"I'm in labor!" thread - May 2013 DDC - Page 6
I had 4 weeks of prodromal labor last time with my HBAC baby. It drove me crazy. Its such a mind game, especially when you're loosing sleep because of it like I was. I lost my mucus plug twice in that last 4 weeks, as it can regenerate. Then the day I turned 41 weeks I went into labor for real on my way home from my midwife appointment. I "knew" within a few contractions that it was the real deal this time. My total labor from that point was 9 hours and only 20 min of pushing a 9lb8oz baby with a nuchal arm. So prodromal labor doesn't always mean a very quick labor. I wouldn't worry too much about it and just try to rest and prepare as much as you can.
I'm currently 39w+3 and so far NOTHING, but I've been taking magnesium for leg cramps and I think that has helped to stop the prodromal labor from happening this time. I've stopped the magnesium for now though as I don't want to be so relaxed in my muscles that labor never starts.
Thank you for sharing that. All I keep reading about are super quick labors after prodromal labors and it terrifies me. I have lost my plug once, and I know it's regenerating...sigh. Seems like this is never going to happen! I also cut down on the Magnesium, I only take it at night just to help me sleep. Seems to be working out OK. Did you take EPO? I have 2 sources, one saying take it, the other saying don't because it increases cervix contractions....
I did the EPO last time and still went to 41 weeks, even with all that prodromal labor. I'm not taking it this time. I got so tired of all the different supplements by the end last time, so I'm keeping it to a minimum this go around.
This time I'm just taking it easy and not stressing about the when for now. We are having lots of sex to keep things moving, but otherwise I'm just going to let it take its natural course. Since my previous babies were 40+5 & 41+1 I'm guessing it will be another week or two before this one decides to come out (I'm 39+4 today) even if I would like it to be sooner rather than later.
Hope things speed up for you!
I am just so miserable right now! I feel restless but at the same time feel so exhausted. The BH are increasing and I've lost my mucous plug (not that it means much) my bowels seem to be clearing as well. I haven't had much of an appetite. And I just feel crampy and icky all the time. My cervix is soft and 1.5cm dilated. I'm 38 weeks tomorrow. My first was born at 38 weeks, so here's hoping I don't have to endure this much longer!
As sucky as this sounds, it also sounds like your body is getting ready to rock!! Hang in there, momma- baby is coming soon :)
I've been thinking about this ... may give it a try tonight if nothing happens before then. I've been able to express small amounts of colostrum by hand which is pretty awesome and makes me feel like a full-on mammal (yeah, I'm a biology geek... )
I think I can post without jinxing it ... contractions are averaging 10 minutes apart, about a minute long. Some of them are doozies. I am not having very much fun - diarrhea and I also barfed at about 5:30 this morning. I keep feeling hot, then cold, hot, cold. Thinking maybe a long shower is a good idea.
Anyone else hashing it out right now?