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So this is it! Our due month!

How are you feeling? Are you ready?


I'm feeling ready but I'm also content to wait another week or two.

Last night I lost just a little bit of my plug. Wednesday I asked my mw to check me and I was 3 on the outside, 2 on the inside dilated so I'm thinking I might have opened up a bit more over the day.
When I told dh that I lost a little bit of plug he jumped up and blew up the pool. I told him it wasn't necessary but he feels better with it done. Now I'll just have to keep the kids from playing with it.

My plan is to take a nice walk with my kids today for as long as I can.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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hi there,

I'm up at 2:30am, and posting here to pass the time....

...not sure if these are cramps, contractions, and not sure they are going away or not

You would think I could tell, particularly since this isn't my first time

I haven't woken up DH yet, because if it IS real labour, it is slow right now, and he is going to need his rest.

I think I'll call my MW in the morning and ask for a quick app't to see what is going on/where we are.

I'm both excited and nervous about adding another little person to our family. The reality, is, well, very 'real'....

sorry about the rambling,
happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians
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hi there,

I'm up at 2:30am, and posting here to pass the time....

...not sure if these are cramps, contractions, and not sure they are going away or not

You would think I could tell, particularly since this isn't my first time

I haven't woken up DH yet, because if it IS real labour, it is slow right now, and he is going to need his rest.



I think I'll call my MW in the morning and ask for a quick app't to see what is going on/where we are.

I'm both excited and nervous about adding another little person to our family. The reality, is, well, very 'real'....

sorry about the rambling,
happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians
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:Happy long weekend to you too:

I am due at the end of the month but am starting to get the near the end symptoms now which are hard to ignore. Everyone is commenting on how much baby has dropped and I feel like I have a bowling ball...down there and I had forgotten the lovely electric shocks in the cervix thing. I know I was late with both kids but I really feel like this one will come earlier. I dont remember the contractions this early either. I am up at 430 am as usual. The kids kicked me out of bed and I am worried about tomorrow. We are going to Calgary and maybe Drumheller/Banff with a friend and there is too much to do. Not just the packing but I seem to be nesting too. Dd1 has a bad cough, and dd2 has a sore throat....I took them to dr and he was concerned so he took a swab. I seem to be rambling too.....blame it on the late hour:yawning:

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Hi you guys

I've still been having contractions that range from 6 to 10 minutes apart and are pretty intense, although I was able to sleep some last night. These contractions have been going since yesterday at 2 pm so I'm thinking this has got to be labor right?

This morning, I had bloody show. I was up and down all last night, having to pee and the contractions were really uncomfortable. I'm just glad I was able to get SOME sleep. Although, I just woke up (5 minutes ago) and haven't had a contraction start yet, although I feel them "threatening" in my back and abdomen, like they're there they just haven't woken up yet

What the heck does that all mean? This labor is eerily similar to my 13 year old dd's labor. I was in labor with her for about 16 hours and for about 12 of those hours it was inconsistent contractions.

After 17 hours of contractions yesterday and last night, with bloody show this morning, it's gotta be it, yes? 5th child and you'd think I'd know /sigh
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well its Friday I was supposed to go into labour today..this morning around 2/3am I kept telling myself Well I woke up at 3:52 with one big cntx...
now nothing.

but the day is still young.
I got my licorice, organic RRL tea, EPO...
I am going to walk ..dh and I went for a walk last night alone
it was so nice!

I was getting some hardness contractions while walking but they went away...
sigh...

I am still dilated and effacing quite nicely..
watched business of being born last night with dh...
I found it dull and mainstream...

8 might be enough
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I had mild contractions from 5 am yesterday until 11 pm last night. They never got any stronger throughout the day but I was hoping something would pick up overnight. Nothing. I got some good sleep though. I am hoping something will happen today/tomorrow!! My dh and I both cleaned up the house last night "just in case", so yes I can say we're ready now!

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okay so here I am at 8:29 am. I lost some of my mucous plug last night in the toilet while wiping. Since then I been having some contractions, I woke up this morning at 7:30 am to found myself contracting and haven't gone away. They are somewhat bearable, so I am going to make myself an egg sandwich and coffee because I am just STARVING! I was hoping to go to a birth center and watch Orgasmic Birth but I am afraid these cntx might pick up in strength. Going to take a shower, we'll see...

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Wow, lots of activity around here today! ELVs to everyone who needs them!

Had some cramping and lots of pressure yesterday, but I really need to make it to my appt. on 8/6 to get my cerclage pulled. I do not want to start contracting against that stitch over the weekend and have to go to L&D to get it pulled. I'd rather get it pulled before labor in the doc's office, then go home and wait until active labor starts before heading to L&D.

Plus, I need to finish back-to-school shopping for my older kids today!
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So exciting with all the plug losing and contractions starting! Good luck to all of you and ELV to those who want them!

Nothing going here of course. I'm 36w on the nose today.
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Yah! Here's hoping we have some 8/1 babies coming Its a good date I think

The contractions are definately back, though coming 10-12 minutes apart. I can make them come a little more often if I walk around but the birthing center I want to have the baby at is FULL! :cry If I can at least hold out until after 3 or 4 ish I can get in, since 2 are being discharged this afternoon.

I don't WANT to wait, I want to make it progress so I can be confident that this is REAL labor but the birthing center birth is very important to me and DH.

So, I hope it's today but not till after 4pm lol
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Saw the doc yesterday and I'm still 3 cm, but the baby's head is right there. I feel like I've been suspended in time for weeks now - feeling crampy the whole time, contractions, the whole bit. I'm ready for things to move on already! I've decided to stop even paying attention to contractions unless I have bloody show or my water breaks. I'm so sick of timing them.

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I'm 37 weeks today (but dates are a little iffy, so who knows).

Hardest part is keeping up with my 15 month old, who is SUPER active and getting a bit destructive and naughty. Trying to keep him occupied is my biggest challenge, because I'm so tired right now.

I finally have myself pretty much organized and supplies together now, but want to do some more major cleaning in the house yet. Dh and I will tackle that together this weekend.

No signs of pending labor, but I'm fine with that (at least for today!) LOL
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Megan what is an outside 3 inside 2cm dilation..
is that a station the three or can they also measure dilation from the outside of the cervix?

8 might be enough
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...me again!

now it's 7:30 am, and nothing is going on...

but it sounds like there are quite a few babies out there who know that August is *their* month!

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's birth stories.

...and I have to say that the hardest thing is looking after our very active 2 year old...all I want to do is loaf...

hope everyone is well,
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Not yet 38 weeks here, and Aka_chan is still way up high. The SPD is getting worse though, much more and I'll need to start sleeping on the floor so I can get up.

I broke my computer chair today. Leaned back and snapped the screw that holds the back on. Fortunately, the seat stayed in place and I didn't fall or anything, but the snap was like a gunshot, it was that loud.

I was so startled myself, I didn't feel if Aka_chan jumped.
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I have to whine today.

I'm just so stinking tired. I don't think I've gotten more than 3-4 hours of sleep at night in over two weeks. I have so much pressure so down low - neither of my other kids "dropped" at all before labor and this is just so stinking uncomfortable. I have little contractions and cramping off and on so although things may be beginning to happen, I think it will be at least another week and probably another two weeks.

I started crying at work this morning for no apparent reason. I hate when I cry at work.

I'm tired of all my maternity clothes, and I'm so grouchy. I've been snapping at my kids and my neighbor's kids who like to just walk in and make themselves at home.

<sigh>

I have my massage appt this afternoon and thank goodness for that. After that I'm renting a chick movie and making grilled cheese and not. doing. anything.

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Ok Ladies....I have been reading these posts and it seems that some of you are very close: It is now officially August so we have got to get things started Motivate me.....
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Well Veronica you got a bit more time right?
Start the epo and rrltea.

Me...grrr..
My mother in law has forgotten my due date...
would it be cruel to say its in October?
I just hate telling people a day then you get the still pregnant calls..
or calling to see if you are going into labour.

its wholly/holy unsupportive

8 might be enough
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Megan what is an outside 3 inside 2cm dilation..
is that a station the three or can they also measure dilation from the outside of the cervix?
Its sort of conical, the bottom of the cervix opens before the top of it (the part closest to the uterus).

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I have to whine today.

I'm just so stinking tired. I don't think I've gotten more than 3-4 hours of sleep at night in over two weeks.
Me too Last night I couldn't fall asleep till 4am and then still woke up every hour. ds actually slept in till 8 am (he's usually up at 6). So a b ig 4 hours for me!




As for new news for me. More mucous plug this morning. Its not bloody but its coming out!

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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oh i see!
so are you fully effaced now as well?

My midwife and I have been texting today...lol
I can't seem to get her over to sweep my membranes...
she thinks I am kidding....

I keep joking to dh I crochet I have one of those hook thingy's...
I am getting some minor contractions but staying lying down as my MOTHER is about to arrive in next 3-33 minutes.....will resume the ball, walking, etc after she goes at 7pm...

8 might be enough
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Well Veronica you got a bit more time right?
Start the epo and rrltea.

Me...grrr..
My mother in law has forgotten my due date...
would it be cruel to say its in October?
I just hate telling people a day then you get the still pregnant calls..
or calling to see if you are going into labour.

its wholly/holy unsupportive
Actually, I envy you guys who seem to have things starting. This pregnancy is soooo different than Tam and Yas.....Things are opening up faster, baby has dropped, and I am getting contractions off and on that intensify when I bf Tamara. I am ready for it to be done already I am drinking the RRLT (actually had my last cup today and need to buy more). Can I take the EPO with hopes of a vbac? I just want to get motivated by hearing August mamas kwim? I feel like I am going to be preggers forever.

As to MIL....go ahead and make up a fake day.....oops sorry baby decided to come earlier
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No effacement yet. She said it was common not efface until further dilation with subsequent pregnancies.

We didn't do checks with ds so I have no idea.

With dd I was 1cm and 70% one day and then the day she was born (by c-section) I was 6cm and 80% before my contractions started, just lots of BH.

So I guess each experience is different!

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EPO is fine with VBAC. It only softens the cervix and prepares it for birth. I would advise against pitocin or cervadil though.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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I feel like I've been suspended in time for weeks now - feeling crampy the whole time, contractions, the whole bit. I'm ready for things to move on already! I've decided to stop even paying attention to contractions unless I have bloody show or my water breaks. I'm so sick of timing them.

This is how I feel as well. In fact, labor and birth seem so abstract to me right now. I feel like I'll be pregnant forever and can't think past it.

I had a REALLY good contraction earlier. One. I've got some ewcm going on, which is different. Otherwise, nada. I went for a walk last night and these people were sitting on the porch. I heard one woman say sympathetically to her friend, "That poor little girl is never going to have her baby."

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I want some activity too, but i have none!

All I know is that I felt great until about 3 or 4 days ago and now i feel huge and uncomfortable, I think this baby doubled in size this last week. Also I am so sick of having to swing one leg out behind me to "bend" over and pick something up off of the floor. I need to be squatting instead, but it is too much effort right now. If only i could get my family to stop leaving stuff all over the floor...

Uncomfortable is good, though, it makes me very willing to push this baby out and I'll take all the motivation I can get.

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well, i'm feeling closer to ready. once the house is finished and ready, i'll feel more grounded.
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If only i could get my family to stop leaving stuff all over the floor...
Let me know if you figure this out!

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EPO is fine with VBAC. It only softens the cervix and prepares it for birth. I would advise against pitocin or cervadil though.
Ok another dumb question here....where do u get the EPO and how do u use it??? There is no way in h*%# I am going to use pitocin or cervadil.....I am going to be having my vbac in hospital but am refusing all interventions aside from the monitor and a heplock. Actually, I will refuse the monitor if they dont let me sit up with it. Mind you, I am going in at the last minute so I dont have to fight them: like last time (though I went in pretty late there but had a scalpel happy resident....
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I want some activity too, but i have none!

All I know is that I felt great until about 3 or 4 days ago and now i feel huge and uncomfortable, I think this baby doubled in size this last week. Also I am so sick of having to swing one leg out behind me to "bend" over and pick something up off of the floor. I need to be squatting instead, but it is too much effort right now. If only i could get my family to stop leaving stuff all over the floor...

Uncomfortable is good, though, it makes me very willing to push this baby out and I'll take all the motivation I can get.
I feel like that too. I am due closer to the end of August but I already weigh more than I did with dd1 and dd2. I have enlisted dd1's help to pick up things off the floor but sometimes it is such a stuggle with her (just tidying her toys). I am nervous about labor (it was so easy vbacing with dd2) and I worry about this one but I am at the point just hurry up already. I am trying to be patient and wait until baby decides it is time
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