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post #41 of 57
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Originally Posted by Ellen Griswold View Post
Sounds promising!
I wish I could believe it! No real building tonight. It reminds me of a fever - not too bad in the morning, building at night. Though they didn't wait until afternoon/evening to start today. It's very hard not to get *any* hope up, but I also really am feeling like this might go on for a while. Still have my eyes set on Friday/Saturday...

ETA - I mean, no building beyond what I posted earlier.
post #42 of 57
Here too.

I had so many ctx yesterday- regular and stronger than ever. I really thought that maybe we would be getting up in the middle of the night.

Instead I woke up to no ctx and baby was trying to break my rib.

I'm really thinking that baby is just still way too active for real labor to be too close.
post #43 of 57
Well I notice the Zen mama club seems to have gotten real quiet so I'll just post in here.

I guess I spent so many months worrying because everyone told me I was at risk for preterm labor... now it seems positively ridiculous that I'm still pregnant! Even though I'm only 37 weeks. I've been having lots of contractions for the past couple weeks but nothing that feels convincing or at all regular. I was 2-3 cm last week and I'd love to think my body is doing some of the work now so I'll have a quick labor. But I'd just like to know when its going to happen! I had a lot of prodromal labor with #1 that got really uncomfortable at the end, back pain, stomach issues. Then none at all with #2, zero signs until I went into labor at 41.5 weeks.... funny how different it can be.

I really CANNOT go into labor on Saturday bc DH has to work and its kind of a special assignment that only he can do. (and it pays well-- so we really don't want him to back out) So I'm kind of hoping it happens before then....

I don't actually feel that terrible but my back aches if I walk more than a few blocks (like taking the kids to school) and I think my abs separated even more in the last couple days. When I mentioned this to dh he just grinned and pointed out that I'm hauling around almost 12 lbs of baby and what do I expect? I told him we might be able to speed things up by dtd but he kind of looked at me like I was nuts.
post #44 of 57
I'm back. Went to the dr's office and we discussed the merits of doing the cervical check (okay, from the very beginning, I knew that I would cave because I CANNOT stand not knowing - and I wanted to compare her findings with mine). The good thing that came out of it was me tattling on the other dr () about how rough it had been last time and the contractions that came as a result. She promised that she would be super gentle and that she was !

So the statistics are 3cm, 70%, and 0 station. Not much of a change from last time.

Except now I'm getting the stupid contractions again. It CANNOT be from her exam. There's just no way. Betcha I end up timing again tonight, getting dh in a dither (you know, wondering whether or not to change his pants ), go to bed, and wake up still pregnant.
post #45 of 57
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I'm so hoping this is it for you, Ellen!

I'm only slightly jealous that you have timeable ctxs. Mine get strong enough to think about starting to time and then they peter out. At least I am not getting *quite* so much hope up. But I still have no idea whether this all means we're looking at a handful of days or a week or two, yet... I think if I knew that, I'd be MUCH better able to just let it be.

As it is, I'm trying to convince myself that it is NOT worth checking for cervical change... more than once a day.
post #46 of 57

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post #47 of 57
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The whole "not like previous pregnancies/labors" is enough to drive one nuts, isn't it?  This has been so totally different for me.  And, really, I *want* a different experience this time.  I just wish it were a little more predictable.  lol.gif

 

I'm somewhat encouraged by the 45s long, strong, whole-belly ctxs I had last night. All 3 of them. eyesroll.gif  At least it's bigger and stronger even if they haven't lasted, right?  MW says my body is ready and trying to get things started but that baby isn't quite ready so there's nothing to sustain labor.  Makes sense enough to me...  Now, what supplements should I be taking to make sure baby's ready?  lol.gif  winky.gif

 

Maybe baby just needed some pumpkin muffins... I think I may eat the whole box (save the ones I gave to the kids already) before lunch... Mmm...

post #48 of 57

Not last night but the night before I had hours of contractions (real ones, not bh) that were about 8-10 minutes apart and lasted about a minute but nothing came of it. I've been exhausted all week... my mom seems to think soon, my body is prepping. My eyes feel funky, like I'm not sleeping but I'm sleeping ALL night so I don't know what the heck is going on there.

post #49 of 57

I'm in this club now too--the last three days or so have been filled with many, many contractions--but they don't really feel like labor yet, or even very early labor, and every time I get excited about a strong one, they taper off.

post #50 of 57
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I've been out all afternoon and evening (it's now 11pm and I just got home) and have been having more and more strong ctxs the whole time.  I finally started timing them and have had them 6-10 minutes apart and 45s-1m long.  We left the friends' house we were at and I had 3 "leave me alone" strong ctxs in the car before we got home.  And now?  Nothing. greensad.gif  Piddly little crampiness but not the big, strong, you-might-have-a-baby-soon ctxs.  Blargh. greensad.gif

 

I called my MW because it seemed so likely to be "real" and then of course I'm totally bummed because, like I told myself earlier, it is all fizzling out - again.  This is a full week of daily prodromal labor.  Even talking to my MW wasn't encouraging.  greensad.gif  I'm supposed to stop timing them, go to bed, ignore it as much as possible, and of course I'll know when it's the real deal.  And I know we're getting closer by a lot...  But figuring out the logistics of when to call everyone is always so stressful to me!


DH is telling me to not worry about everyone else... and I'm trying not to.  Really.  But it's my nature to worry about everyone.  greensad.gif

 

Anyway... I have told myself all day that this would fizzle and happen again tomorrow and then Friday we'll have real labor and a baby sometime Saturday.  And maybe that IS what will happen, still.  That's not that far away.  It's just the constant unknowns of "what if it DOES happen sooner?!"  dizzy.gif

post #51 of 57


 

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I've been out all afternoon and evening (it's now 11pm and I just got home) and have been having more and more strong ctxs the whole time.  I finally started timing them and have had them 6-10 minutes apart and 45s-1m long.  We left the friends' house we were at and I had 3 "leave me alone" strong ctxs in the car before we got home.  And now?  Nothing. greensad.gif  Piddly little crampiness but not the big, strong, you-might-have-a-baby-soon ctxs.  Blargh. greensad.gif

 

I called my MW because it seemed so likely to be "real" and then of course I'm totally bummed because, like I told myself earlier, it is all fizzling out - again.  This is a full week of daily prodromal labor.  Even talking to my MW wasn't encouraging.  greensad.gif  I'm supposed to stop timing them, go to bed, ignore it as much as possible, and of course I'll know when it's the real deal.  And I know we're getting closer by a lot...  But figuring out the logistics of when to call everyone is always so stressful to me!


DH is telling me to not worry about everyone else... and I'm trying not to.  Really.  But it's my nature to worry about everyone.  greensad.gif

 

Anyway... I have told myself all day that this would fizzle and happen again tomorrow and then Friday we'll have real labor and a baby sometime Saturday.  And maybe that IS what will happen, still.  That's not that far away.  It's just the constant unknowns of "what if it DOES happen sooner?!"  dizzy.gif


So frustrating! It's hard not to get your hopes up every time. Hopefully all the work your body is doing now will lead to  a short and sweet labor!

post #52 of 57
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I'm not sure if it's more or less frustrating that it's all started up again... headscratch.gif

 

I just got a few things done around the house (like gathering foods I bought for labor and labor support people, labeling cabinets/drawers in the kitchen, straightening the kids' bathroom, etc.) and had not one during that time.  Then I sat down and had a looooong one.  And another shorter one.  Yep, I guess it's somewhat obsessive to be talking about individual ctxs.  lol.gif  But they've been coming more or less since the kids fell asleep.  And these are totally the real deal... Just a matter of how long they stick around.  Trying to welcome each one and encourage everything to work together to get baby out... And it won't be TOO long, even if it is a couple more days.

post #53 of 57

I keep having random stints of regular contractions, then they just stop. I'll go like an hour with them being 10 minutes apart, then won't have anything for the rest of the day. Of course, everyone is starting to call/email asking how everything is going. I know they mean well, but it's just stressing me out. I haven't had one single sign of early labor. No losing mucus, got checked on Tuesday, nothing. This is my third, and completely different than the other two. I went into labor on this day with DD, and I was at least 3 cm with DS at this time. I'm really starting to lose my sense of calm here. Arg.

post #54 of 57

I don't know what to make of what's going on. I feel like I'm having prodromal labor - but in my "super intense" style. Last Monday night & then again last night, I've had REALLY intense contractions every 2-3 minutes, lasting for 1 minute - for 3 hours straight! It's like it's labor, but it's not. I've never had this happen before in any of my pregnancies. I don't know what to think of it. I always have strong BHs for most of my pregnancies, and they get more intense as pregnancy progresses, but maybe 3-4 every hour and not nearly as intense as these have been.

I can feel my cervix dilating and I get a poop-like pressure along with cervical pinching, but no bloody show and nothing ever comes of it. My labors have *always* just started with a bang - very intense & short, and no mistaking that it's labor. This time I keep thinking, "Maybe I won't have a rapid & intense labor that starts in my sleep this time, maybe it will start out with regular, yet intense contractions that will go on for a long time rather than 1 intense hour.."

 

This is so exhausting.

 

And I keep throwing up in my mouth a little - reflux?

post #55 of 57

It seems like nearly everyone who has posted in this thread has had their baby already. So here I am saying ME ME! I'm in the club! My turn!

post #56 of 57

i'm still here too Farren-10 days over and prodromol labor going on forever!  I want my baby out too!

post #57 of 57
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Big hugs, mamas!  The not knowing is SO hard!  (I was going to say it's the hardest part but I'm only 40 hours postpartum and remember the hardest part!!)  I was, once again, basically in early labor for days.  For me, active labor then lasted only a few hours but was VERY intense.  And even with all of that early/prodromal stuff, it turned out on Friday night (she was born Saturday night) that I was ONLY 3cms and 60% effaced!  Saturday night at 9:30 I was 5cm, 100% effaced, with a bulging bag of waters... and she was here 8 minutes after my water broke at 10:06.  

 

You just never know what will happen, but babies WILL come!!  I hope you can all find the mental strength to endure it!

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