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Signs of Impending Labor - chat thread

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Even though signs can start appearing weeks before the "big event" I know we all drive ourselves crazy thinking about what's going on and when will it happen....So what's going on with you?

 

I have been having BH contractions all along, but lately they have definitely been getting more intense and I'm having more of them.  Sometimes they are quite regular, but mild enough that I have to be concentrating to feel them, other times they can be quite intense...but those are just rouge contractions on their own.  Baby girl has dropped down real low....but still seems to disengage at night when I am sleeping (I'm still ending up on my back a lot duh.gif).  I guess doing some cat/cow positions would be helpful....But every time I try to do it, DS thinks it's  game and tries to squeeze right underneath me to try and copy me.  Why he can't do it *next* to me is beyond me.  He is only satisfied if he can go under me.  Even though belly is too big for him to fit right, he just thinks it's so funny. 

 

My mind is ever increasingly focusing on baby.  Seriously, I would leave my head if it weren't attached.  And not notice.  I'm constantly loosing track of things, and almost left the house while I was cooking lunch on the stove the other day.  Craziness. 

 

No bloody show, and I keep waiting for a huge BM to mean that I am clearing out.  But so far everything is just business as usual.  I am 38 and 4 today.  I had myself convinced that she was going to come early because of her personality - I figured she just wasn't going to be able to wait.  Now I think she may be more diva and destined to go late. 

 

This waiting game is the hardest part for me! How about you guys?

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low....but still seems to disengage at night when I am sleeping (I'm still ending up on my back a lot duh.gif). 

 

 

I guess doing some cat/cow positions would be helpful....But every time I try to do it, DS thinks it's  game and tries to squeeze right underneath me to try and copy me.  Why he can't do it *next* to me is beyond me.  He is only satisfied if he can go under me.  Even though belly is too big for him to fit right, he just thinks it's so funny. 

 

 

I'm kind of on my back often as well. I guess I still don't really understand what the deal is with that. I am the most comfortable that way, and have never felt light headed in this position. I'm gonna google it again, though I may just end up scared reading the results.

 

My son does this as well. I even set up a yoga mat next to mine, but he just wants to go under me instead.

 

I've got the intense and fairly regular BH as well. I'm just 36.2 today. I've been assuming this one will be late, but I am starting to feel like my body is getting ready (more than before). 

 

I haven't started feeling anxious about the waiting yet, but I am starting to wear out faster every day. I'm guessing it won't' be long before I"m just tired all the time again. 

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So cute about your DS trying to crawl under you! I know it must be frustrating, but it gives me a big smile imagining it.

 

I've been having serious "pre-labor." It's probably better known as "false labor" .... but that term makes me cringe because there's very little about these contractions that feels false.  The contractions are painful enough to where I can't make it to work or have to leave the office, or they keep me up at night. They start with a firey crampiness in my back that wraps to my front and my thighs, and peaks with cold sweats. Others are less wave-like and more like painful Braxton Hicks that just don't stop... my belly will be rock hard hard for 10, 20, 30 minutes or moreThese episodes last for hours on end, and I seem to be getting them a few times a week. Sometimes they are moderate enough so that I can still proceed with basic tasks. Other times I feel frantic, moan out loud, or even cry tears. 

 

 

I have been in touch with my midwives since this started nearly 3 weeks ago, and they have reassured me that all is well.  I am not leaking, there is no significant dilation or effacement, and baby and I both check out A-OK in every other way. I just have contractions.  crap.gif   While not typical, this is apparently within the realm of "normal" 3rd trimester experiences. I know some other mamas on here have pointed out similar experiences, too, which has been reassuring. 

 

The positive thing (I guess) is that these episodes prepare me (and DH) for coping with real labor. Two Friday's ago I had an episode that lasted for 15 hours with little break. DH massaged me, helped time the contractions (although they were irregular), and I took baths to try and find relief. Ultimately we went walking/waddling... even though it was nearly midnight and I had to lean on DH periodically. Eventually the contractions stopped... and what amazing relief that was! I felt like I was floating for the next two days--- although I was exhausted. 

 

 

 

Any way. 

 

I hope this baby comes sooner rather than later. My patience (not to mention my sanity) is running thin. More importantly, though, is that I'm starting to really wear down ...  I don't know how I'm going to find the energy to run the Real Deal Marathon when my body keeps doing these Mini-Marathons. 

 

 

 

Wishing you the best, Babysmurf, and so excited for your Big Day. So excited for all of us and for these babies to start rolling in! 

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Baby girl has definitely descended and I'm getting some cervical "twinges" that take my breath but only for a few seconds.  No idea if I'm dilated or effaced yet....I think she's still got some distance to go based on my last midwife appointment.

 

However, I am experiencing horrible skin tightness.....My belly hurts so bad and no amount of lotion, body butter, or oil can help.  Also, Braxton Hicks are seriously kicking in......trying to down as much water as possible to make sure it's not dehydration-related.

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I am 35 weeks 2 days so I am probably not experiencing any impending labor signs yet.  However, helenh's description of cervical twinges compelled me to chime in.  I have been feeling those.  They are sharp, stabby, shooting pains in the cervix.  They are fierce and take my breath away.  But they are gone as soon as they start.  I've just assumed this is baby (hopefully her head) pushing against the cervix.  In fact, these pains generally coincide w/ an equal and opposite push up near my ribs.  So I am assuming this is just her moving and stretching out.

 

Experienced mamas, does this mean something else instead?

 

I am also noticing considerable wetness in my undies - to the point where now I am using panty liners regularly.  Is this just pee?  normal discharge?  amniotic fluid?  I have my 36 week u/s on May 28th to hopefully confirm that my amniotic fluid level is ok.  Its still a bit alarming.

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I am 35 weeks 2 days so I am probably not experiencing any impending labor signs yet.  However, helenh's description of cervical twinges compelled me to chime in.  I have been feeling those.  They are sharp, stabby, shooting pains in the cervix.  They are fierce and take my breath away.  But they are gone as soon as they start.  I've just assumed this is baby (hopefully her head) pushing against the cervix.  In fact, these pains generally coincide w/ an equal and opposite push up near my ribs.  So I am assuming this is just her moving and stretching out.

 

Experienced mamas, does this mean something else instead?

 

I am also noticing considerable wetness in my undies - to the point where now I am using panty liners regularly.  Is this just pee?  normal discharge?  amniotic fluid?  I have my 36 week u/s on May 28th to hopefully confirm that my amniotic fluid level is ok.  Its still a bit alarming.

 

 

So, I still got a ways to go at just 33 weeks.  Just thought to chime in for Spotty. :) The movement causing cervical twinges or pain is normal. All my kids sometimes nailed me where it feels like I got kicked in the groin or they start poking around and causing discomfort.

 

I have been wearing cloth pads since before I was even pregnant because I have very mild incontinence and sweat a lot sometimes. But, the incontinence is getting a bit worse, where I have to change more regularly, though still not terrible, but baby is pushing and bumping things there. As you get further in the third trimester, an increase in discharge is very normal as well. Typically, amniotic fluid leaking is pretty obvious. I remember thinking a couple times with my first that it was leaking to the point where I went into the hospital and tested negative for amniotic fluid leaking twice.

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Thanks for the information and reassurance! thumb.gif

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Yeah, those cervical twinges seem pretty normal. I've had them a lot in the 3rd tri, and had them last time, too.

 

I am mentally completely in about-to-have-a-baby land and have been since around 37 weeks. It's definitely intensifying. It's mostly a nice feeling, kind of dreamy, easier to take things lightly, but with the occasional shifts to sadness or other less-desired feelings. I love this last phase of pregnancy, the waiting, the sense that it could happen any time. Makes all the challenge of pregnancy worth it.

 

Last week at 37 weeks when I was stressed over something, I started having period-like cramps and more heavy duty BH. It was a bit alarming because my husband was away. During that time, my baby dropped--it was interesting how suddenly that happened. That bowling ball between the legs feeling was so real. It wasn't so sudden with the first pregnancy. The period cramps stopped after 6 hours last Thursday (didn't bother timing them), but I'm still having stronger cervical twinges and sometimes BH that take my breath away. Also, the baby is so active and feels so big in there--whoa!

 

Excited about giving birth--I love birthing! And I wish BabySmurf and all of us beautiful births.
 

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So glad you started this thread!  I have been wondering myself where everyone else is at.

 

Baby has definitely dropped the last few days!!  Woke up this morning and while sitting on the toilet I noticed that my breasts barely touch my stomach anymore and my belly just seemed really low compared to maybe 3 days ago.  And it was about 3 days ago that I had some serious cleaning out with lots of large BM's (TMI, sorry!).  But since then it actually seems like my BM's have gotten smaller, drier, and less frequent.  But I am urinating waaay more and feel like every time Baby moves they push right on my bladder and I have to pee again.  If I walk, I have to pee, even if I am only taking a few short steps, even if I am walking away from the bathroom where I just peed! 

 

I also am no longer feeling the intense stretching in my ribs, which is a nice relief after months of constant pain.  Although, heartburn is back with a vengeance and I thought that wouldn't be the case with Baby dropping.

 

I have yet to feel any BH contractions, which kind of worries me!  I wouldn't mind a little something to show me that my body is preparing and so I have a small insight on what real labor is going to feel like.  I am still 5 weeks away from EDD, so I guess I still have time.

 

Dreams have been getting more intense!  Baby told me their name in a dream the other night, kind of made my head go spinning especially since I have been thinking I have a boy in me this whole time and dreams lately have all been about a baby girl (and the name is feminine and one I would have never chosen!).  My hands have become increasing swollen, which I have read is a sign that labor is prepping up. 

 

Excited for all of us.  Slightly nervous, since this is my first, but excited all the same.  We're in the home stretch now!!

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I'm so glad that this thread was started as well!  As a first time mama, I find it much more helpful to hear about personal stories than what I read in books.  :)

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I have yet to feel any BH contractions, which kind of worries me!  I wouldn't mind a little something to show me that my body is preparing and so I have a small insight on what real labor is going to feel like.  I am still 5 weeks away from EDD, so I guess I still have time.

 

 

Rae Rae, I'll be 36 weeks on Thursday and I have yet to feel any BH as well.  Seems like my babe is uber comfy in there sitting like a breech Buddha and isn't making preparations for departure!  lol

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SweetHuck, I'm sorry this has been going on for you!  On one hand it must be reassuring that this is just your body getting ready, but it sounds exhausting.  I hope you are finding some time to rest and recuperate when you can.

 

Spotty - the doula who leads my birth class talked about the increasing wetness.  She said it can be anything from sweat, to urine, or even the cervix coming into alignment and releasing any fluid that was pooled up behind it.  Both she and my midwives have said that anything like a true gush or constant soaking/saturation would be something to check out.

 

I don't think I'm anywhere near pre-labor yet.  6 (or 4-8) weeks to go for me, and babe is still flipping around a lot.  BH have gotten intense from time to time, but almost always when I've over-exerted myself around the house or am dehydrated.  Usually taking a break and drinking water settles things down.  

 

I can't believe we're on the home stretch now!  I'm at the tail end of our group, and honestly not expecting anything to happen here before the first week of July.  Can't wait to "meet" our group's babies soon though!

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Yeah, SweetHuck that sounds really intense! I would just try to rest as much as possible.  With my first I was in early labor for a couple of days, and it totally does drain your energy - both physically and mentally.  I can't imagine what it's like to have things that intense for this long!

 

littlegreenlady - I'm not too worried about it being "bad" being on my back - I can tell when I am in a position that is not good, and will move, at this point I'm just more worried that LO is going to get comfy in a posterior position and it would be really nice to avoid back labor this time!

 

I definitely have the "twinges" this time too (not so much last time), and it definitely seems related to the way baby is moving....And SPOTTY, the wet undies sounds like a pretty normal thing to me too.  Weird, but normal! Like so many other pregnancy things.  Like veggieviola said, it could be several different things, and most likely nothing to worry about, just a sign that your body is getting ready.

 

skyandlavender, it's funny, i think this is actually my least favorite part of pregnancy...I feel like I am watching water boil!! I am trying to change my focus to really enjoying these last moments with DS as an only child and it makes it a bit easier....it's weird because every time we go through a crazy routine, I think "wow, these are the last times this is going to be this easy!" even though it's not even that easy now, lol!

 

RaeRae and jnajla, I didn't get BH with my first much at all.  One spurt maybe a week before labor, probably because I was dehydrated, then not really again until the day I went into labor.  So I think it's totally within the range of normal to not have them (or not notice them). 

 

This pregnancy overall has been so different than my first, I don't know what to expect at all! For me, last time, I had no real signs up until a few days before labor: I lost my mucus plug (this time I have been losing it over and over again), then a few days later I had a huge BM, the next morning I saw the "bloody show" and that evening I had my first regular contractions.  I was in early/podromal labor from Sunday evening until Tuesday night, when I finally kicked into active labor, and from there it was about 10-12 hours until DS was born, 5 of it being the pushing phase (too heavy a dose of epidural with a posterior 9lb 8oz baby took some time!). 

 

So today I seem to be having a "clean out" day...but my SIL just informed me that they all have a stomach bug...I was hoping it was a sign, now I'm hoping I don't get sick!!

 

Thanks for chiming in!!

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I like this thread. Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences. And Sweet Huck, I hope all these rehearsals will help you have a nice, smooth birth when the time comes!

BabySmurf, how interesting that we have exact opposite feelings about this phase of pregnancy.

 

Saw the midwives today. They agreed that my cramping on Thursday right before the baby suddenly dropped probably was to facilitate the drop. And they confirmed the baby's head is low. This afternoon, I've been having more cramping, and I think my belly is getting lower. There's more pressure on my rear, too. Kind of exciting! Tomorrow I'll be 38 weeks. I've been frantically running around trying to organize the house and get baby supplies in order, just in case!
 

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I didn't really have many signs labor was coming with my last two babes. I think I had some loose stools and discharge the day I went into labor with my first, but nothing that clearly screamed 'labor' to me. My first real signs with him were contractions evenly spaced. Once I realized I was in labor and got home (we were 3 hours away at the coast) I started having major puking and diarrhea, which for me was the worst part of my labor. By this that time I was clearly in labor though! 9 days early.

With my second there were no signs at all, just woke up and had him 29 min later. 12 days early.

I am a little behind most of you as my actual edd is July 4th, but I expect to go early. So I am 34 weeks and feeling much more pressure in my vaginal and behind area, though its been like this for a week or two. It feels like his head is pushing so hard in my cervix it's actually making me swollen down there. I checked myself yesterday and I'm not even close to opening or dialating yet. I have had some bh, but compared to last pregnancies hardly any, and I am thanking my diet this time around for very little heart burn and restless legs. I do wish my nesting would kick in a little more though, I've still a lot to do but feeling pretty lazy and tired lately.

On a side note, I took a bath today and was shocked to sqeeze my nipple and see milk. I know this is totally normal but I just had that 'oh crap, I'm gonna have another baby' moment. I am so excited for this LO but sometimes think the reality of it never hit me, that indeed within a few short weeks I will have another child.
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 I've been frantically running around trying to organize the house and get baby supplies in order, just in case!

 

 

 

The June babies are coming!!  How exciting!  joy.gif

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woke up and had him 29 min later. 12 days early.
 

 

Shanna-cat, that is terrifying but awesome!  I CANNOT imagine, especially as I continue to deal with this pre-labor fun. Amazing how different each experience can be.

 

And thanks everyone for the love. My midwives suggested a glass of wine here or there, or even a screw driver,  when things are really bad... and it certainly does work very well. The past two nights I've had some pretty good sleep, and my god... what a sweet salve that is!

 

Onwards with the gestating!

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I keep hoping today is the day...& it never is. I'm getting obsessive, checking the toilet paper for the slightest pink tinge the million times a day I pee. My undies are soaked also & that is new for me though this is baby #4. As long as we've lived in this house we've gone w/out AC until the last week of June through the 2nd week of Aug. That's just when the heat is unbearable here, but now there are these chafing issues I've never had before, fairly debilitating even w/ a liner. I waddle but only because of that. I tried out Husbands Gold Bond before bed lat night & it was NOT conducive to sleep. Though it wasn't entirely unpleasant either.

I am 39 weeks & 3 days & got my first ever yeast infection 4 days ago & now I'm freaking out that baby is going to get thrush. Why now, I'm 31 yrs. old & after all of this time it happens now? I've been treating it w/ garlic it seems to be working pretty good. It wasn't like what I expected it to be but I guess most things aren't.

I've also switched to being more comfortable on my back, as long as there's a pillow under my stomach. We've gone to separate beds & are both more functionable. Maybe. W/out sleep I make up words like functionable. I literally am not sleeping until 3:30 most nights though there are some blessed dozings before that. The animals are all calibrated to start mawing & crowing at 6 on the dot. I get another 1/2 hour doze in but then I'm up for the day.

The BH keep coming very sporadically, but getting stronger & the cervical twinges are definitley there. I think my mucous plug is going but it's clear.

SweetHuck, I've never had anything as intense as you describe, I'm so sorry. I hear you on the wine. I've not felt the need for anything this baby or the last but w/ number 1 (he went to 43 weeks) I decided he'd outstayed his welcome & had 2 big glasses of merlot. He came out the next day. Baby #2 had 4 or 5 days of prodromal labor & it helped me to sleep.

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hug2.gifVoondrop.  I've had the chafing issues as well, talk about insult to injury here!  I find that the Canus brand of Lil' goats Zinc oxide ointment works wonders for between my legs, the zinc will also help control bacteria issues.  (We use it constantly on our cow and goat's udders)

I hear ya on the sleepless nights. I'm sleeping in my recliner with my 2 yr old, have to roll him onto the bed 4-5 x per night so I can get up to pee.

My biggest sleep time is early morning which of course means our roosters think 4am is a good time for morning calls.
 

 

It HAS to be soon right? praying.gif

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I had my weekly midwife appointment yesterday and she confirmed that the sharp cervical pains are probably baby's head engaging with the cervix or even her hand(s).  She said it could also be round ligament pain, although that felt different to me.  She suggested doing to pelvic tilts exercises (yoga cat/cow poses) to try and reposition the baby.  She said we don't really want baby's head engaged until after we go into labor.  My little one is in a great position but still has some descending to do.  I'm 38 weeks tomorrow and measuring at 40 weeks.  As she descends, my FH measurement will probably decrease some.

 

The increase in discharge could be the mucus plug gradually coming away but I believe that is usually pretty thick discharge.....I've not experienced anything like that yet but my discharge has increased.  I'm chalking it up to the additional coconut water I've been drinking to try and hydrate-away the BH!

 

I'm so excited for everyone and it's great that we're all sharing our stories towards the end of our pregnancies.  As a first time Mom, I've been thrilled to experience pregnancy and I just cant wait to hold my sweet baby for the first time....I'm getting weepy just thinking about it!   I've had a sense of doubt creep in here and there as to whether I can have this baby naturally.....Maybe the enormity/reality of it all is finally catching up with me. 

 

Anyone else feeling this way?  Are these hormonal mood swings or normal, rational thoughts?

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