Hello all you wonderful ladies! Just have a question regarding pre-labor.
Since last Friday night (we are at the 5 day mark since this pre-labor thing started), I've been having all these signs of pre-labor: continuous bloody show, lots of cervical mucus, cramps and backache all day, back-to-back B-H contractions (which are not always painless anymore...), nausea, diarrhea 2-3X a day. Plus, I am so breathless and tired. There have been a couple of days and nights where the contractions have become intense and painful, but then they subside, and, ... I am still pregnant. We're at 39w5d today.
Honestly, I feel so drained. Sleep is difficult, particularly when there are strong contractions that wake me up. I am trying to occupy myself. Knitting, reading, writing letters, all things that I don't have much time to do when I'm working. Loving on DS, who won't be the only child for much longer. But still... what I really want to do is hold my baby and enjoy the rest of my maternity leave *with my baby*. Plus, I feel really drained having to deal with other people's expectations ('What? You're *still* pregnant?').
I am wondering if anyone has had experience with long pre-labors? I almost wish that I had an induction scheduled at 39 weeks like others that I know, just to have some certainty in when and how the birth will happen. I feel lost. My first birth was nothing like this (water broke suddenly at 37w4d, birth happened about 15 hours later).
Thanks in advance for any advice or encouragement that you might have.