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post #281 of 964
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

I know, me too!  But, I know it's hard to sit down and type out a story, though, when you've got a newborn.
 

 


NAK is definitely hard. lol But I might type out bits and pieces of my story AS it's happening, so there isn't as much typing work after baby comes. lol
 

 

post #282 of 964

Today is my due date and I have NO SIGNS of anything happening at all. bah! I can tell my cervix is super mushy but can't reach enough to determine dilation.

 

I feel good, not even all that uncomfortable really, so it's not like I *mind* going late again, but I am anxious to meet this new little person. And I was sort of attached to the idea of having a baby with a palindrome number birth date. oh, well.

 

I'll see my midwife later this morning; I wonder if she'll suggest we step things up a bit (cohoshes and what-not) or if we hold tight a while longer. . .

post #283 of 964

I guess it depends on your parental experience and your baby.  I always felt like I had way too much time to be on a computer when I had a newborn.  They can easily sleep in a Moby wrap for 18 hours a day, you aren't supposed to walk around much, what else is there to do?  orngtongue.gif
 

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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

I know, me too!  But, I know it's hard to sit down and type out a story, though, when you've got a newborn.
 

 



 

post #284 of 964


This was me with DD too - she just slept on the nursing pillow on my lap all day, and I spent unhealthy amounts of time on my laptop. But it did take me at least a week to write up my birth story. 

 

This is clearly not going to be the case with this baby, having to feed and entertain a toddler too. Hopefully I can have a few quiet NAK moments while my DH is home, and my mom is here. I was SO squirrely about it at the time, felt literally tied to my nursing station, but looking back on them now, it was a wonderful, peaceful time. 

 

All prelabour signs have vanished for me, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I think I'd like to get my cervix checked today. I don't know about a stretch and sweep. 

 

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Originally Posted by Abraisme View Post

I guess it depends on your parental experience and your baby.  I always felt like I had way too much time to be on a computer when I had a newborn.  They can easily sleep in a Moby wrap for 18 hours a day, you aren't supposed to walk around much, what else is there to do?  orngtongue.gif
 



 



 

post #285 of 964

Couldn't sleep last night at all...I had definite contractions every 8-9 minutes.  I tried to sleep just in case it was the real thing, but thoughts kept circling my mind and I just couldn't.  They tapered off around 3:30 am, but then my 3 yo woke up and wouldn't go back to sleep.  This morning the BH started up right after breakfast for a couple hours.  What is going on here?!?!  I've never had this much activity going on in any of my other pregnancies!  Wish I could take a nap, but apparently that is physically impossible for me...hopefully tonight will be better!

post #286 of 964

Ugh! This can't be happening right now. It could be that I'm tired and was moving too much stuff around today, but I had contractions all through my nap and now that I'm up, they are putting pressure down low. I feel lots of pressure on my tailbone and there's pressure on my cervix. The contractions aren't really consistent. Some feel on top of each other, and others are around 5-7 minutes apart. My lower back aaaaaches. This can't be happening. We have to leave tomorrow on a 300 mile trip to my mom's and coming back the next day. The LAST thing I need is to go into full blown labor while traveling.

post #287 of 964

Becky, sounds like you need to sit down and RELAX ASAP to find out what's going on.  Anyway you can cancel your trip?

post #288 of 964

Oooo Becky! I hope for your sake that the baby can hold off until you return from your mom's. But with that said, I'm excited to hear a birth story from you! *selfish over here* LOL

 

Does this feel like how your previous labors started?

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It doesn't feel like my previous labors. Of course, both of my other labors felt different than each other. This could be another variation of normal labor for me. lol And they weren't this early at all. Casey was a due date baby, and Michael came a day before he was due. I'm only 37 weeks 3 days.
 

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Originally Posted by birdhappy85 View Post

Oooo Becky! I hope for your sake that the baby can hold off until you return from your mom's. But with that said, I'm excited to hear a birth story from you! *selfish over here* LOL

 

Does this feel like how your previous labors started?



 


I am sitting down. What doesn't make sense is that I was sleeping when they started. You'd think they'd have started when I moved the swing and crib mattress and not when I'm sleeping. I don't want to cancel the trip, because DS was going to be going to my mom's for a few weeks and he's been counting down the days(and so has my mom). If anything, I could send DH on his way with the kids and I could call the doula in training over to watch me.
 

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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

Becky, sounds like you need to sit down and RELAX ASAP to find out what's going on.  Anyway you can cancel your trip?



 

post #290 of 964

Hard to know what to do in that situation. As my husband would say: "CLENCH!" Good luck, and I hope things calm down overnight. It's great that you have a backup plan, though not ideal to have the baby without your DH!
 

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Originally Posted by IwannaBanRN View Post

It doesn't feel like my previous labors. Of course, both of my other labors felt different than each other. This could be another variation of normal labor for me. lol And they weren't this early at all. Casey was a due date baby, and Michael came a day before he was due. I'm only 37 weeks 3 days.
 

I am sitting down. What doesn't make sense is that I was sleeping when they started. You'd think they'd have started when I moved the swing and crib mattress and not when I'm sleeping. I don't want to cancel the trip, because DS was going to be going to my mom's for a few weeks and he's been counting down the days(and so has my mom). If anything, I could send DH on his way with the kids and I could call the doula in training over to watch me.
 



 

 

 

Had an internal exam and stretch and sweep today. I'm 3cm on the outside, funneling to 1.5 on the inside! Still having cervical pain from the sweep, it was UNCOMFORTABLE. A little bit of cramping, but mostly I just felt kind of dizzy and shaky afterwards. Has anyone felt that before? After finally being able to get home and rest, I feel a bit better now.
 

 

post #291 of 964
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Originally Posted by KayPea View Post

Hard to know what to do in that situation. As my husband would say: "CLENCH!" Good luck, and I hope things calm down overnight. It's great that you have a backup plan, though not ideal to have the baby without your DH!
 

 

 

Had an internal exam and stretch and sweep today. I'm 3cm on the outside, funneling to 1.5 on the inside! Still having cervical pain from the sweep, it was UNCOMFORTABLE. A little bit of cramping, but mostly I just felt kind of dizzy and shaky afterwards. Has anyone felt that before? After finally being able to get home and rest, I feel a bit better now.
 

 


I don't know if I mind so much that DH wouldn't be here if I have to stay behind. I've already prepared myself mentally to labor alone if he can't come home from work. I'm sorry you're uncomfortable after the sweep. I felt the same way with DD. A little shaky afterwards, but didn't start contracting until that night. 
 

 

post #292 of 964

Well I didn't have my midwife check my cervix today since it was checked yesterday at a 0 and I didn't feel like getting an internal again. She said all of my cramping and contractions are just my body getting all of my female parts and baby in line for labor, even if my cervix might not be progressing right now. The baby has been in the perfect birthing position for a solid week and is really low now, so that's promising considering she had still been flipping from left to right over the past few weeks. I'm enjoying feeling contractions now! I think it's funny that I'm eagerly awaiting to feel painful ones. Haha. Who does that?? Me, apparently! Although... I was on the toilet a little bit ago and suddenly had such sharp cervical pain I couldn't move, so I'm a little nervous about that kind of pain! I almost had to call DH into the bathroom cuz I didn't know how I was gonna get out of that position! lol Thankfully it stopped and I could stand. DH laughed at me as I walked through the living room with my legs apart like I had a stick up my ***. shy.gif Oh the joys...

post #293 of 964

My contractions aren't as hard anymore, but they aren't going away. I'm going to go take a long bath, I think. I don't think I'm going on the trip tomorrow....

post #294 of 964

Maybe a glass of wine and some benadryl? 

post #295 of 964

I was just about to post this in the "win a lunapad" thread, but since it was removed, I'll post it here instead b/c I think it's super interesting!

 

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Originally Posted by crazykittymomma View Post

 

Dilation- How to check without checking


So I just read through this and was reminded about the purple line.  I had totally forgotten about it and had never done any research about it.  Well, I looked up the study that was mentioned in the article (which has a nice illustration) and two other studies came up, too and it's definitely interesting!

 

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The purple line as a measure of labourprogress: A longitudinal study


Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, United Kingdom
Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions Research Unit, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom
Forth Valley NHS Trust, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling, FK8 2AU, United Kingdom


Abstract

Background: Vaginal examination (VE) and assessment of the cervix is currently considered to be the gold standard for assessment of labour progress. It is however inherently imprecise with studies indicating an overall accuracy for determining the diameter of the cervix at between 48-56%. Furthermore, VEs can be unpleasant, intrusive and embarrassing for women, and are associated with the risk of introducing infection. In light of increasing concern world wide about the use of routine interventions in labour it may be time to consider alternative, less intrusive means of assessing progress in labour. The presence of a purple line during labour, seen to rise from the anal margin and extend between the buttocks as labour progresses has been reported. The study described in this paper aimed to assess in what percentage of women in labour a purple line was present, clear and measurable and to determine if any relationship existed between the length of the purple line and cervical dilatation and/or station of the fetal head.Methods: This longitudinal study observed 144 women either in spontaneous labour (n = 112) or for induction of labour (n = 32) from admission through to final VE. Women were examined in the lateral position and midwives recorded the presence or absence of the line throughout labour immediately before each VE. Where present, the length of the line was measured using a disposable tape measure. Within subjects correlation, chi-squared test for independence, and independent samples t-test were used to analyse the data.Results: The purple line was seen at some point in labour for 109 women (76%). There was a medium positive correlation between length of the purple line and cervical dilatation (r = +0.36, n = 66, P = 0.0001) and station of the fetal head (r = +0.42, n = 56, P < 0.0001).Conclusions: The purple line does exist and there is a medium positive correlation between its length and both cervical dilatation and station of the fetal head. Where the line is present, it may provide a useful guide for clinicians of labour progress along side other measures. Further research is required to assess whether measurement of the line is acceptable to women in labour and also clinicians. © 2010 Shepherd et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

 

 

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The use of the "purple line" as an auxiliary clinical method for evaluating the active phase of delivery



[utilização da "linha púrpura" como método clínico auxiliar para avaliação da fase ativa do trabalho de parto]


Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Arlindo Bettio, 1000. Ermelino Matarazzo, São Paulo, SP, CEP: 03828-000, Brazil


Abstract

Objectives:to investigate the occurrence of the purple line and its respective discoloration in women during the active phase of labor and its association with dilation of the cervix and the position of the fetus in the pelvis. Methods: a descriptive, prospective, observational study was carried out in 100 women in labor at a normal delivery clinic in the State of São Paulo. Results: the purple line appeared in 56 of the 100 women in the active phase of labor. There was a statistically significant correlation between the measurements for dilation of the cervix and those for the line; in 22% the purple line was discolored and there was no association between the number of women with this discoloration and the extent to which the head of the fetus had descended in the cervix. For 81% of the women in labor, the evaluation caused no discomfort whatsoever. Conclusions: as this line is present, measurement of it could be used to reduce the number of vaginal examinations, especially when the single aim is to measure dilation of the cervix.

 

moon.gif  So check your butts ladies!! 

post #296 of 964
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

Maybe a glass of wine and some benadryl? 



I'll try that. We don't have any alcohol in the house right now, and I don't think DH will want to go out to the store right now but we'll see.

 

post #297 of 964
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

I was just about to post this in the "win a lunapad" thread, but since it was removed, I'll post it here instead b/c I think it's super interesting!

 


So I just read through this and was reminded about the purple line.  I had totally forgotten about it and had never done any research about it.  Well, I looked up the study that was mentioned in the article (which has a nice illustration) and two other studies came up, too and it's definitely interesting!

 

 

 

 

moon.gif  So check your butts ladies!! 

 

Hmmm, I did check, and I've got a full purple line.  So apparently this won't be a good marker for me.  Unless, of course, I'm in transition unbeknownst to me!  lol.gif
 

 

post #298 of 964

Been having some "interesting" feeling contractions tonight! If I pay attention, they're about 10 minutes apart. Just a little bit crampy, so as far as labor ctx goes I'd definitely call them mild, but as far as BHs go they'd be a bit more up there. So nothing that demands my attention by any means, but its exciting that something is happening nonetheless!

post #299 of 964

Contractions petered out last night, so the trip is still a go. But we won't be staying overnight. We'll be back home by nightfall, because my mom is meeting us halfway.

post #300 of 964
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Originally Posted by Ablemec View Post

 

Hmmm, I did check, and I've got a full purple line.  So apparently this won't be a good marker for me.  Unless, of course, I'm in transition unbeknownst to me!  lol.gif
 

 


Really?  All the way up to the nape of your butt?  I was going to try and take a look today.  I have a mw appointment tomorrow and am probably going to ask her to do an internal.  I'll then compare what she says with the presence/absence of the line and what I can feel myself. I am determined to try and check myself since I'll know what I should be feeling.

 

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