The "Progressing / Positive / Impending / I'm in Labor" Thread - Page 19
Today is a big shopping day in canada, sort of like the US black friday, and usually I have a young baby or am too tired from work to go shopping, so this year I really want to get out and hit some stores and maybe get a few things as a last hurrah before baby gets here and I'm confined to the house for the next month or two!
Got my carseats all tightened a few days ago, and re-packed our hospital bag, so we are good to go!
I am officially "Overdue", but in reality I am a week further along then I ever made it with DD1, and 6 days days further than I ever made it with DD2. Exciting stuff!
Had waves of heavy (literally, I felt like I couldn't move, like I was being compressed all over with something heavy like sand) contractions last night starting when I went to bed about midnight. Had horrible night sweats and was shaking all over when I got up to go to the bathroom a few times. My heart was racing and I just kept lying back down and trying to stay calm. I really didn't like the one time I labored at night and I didn't feel good- felt kind of scary- so glad to have gone back to sleep. Not sure how long it continued. Now I feel "different" but not having waves anymore. Feel a little weak and my hands are a tiny tingly- I have really low blood pressure. I swear I was close to calling my birth attendants (my best friend and the photographer)! Going to the chiropractor at 11:30. I really did want the baby to come in December so today's the last day...could still happen!
I'm loving reading everyone's birth stories- everyone makes it sound so simple and easy! I think once labor really starts and is occupying me I'll be fine but I'm definitely having anxiety still and wish I wasn't!!!
I, too, was hoping for a December baby.... looks like Baby might have a different plan....
I've been feeling really uncomfortable these last 2-3 days. Lots of muscle pain on the underside of my belly. Especially on the left side. My midwife came and checked me out in the evening of the 29th cause I was feeling so uncomfortable. She said my cervix was ready to go... super soft! Dilated just to 1. She said she expected me to go into labor that night. Well, obviously I did not. So I am just trying to stay as comfortable as I can while I wait for the big event. I'm just 40+2 today. But this is the longest I have ever been pregnant and I'm feeling quite miserable physically. I can barely move around! Oh, I have been losing small bits of mucus over the last week. Nothing much, just little streaks and nothing blood-tinged.
I thought maybe last night would be "it" again, but of course it wasn't! I swore I wasn't going to torture myself like this again! I swore I wasn't going to consider myself "term" until at least 41+, but here I am... feeling as though he will never come... and buying into prodromal labor.
Having a few "different" contractions today. The main difference is that they are the appropriate length (not super long) and timing.... They are still very far apart, but it's niggling in my mind- again! I've got to chose something to do today to get my mind off of it. I was "out" and about the last two days, and it actually helped to be distracted. I can't afford to get out again.. have to save the gas in the car for all the false trips to L&D and the rest of the midwife's appointments.
I worked on the birth ball last night. Baby has been VERY VERY VERY active the last 24 hours or so, and I can feel him moving down lower and lower. I hope he's positioned right. I can't tell right now. Since Sunday, though, I haven't had nearly as much prodromal labor... now it's confined to nights and a few contractions here and there in the day. Nothing as hellatious as the last few weeks. That happened shortly before dd made her arrival, so there I am hoping and grasping again!!!!
I keep fantizising that their origional (pre-ultrasound) dates are correct for me and that I'm actually 41+2 right now instead of 39+6.
I swear it's so much worse being THIS pregnant and this far this time around- maybe it's because I have the two young ones? Or that my hernia bothers me? I don't know... I hate it. I want to meet my baby!!!! I've had many nightmares lately of him being born with very special needs (as in may not make or may need lifetime home care). Of course we would still love him, but I wonder how I would make it... survive... I struggle with motherhood so much already! The NOT knowing if the dreams are preparing me or just wild-hormone-induce nightmares has me on edge.
ophelia, we sound like we're in very similar places...trying not to fret but not able to totally let go of worry and anxiety.
at least every day that passes is a day closer to meeting the baby. it can't be much more than a week at the outset for me as i'll be 41 weeks tomorrow, so that's not too long to wait. hoping the chiropractor will kick me into labor, or at least make my sacrum feel better so i can take a walk without pain!