3-5 minutes allllll day. after a couple of hours i was like, "ok, clearly this is not actual labor" since they weren't progressing, but yeah that's the first time i was like "hmmmm" in either pregnancy...last time i didn't suspect anything until my water broke because i was so convinced i would go late. i don't like this "hmmm" feeling, lol!
post #15 of 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by copperfox View Post
Oh. Okay. There are other mama's experiencing the same symptoms as I am -- kinda makes me feel a little better.

I'm trying not to wonder if THIS is IT because based on these posts, my symptoms are quite normal.

- Braxton Hicks up the wazoo
- cramps
- pinching feeling on my cervix
- hot flashes
- finger-tip width dialation
- increased indigestion
- increased bowel movements
- nesting
- pressure on my cervix
- stuffy nose/nosebleeds (and increased snoring, per DH)


and the worst:
- sleep issues -- many pee trips followed by insomnia
Same here for me as well. I've never experienced these in late pregnancy before. With my DD there was nothing and then my water broke. So this is all new to me!
post #16 of 173
I have lots of what are being described here, but none of it seems to indicate labor to anybody. Especially the pinchy cervix thing. Doctor just said that is baby moving his head. Does it mean something to you?
post #17 of 173
Same symptoms still going on for me....I've done this every pregnancy, lots of false alarms and wondering if it is real labor, because it sure feels that way, then as I am convinced it may be, it all disappears...pure torture.
post #18 of 173
I just lost my mucous plug-pretty big chunk too. 35w, 5d. One step closer to baby girl. And it seems BH are picking up.
post #19 of 173
I'm having many of these symptoms, but my midwife said it is normal for second-timers (and more?) to have lots of false starts. As of today, I have never been this pregnant. I'm at 38w4d and DS was born at 38w3d. I'm curious to see how long my crampiness and stuff goes on before this LO appears.
I was sure it was happening Tuesday night, but everything petered out. I think he might be waiting for an inopportune date, like this Saturday (yes, long story) or next week when my good friend has to be in court.

Are any second timers + having fewer BH's than in previous pregnancies? I am having so few in general, but they seem stronger than the ones I had with DS.
post #20 of 173
Thread Starter 
Ok something that isnt a symptom really but thought Id share. Movements are getting down right painful. Especially when she decides to push on my belly button. i mean seriously it makes me jump out of my seat and gasp sometimes!
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