So today I'm 8 days past my EDD and this morning around 3:30-4 I woke up with contractions. They weren't crazy strong, but were coming every 3-5 minutes, and since I've always had fairly quick labors, I decided to get up and start getting things together for the big day. Of course, as soon as I was up and about, the contractions dwindled off, so I went back to bed just before 5. I woke up again at 6:30 with a strong contraction, and lay in bed for the next hour, timing contractions every fifteen minutes. These were much stronger, so I thought things were moving along. I woke up my husband at 7:30, and he called his mom to tell her to be prepared for the big event today. And then nothing happened. I mean, I've lost quite a lot of mucus, some of it even pinkish, and I'm still having contractions -- fairly big ones -- but they're not coming any closer together than every 10-20 minutes, and they're not any worse than they were 10 hours ago. Seriously, what is going on?! First I've got a fifth baby going more than a week over, when I'm usually early, and now I've got this marathon labor when I'm usually a 6-8 hour kind of girl. ARGH!
Any chance your little one is in a funky position (ie posterior)? Sometimes wonky, spaced out contractions are the body's way of helping baby get situated for the big show and those kinds of contractions are indicative of a labor with a malpositioned baby. I know it's a total pain, but any chance you can get on your hands and knees for a bit - maybe even chest to the floor to give the LO a chance to wiggle out of your pelvis a little then turn. Have you been to http://spinningbabies.com/ ? Do you have any homeopathic Pulsatilla?
Hope things started for REAL very soon!
I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it ... babe has been awfully active these last couple of days, so who knows how he/she is lying, and it could be that all that movement today is from trying to get into position. I did the hands-and-knees thing a little bit ago, and even chest to the floor for as long as I could stand it, and I got a couple of really strong, close contractions out of the deal. Let's hope it keeps up!
Thanks for the suggestion. :)