Dysfunctional labor is awful....... It started Saturday night with contractions at about 10 minutes apart, they were uncomforatable but bearable. So I just did my best to deal with them and sleep as much as possible. I called the midwife Sun morning just to let her know, and she came by and checked the baby, my blood pressure and cervix. I had gone from nothing to 2 cm and 70%, I was pumped as this was further than I had ever gotten with my first one. So we just continued Sunday like a normal day, with contraction all day. By that night I needed to sleep so I had some wine and went to bed. We decided Mon morning after there was no change that this was just prodromal labor, and we would try and kick it up into the real thing with blue/black cohosh every 15 minutes as my blood pressure was holding fine. So all day I kept at it, with no result really, so Mon night I went to go to bed and at 10:40 my labor changed. The contractions that were coming were much different, and they were painful. This combined with my new symptom of very loose bm made me think we were really headed into labor. So I sent dp to bed, and took a bath. That made no difference, and they were not changing no matter what I did, so I knew they were the real thing. So I just dealt until about 4:30 am when I had enough and calle dthe midwife and doula to let them know what was happening. By now they were 3-4 minutes apart and 30-45 seconds long and had stayed that way for over 2 hours. The midwife said she would be right over, and the doula would be on her way soon but she has a longer drive. So when the midwife got here my blood pressure looked great, the baby looked great, and my cervix looked the same. I almost lost it, it was the most discouraging news I had heard. Well after the doula arrived we assertained that the bay was posterior, and just not sitting well on the cervix, hence why I could have 8 hours of constant contractions and no progress. So we planned for me to see the acupuncturist and chiropractor that morning, take a long nap, and see where we got. Then the doula was going to bring me back a labor tincture that night. So off I went to all my appts, the doula got here at 8 and stayed through three doses of tincture, and sent me to bed. So here I am Wed morning, contratctions every 10 minutes, and horribly discouraged. I am pretty sure the bay has flipped and is no longer posterior as I do not feel the contractions in my back anymore, but they are not what I want them to be either. It is just fustrating, I want them to come or leave, not just make an appearance when they feel like it. Anyways thanks for listening to me whine, dp is no help when it comes to that, as she just makes it all worse asking every 5 minutes "when was your last one? Are they the same? Worse?" I am quite happy I sent her to work today, although everyone there is giving her crap for leaving me alone, I rather have it that way!
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10/29/08 at 9:29am