5+ cm dilated and not in labor - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 05:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jaimee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Seattle, Tucson, Austin, Baltimore. Now: Urbana, IL
Posts: 7,473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm 39 weeks with my second child and I've been having prodromal labor for about a week. Just weak (simple tightening and loosening- like BH) contractions here and there. Sometimes I feel my cervix pulling with them.

I'm also having a ton of sharp stabbing pains with the baby's movement. It feels like he is pounding on my internal organs. This prevents me from sleeping at night, so I've also gone nearly a week with just a few hours of sleep per night. This is the part that's making me frustrated, grumpy, and very emotional.

So, I had my mw come over for an internal yesterday morning and found out I was 5cm dilated and 70% effaced! So not BH contractions after all! However, I've had nothing longer than a few hours of every 15 minute contractions. After that they always stop. They are not strong at all (completely painless) and most are not very long. So it's been nearly 2 days since the midwife checked and it's likely I've dilated even more.

My question is, what are your experiences with this type of labor? How long did you go before "active" labor actually kicked in? Will I just keep dilating like this with these irregular and weak contractions until suddenly my water breaks or I have one or two intense contractions and the baby comes out? We are actually fine with a UC, so I'm not worried about the actual birth. I'm just needing some experiences to read so that I can stop irrationally feeling like this baby is never coming!

Mama to Avalon 1/07 waterbirth.jpg, Austin 1/10 in between uc.jpgand Avery 12/11  h20homebirth.gif
fambedsingle1.gif   femalesling.GIF   winner.jpg   cd.gif     ecbaby2.gif  novaxnocirc.gif   goorganic.jpg  

Jaimee is offline  
#2 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Triciabn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
first off...congrats on 5cm that you never have to meddle with, lol.
I walked around at 5cm for weeks with my third baby. It was almost entirely because of postioning. Do you know what postion the baby is in? (go to babymapping on spinningbabies).
If position is an LOA or ROA... then I guess you are just one blessed lady, huh?! (if not then get on your hands and knees more)
Sit on a birth ball.
Take stairs two at a time.
Have some good sex.

Its perplexing to be at 5cm with no real labor. I feel ya!
All of this is just my opinion.. I am sure you will evenutally just pop into labor.
Tricia

momma to 7
:
Triciabn is offline  
#3 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 05:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jaimee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Seattle, Tucson, Austin, Baltimore. Now: Urbana, IL
Posts: 7,473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Triciabn View Post
It was almost entirely because of positioning. Do you know what position the baby is in?
He's head down and extremely low (confirmed by my mw). I can feel him pushing on my cervix when he squirms around, but she didn't mention if he was posterior or anterior. I would assume she would tell me if he was OP so that I could try and turn him. But, I can check out spinningbabies to see. Dh and I have been doing the BD frequently and I've been bouncing on the birth ball, walking, cleaning, going up and down our two flights of stairs, and even tried taking a B&B tincture every half hour for 6 hours yesterday. Nothing regular, nothing strong. But you said you were at 5cm for weeks? ugh.

Mama to Avalon 1/07 waterbirth.jpg, Austin 1/10 in between uc.jpgand Avery 12/11  h20homebirth.gif
fambedsingle1.gif   femalesling.GIF   winner.jpg   cd.gif     ecbaby2.gif  novaxnocirc.gif   goorganic.jpg  

Jaimee is offline  
#4 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Triciabn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yes 5cm for weeks.... but what I should have added was that I got to 5cm around 37 weeks and had my son at 39.6 weeks. So unless you had earlier cervical checks or you checked yourself... you could have been this way for weeks too!
My son was in a quirky LOP-Op postion and that is why he wasn't applying enough pressure or whatever.
Tricia

momma to 7
:
Triciabn is offline  
#5 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 10:07 PM
 
4C-mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 4-5cm dilated on a friday morning OB appt. no ctx, except maybe an occasional BH. nothing painful.

went into labor on sunday night

to look on the bright side, after 5cm is "typically" the faster phase of dilating. (i say typically b/c not everyone is the same. it took me 7 hours from 7cm to pushing time). So once you get more active labor, it will hopefully be shorter.

Student Nurse Midwife and semi crunchy mom to 4 "C" named kids! 10yr old DS, 8 yr old DD, 6yr old DD, and 3 yr old DS. Praying that C #5 is in the future for me!
4C-mom is offline  
#6 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 10:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jaimee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Seattle, Tucson, Austin, Baltimore. Now: Urbana, IL
Posts: 7,473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Triciabn View Post
So unless you had earlier cervical checks or you checked yourself... you could have been this way for weeks too!
True... that was my first and most likely only internal check, so I don't really know how long I've been at 5cm. But, I literally just lost my mucous plug, so I'm assuming I'm dilating further! I've also had a few longer and slightly stronger, pulling contractions. So maybe soon!

Mama to Avalon 1/07 waterbirth.jpg, Austin 1/10 in between uc.jpgand Avery 12/11  h20homebirth.gif
fambedsingle1.gif   femalesling.GIF   winner.jpg   cd.gif     ecbaby2.gif  novaxnocirc.gif   goorganic.jpg  

Jaimee is offline  
#7 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 10:27 PM
 
hillymum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Louisville, Ky
Posts: 3,464
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I started prodermal labor at about 36 weeks. (If memory is correct) By 40 weeks I was 5cm dilated and by 40wks 6days I was 7cm dilated. My waters broke at 41wks 1 day after taking black cohosh. Labor was 1 1/2 hours long.

Good luck!
hillymum is offline  
#8 of 16 Old 01-01-2010, 11:25 PM
 
gini1313's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 358
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, I walked around at 5 cm for 4 weeks before dd was born so... sorry, but it could take a bit!!! But, things went relatively quickly after labor really started!!!
gini1313 is offline  
#9 of 16 Old 01-02-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Vaquitita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,365
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i had off and on contractions for 3 days, at my mw appt monday morning i was 7 cm dilated, baby was high (i thought she was low, but it was my bag of waters bulging that i felt) i walked, etc. still my contractions stayed mild and only occasionally got closer than 10-20 min apart. but monday night at 8:30 my water broke, labor switched into high gear and dd was born 1.5 hours later.

mama to DS born 9/7/05, DD born 8/20/07, DS born 9/4/10 and DS born 11/26/13


Loving our chaotic, crunchy, homeschooling life!
Vaquitita is offline  
#10 of 16 Old 01-02-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Vespertina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Halfway over the rainbow
Posts: 1,131
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 5 cm for a week with dd1 before being induced. I made it to 7 cm without being in active labor with dd2. Didn't start labor until transition with both. I started active labor at 5 cm with ds1.

With ds2 I was a stretchy 4 cm-5 cm for about a week. I was induced with CO and the cohoshes. I didn't have much in the way of labor. Contractions kicked in after about the second bathroom trip, but didn't really register with me. 'Real' labor, or at least contractions that felt productive, started about an hour before his birth. Went from 6 cm to birth in 5 minutes.

Aeona - married to super hot nerd Toby . . . mama to Grace (9) Evangeline (7) Duncan 11.14.08 angel2.gif  and rainbow1284.gif Henry (4) born at home. Expecting again December 7th! baby.gif 
Vespertina is offline  
#11 of 16 Old 01-03-2010, 03:50 AM
 
xelakann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portland
Posts: 901
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
5 cm too from 36 weeks until 41 weeks. Then I had a super fast, very easy labor (thanks for hypnobabies).

It was frustrating being that dilated for so long, thinking I could have the baby any second, but now I'm glad for it because a lot of the hard work was done before labor even started.

Kimberly
(Mama to West (11/07) Mabel Kelly 10/02/09)
xelakann is offline  
#12 of 16 Old 01-03-2010, 01:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jaimee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Seattle, Tucson, Austin, Baltimore. Now: Urbana, IL
Posts: 7,473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, had the baby early this morning! About 4 hours of semi-intense, very manageable labor and maybe an hour of intense labor, three pushes and he was out!

Mama to Avalon 1/07 waterbirth.jpg, Austin 1/10 in between uc.jpgand Avery 12/11  h20homebirth.gif
fambedsingle1.gif   femalesling.GIF   winner.jpg   cd.gif     ecbaby2.gif  novaxnocirc.gif   goorganic.jpg  

Jaimee is offline  
#13 of 16 Old 01-03-2010, 03:00 PM
 
xelakann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portland
Posts: 901
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yay!!!

Kimberly
(Mama to West (11/07) Mabel Kelly 10/02/09)
xelakann is offline  
#14 of 16 Old 01-04-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Triciabn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh that is fabulous!
Enjoy your baby.





momma to 7
:
Triciabn is offline  
#15 of 16 Old 01-04-2010, 11:47 PM
 
_betsy_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 4,687
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
CONGRATS!

I walk around for weeks at 100% effaced and dilating up to 4-5 cms without ever feeling a thing. No BH, no tightening, nothing.

But once the water breaks? LOOK OUT! Had DD1 in 1 hour and 48 minutes, and DD2 in 1 hour and 8 minutes, with the cord wrapped loosely around her neck twice! Very intense, and very fast.

CONGRATS!
_betsy_ is offline  
#16 of 16 Old 01-05-2010, 03:32 PM
 
GuavaGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,449
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I had no idea that labor could progress like this!

Do any of you ladies attribute it to anything different/special that you did or took while pregnant?
GuavaGirl is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off