I have been gong out of my mind lately with prodromal labor. For the past few weeks I've been joking that I won't know that I'm really in labor until the baby starts to crown. lol
It all started 3 weeks ago when I did go into labor. It lasted 4 days. On the 4th day I went into transition and after about half an hour or so of that everything came to a halt. I've been having gentle contractions ever since.
The baby is fine, I can tell by her movements. They've changed recently and instead of moving all over the place she just stretches now. She'll ocassionally do more, but mostly it's just stretching and kicking a little but she's staying in one spot. We had come to the conclusion that the reason everything stopped before was because she was crooked (can't remember the term for that) and now she may be in a better position.
Anyways, since Friday I've been having some very strong contractions. On Friday they were so strong I thought I was going to go into transition but they went back to being gentler (but not as gentle as they had been for the past 3 weeks). Same with yesterday. And now today, it's 6 am and I was woken up by them.
There are several differences between these and the ones that I had.
1. The ones I had 3 weeks ago were very pleasurable. I had orgasms throught transition. This time they're just a lot of pressure.
2. My entire belly is rock solid when I get them now. Before, my belly was hard but I don't remember if it was this hard. Though, I'm not sure
3. These contractions sometimes make me dizzy. Well, not really dizzy...but I do get an odd sensation in my head. This didn't happen last time but did happen when I was in labor with my son 4 years ago.
4. These contractions are effecting the ligaments in my groin. It's as if the ligaments are contracting as well. It's not painful but I have almost fallen numerous times. It only happens when I'm standing. This is totally new to me.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up because I don't want to be sitting here, thinking I'll be holding my baby soon, and go through another 2 weeks of prodromal labor. My due date, btw, was yesterday. As much as I don't want to get my hopes up, I also don't want to dismiss it either. I haven't checked myself for dilation (I did 3 weeks ago and I had dilated to 7 cm and then after everything slowed down I was down to 2 cm...though I wasn't checking all the time so for all I know I could've dilated fully). And I haven't been timing them though I suspect they're about 5-7 min apart just by how many I'm feeling as I write this.
I haven't had a bloody show, either now or 3 weeks ago. But, with how gentle everything has been I'm not surprised. Also, I had prodromal labor since my 32nd week. But, it wasn't constant until my 37th week.
It's kind of like a really big tease. My son was a c/s so I never was allowed to reach this point before.
I don't know if this is it or not. I'm trying to just stay relaxed and I'm attempting to adopt the attitude of just letting things happen without thinking too much on them. "Just go with the flow" lol
*hugs to all* Thanks for letting me vent a little.