I keep walking around this house thinking it will happen in the night that I will go into labor. Don't know why, just do. So then I find myself assessing everyday, Does this feel like it's the day it will happen? And each day it feels like a no.
But will I "feel" like this is the day? Or will I just go to bed and wake up with that surprising knowing? Do you know the day it's progressing?? I've had really powerful contractions and sharp aches in my cervix/lower abdomen for quite a while now. I've lost the plug (as of Fri night/Sat morn) and have been well effaced (according to my own checks) for many, many weeks. Does it all come on suddenly and surprisingly?
Sorry to sound so silly, but I feel so new to this. Last time was so out of my control. And it had all happened already in my pregnancy, so this is the most pregnant I've ever been (39 weeks).
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I gave birth on Thursday evening. As of the Saturday before I wasn't really sure when birth would be. By Sunday morning, I was confident that it would be in the next 14 days, but didn't want to commit myself to anything sooner - though it felt like it might be the early side of that timeframe. By that afternoon I was having more pressure-laden ctxs, and began to feel again that I might be in labor that Wednesday. Sure enough, each day they progressed until I was in "real" labor on Wednesday, and did, indeed, have the baby on Thursday as I had imagined many times I would!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
I had DD at 4:30pm on Monday.
For me though, denying that I was in labor was a tactic that made it seem more tolerable if that makes sense.
So no, I never felt "this is the day!" It just kind of hits me. I have had breakdowns the day I go into labor. With my first I was walking around our complex telling dh I wouldn't show up for an induction that Friday (the midwife wanted to do that) I was bawling and carrying on. This was Monday I think and I had him Tuesday morning. With my second I went into the midwife at 40 weeks freaking out about having him and being so tired of being pregnant. I was really hysterical! I went into labor that night. I'm kind of wondering if it will be the same.
I guess that's been my warning. When I get hysterical, I go into labor. You'd think I'd learn by now....
Ph.D. Mama to Anaiah born 10/06/07 and Mathias born 11/14/09 and Wife to my cocoa puff DH.
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but I don't know if it is real, or maybe something I ate/dehydration, or what...
Christine, mom to C(7.5) - E(5) - J(3) - B(10 mos)
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Last Friday I was having so many contractions, with back pain and cramps that I was sure we should go. I knew it would be early, but with my fast labors, didn't mind early compared to in the car lol
But I've never started naturally, and apparently misjudged, still not dialated at all. More effaced (50%, was at 25), but still a wasted trip. Now I'm afraid to even mention to dh when they seem bad. They've been strong since then, some days more than others, but now I'm afraid I won't know it's the right time. And if my water breaks, we don't leave (I've got 15 or 20 minutes after water breaks and I'm done lol).
So did you all know it was time?
I had contractions 10 min apart last night, so had a drink and went to bed thinking it was early labor and here I am at 4:30am awake because I have insomnia but completely NOT in labor...
I have never had this much 'prodromal labor' - is it the power of suggestion?! All of the ladies on both the boards I'm on have had it and I sit several times a week timing contrax. Is it me or is it y'all?
I usually know pretty quickly, within the first hour, which is a GOOD thing because I have really short labors and my midwife/friend lives an hour and fifteen minutes away. I know she must drive like a bat out of he!! when she gets my call! I'm praying that this babe doesn't flip to a long labor - after my short ones I don't know if I have the patience for a long one!
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