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post #101 of 134
I always have 2 days of prodromal labor, followed by a blissfully short active labor and a baby in my arms within a few hours. I'll totally take it any day over a super long active labor, plus I really like the warning that labor is coming.
post #102 of 134
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I'll totally take it any day over a super long active labor, plus I really like the warning that labor is coming.
I'd like 2 hrs! Less than an hr labor last time & I can remember looking down at her going, "holy sh** what just happened"
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post #104 of 134
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39 weeks tomorrow, still hanging tough.

No more plug really. No more contractions. I think this baby changed position again.. and is just gearing up for the main event (please please please be head down!). Weeeh! Let's see if we make it until April!


How you doing Kari?
Well...I finally got ALL the RRL out of my system - found some hiding in my prenatal vitamins and the prodromal labor mostly stopped. I get an occasional contraction here or there, but nothing constant and it's easy to manage.

The baby has dropped a lot and I'm feeling her/his head just above my pelvic bone in the front center. Seems like we're working our way toward a birth sometime.

I've noticed that my breasts are getting full and this is new for me. With the past two babies I never had that happen prior to birth - always a slow swelling after nursing began.

DD weaned about a month ago and they were pretty darn empty and now in the past few days (since Sunday, really) I'm noticing them getting full. I'm assuming it's colostrum. Is this typical for the other BTDT mamas?

Also this pregnancy was the first time my areolas and nipples changed color. They're an odd dark purple color! I'm a pretty pale caucasian (red hair, etc.) and they're typically pinkish.
post #105 of 134
My boobs feel full too...
post #106 of 134
Funny, mine are feeling rather full and heavy too. I have a few weeks to go though. *sigh* I was so hoping to be one of those women that was totally comfortable being pregnant the entire last 6-8 weeks. Alas, no such luck. Now that I am in my own place, I just want to meet my baby already.
post #107 of 134
Ugh I'm having trouble with my gallbladder. Ouch.
post #108 of 134
Just going through the thread, I didn't realize this "oldie" was preg along with so many other "oldies"
post #109 of 134
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Just going through the thread, I didn't realize this "oldie" was preg along with so many other "oldies"
Hehe. Yes, I do believe we've been preggo twice before with UC babes, haven't we?
post #110 of 134
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Hehe. Yes, I do believe we've been preggo twice before with UC babes, haven't we?
Yeppers! I just can't believe I'm cooking babe #5 that still hasn't sunk in yet. How far along are you?
post #111 of 134
I'm 38 weeks. And getting kind of cranky. I've been doing a bit of crying today.

I am feeling frightened of pain. I'm having fewer contractions at this point than in previous pregnancies, but they really HURT. They wrap around and cut into my back. Dh providing counterpressure helps a lot, but I haven't needed much support during labor with my other 3 kids until after my water breaks and I'm in transition. And then it is over so fast.... This time, I am having a lot of trouble not tensing up and fighting the pain. I feel bad cutting into my husband's sleep, but other than a warm bath (which finally did the trick last night), the only thing that is helping me to relax during practice labor is for him to massage me.

I realized on the way home from the kids dr appointments this morning that I need to focus on one contraction, one discomfort at a time. Telling myself that I have two weeks or more of this is just making me panic. It's like the women who freak at the idea of another 8 hrs of labor, get an epidural, and then realize they were in transition. You really just have to focus on getting through the right now.

I am looking forward to meeting my little one so very much. These last few weeks feel so long.
post #112 of 134
laurata:

i'm so sorry that you're fearing the pain, particularly because of the experiences that you are having right now (prodomal labor).

as a fear-type (using the enneagram), i really do understand fear and the fear-of-fear even!

one of the most profound mantras that works for me in regards to fear of anything is one that comes from the book Dune, by Frank Herbert:


I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

In the text, the young man repeats this as a mantra when he has fear. I have used it as a practice.

When i fear, i look at it clearly. why am i afraid? what is the nature of it? what is it's path?

and then you will see, the truth of it all. the truth of fear, the truth of what you feared (in this case pain), and you will see yourself clearly.

remember, you were made for all of this--in all it's great beauty (yes, even fear and pain, and fear-of-pain has beauty).

but most importantly, you will see your great beauty, and your great power.

Only I will remain.
post #113 of 134
zoebird: I love that mantra from Dune, too!

I am starting to feel fatigued all the time. I keep wondering how I'm going to make it another four weeks. When I say four weeks it doesn't sound like that long but my body is just so tired all the time. All I want to do is sleep and I'm not getting it. DD doesn't get enough activity during the day, so she's not taking naps. DH is not doing a good job of helping me do active things with her when he is home (don't ask me why, he is being a baby lately) so she's not sleeping well at night, either. Last night dd went to bed late and woke up early, plus wiggled up against me all night, so between that and having to go to the bathroom four times I was really tired. Luckily dd did go down for a nap for a couple hours (if you can call it a nap considering she was up at five instead of eight)... so I got to sleep a little. I just want to sleep when dh gets home but I doubt it will happen. He seems pretty incapable of giving me an hour or two to myself, dd will bust into the bedroom crying for me and he acts like he's at a total loss for what to do. Sigh.
post #114 of 134
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laurata:

i'm so sorry that you're fearing the pain, particularly because of the experiences that you are having right now (prodomal labor).

as a fear-type (using the enneagram), i really do understand fear and the fear-of-fear even!

one of the most profound mantras that works for me in regards to fear of anything is one that comes from the book Dune, by Frank Herbert:


I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

In the text, the young man repeats this as a mantra when he has fear. I have used it as a practice.

When i fear, i look at it clearly. why am i afraid? what is the nature of it? what is it's path?

and then you will see, the truth of it all. the truth of fear, the truth of what you feared (in this case pain), and you will see yourself clearly.

remember, you were made for all of this--in all it's great beauty (yes, even fear and pain, and fear-of-pain has beauty).

but most importantly, you will see your great beauty, and your great power.

Only I will remain.
I zoebird! You should write books...or come attend my birth (oh yeah, 14 hrs. - drat) or both!
post #115 of 134
Laurata
post #116 of 134
I will be a first time mama soon (sometime in May) and I always wondered at the women who just wanted the babies out and out NOW. I think I am beginning to understand

I am 33 weeks and every day the baby gets bigger and stronger and moves MORE not less. Ouch! Does anyone else have this problem? Does the baby move and kick and push so much that it hurts? He is usually head down with his but right under my left rib cage and his feet on my lower right side and he can push so hard! I thought the lack of room in there was supposed to slow him down not make him grumpy and try to stretch out. I think he will be a tall skinny guy when he comes out.

He was awake four times (and of course so was I) last night kicking and stretching. I think he got twisted around and was feet down. Why don't they ever tell you that babies like to bounce on the cervix as well as the bladder and don't forget the anus (TMI?) when they talk about the pleasures of pregnancy? He has been sitting low enough to do all this since the 26th week or so.

Anyways, I want him to wait until he is good and ready and would actually like to go over my due date because our new house isn't going to be ready until a little after. But oh my goodness...I wish he would sleep more.
post #117 of 134
That sounds like my last pregnancy! Right down to the position. She stopped moving quite so much as she got bigger, but she was moving around right up to the end. If it's any consolation, she presented perfectly and turned beautifully on her way out! Her cord was really short and not wrapped around her at all... maybe that's how she had so much freedom to move?

Even though I labored on my due date exactly, I was getting so much pressure from all angles the final two weeks to "have that baby already!" Why do people say that kind of stuff? It felt so accusatory, like I had some sort of power over it and was stubbornly refusing to have my baby. I know people are joking or whatever but it's rude to mess with a woman who is weeks away from giving birth!

I turned very inwardly, shutting all criticism out, and went into a sort of meditative state of telling my unborn baby that she could come when she was good and ready. It was actually a very peaceful time that I look back on fondly. Part of it was savoring that little time I had left when DD was this mysterious being that only I was close to.

This time I'm telling people "Late September," which is a little over my self-charted due date.
post #118 of 134
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Does anyone else have this problem? Does the baby move and kick and push so much that it hurts?
post #119 of 134
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Ugh I'm having trouble with my gallbladder. Ouch.
Ow! I've never had that problem, but my mom often had gallbladder issues to the point where they wanted to take it out. This was about 6 years ago now. She started doing gallbladder flushes instead and she's been able to keep her gallbladder & have NO ATTACKS since after her very first flush. She really has a sluggish gallbladder though & she does the flushes once or twice a year. She seems to enjoy the flush, which is interesting!

Here's a link if you want to check it out. Warning: Some pics that people might find gross.
http://curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp

Wishing you a peaceful painfree day/night!

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To all the mamas who are SO SO SO close! We hold you in our hearts.
post #120 of 134
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Does anyone else have this problem?
With my first 3 yes! And up until 3 days ago, yes. My other 3 were all over the place. This LO has been all over the place but I've noticed movements have slowed drastically. It freaked me out at first, but once I remembered that this pregnancy has just been soooooooo different I stopped freaking
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