I guess this might be a dumb question, but could the doctor strip membranes if my cervix is still closed? That terrible cervical pain seems to have ceased today. My belly is feeling huge and I think getting an extra stretching today. I laid in bed all day reading and napping. I sat up in a chair to eat breakfast, second breakfast, and lunch and now I am sitting on the couch. I took a nice long bath and poured warm water over my belly for awhile which felt good. I am ready for these boys to be born I think.
November 2013 Chat Thread - Page 6
Oh, Kali, that is exactly what I'm afraid of! My latest baby was already 42w3d (and she had the most accurate due date, as I had a dating ultrasound with her, and I wasn't totally sure of some of my other dates), so I'd really not like to go later than that. And going through prodromal labor for six or seven weeks?? I'd lose my ever-loving mind.
Steph, sorry you are dealing with this, too! It sucks! I totally prefer the way my other babies did things: absolutely no sign that anything was going to happen until the last minute!
So, I had more contractions while at my daughters' recital today, but not regular enough to bother timing them. Just enough to freak out my DH and MIL a little bit. :P
Did two hours if yard work today and baby has dropped more just today, lol. My cervix seems thinner too, not a lot but thinner and more open than a few days ago. have never birthed a baby prior to 40 weeks but I keep feeling she will be my earliest. I'm really trying to get things done. I strung Christmas lights up in half of the nursery/birthing room today, will do the rest tomorrow. I bought double meal ingridients for three meals today so that I can freeze a batch each.
I'm 36 weeks 1 day. I am telling her she can come after my two youngest kids birthday party next Saturday. I want that to happen first but after that she can feel free! I would be shocked if she came THAT early.
Ugh, ladies. I know. Sorry to hear everyone is so uncomfortable.
I'm only 35 weeks tomorrow- and after the 42 weeks I went last time, I have zero expectation of early this time, but holy moly. Today I went to prenatal yoga again, and I was getting contractions that were actually painful. The bh have been intense this time, but these were different- even the instructor afterwards was like "I thought you were going to go into labor!"...and nobody believes that I am have so freaking long to go. THe worst part was, went I felt that contraction pain, I felt just sheer panic. It makes me think I need to take the next 5 weeks and do some serious relaxation work or something...
I was having a lot more contractions two weeks ago. They flat out stopped. But with DD it was also like this, I had some but until labor started, I was completely closed and no contractions to speak of. Actually that's why it took me a while to believe this is actually labor, I was expecting some sort of prodromal labor.
I had that weird cramping all evening, and it actually got worse when DH got home and I laid down, along with some feelings of pressure down low...sitting on the toilet felt soo good. I can't imagine what it was, but just maybe my body is starting to do some prep work. I finished packing my hospital bag with everything that was in my room, but I still need to round up the other stuff thats around the house. I've really got just the bare minimum, and most of my bag is baby's bulky outdoor clothes. I think i will add a fluffy blanket to the carseat to drape over him, under the carseat cover.
Today I'd like to put away all the halloween decorations and dig out and sort through the xmas decorations. It would be nice to get them all up in the next week or so. I also really, really need to organize and make a list of all the food in our freezers
Hey, Kali, if you had eight hours of regular contractions, how did you know it wasn't labor? Was it that you were having a homebirth and baby never came? Now I'm feeling worried about thinking I'm in labor, going to the hospital, and getting hit with the "you're not progressing / you need pitocin" when it's only prodromal labor.
No, it was that it was my second baby, and I am a doula and just realized that after the contraction never got closer together or longer or stronger, that it was just prelabor. It was annoying, but I could just tell.
My advise is each time it happens try to drink TONS of water, get a warm bath, and lie on your left side. If they go away or slow down, it is likely not labor. If they get stronger, it likelyt is. Either way, I wouldn't go to the hospital (if you are having a hospital birth) until contractions are 4 mins apart, lasting for 1 minute each for at least 1 hour, and STRONG. Like where you breathe/focus/vocalize through them and cannot do anything else but think about them.
I'm worried about that too Michelle! I don't want to think it's labor, go in, and then have them want to push meds because I'm getting no where. I have my 37 week appt tomorrow and I am going to see if she can strip my membranes then. These contractions are driving me nuts, and maybe that will pick things up and make them regular. I'm going to pack my hospital bag hopefully tonight, if not then tomorrow.
I would be interested to know how/when you all made the call that it was "time" (for the hospital, or the midwife or whatever) in past births. With both of my first two, everything was manageable until it suddenly definitely wasn't, and we headed into the hospital. I had a strong feeling that I needed to be there (because I was not planning to birth at home, and did not have labor attendent there). With the first I arrived at 8 cm dialated and baby was born 4 hours later, and it was generally a calm and positive experience. With the second I arrived and baby came 40 minutes later, in a triage room and it was hectic and crazy. I am a little afraid that if I go by my gut I am going to end up having a baby by the side of the road this time. But I don't want to have my husband get a cab home from the city, line up childcare, etc to have it be nothing. Lots of anxiety about this, this time around.
Michelle- are you traveling a long distance to the hospital you are birthing at? I think if you go in too early, and it is not productive labor, maybe ask to be discharged before agreeing to pitocin or similar? It is my understanding that many hospitals are amenable to that, as long as your water hasn't broken and there aren't other concerns or complications. I think it happens often with first time moms who don't quite know what to expect, in regard to labor. I imagine often pitocin is offered because it is assumed that moms don't want to have more days or weeks of prodromal labor, and women may not know there are other options.