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post #101 of 173
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I've been reading about "slow-to-start" labors.
http://www.birthingnaturally.net/bir...ress/slow.html

I'm just so frustrated, angry, sad, with feelings of complete zen all interspersed. It's really weird. People keep asking me if I've tried _______ . Uh. Yeah. I've tried almost everything.

Me too. I've been trying to keep my patience and remembering that this is the last time I'll likely ever be pregnant, and trying to enjoy it and all, but mostly I keep remember the panicky "under pressure to perform" feelings I had with my other two. My midwife KNOWS I have my babies between 41 and 42 weeks, we're doing a NST on Friday if baby's not here and I'll be nearly 42 weeks at that point, she's not at all concerned or pressuring me or anything - she's wonderful - but in my head, 41 weeks means fighting against induction. Still. I know I'm being totally irrational. And I can't get past feeling like I'm on the clock because of my last two babies, which means I feel stressed out and weepy and frustrated, and I don't want my last bit of pregnancy to be like this. I need to figure out how to let it go, and I can't.
post #102 of 173
While I have had zero labor symptoms today, besides continued shedding of mucus plug, I just must put on here for the record: My 11yo (who has had not much interest in the birth) randomly and off-hand told me a bit ago...you are going to go into labor tonight...no water breaking like last time, you will just wake up having contractions. Then she wandered off in preteen land singing to herself.

Now given my lack of symptoms and the fact I am only 37wks, I seriously doubt it, but wanted it down for the record that if I go into labor tonight, she is very intuitive.
post #103 of 173
Well, with me: A whole lotta NOTHING! GRRRRR.
On Wednesday I woke up at 5:30am to ctx that meant business and were 7mins apart, lasting a good 30-40secs. Lost my plug when I went in for the 1,000,000th pee break that night/morning, and really felt like a birthday was on the way. I was in "Bring It On!" mode! After 5 1/2hrs of ctx they came to a dead stop, and I havent felt one since. I've had days where I've had a lot of mucus, and then days where there is nothing. Ive cleaned my house from top to bottom every.single.day, gone for walks, ate chinese today for Mother's Day etc etc. My "EDD" is 5/16, but Ive gone early with both my other girls, and my last boy, so I was hoping for bit more than what Ive gotten so far. I feel great: no back/hip pain except for last Weds., not much pressure; no BH; just the usual heartburn at night, peeing every couple hrs and a tight belly. I have everything ready to go, just waiting on her timing. Im a big "control freak" and I know birth is not something that you can control so I have been trying to just "let go", but it is getting really hard. I go from being a snapping/bitching banshee to bawling over nothing in a matter of seconds. Everyone is getting on my nerves and Im sure Im getting on theirs as well.
Hopefully soon......
post #104 of 173
Sweet tart- I think that may be my biggest pet peeve...getting the house "ready", the having to do it all over again 100x. I will get laundry all done, house spotless, etc....then 4 days later it's trashed. I would be content being pregnant for weeks to come if someone could just promise me that I would go into labor when my house was "together".
post #105 of 173
Dechri- We are totally on the same page there with the cleaning! I have to have *everything* 100% cleaned by the time I get to bed each night-no leaving anything till the next morning. Must be OCD LOL. I wish my house could stay clean for 4 days straight! Ive got 6 kiddos and I have to start from scratch every day just to keep on top of things. You'd think all the psycho-cleaning wouldve brought on at least some convincing BH's, but oh no. LOL.
Back to the waiting......
post #106 of 173
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Originally Posted by sweet_tart_vt View Post
Dechri- We are totally on the same page there with the cleaning! I have to have *everything* 100% cleaned by the time I get to bed each night-no leaving anything till the next morning. Must be OCD LOL. I wish my house could stay clean for 4 days straight! Ive got 6 kiddos and I have to start from scratch every day just to keep on top of things. You'd think all the psycho-cleaning wouldve brought on at least some convincing BH's, but oh no. LOL.
Back to the waiting......
Make that all three of us, I'm doing the same thing. I want my house clean when the midwives get here, and a clean house afterwards.
post #107 of 173
I WISH I could get my house clean... and I don't even have other children just no energy. I guess that's an anti-labor sign, no nesting.
post #108 of 173
Not so sure these are labour symptoms but more 'getting ready' indicators...

I've been having BH since about 30 weeks - but it was just the tightening of the uterus, which was easily unnoticed if I wasn't paying specific attention - or was too distracted to realize that I couldn't breathe because of the BH. The last few nights, however, I've had contracting uterus with slightly uncomfortable spikey pain. I assume that these are just beefed-up BH? I'm a light sleeper, so I always wake up, and I always seem to be lying on my right side. Other than that new development, and the 1cm dilation 0% effacement last Monday, I've got nothing going on. We'll see what the doc says at my appointment today.

It is so very suspenseful waiting for this labour stuff to kick in to high gear. Like many of you, I am hoping that my house is nice and clean when the time comes. Nothing like a clean house!
post #109 of 173
My cervix is on the move!

That's all.
post #110 of 173
Put me on the "I'm cleaning my house for the last time before baby comes... AGAIN!" list. *sigh* with 4 LOs 7-and-under, my house is COMPLETELY TRASHED by the end of every day... I can spend all morning detailed cleaning the kitchen and doing laundry, but by lunch time the rest of the house is wrecked. So I spent the afternoon cleaning the other "common" areas and trying to cajole the kids into picking up their bedrooms and playroom; look into the kitchen and see a big pile of dishes by the sink, juice spilled on the counter, and crumbs scattered here and yonder. Blah. I want to give up because I'm so FREAKING sore and tired, but I just CAN'T even accept the thought of going into labor and the house being a mess. ugh.
Is being completely lethargic and way apathetic, but still completely OCD about housecleaning a 'possible labor symptom'?? LOL
post #111 of 173
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Originally Posted by dkenagy View Post
Is being completely lethargic and way apathetic, but still completely OCD about housecleaning a 'possible labor symptom'?? LOL

If it is then I ought to be well on my way!!! Hang in there Mama, im feeling the exact same way. Let's hope we dont have too much longer.
post #112 of 173
Hm. My hips hurt a lot, so i've been up catching up on House.
Going on 3 hours of fairly consistent braxton hicks. Definitely not the real thing, they're not painful, just tight, but at least SOMETHING. If this follows my other labor patterns, it'll be a couple days of this off and on, so I'm thinking Wednesday or Thursday now. Cervix is still posterior, though.
post #113 of 173
Funny you mention House, Em... I've re-watched all of season 5 and am now on season 6. I Hugh Laurie.
post #114 of 173
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Originally Posted by sweet_tart_vt View Post
If it is then I ought to be well on my way!!! Hang in there Mama, im feeling the exact same way. Let's hope we dont have too much longer.
I just noticed we are due the same day. I don't put a lot of stock in EDDs, but maybe the fact that we are feeling the same and due at the same time means we will both be having babies very soon?? (please, please, pretty please?!) :P
post #115 of 173
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I just noticed we are due the same day. I don't put a lot of stock in EDDs, but maybe the fact that we are feeling the same and due at the same time means we will both be having babies very soon?? (please, please, pretty please?!) :P
Oh Gosh I can only hope so!!! I dont put much faith in EDD's either, I figure there's a 2 week window either way but that doesnt make it a lot easier when the hormones are raging, right? I have no impending *signs* that anything is about to happen , but I know that doesnt mean much either. We could just all of a sudden take off like rockets and be in labor. Here's hoping. Sending good vibes your way
post #116 of 173
I have been having contractions every 10 minutes or so for the past 3 hours... not increasing in frequency, strength, or duration. I am also spotting, but that could be from the vaginal exam I had this afternoon. Don't think I'm in labor, but wouldn't it be nice?
post #117 of 173
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Originally Posted by KSDoulaMama View Post
I have been having contractions every 10 minutes or so for the past 3 hours... not increasing in frequency, strength, or duration. I am also spotting, but that could be from the vaginal exam I had this afternoon. Don't think I'm in labor, but wouldn't it be nice?
Maybe the contractions will pick up!

Had some mucous yesterday with tinges of blood. Had some more today. Contractions are still sporadic though. With DS as soon as I had bloody show, my water broke and contractions kicked in, so I'm not pinning too much hope on these rounds of mucous. Maybe if the contractions were more painful, I'd feel like something *real* was happening.
post #118 of 173
(((Labor vibes for you, too, sweet tart!)))

DH & I dtd this afternoon (first time in quite a little while!) in an effort to get something started. Then we packed up the kids and we all went to the mall for some grub (there is actually a really awesome hot-sub place there) and walk and walk and walk. SO, my girlie bits are all swollen and I have been having BHs every 15- now every 10-min... but I'm not convinced this is going anywhere. They hurt a little, especially down low, radiate into my low back, and my abdomen is tight everywhere during the ctx, but I feel like after 2 hours, things should be picking up...? Finally, all the kids are asleep and now I can relax and see what happens. Maybe that's why I've been stalling? Or maybe I'll be pregnant for another couple weeks/months......
post #119 of 173
I have been contracting all day long. Loose bm's all day today too.. my lower back feels achey..its a different feeling. I'm hoping things pick up and turn into the real deal tonight..I'm soo sore and will be 41 weeks tomorrow!!
post #120 of 173
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Originally Posted by DeChRi View Post
I think that may be my biggest pet peeve...getting the house "ready", the having to do it all over again 100x. I will get laundry all done, house spotless, etc....then 4 days later it's trashed.

DH is obviously tired of the constant cleaning effort, because he's not doing a whole lot any more. Leaves his lunchbox lying around for days, doesn't touch the dishes and only does the cat boxes when I'm at my wit's end and about to do them myself. I know he's tired but my energy level is almost non-existent right now. Where is this nesting urge I'm supposed to have?

Anyway, as far as labour symptoms go, I don't know if there have been any changes to my cervix because it's still tucked behind baby's head (which does seem to be getting lower). I lost some bits of my mucus plug yesterday and had some crampy, painful BH last night. Not getting my hopes up, though.
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