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Anyone else "lightened?"

post #1 of 8
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I am embarrassed, really.

 

A couple weeks ago my fetus "dropped" or "lightened" and during the past three days I have felt a staunch grinding (that last sometimes for two hours!) on my cervix as my sweet fetus paws, clamors, and breakdances with his head on my poor, sore opening. I wrote this blog because I honestly felt like I am going to go into labor AT ANY SECOND!

 

(My due date is kind of unknown.  I am anywhere between 35-40 weeks, probably 37.  Maybe 35.  Probably 35. Or, maybe probably 40.  Or, like, totally nowhere.)

 

Last night I was honestly preparing myself for some water-breaking, some mucus plug party, some contractions, some SOMETHING.  But it never happened. I called my midwife today to tell her the exceptional news and turns out....

 

....not exceptional.

 

Just right.  No big deal.  Wa-wa-wa. 

 

Feeling bummed because I had this great premonition that Little O is coming any day now and probably, I could wait for as long as 4 more weeks.  My mother says "yes, but just think about how quickly the pregnancy has already gone by."  I said, "Since I was 5 weeks I was ready to give birth.  This pregnancy has been the absolute longest project of my life. Each day has felt like 50 years and 3 days, 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 32 seconds."

 

Anyone else experiencing these delicious sensations?

post #2 of 8

She was wedged into my pelvis a few weeks ago and it was not pleasant at all. Felt like I could not close my legs and that she was just going to fall out. She moved again though.

 

This pregnancy has felt really long too. I lost the last baby and have just been really nervous with this one and am glad it is getting close to the end. 

post #3 of 8
With each of my pregnancies I've felt pretty convinced through the last 3-4 weeks that labor was imminent, and that seems to be the case with many pregnant women I know. I think that feeling is reinforced by the number of people who comment about how "it's going to be any day now, looks like it's coming soon!"

I'm actually really enjoying this pregnancy and don't feel at all ready for it to end but I definitely feel all the work that my body is doing to prepare itself, and feel the work she's doing, too. Some days it feels like she's testing different parts of my body, if that makes any sense.

Maybe you are ready. In any case, it's always fun to enjoy these last few days!
post #4 of 8

I get a lot of what I call stabby vagina pains, but is likely just some internal pressure on my cervix. Even on my 4th pregnancy it's a little unnerving. I start to wonder if things are happening. And at 33 weeks it's way too early for that! And then when it REALLY starts I remember these sensations with a little giggle.

post #5 of 8

I've got those fun crotch jolts going on myself.  Baby has been doing them off and on since about week 32.  It can be really painful!  Sometimes I have to stop in the middle of the grocery store or wherever and catch my breath.  It seems to be worse when I'm walking.  Hugs...  We'll get through this!  hug2.gif

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by onemomma View Post

I get a lot of what I call stabby vagina pains, but is likely just some internal pressure on my cervix. Even on my 4th pregnancy it's a little unnerving. I start to wonder if things are happening. And at 33 weeks it's way too early for that! And then when it REALLY starts I remember these sensations with a little giggle.

yup, I call them stabbing vagina pain too.  it hurts!!  i have:never connected it to labor though.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by fruitfulmomma View Post

 

This pregnancy has felt really long too. I lost the last baby and have just been really nervous with this one and am glad it is getting close to the end. 

 

Fruitful: I also lost my last baby, who was full term, and I can understand what you mean. 

post #8 of 8

My baby dropped nice and low last week, but is floating all up in my ribs again this week.   My last baby dropped at 35 weeks- REALLY LOW, and I had all those feelings like I was about to go into labor at any moment- lots of cervical stabs.  And, even though I knew then that it didn't necessarily mean that my baby was coming at any moment, it didn't help to have alot of people telling me that "that baby is coming any day!" and "if we squeezed you the right way, that baby would just fall out!".  As it actually worked out, I didn't go into labor until 39w+4 and had a long, difficult 3-day labor.    :/   Hang in there, mamas.  

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