So, I can put this here because no one will judge me for being a totally over-anxious first time mom basketcase.... I've been having serious digestive issues all day today, accompanied by menstrual cramps. They got bad enough that I had to leave the coffee shop where I was doing work and immediately go home and take off my underwear because I couldn't bear having anything touching my abdomen. I then had a bowel movement and the cramps pretty much went away. In the afternoon I started feeling a lot heavier with more pelvic pain and totally crazy digestive issues (more BMs... sorry, guys). DH and I went for a short walk and by the time I got home it felt like the baby was falling out of me and I had to go to the bathroom AGAIN. So of course I freaked out with excitement and opened the stupid copy of "What to Expect" that someone gave me and I have every sign of early labor. Of course, now that I'm sitting here typing this, they've all gone away. Moral of the story? Never open "What to Expect" ever.
I now know why people get so exhausted and emotional in the last two weeks of pregnancy -- analyzing my bowel movements and associated cramping every other hour will certainly be totally exhausting. I'm pretty sure what happened is probably just that the baby dropped (again) and squished all my intestines. But it was kind of exciting there for a little while when I thought this might actually be it. Sigh. I keep hoping something I read on the internet will say "This is it!" while at the same time being perfectly aware that no list of symptoms will be "it" unless it actually is "it". I should go read a novel or something.
Still waiting on JustChanti! Can't wait to hear about someone's real labor story as opposed to my own insane pretend-labor.
LOL. It's not insane pretend labor! It's doing something! I honestly can say that you WILL know when you're in labor. You won't be looking things up, you'll be too busy breathing through and counting contractions. I totally remember having those exact same thoughts and feelings the first time around, though! I've been having some super strong contractions tonight as well and they've totally stopped me in my tracks, but they aren't labor contractions. As in, they are just stabbing contractions in my cervix (which ARE doing something, but it's not time to have the baby yet). The ones that wrap around are the real ones and when they hit, you'll know it!