On a lighter note! - Page 3
If you can get one finger in your cervix, that's 1 cm. Two fingers, 3 cm. (Can't get two fingers in but can wiggle one back and forth in your cervix, you're probably 2 cm.) Usually by 3 cm I can get in far enough to feel the baby's head. Now I can get in three fingers, side by side, and still have a bit of wiggle room. That's 5 cm. And I'm pretty sure I'm 90-100% effaced. I can slide my fingers around the baby's head and feel the sac and everything. If my fingers are cold or I poke the baby too much, I feel the baby move away. Haha.
I'm now just contractions, contractions all the time, almost always crampy. The contractions aren't too incredibly uncomfortable though, just hard and crampy most of the time. This baby has gotten incredibly strong...he/she will have an active period for a few hours each night where the movements HURT. I actually have to stop and breathe through the baby moving. Sigh. COME OUT BABY.
I pretty much lose my mucus plug every day once I hit 3 cm. That's the annoying thing about dilating before labor actually starts...mucus plug means absolutely nothing. I even had like three big bloody shows a week or two ago. I found out I was dilated to 5 cm after that...but still no labor (other than irregular contractions all day), here I am at 38 + 4, and I didn't think I'd go past that. XP
I've been hounding the husband for sex, but for some reason he just refuses because he's not in the mood. I think if that happened, it might start things...sex was what put me into labor last two times. I had Maribel less than 12 hours afterwards last time. :)
EDIT: (Sex was also what made me dilate from 3 to 5...)
it appears to be go time I think?? after painful contractions all day we went to bed to get some sleep. got woken up by painful contractions that went from like 10 min apart to 8 to 4 to 3 and then holding at two minutes apart for quite some time...then all the sudden slowing down to 6-9 minutes apart yet much more painful??? anyway, sitting here writing this during one of my "breaks" :) we are tired from not enough sleep...dont understand why slowed down though...hope thats normal and this hasnt been a false labor...cuz yikes! way too painful to call it that! :P
Oh boy your labor sounds a heck of a lot like mine was. Did we both have Christmas eve babies? :)
After 3-4 hours of labor (I got to start out with lighter contractions for once!)...I finally have my baby boy. He is perfect. 7 lbs, 19 inches. I'm so in love with him.
Another toilet baby! My water broke right before he crowned, and if you can't hear me at the end, I'm telling my husband to get something for the placenta, which slid out into my hand right away!
P.S. I got the husband to have sex with me...exactly eight hours before the baby was born. LOL.