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post #101 of 243
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I'm sorry it's dragging along! As long as the baby's active and you intuitively feel fine, there's no reason to assume it's due to a problem. First births often take a while to get going. Heck, with my fourth I had cramping and loss of mucus for weeks, and then prodomal labor to boot! None of it indicative of anything wrong. So aside from that, just get plenty of rest and do things that make you feel good and get you out of your head. This idea that you go straight from not-labor to labor and the baby is there 12 hours later sets us up for failure and disappointment.

The plug is snotty looking. It's very thick, globby stuff. Can also be stringy and tinged pink or brown.


That makes me feel a lot better.

I've read so many birth stories where contrax start and boom, the baby shows up. I guess I just assumed I'd have that experience too. I'm glad to know it's probably normal and okay to be dragging on.

Oh, and I'm very glad to know that the slime I've been seeing is probably the plug. I don't know what I was expecting (bathtub stopper, maybe? ) but I think it really is the plug.

Yay!

Kristi

Kristi
post #102 of 243
mine started with contrax and boom, but it was after WEEKS of prodromal labor and stop/start stuff. so in that regard, it wasn't exactly fast.

yes, snotty = plug. yeeeeeuck!
post #103 of 243
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I don't know what I was expecting (bathtub stopper, maybe?
My third looked like a jellyfish with a red dot in the center. But usually the plug does come out in bits.
post #104 of 243
I remember one UC story where the whole plug came out stuck all in the baby's hair!

Peaceful labor vibes mama! From your posts you seem to be taking it all in stride beautifully
post #105 of 243
I literally had labor for weeks with #4 and then 33 hours of 'the real thing' to get her out. She was FINE!!!!

I am crossing my fingers you wake up to a baby in the morn!
post #106 of 243
things have gotton awfully quiet from Mama2B...here's hoping there's a great story coming up!! Thinking of you!
post #107 of 243
Thinking of you...................
post #108 of 243

Come on Baby!

: :

Mama wants to meet you!
post #109 of 243
I went to a few stores and walked around to try and coax the baby out. No good contrax, but it feels like the baby is so low now. I'm sore down there and it feels like the head is right between my legs... I know it isn't but it's super low and uncomfortable.

Kristi
post #110 of 243
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Originally Posted by ~~Mama2B~~ View Post
I went to a few stores and walked around to try and coax the baby out. No good contrax, but it feels like the baby is so low now. I'm sore down there and it feels like the head is right between my legs... I know it isn't but it's super low and uncomfortable.

Kristi
after 4 weeks of contractions and a baby so low I couldn't sit on a hard chair I was fed up. I put the other baby to bed (19months at the time) and sat down on the guest toilet (it's off the baby's room) and decided I could probably just push the baby out, even without any labor . My MIL had been visiting for the past week and a half and I had just totally had it.

I pushed

my water broke (first time ever before crowning) and the rest was history.

I'm convinced if she hadn't been off center and posterior she would have just popped out right there.

I hope you enjoy every minute of it, event the waiting....
post #111 of 243
That's an awesome story Rockie! I'm counting on at least 4 weeks of labor this time, maybe more. If it's less than that, well, then great!
post #112 of 243
WOW Carie! That's something! I've never gotten the "head between the legs" can't sit feeling until labor starts. I can't imagine spending days (or weeks!) like that. No wonder you were fed up! That's so cool that you pushed and your water broke. How long was your labor after that point?

Kat
post #113 of 243
I don't really know, I had labor-brain

I think it was like 4 hrs, but only the last two were what I would call real labor. I'd have to ask Ben to be certain. I remember that I had put the baby to bed, but the older three were playing Boggle with grandma so it was probably 8-9pm and I know she was born right before midnight.

I thought it was ridiculous to break my own water and didn't believe it until I began walking up the stairs . I wore my 1yo diapers for a bit.

the whole thing was really fun and funny to us.
post #114 of 243
If it helps....

After 3 births I've figured out that I spend about a month in labor land.I usually count my labor from water breaking but actually I get regular timeable contractions for days at a time.
I've been having contractions from 3 in the afternoon til 4 in the morning since Sat.I just know that I still have at least another week of this fun by past experience.
post #115 of 243
Congrats to you too, Critters mom! we seem to get laboring mamas in groups here and its so much fun watching and waiting.
post #116 of 243
Where were you all when I was pregnant with #2?! I so need to hear these stories. I'm another one who labors for weeks and weeks, days of regular close contrax - and I've had that head right there experience and can walk around like that for days. I need to hear that people actually do birth babies after all this. Both times I've gotten exhausted and freaked and ended up interferring/augmenting. I know if I want this UC to be successful I have to make peace with it, but it is scary because I never hear these success stories. I've totally felt like a freak of nature not knowing that others labor like this. So keep sharing - it's important for the moms that come behind to know that some of us do this and it's normal!
post #117 of 243
WOW. What great stories.

Sometimes when I'm going to the bathroom I just think, "I wonder if I push hard enough if the baby will come out..." It feels like the head is right there and I ought to be able to see it if I looked. I have to sit like a 400 pound cowboy with my legs in the splits practically to be comfortable.

I'm feeling like a fraud or something since I'm still pregnant. I KNOW when my last period was, so I can't believe I'm still pregnant. I must have ovulated very last in my cycle... I tried to figure it out and if I ovulated at the end of the cycle instead of the middle I might only be a week and a half late instead of three weeks, which would make me feel better.

I went to the ER yesterday (first mistake) because I hadn't felt the baby move in several hours and I just wanted someone to check the heartbeat and tell me s/he was okay. I ended up being hooked to that d*** NST machine from 4:30 until 8:00 at night, then sent for a 30 minute u/s, then hooked back up to the NST. The nurses didn't check on me at all and after 5 and ahalf hours I wasn't offered a drink or anything. I had to unhook myself to go to the bathroom around 9:15 and I refused to get back on the bed. No one noticed until 9:45 anyways.

I had to wait for the doctor to "make a decision" about whether or not they could release me (I would have walked out even if they had said no) for an hour and a half. Finally at 10 pm the doctor came in and told me everything was fine, but my fluid was a bit on the low side so they could either induce me or I could go home. Duh, I went home.

If I had known it was going to be like that I wouldn've left. I was tempted to leave as soon as the first nurse put the doppler on my belly and I heard the heartbeat to be like, "Thanks, bye." and just go. And of course, within an hour of being there the baby started jumping around in there. Why couldn't s/he have done that earlier?!?!?!?! This kid is grounded for a month for that. :

Anyways, when I went in I told them I was only a week late (using my ovulation calcuation) and they were fine with it. Of course they told me that if the baby didn't come by this weekend they'll have to induce me... They think they'll see me again... How amuzing.

Oh well. I'm still stuck in pointless, ineffective labor. Contrax are harder, but come and go in minutes. Walking doesn't start contrax but it pushes the baby so far down that I can't close my legs. I'm going insane. I think next pregnancy I'll assume the baby will be 1-2 weeks late and just use that as my due date. I've been hiding out for almost 3 weeks now and I'm going crazy!

GET THIS KID OUT!!!!!!!

Kristi
post #118 of 243
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Originally Posted by 2bluefish View Post
Where were you all when I was pregnant with #2?! I so need to hear these stories. I'm another one who labors for weeks and weeks, days of regular close contrax - and I've had that head right there experience and can walk around like that for days. I need to hear that people actually do birth babies after all this. Both times I've gotten exhausted and freaked and ended up interferring/augmenting. I know if I want this UC to be successful I have to make peace with it, but it is scary because I never hear these success stories. I've totally felt like a freak of nature not knowing that others labor like this. So keep sharing - it's important for the moms that come behind to know that some of us do this and it's normal!
I agree. My belief about birth was totally shaped by televison and movies where the pregnant woman will be totally normal and then suddenly say, "Oh, DH my water broke! Oh God!" and then she'll start breathing thru really hard contrax and within minutes of arriving at the hospital she gives birth. You never see some poor slob leaking all day, contracting all night and nothing happening by morning. I always assumed there was a "way" it all went down and not that it varied so much mom to mom.

It's nice to know that just because it's not like the movies doesn't mean it's a problem. Thanks.

Kristi
post #119 of 243
sorry for the runaround at the ER! But I'm glad baby is doing ok. You'll sure have a wild birth story to tell that babe!
post #120 of 243
Glad baby's okay! Sorry about the runaround, but at least it firms up the uselessness of the medical system on normal birth!

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I think next pregnancy I'll assume the baby will be 1-2 weeks late and just use that as my due date. I've been hiding out for almost 3 weeks now and I'm going crazy!
Yeah, this is what I've done. Technically, Aug. 7th is 38 weeks from ovulation (would be 40 from my adjusted LMP...I have short cycles...). But I'm just keeping in my mind around the 18th-20th, and won't get impatient before then. When people ask me what the due date is, I shrug and say August, when they ask for a specific date, I say, "Look, dd1 was one week "late" and dd2 was two weeks "late." Do you think that number really means anything? Baby will be here before September!" Some people still get confused, but who cares about them, *I* need the peace of mind.

(and watch, baby will surprise me by being "early" and I'll be all unprepared, )

Keeping you in my thoughts, Kristi!!
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