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Signs of Labor

post #1 of 84
Thread Starter 

Someone suggested starting a signs of labor thread.  Here we go! We are getting close!

 

Apparently my recent contractions have been "real".  I got checked yesterday at my 37 week appt.  I'm at 2.5 cm, 70 % effaced and -1 station.  The OB said that was pretty low for a 2nd baby.  I am trying to not get to anxious because I really want her to stay in another 2 weeks.  I tend to spread out my early labor and then have really fast active labor.  My first came in 3.5 hours.  

post #2 of 84

I had contractions last week Wednesday - at only 31w6d, so we went in and got checked out. No dilation or effacement or anything, thank goodness, but I had the steroid shot and 3 full bags of fluid pushed through IV to get them to stop. (Oh wow was I swollen). So now we're thinking this baby won't be a 40+weeker :)

I only realized I was in labour with my first when I felt the urge to push and noticed (a LOT) bloody show. It took 5 hours of pushing to actually get him out, but I think that was due to my ex being in the room, being in a hospital, etc. So I have no idea how long this labour will take, or what it will be like.

post #3 of 84

Kelly, do you want the baby to stay in for timing with the holidays?  Or are you worried it's too early?  It sure sounds like you're getting close!

 

JelloPanda, your baby definitely needs to stay in!  I'm glad they were able to get the contractions to stop.  Have they been calmer since last week?

 

AFM, nothing to report.  I'm 35 weeks and had a cervical check yesterday.  Just soft and slightly less high, but no dilation.  Which is just fine! 

post #4 of 84
Thread Starter 
I just want her to stay in long enough for her lungs to be fully developed. I would hate for her to have to go to the nicu for any reason.

Also- I have lost parts of my mucus plug the last two days. I wonder if that means I am now more effaced?
post #5 of 84

Kellyshea- soo exciting! I can't wait till we all start welcoming our babies! You sound like you are getting so close!! 

post #6 of 84

Yeah, I guess 37 weeks is a little too close to preterm.  I would probably want to wait another week or so too. 

 

Ok, I'm such a nerd, but not as nerdy as this lady.  She made a probability calculator that shows your chances of having delivered your baby on and by any particular date.  I believe she only used spontaneous labors for her distributions so it doesn't take inductions into account (which would skew the probabilities, obviously) http://spacefem.com/pregnant/due.php?use=EDD&m=01&d=15&y=14

 

At this point, there is a 0.05% chance I would have had my baby.  The kind of depressing thing is that there is only a 50% chance of having delivered by your EDD.  But a 75% chance you'll have delivered within the following week so that's not terrible, I guess...  Anyway, it's kind of fun. 

post #7 of 84
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I went back to the Dr. yesterday for my 38 week visit.  Not too much more progress.  He said I am at 3 cm dilated.  He is on call tonight and tomorrow night and won't be back on call until after Christmas.  I am secretly hoping to go into labor tonight so I can have my doctor.   It's so much harder to have a natural birth in a hospital in Alabama since midwives are illegal. I trust my OB's decisions during my labor.  I can't help it I just want him there instead of the other on-call doctors that aren't as supportive of natural birth.  I feel kind of guilty though since I'm only 38 weeks. 

post #8 of 84

I understand wanting your own OB.  I got my OB's backup last time and I was not a huge fan.  In the end, I interacted with him very little, and the nurses at our hospital are almost annoyingly natural-birth friendly so I was good there.  But it's still just a bummer not to have someone you know and trust there.

 

I wouldn't feel guilty about 38 weeks though.  If we can accept that some babies need to wait until 42 weeks, it makes sense that some are ready at 38.  Now I keep wishing LO out at 36 weeks ... have to keep reminding myself that that's not actually a good thing!  Are you having contractions or cramps or mucus plug or anything?

 

My only change is that baby is more OA now than ROA.  We'll see if that sticks.  Still high, not dropped at all.

post #9 of 84
Thread Starter 

I've had some contractions but nothing on a consistent basis.  I lost parts of my mucus plug everyday Wed.-Sunday last week.  It has finally stopped coming out so I think its all gone.  

post #10 of 84

Wow kellyshea!!!! Keep us updated!

post #11 of 84

Don't feel guilty!!! I had my DD at 38 weeks and she was perfectly healthy! And maybe I was a terrible person but I used castor oil with her. She was so low for so long and  it hurt to sit, it hurt to stand and lie down. I couldn't take another full day at work. I understand you wanting your doctor and it seems like things are moving along with you! Can't wait to hear more! 

post #12 of 84

Well I will post what mine have started as- not what I am experiencing right now.  First I generally wake up quite early in the morning (I am not an early riser lol).  My other huge sign is not being able to get in a comfortable position- as in stand up sit down attempt to recline stand  up lay down....  I have never noticed that illusive mucus plug (which is kind of weird considering I have had 5 babies....  

 

Ok- so now for me- My baby dropped some and is in great position.  Loads of contrax but nothing serious since the early labor at 29 weeks.  I keep praying for a Christmas baby- but I am not holding my breath or anything since the last 2 have been 3 weeks late.  I don't go for internals but I am definitely sitting on a head....

post #13 of 84
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Lower back is so achy today. I've also had 3 bm's this morning. I'm wondering if things might be getting started for me today. Has anyone else had similar symptoms before labor started? I'm not having any contractions right now.
post #14 of 84

Can we get this stuck at the top - pinned?

post #15 of 84
I've hit the "OMG IS IT LABOUR?!" stage already. Every twinge, hunger pang, etc has me watching myself closely. I've started noticing some of the signs of labour, but nothing definitive. I forgot how stressful this can be! Haha
post #16 of 84

I had some painful contractions (very unusual for me) this weekend, followed by (SORRY!) a nice couple of episodes of the runs so I thought maybe something was happening. 

 

Nope. 

 

I'm actually relieved. I need at least another week, maybe two, and then I'll feel ready. 

post #17 of 84
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Originally Posted by JelloPanda View Post

I've hit the "OMG IS IT LABOUR?!" stage already. Every twinge, hunger pang, etc has me watching myself closely. I've started noticing some of the signs of labour, but nothing definitive. I forgot how stressful this can be! Haha

 

I know, every night for a week when I've had more than one contraction in 15 minutes, I think maybe tonight... I'm trying so hard to be chill about it.

 

So anyway, as of last week I'm at 2 cm and 50% dilated with a low baby.  Contractions have been more painful, but just as infrequent.  They occasionally wake me up at night.  And that's about it!

 

Oh, I have been feeling an intense need for solitude as well.  I totally want to hole up alone somewhere.

post #18 of 84
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Originally Posted by pamelaRRRR View Post
 

I had some painful contractions (very unusual for me) this weekend, followed by (SORRY!) a nice couple of episodes of the runs so I thought maybe something was happening. 

 

Nope. 

 

I'm actually relieved. I need at least another week, maybe two, and then I'll feel ready. 

This is how mine started out this time around! I didn't even stop to think that labor was starting and that is why I was having that issue. But yeah I had contractions, the runs and had been spotting all day (I thought the spotting was just me overdoing it again but nope!) 

post #19 of 84
Here's hoping that waking up at 5am and feeling compelled to make banana bread is a sign of impending labor... ;-)

My last one started with my water breaking, fortunately soon followed by numerous trips to the bathroom and increasingly regular, if not strong, contractions. A few hours sleep and boom, I woke up in active labor. Oh, I'd also had a compulsive housecleaning session that morning... but as I'm having those urges nearly every day now (because that's what happens when I'm supposed to be on bedrest) I can't make too much of it.
post #20 of 84
I cleaned the house n did laundry until midnight last night. Been having backache and feeling loopier than usual. 39 wks & 4 days today... seeing my midwife this afternoon. Wish my water would break already so I didn't have to go to her.
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