Originally Posted by cristeen
Ok, 2 things here (yes, I know I'm thread crashing, since I'm not overdue yet)...
It's not FALSE labor. It's PRACTICE labor. Do not discourage yourself by calling it "false" - it is actually doing something to help move things along, even if it doesn't feel that way. I wanted to punch my MW when she called my 4 straight days of labor before "active labor" false, cause there was nothing false about it.
Have you considered seeing a chiro? My labor with DS did this, and it turned out he was malpositioned. If i had gotten myself to a chiro I probably could have saved myself days of labor just by helping him get into a better position (his head was just at the wrong angle).
Thanks, Cristeen! I needed to hear that... I thought my baby was on her way on Tuesday and didn't go into work, which made all my co-workers fixated on when I was having the baby, asking how I was feeling, texting me to see if there was any news, etc....only to have my contractions die down. I felt so sheepish saying it'd been false labor (and it really didn't seem to honor the experience to use that terminology either), so your preferred term "practice labor" really resonates!
My due date was yesterday 5/9 (well, the 2nd of my two dates.... the state of CA says it was Monday, 5/7 from my genetic screening testing) so I've just become past due :) My last preg I went 8 days beyond my due date, so I think I'm just a "long gestator". On the other hand, I had a midwife appt yesterday and got the good news that my baby is significantly lower than she was last week. It's a step. I don't usually dilate or lose my plug in advance, so I'm not really waiting for those signs. Reading everyone's posts & updates has been really helping pass the time and keeping me connected to a community of women who are experiencing the same things!
Oh, and I agree, I think chiropractic care is what helped my baby get into the correct position after weeks of concern that it was going to be an issue (concern from midwives, not from me). I am definitely a believer that chiro helps! So does sitting on a yoga ball :)