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post #21 of 95
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I lose mucus periodically throughout the day, every day.  Apparently all my bloody shows amounted to was a little bit of dilation and effacement (from 3 cm to 5 cm, 50-80% to 90-100%).  Once I had them, and dilated further, I stopped getting "shows."  I always thought that bloody show = you're going to have a baby within a few days. XD

Yeah, sticking three fingers up into my cervix means I have to pretty much ram my hand in there.  Easiest done while on the toilet.  But it's super duper neat to feel the baby's head and the bulging sac around it (could easily break my water if I wanted).  And I can feel the little bones in the baby's head too.  I never thought I'd be able to do that, ever, in my lifetime.  So I enjoy touching my baby's head while waiting for him/her to arrive.  Lol.

 

Still no hard labor contractions for me...just lots of BH's of varying degrees.

post #22 of 95
That's awesome! Very exciting...I keep getting up everyday thinking even if it's not today I'm still another day closer and we are in the home stretch. Won't be long for us! Tons Braxton hicks today to the point where it's basically anytime I do anything, stand up, bend over, try and pick up the house. Kind of uncomfortable but still just Braxton hicks. Did do some squatting hip rotations earlier that felt like they moved baby more into position, but really don't know :-)
post #23 of 95
Kinda nice chatting with other uc mommas. :-) I tried chiming in a few times on the regular December babies forum and those ladies just seem to completely ignore me...maybe it's because I didn't join in the beginning of pregnancy as they did. So anyway, pretty much gave up on that, lol, anyway many of them are having inductions, c sections which really doesn't interest me...

Oh! And still love reading up on all things birth. I read recently that often second labors are half the time of first. And also pregnancies and labors often similar to that of their mothers? Talked to my mom. She has had all short ones. 4, 3, 2 hours. My first daughter was quick as well but I didn't time it...never thought of it. Hubby thinks hour or two. I tell him I know it was quick but really doubt that quick...anyway, have been planning water birth with pool. Hubby has hose and pool all ready for me, but now I'm starting to think would there even be time for that???? With history of short labor and then being home doing uc, being able to move around and feel comfortable, starting to think this going to be pretty fast probably...especially with all the Braxton hicks, cervical pain, pressure preparing me. Sure outta be interesting! :-) anyway, debating on whether to attempt the pool or just scratch the idea..
post #24 of 95
I've been having lots of action these past couple of days but who knows when baby will be born...at least I know my body is preparing and doing something! I've been really emotional lately too, I'll cry at just about anything and have a hard time stopping, lol. Very sentimental I guess.

I've been following the December group, too, but haven't posted anything because I just started following in November. It's exciting seeing babies born! But yeah, I don't feel like if really fit in anyways.

Almi, it's neat that you can feel your baby's head!! I've tried every pregnancy but just can't figure out if I'm actually feeling my cervix or not and give up. Maybe I'll try again later.
post #25 of 95
I tried again. Didn't work for me! Oh well! :-) and I hear Ya on the sentimental thing. Yikes! Very sensitive these days
post #26 of 95
I stepped on a piece of glass on one of my many trips to the bathroom tonight. Just a glass sliver but it was a long one. No clue how that got there! With my belly I couldn't get to it real well so woke hubby up to help me. He grudgingly crawled out of bed, pulled it out with tweezers, and this thing was long! I was bleeding, anyway, he accidentally dropped the glass on the carpet somewhere and then went back to bed...so I had to hobble into the bathroom to clean up my bloody foot and then vacuum the floor so I don't step on it again. I was so mad I called him a name and told him I'm not making his lunch for work tomorrow! which I don't think I've ever called him before...I'm generally pretty respectful and don't think name calling a spouse is good or healthy at all for a marriage, but hey! I was that hurt, mad, offended, whatever that he wasn't helping me more. And he better have a better attitude if labor comes in middle of the night! :-)
post #27 of 95
Guess my point was YES! VERY sensitive, emotional lately! Haha
post #28 of 95
Well, ladies. This is it. Labor started a little less than an hour ago, and I am 1.5 minutes between contractions, giving me little time to rest. Wish me luck and send your prayers!
post #29 of 95
Baby girl, born 0730. Placenta birthed 30 minutes later. :-)
post #30 of 95
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Omg congrats bcgartley!  You beat us!  I demand pictures and birth story when you get a chance. :)

 

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Originally Posted by sgnorton123 View Post

Kinda nice chatting with other uc mommas. :-) I tried chiming in a few times on the regular December babies forum and those ladies just seem to completely ignore me...maybe it's because I didn't join in the beginning of pregnancy as they did. So anyway, pretty much gave up on that, lol, anyway many of them are having inductions, c sections which really doesn't interest me...

Oh! And still love reading up on all things birth. I read recently that often second labors are half the time of first. And also pregnancies and labors often similar to that of their mothers? Talked to my mom. She has had all short ones. 4, 3, 2 hours. My first daughter was quick as well but I didn't time it...never thought of it. Hubby thinks hour or two. I tell him I know it was quick but really doubt that quick...anyway, have been planning water birth with pool. Hubby has hose and pool all ready for me, but now I'm starting to think would there even be time for that???? With history of short labor and then being home doing uc, being able to move around and feel comfortable, starting to think this going to be pretty fast probably...especially with all the Braxton hicks, cervical pain, pressure preparing me. Sure outta be interesting! :-) anyway, debating on whether to attempt the pool or just scratch the idea..


No kidding.  I've actually been a somewhat active member on a normal pregnancy forum for several years now.  At first everyone was totally against UC and flamed the crap out of me (especially because my first were twins lol).  But I stuck around (and around here, to keep my sanity) and even though I probably still have "haters," at least everyone is respectful towards me now...I like to think I've at least inspired a few.  It is difficult for me to see so many inductions and c-sections though, on that forum.

I think in general, consecutive labors are shorter.  Probably just because you're not as nervous, you know what to do, your body remembers what to do.  I know (IRL and online) several ladies that have had longer (sometimes harder) labors for their second, third, or fourth babies.  A coworker of mine had about a 45 minute labor for her first and then went on to have a 10-12 hour labor for her second (she was glad she could get an epidural that time...I was like, oookay).  Someone I know from that pregnancy forum (and have on FB) had a longer labor with her third than her second, and possibly her first, but I don't remember exactly.  And a good friend of mine whom has 6 children (one in heaven) had the most difficult and long labor with her fifth child.  He decided to turn posterior within a few days before he was born...silly boy.  I believe she birthed him naturally, sunny side up, too.  Unfortunately he came out with a big bruise on his head because the nurse forced her down onto the bed when she was pushing (she was squatting with a hang bar or something), making it extremely difficult for her to get him out.

Anyway, in my own experience, labors keep getting shorter!  Being at 5 cm and so stretchy, I can't see me laboring for more than 30 minutes with this one.  I have known from the beginning that it will probably go fast...(I'm getting good at this!  lol jk).  I began my last labor dilated to 3-4 cm, but not sure with my first.  I must have been dilated at least a few cm though, because I thought I felt the changes happening in my cervix a few weeks prior, and then my first baby's water broke right before labor started.

Yeah, I had time to fill the pool for my first birth, but by the time it was full, I was having contractions that were too close together and too strong to get comfortable in it.  Didn't even have time last time, so it's still packed away in the garage for this time (we got it out last summer and swam in it, lol).

 

That's interesting about having similar labor patterns to our mothers.  I would say that's pretty accurate.  My mom supposedly had her first at 43 weeks exactly, but I wonder if they had her dates wrong, because he was completely average in size and covered in vernix.  He didn't show any signs of being a "post dates" baby.  Otherwise, her second baby was one week early, and I personally came four days early.  I want to say she had average length of labors for first and second time, though her second time was shorter.  And then her labor with me was quick, and she said I was always firmly engaged in her pelvis for the last month or two like all of my babies have been.  Also, this was back when they did routine episiotomies, and according to her, I came so fast they didn't have time.  Lol.  Anyway, my mom had more babies after me, she had her twins at 35 weeks.  My twins were born at 36.5 weeks, and my last at one day shy of 39.

I didn't think I'd go past 38.5 weeks with this pregnancy.  But it's starting to look like I might...PLEASE NOT A CHRISTMAS BABY!  XD

post #31 of 95

Ya, I have read also about longer labors after short ones so I'm trying not to go into it with too high of expectations! Sure would be nice though to have short again :) And we still have time to beat christmas!!! Not much, but a little! haha!

 

bcgartley---Congrats Momma!!! Yay! You beat us to it! hahaha! Am excited for you and would love to hear details when you have time...no hurry, enjoy your babymoon!

post #32 of 95
Congratulations, bcgartley!!!
post #33 of 95
Congratulations bcgartley! I was a December baby myself.
post #34 of 95
Congrats to bcgartley!

I had my baby boy unassisted 6 months ago and just now felt like checking in here since it helped me so much when I was planning our UC!

I'm in West Virginia now, but I was living in Fargo ND before that and Park Rapids MN before that! Small world! smile.gif

Praying for all of you and hoping you have lovely births!
post #35 of 95

schrader and almi...any babies yet??? I was getting kinda of frustrated/impatient, but now I've just kind of relaxed and accepted my late pregnancy days...we went out to eat yesterday and got some holiday shopping done. Even if it hasn't happened yet, its bound to happen soon! 41 +3 now...although, I'm sitting down more now due to my leg feeling like its gonna fall out of its socket...oh the joys of late pregnancy :)   Oh!!! and its hubby's birthday today...He sure would love to share his birthday with the baby, but unless its a suddenly thing I'm not feeling anything really and its mid afternoon...

post #36 of 95
No baby here yet! greensad.gif My EDD is tomorrow. This is the first pregnancy I had truly felt patient and wanting the baby to pick his or her birthday but now I'm getting stressed because my husband leaves for training for 3 months on January 5. I think I've been depressed and am feeling rushed, which I'm sure isn't helping the baby to come any faster! If he was still in the Army it'd be different (with firstborn he was deployed...he came for the birth and was gone for another 10 months) because there'd be no choice in the matter for when he'd go for training, but with his career now his boss had a choice and changed the date twice thinking he knew what was best for us. He couldn't be more wrong! Just giving birth and having a newborn with four kids ages four and under...alone? No thanks. Plus, a due date is just a guess...what if baby doesn't want to come for another two weeks? Anyways, sorry for the rambling but I just needed to vent I guess. Blaahhhhhh. I know everything will turn out good, just stressed. I will thankfully be heading to MN and live with my family for a bit. I come from a family of 11 kids and still have young siblings who will play with my kids, so that'll be helpful.

I'm glad you're feeling peaceful with being over due, sgnorton! That helps a lot. Been watching for your birth announcement! smile.gif
post #37 of 95
Oh wow! I'd definitely want to be with my family if I was in your situation...that's just awful! Being away from hubby after newborn and with kids. Who do you have there for you until you go back to mn? Sorry! I hope at the very least baby comes out before he leaves and preferably a few days before he leaves so you can recover and he can have time with baby as well...
post #38 of 95
Thanks!! My family is coming after Christmas for a few days and my sister is staying behind when they leave to help on the roadtrip up there the day my husband leaves. That's IF the baby's born and I'm feeling up to it. wink1.gif
post #39 of 95
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Oh man, I'd be going crazy if I were overdue with this one.  I'm so, so excited to meet this baby.  I've been having contractions every day now for the past couple of days.  I get some stronger ones, and I've been crampy for the past two days.  Just crampy.  Pressure.  Still dilated to 5 of course, nothing has changed there.  But I definitely feel like it's getting pretty close...the question is, will it be a Christmas baby. XD

post #40 of 95
Same here, Almi! Will mine be born on Christmas? Never wanted a Christmas baby but at this point I don't care! For the past three nights I think it's *the* night...and then I wake up in the morning with no baby. Lol.
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