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In Labor or Warming up for Labor Thread... - Page 19post #361 of 4427/19/13 at 6:50pmpost #362 of 4427/19/13 at 8:15pmpost #363 of 4427/19/13 at 9:27pmpost #364 of 4427/19/13 at 11:21pmpost #365 of 4427/20/13 at 12:32ampost #366 of 4427/20/13 at 1:25amChipi with my 1st I was 41 weeks, zero contractions at all and got the gel to ripen my cervix. After 2 applications I had a few "I think this is a contraction" contractions, then it ramped up to every 2 minutes, 45-60 seconds of sheer agony. They were practically identical at 2 cm and at 9cm. All that to say I had zero contractions, then baby came the morning of 41w 1d. You're not doomed!!
I think most of us contracting mamas are on second or later labours.post #367 of 4427/20/13 at 3:46ampost #368 of 4427/20/13 at 4:10ampost #369 of 4427/20/13 at 6:07amChipi I was the same with my first. I went into labor at 42 weeks and had her on 42+1, naturally with no induction. This is my second and I've been having contractions for weeks....they are so strong now that I have to stop and breath through them! My chiropractor says I am lucky to carry for so long because I'm healthy...he clearly has never carted one of these around in his stomach for 42 weeks! It will end soon, hang in there.post #370 of 4427/20/13 at 9:37amThread Starterpost #371 of 4427/20/13 at 11:12amQuote:Originally Posted by skycheattraffic
Chipi with my 1st I was 41 weeks, zero contractions at all and got the gel to ripen my cervix. After 2 applications I had a few "I think this is a contraction" contractions, then it ramped up to every 2 minutes, 45-60 seconds of sheer agony. They were practically identical at 2 cm and at 9cm. All that to say I had zero contractions, then baby came the morning of 41w 1d. You're not doomed!!
I think most of us contracting mamas are on second or later labours.
Did they apply the gel in the hospital or in office and then send you home? I've been thinking that if it comes down to it, I'd like to try the gel before anything else, but I am cranky about having to labor from beginning to end in the hospital, especially if it takes a few days for the gel alone to work. That sounds like a lot of hospital if I'm there 2 days before she is even born... and it probably means dealing with more pressure to get pitocin if the gel doesn't work the first time.post #372 of 4427/20/13 at 11:14ampost #373 of 4427/20/13 at 11:51amI had to go to the hospital, L&D floor to get the gel but it was a quick outpatient procedure. I think they asked me to stay for half an hour and hooked up the fetal monitor just in case it started strong contractions quickly but that was simply a precaution. Since it didn't have an immediate effect, they sent me home and gave me a later time to come back if nothing happened. My memory isn't the best but I went in first thing in the morning (no contractions), then again in the afternoon and by early evening my contractions started and very quickly ramped up. At least around here they don't keep you in L&D for long if possible.post #374 of 4427/20/13 at 2:35pmpost #375 of 4427/20/13 at 3:08pmFor me, I went in for the gel, but when they checked I was already having regular contractions and I did not know it. it didn't feel like I thought contractions would feel like, and I thought it was just the baby moving and stretching. So they actually started me in pitocin right away, because I guess the gel is contraindicated for someone with contractions.... But then, it sill took 27 hours....post #376 of 4427/20/13 at 4:43pmThanks for all of the assurances, mamas! I woke up at 8am this morning to my water breaking!!! It's been randomly gushing out now all day (it's 445pm where I live.) I've had a few ''maybe" contractions but nothing regular so far. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I'll be posting the stats on my baby Lila!post #377 of 4427/20/13 at 6:11pmOoh Chipi, exciting!! Once your water breaks, things will be in motion in the foreseeable future! Great to hear things are moving for you.
Question for seasoned mamas: the whole bouncing on a birth ball thing. Can that help start contractions or keep them going or is it more of a comfort/pain relief/help baby get in a good position thing? Also, those of you taking one to the hospital/birth centre - are you taking them inflated?post #378 of 4427/20/13 at 6:34pm
My EDD is July 22. I woke up at 1:30 am last night with cramps that felt like period cramps. I thought this might be it (being a naive first time mom) and stayed up most of the night reading a book and wondering ... if this was it. That decision kinda wrecked today (Sat.) for me, because I was tired. I'm not in labor unless it's really mild early labor and I'm super chill about it. We went to a family party for hours this afternoon.
My stomach just feels sore. I have a lot of upper belly tightening that feel like B-H contractions. Then I get the occasional lower belly menstrual cramp feelings. Those seem to be slightly real, in that they appear in some intensity then go away completely. I feel like the baby is stirring in a downward direction, but that could be in my head. The baby is definitely active, which is nice.
So, we'll see how I sleep tonight -- if I can just tolerate the tightening and crampiness. There's no real pain to speak of, so I guess I need to wait until I feel much stronger sensations to call my midwife and tell her what's going on.post #379 of 4427/20/13 at 6:40pmEilis I'm having exactly the same thing, BH and increasing crampiness but nothing that feels like a "real" contraction. Plus I've been nauseous the last few days. I'm starting to think that the nausea I get with bad menstrual cramps is going to play a large part in this labor and I'm not really looking forward to it. We went to the movies this morning and have been just hanging around the house the rest of the day, waiting for gone thing to change and happen.post #380 of 4427/20/13 at 7:34pmQuote:Originally Posted by skycheattraffic
Ooh Chipi, exciting!! Once your water breaks, things will be in motion in the foreseeable future! Great to hear things are moving for you.
Question for seasoned mamas: the whole bouncing on a birth ball thing. Can that help start contractions or keep them going or is it more of a comfort/pain relief/help baby get in a good position thing? Also, those of you taking one to the hospital/birth centre - are you taking them inflated?
My doula suggested deflating it, which also makes it easy to wipe down real quick, and bringing a pump.
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