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Oh, Joanie!  I'm so sorry that you went through all that and it didn't manifest into the real deal.  BUT, I'm SURE you got a ton of early work done.  If you can only focus on one positive, let it be that!  When active labor hits, it'll go much faster than it would have if you hadn't had all this prodromal labor.    Thinking about a sweep soon? 

 

And J is right, and I know it probably sounds annoying right now... but really try to enjoy being just the two of you and your free time.  Free time will be a thing of the past soon enough.  Revel, revel, revel as best you can and smile when you get a contraction knowing that you're getting work done, but can still do whatever you want (go out to eat, go to a movie, read books, see friends, get some holiday shopping done, etc.)

 

J, NOOOOOOOO!!!  You were not supposed to get sick!!  So not fair!!!  I'm so sorry!

post #802 of 964

So sorry Joanie! I had prodromal with my 2nd daughter and it was rough.

 

I was positive my baby dropped last night but then today I think he went back up. *shrug*

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That is very true, this has been good extra time to spend with my DH while we're still just a twosome. We had a nice lunch date today at our favorite Mexican restaurant and we've had a lot of time to cuddle, watch movies, and just poke fun at my grumpiness to lighten the mood. I just got up from a long nap; that was SO needed. I slept deeply for once and feel much more rested. smile.gif

 

I have an appointment with my midwife for Friday and will do a sweep then if I'm still pregnant. Do you think that would really kick me into labor if I've had all of this progress already and am so close? If it would, then I almost want to look into seeing her tomorrow. But at the same time, I'm becoming fond of thinking that the baby is choosing her birthday right now. redface.gif I want to speed things along but then I don't! Gah!

 

J - I hope you and your son feel better really soon!

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This is so true! Having this insight (this being our fourth time around) has been really helpful as I go through my standard 2 weeks of prodromal labor and now being dilated to 5-6cm with no baby in my arms. !!! We just get busy every night that the baby hasn't come and enjoy that we still have the freedom to do it! ;) I'm really enjoying this time with DH before things change again and before I'm always mad at him for some irrational reason or other. lol

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Joanie:  sorry that happened.  prodromal labor sucks but you really will have a baby soon.  try not to focus on it (easier said than done).  I remember feeling and saying the same things you are- I just kept crying to my husband "where is my baby?!"  But once he was finally here I realized that time went really fast and then I couldn't get that time back with just my DH.  So while it's hard to think about right now, do try to enjoy this time with your husband because you can't reverse the clock once baby is here.  And trust me- you will miss just being the two of you, though you don't think you will now winky.gif  Go on a date!  Plan a special outing!  Do something for yourselves and you never know, baby might decide to interrupt those plans. 

 

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Sweeps are just like anything else- they work if you're ready, they don't if you're not.  I had one yesterday and have had NOTHING happen, and I had one with DS1 at 41w1d to try to avoid induction and it also did... nothing and that was after having serious false labor at 39w4d.  So it could just frustrate you to have it done tomorrow, but perhaps by Friday you'll be more ready for it?  I'm with you- I like the idea of baby picking his birthday!  We have a feeling he'll want to come on Thanksgiving but we're also prepared for him to wait another week.  [[OMG.]]

 

I'm enjoying this "free time" that I have as just a parent of one!  It's going to change SO much and I know I'll feel so overwhelmed once #2 gets here.  Now I can knit, eat lunch, shower, do all the things I want to do while DS naps or plays with his toys.  Life is about to get hard again. 

 

 

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That is very true, this has been good extra time to spend with my DH while we're still just a twosome. We had a nice lunch date today at our favorite Mexican restaurant and we've had a lot of time to cuddle, watch movies, and just poke fun at my grumpiness to lighten the mood. I just got up from a long nap; that was SO needed. I slept deeply for once and feel much more rested. smile.gif

 

I have an appointment with my midwife for Friday and will do a sweep then if I'm still pregnant. Do you think that would really kick me into labor if I've had all of this progress already and am so close? If it would, then I almost want to look into seeing her tomorrow. But at the same time, I'm becoming fond of thinking that the baby is choosing her birthday right now. redface.gif I want to speed things along but then I don't! Gah!

 

J - I hope you and your son feel better really soon!



 

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I have an appointment with my midwife for Friday and will do a sweep then if I'm still pregnant. Do you think that would really kick me into labor if I've had all of this progress already and am so close? If it would, then I almost want to look into seeing her tomorrow. But at the same time, I'm becoming fond of thinking that the baby is choosing her birthday right now. redface.gif

I wouldn't look at doing a sweep as not allowing baby to pick her birthday.  It's not like you would necessarily go into labor directly after the sweep or even the next day.  It took two days after the sweep I had with ds to go into labor.  Was it the sweep or just his time?  Who knows!  I say get the sweep with impunity and if you'd like to do it tomorrow, there is no guilt to be had in that.   thumb.gif
 

 

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What J and Jaimee are saying, yup.  

Prodromal labor is a nasty bunch of head games, to be sure.  I didn't think I was "really" in labor this time til I felt my bag of waters bulging, maybe 30 min before he came out..!  It can feel SO real.

 

Also, re: baby picking his/her birthday--I feel like the natural labor "inducers" (meaning things we can do at home or even stretch/sweeps) will only work IF baby is ready.  Even castor oil is NOT a fail-safe pregnancy-ender.  The more your body is ready for labor, the more likely a natural induction technique will "work"--but also, less of it will be needed to bring labor on.  So 4oz of castor oil might do nothing but make you miserable, and then a week later, a tablespoon of castor oil could send you over the edge. 

 

Try to ignore your body's evil mind-tricks and do something awesome that you won't be able to do once that baby's here, even if it's just to sleep whenever you please.  I am surely missing that already.. duck.gif

 

{{hugs all}}

post #808 of 964

Holy crap, I just lost my mucus plug. I don't get grossed out by much of anything in the way of bodily function stuff, but wow that was pretty NASTY! bigeyes.gif I didn't expect it to be so much. I guess mine came out all in one huge glob. I don't know why that fascinated me so much but I was staring at it for a few seconds on the toilet paper in disbelief like I was looking at some alien life-form. ROTFLMAO.gif  Alright I'll stop it with my mucus talk. Baby? Soon? LOL. Of course my midwife tells me it just means my cervix is making more change and it could still be days but "all of this change makes for a shorter labor." The baby is moving a lot more ever since that just happened and I'm feeling a bit more burning pain/pressure in my crotch. FX, as usual!

 

Okay I feel the need to run and tell my DH I lost my mucus plug because I'm so excited and he probably has no idea what that even is. lol.gif Ohhh us women are so funny...

post #809 of 964

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Holy crap, I just lost my mucus plug. I don't get grossed out by much of anything in the way of bodily function stuff, but wow that was pretty NASTY! bigeyes.gif I didn't expect it to be so much. I guess mine came out all in one huge glob. I don't know why that fascinated me so much but I was staring at it for a few seconds on the toilet paper in disbelief like I was looking at some alien life-form. ROTFLMAO.gif  Alright I'll stop it with my mucus talk. Baby? Soon? LOL. Of course my midwife tells me it just means my cervix is making more change and it could still be days but "all of this change makes for a shorter labor." The baby is moving a lot more ever since that just happened and I'm feeling a bit more burning pain/pressure in my crotch. FX, as usual!

 

Okay I feel the need to run and tell my DH I lost my mucus plug because I'm so excited and he probably has no idea what that even is. lol.gif Ohhh us women are so funny...



 

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Funny, I was going to write the same thing a few hours ago!  I thought I had been losing it slightly for a long time, but then I had a major glob today after my midwife fiddled around with my cervix today.  She wasn't able to do a sweep apparently because I am not dilated fully through but I've been all crampy and uncomfortable ever since.  I am 40 weeks and 4 days and am a little surprised to be having a Sagittarius now ;)  I'm anxious for labor to start but am also battling anxieties about the pain and post-recovery, as well as my moods.  I have been SUPER short with DD today and I feel so bad, but she is driving me up the freaking wall!!!  I was up most of the night last night and the night before, I just couldn't sleep from like 2am-6am, but that is supposed to be a sign of impending labor as well.  Of course, at this point it is impending no matter what!  I'm hoping I'm not still pregnant as late as this weekend, but only time will tell.  ::sigh::
 

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Holy crap, I just lost my mucus plug. I don't get grossed out by much of anything in the way of bodily function stuff, but wow that was pretty NASTY! bigeyes.gif I didn't expect it to be so much. I guess mine came out all in one huge glob. I don't know why that fascinated me so much but I was staring at it for a few seconds on the toilet paper in disbelief like I was looking at some alien life-form. ROTFLMAO.gif  Alright I'll stop it with my mucus talk. Baby? Soon? LOL. Of course my midwife tells me it just means my cervix is making more change and it could still be days but "all of this change makes for a shorter labor." The baby is moving a lot more ever since that just happened and I'm feeling a bit more burning pain/pressure in my crotch. FX, as usual!

 

Okay I feel the need to run and tell my DH I lost my mucus plug because I'm so excited and he probably has no idea what that even is. lol.gif Ohhh us women are so funny...



 

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Try to ignore your body's evil mind-tricks and do something awesome that you won't be able to do once that baby's here, even if it's just to sleep whenever you please.  I am surely missing that already.. duck.gif

 

{{hugs all}}



Yes, Sleep and sex.  You won't be enjoying those things for a LONG time.  Oh and long showers, peeing in private, hot meals......  Please enjoy those things.  For me, at the very least ;-)

And yay mucus plug!  I've been losing mine for weeks but I still look at it curiously every time. Haha!

post #812 of 964
Awesome for lost plugs! I keep obsessively checking when I wipe and nada.
(Way TMI ahead)
This morning I took my vitamins, fixed myself tea and oatmeal, took 3 bites, and promptly ran to the bathroom to throw everything back up. Very, very random. My first thought was - hmmm, maybe my body is getting ready to clear itself out for labor. And then I realized how much stuff was in my stomach - it was still dinner from the night before, which means I hadn't digested some of it in the last however many hours. That makes me think I've got a stomach bug on top of the sinus/eye/cough/ear stuff that my son and I have - what a nightmare!!!!

So, fingers crossed that we miraculously recover today, regardless of whether or not my body is getting ready for labor. My EDD is tomorrow - I was worried we'd interrupt Thanksgiving day plans for everyone, now I just don't care lol.gif
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Originally Posted by Krystal323 View Post

 

Try to ignore your body's evil mind-tricks and do something awesome that you won't be able to do once that baby's here, even if it's just to sleep whenever you please.  I am surely missing that already.. duck.gif

 

{{hugs all}}


Sleep? What's that? shrug.gif
 

 

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This morning I took my vitamins, fixed myself tea and oatmeal, took 3 bites, and promptly ran to the bathroom to throw everything back up. Very, very random. My first thought was - hmmm, maybe my body is getting ready to clear itself out for labor. And then I realized how much stuff was in my stomach - it was still dinner from the night before, which means I hadn't digested some of it in the last however many hours. That makes me think I've got a stomach bug on top of the sinus/eye/cough/ear stuff that my son and I have - what a nightmare!!!!
So, fingers crossed that we miraculously recover today, regardless of whether or not my body is getting ready for labor. My EDD is tomorrow - I was worried we'd interrupt Thanksgiving day plans for everyone, now I just don't care lol.gif



 

My body has been doing some major cleaning out too, and I noticed I'm not digesting anything either- but I am also throwing up food I ate hours and hours ago.  Its different than being queasy and having morning sickness, like the body is trying to expel everything BUT the baby.

 

And with this going on I thought to myself- when are the 2 times this week I was hoping to NOT go into labor?  Before Sons of Anarchy last night, and on Thanksgiving lol.gif  Our families are irritating and intrusive enough, and we were going to quietly go to the hospital without letting anybody know I was in labor (except MIL who is taking our kids), then tell everyone after the baby was born. If it happens on Thanksgiving it will be obvious- the families will be there, my children will be there, we will not.  And THAT is the reason I will have this baby on Thanksgiving!

 

 

ETA:  And I really love food.  I would hate to miss out on all that delicious food.

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My body has been doing some major cleaning out too, and I noticed I'm not digesting anything either- but I am also throwing up food I ate hours and hours ago.  Its different than being queasy and having morning sickness, like the body is trying to expel everything BUT the baby.

 

And with this going on I thought to myself- when are the 2 times this week I was hoping to NOT go into labor?  Before Sons of Anarchy last night, and on Thanksgiving lol.gif  Our families are irritating and intrusive enough, and we were going to quietly go to the hospital without letting anybody know I was in labor (except MIL who is taking our kids), then tell everyone after the baby was born. If it happens on Thanksgiving it will be obvious- the families will be there, my children will be there, we will not.  And THAT is the reason I will have this baby on Thanksgiving!

 

 

ETA:  And I really love food.  I would hate to miss out on all that delicious food.


This makes me so glad that we live across the country- no holiday plans, so nobody will notice if we have baby tomorrow ;-)  I seriously wonder how many turkey day babies we are going to have in our DDC!!  I am making our feast today, then we will either eat it here tomorrow or pack some up and take it with us to have after the birth.  We'll see!  I'll be able to eat more of it if I'm not pregnant tomorrow... stupid GD.  Bring on the pie!  eat.gif

 

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Yay for losing mucus plugs!  Not yay for throwing up!

 

So dd woke me up at 3:30am and again about half an hour later complaining of ear pain.  I don't think it's anything, but we dosed her to get back to sleep.  Ha!  First my nose plugged up, then I had to pee a million times, and then I started to contract frequently for hours.  No painful, intense contractions, just pressure contractions, but way more than I've had pretty much this entire pregnancy.  So yay for progress!  I hope that did something to my cervix!

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Yay for losing mucus plugs!  Not yay for throwing up!



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I bet at least one of us with have a Thanksgiving baby..   My midwives have never had to cancel a prenatal appointment in all of the 2 pregnancies that I've used them for (or in either of my friends pregnancies), so I always joke that I'm going to give birth on a prenatal day.  Well, I told them this year that it's Thanksgiving instead and I'll get double points for interupting their lives instead!  Mwa ha ha.  ;) 
 

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This makes me so glad that we live across the country- no holiday plans, so nobody will notice if we have baby tomorrow ;-)  I seriously wonder how many turkey day babies we are going to have in our DDC!!  I am making our feast today, then we will either eat it here tomorrow or pack some up and take it with us to have after the birth.  We'll see!  I'll be able to eat more of it if I'm not pregnant tomorrow... stupid GD.  Bring on the pie!  eat.gif

 



 

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Maybe I'll have the Thanksgiving baby? I've been having painful contractions for 3 hours now. They're still 10 minutes apart, about 1 minute long, so I'm not getting my hopes up TOO much but this is the first time I've had painful contrax for any actual length of time. I swear I'm going to be questioning if I'm in real labor until the baby actually pops out of me. eyesroll.gif I just don't feel confident I'll believe it's happening.

 

So... these contrax feel like a pain that comes on strong in my low uterus and wraps around my low back. I've had to breathe through them and stop everything I'm doing when they happen. Does that sound familiar to those of you who have been in labor before? Or do some of you experience BH contrax like that too? .... Holy crap that contraction I just had brought tears to my eyes and made me stare at the ceiling breathing, that was intense. bigeyes.gif That has to be good for something??

 

I'm so tired of doubting everything that's going on with my body. Bleh.

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So... these contrax feel like a pain that comes on strong in my low uterus and wraps around my low back. I've had to breathe through them and stop everything I'm doing when they happen. Does that sound familiar to those of you who have been in labor before? Or do some of you experience BH contrax like that too? .... Holy crap that contraction I just had brought tears to my eyes and made me stare at the ceiling breathing, that was intense. bigeyes.gif That has to be good for something??

 

Sounds like "real" contractions to me.  But honestly how these things are defined differs from person to person.  For me, I would only consider it a real contraction if they continued that way until I had a baby.  But that's what my real ones feel like.  My BH's only feel like pressure.  But contractions that bring tears to my eyes only occur for me when I'm near transition, so it's really hard to say.  Everyone is different!  But the one thing I think you can be positive about is that they ARE doing something, especially if you lost plug and especially if you can feel it in your cervix.  You've got to be dilating!  FX for T-day baby for you!!!!
 

 

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