I had a few days of intense BH contractions with tons of fetal movement and painful kicking.
Then I had a few days of the baby moving positions, swapping from having her back/butt on my left side to back/butt on the right.
Now she's down so low and no longer swapping positions. I can sleep comfortably on my back and I feel lots of downward pressure into my pelvis. She has been tightly engaged for at least the past week.
I haven't lost my mucous plug and I am having an increase in sticky discharge.
So I'm wondering, what have others noticed just before they went into labor? Is anything I'm experiencing a clear pattern?
With ds1, there was nothing beforehand. My ex and I had dinner, and then I was going to go to bed, but had a backache. I told my ex that I was going to soak in a warm tub to ease the ache, and he went to bed. The backache never went away, and I tried to go to bed multiple times, only to get back out of bed and run a warm tub again. At about 5:00 in the morning, I noticed blood in the toilet - first clue I had that this was labour. No BH contractions, no mucous plug until hours later, and my water never broke.
With ds2, I was pushed into a scheduled section, and went into labour the night before. I don't remember anything before the pains started, and then some blood. I did have some noticeable BH contractions for a few days before that.
With Aaron...12 days of BH contractions/prodromal labour/false labour/label of one's choice. They were pretty hardcore, too. My water broke before I started labouring in earnest, too. It was a totally different pattern than my other (even though they weren't really the same, either) - and the only time my water has ever broken.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
I had been losing globs of mucus plug for a week or so but that night, i started having bloody show. so i walked around and ate some soup and spent all night trying to get comfortable (I could tell it wasn't time just yet) and then finally went in to the hospital.
i got there dilated to 6cm and labor promptly slowed to a crawl. there was a lot of weird stuff surrounding this pregnancy though - polyhydramnios being the one major factor - so things didn't progress in a "normal" pattern. for once i was glad to be in the hospital because it was a risky birth.
I lost my mucas plug overnight while in labor so for me that wasn't a sign of impending labor.
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#2 saw doctor an hour before my water broke with a slow leak. Told him for how I felt, labour could be weeks away. (I was already 41 weeks).
#4/5 woke up because I needed to pee. Couldn't settle back to sleep. Felt like I needed to pee again immediately. Ran this circuit for about 30 minutes before I decided perhaps it was the start of labour. Had felt totally normal before going to bed - no signs.
Perhaps my #2 will give you hope!
Not sure that I'm crunchy, but definitely a "tough chew".
DS2: Started losing mucous plug a couple of days beforehand, but that was the one and only sign I had. I was completely surprised and shocked when my water broke. Contractions did not start until about an hour after that.
my second I was in prodromal labour for days. not so bad I couldn't take it - but enough to kick my butt and make me exhausted! I have RLS BADLY and I tried sleeping on the couch b/c I was uncomfortable. then I felt a pop and my water broke. I started contracting 2 hrs later and delivered 6 hrs after that.
Both times I didn't know it was coming. it just did.
Mom of three - (2.5 yrs, 7yrs, and 11yrs). Birthing Doula, editor, and wife to my soulmate. I've had a c/s, hospital VBAC, UC and not yet decided what I'll do about this next little one
Sept 1 was my brother's birthday and at his party everyone said I looked like hell. My SIL joked that I better not have the baby on her new couch lol. but i wasn't feeling like I was in labor, just feeling bad. And no appetite.
Sept. 2 was DD1s first day of school. (She was homeschooled for Kindergarten.) It was the hottest day of the year. She got out of school and I learned that she needed all these supplies, so we loaded up into my non-a/c van and went to wal-mart. I could hardly walk from the cramps, felt like diarrhea or something, not uterine.
Sept. 3 was DD2's first day of preschool. I felt GREAT that day! I had lots of energy but I still couldn't eat. I got Arby's after I picked her up but I couldn't eat it. (It sounded so good too!)
Then we came home and I put together the pack-n-play, and then i decided to completely sort the toyboxes. my grandma called and predicted baby would be born within a day since I was "nesting." I didn't think I was nesting though. i just had so much energy!
that night the contractions started for real, and DS was born the next day, Sept. 4.
i did feel physically heavier (afterall, it was late in pregnancy), and i also had some small swelling in my feet which was uncomfortable (my husband rubbed it out for me at night), but otherwise, i just felt happy and normal and ready to go!
it's weird, i wasn't nervous about the birth or anything at all. i just did it.
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And I also had nesting before both of my kids were born. When pregnant with my first I was outside doing yard work in 45 degree weather. And with my second I went out and bought a huge area rug and some other furnishings to fix up areas in our livingroom and did it all by myself. I had so much energy both times and they were both within 24 hours of when I started to see signs of labor.