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Starting the new thread because it's 3AM EST. And I'm awake and bored.

So, my question: does losing bits of your mucus plug count when it's because of straining during a BM? I've lost some twice today because of that. Was about 2cm last Wednesday and "real thin." It wasn't bloody, but it doesn't have to be, right?

I hope this thread is slow today because we're all giving birth! 13 is a very lucky number!
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I have had such a bad night of sleep! I went to bed so late because of a late nap and I tossed and turned so much. At one point I had a horrible pain in my right side and I started panicking wondering what would happen if I needed my appendix out at this point in time. Clearly an overreaction, but the pain kept me up for awhile!

I am not sure about the mucus plug question - but it sounds like it should count to me!

I hope 13 is a lucky number for me! I will tell you, I know I said the Braxton Hicks contractions were bothering me yesterday but today my complaint is that I'm getting sick of the painful contraction that I feel every time I empty my bladder. Is anyone else experiencing this?

On a happy note, DH and I had a wonderful date night last night. We went out for pizza and ice cream and a movie!!!!

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If you want it to be a test, it can be, but I personally count every day I'm still here as an A++. It is hard towards the end but look at it this way... when you are done you get a BABY!
Agreed, I just get frustrated very easily. This is probably good for me.

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I hope 13 is a lucky number for me! I will tell you, I know I said the Braxton Hicks contractions were bothering me yesterday but today my complaint is that I'm getting sick of the painful contraction that I feel every time I empty my bladder. Is anyone else experiencing this?
Me, this morning. Another contraction woke me in the middle of the night. Peanut doesn't seem to like them... kicking & punching through the whole thing. But, yeah, this morning I got up and peed and wooooo!

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Come on lucky 13! This is the gestation that my dd came out, so we'll see. I still say he's hearing the place is a mad house and staying where he is!

I'm so hoping I don't make it to my appointment this week, but I'll probably make it I really wanted baby before then. 4 weeks at 3 cent and 80% effaced - come on already! Grrrr

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At one point I had a horrible pain in my right side and I started panicking wondering what would happen if I needed my appendix out at this point in time. Clearly an overreaction, but the pain kept me up for awhile!

I'm getting sick of the painful contraction that I feel every time I empty my bladder. Is anyone else experiencing this?

On a happy note, DH and I had a wonderful date night last night. We went out for pizza and ice cream and a movie!!!!
Lol you sound like me with the appendix worry! I was thinkig the identical thing last night!

I've had contractions for a while now every time I pee. The one ob said maybe from a uti but checked and it was clear. I still get it. One suggested I wasn't drinking enough water and I upped it, but still get them, so no clue.

We tried to go out for pizza as well. But our town totally sucks and the 2 pizza places were both closed for Easter - grrr

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Lucky 13!! Dh was born on the 13th (of Dec)!

I've been having crampy contrax this early morning every 5 or so min--I think they may be getting stronger. I finally got up to pay more attention and see if they are going to do anything. 3 days past LMP EDD (the one I'm actually using), but 7 days past ultrasound EDD. Got to be soon right?? I'm so EXCITED!! I still feel really good though. I just sent DH to work about 20 min. ago. because I'm not sure of anything yet and figured if he stayed here, they'd stop LOL... We'll see how it goes!

Michelle--we do have the same due date! I am wishing you labor vibes!!!

ETA: I just had a little blood when I wiped!! That should be a good sign huh??

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Lucky 13!! Dh was born on the 13th (of Dec)!

I've been having crampy contrax this early morning every 5 or so min--I think they may be getting stronger. I finally got up to pay more attention and see if they are going to do anything. 3 days past LMP EDD (the one I'm actually using), but 7 days past ultrasound EDD. Got to be soon right?? I'm so EXCITED!! I still feel really good though. I just sent DH to work about 20 min. ago. because I'm not sure of anything yet and figured if he stayed here, they'd stop LOL... We'll see how it goes!

Michelle--we do have the same due date! I am wishing you labor vibes!!!

ETA: I just had a little blood when I wiped!! That should be a good sign huh??
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It's dark and rainy here in Iowa...we have nothing on the calendar. I do have someone coming to buy my two cloth dipes so that's good but other than that I guess DD and I will just be buming around. I thought about going to the mall to walk around and help things keep moving but getting the stroller out in the rain doesn't sound like fun.

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ETA: I just had a little blood when I wiped!! That should be a good sign huh??
Good sign, hoping it's your day!!!!

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Come on lucky 13! This is the gestation that my dd came out, so we'll see. I still say he's hearing the place is a mad house and staying where he is!

I'm so hoping I don't make it to my appointment this week, but I'll probably make it I really wanted baby before then. 4 weeks at 3 cent and 80% effaced - come on already! Grrrr
Today is the same gestation DD was born too. I've been at a 3 and 70% effaced for 1 1/2 weeks...so feeling the same (though 4 weeks is long!)

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On a happy note, DH and I had a wonderful date night last night. We went out for pizza and ice cream and a movie!!!!
Not experiencing many ctx and not while peeing, but I'd guess it's fine. Glad you had a good date night. DH and I need to do this sometime this weekend I think...but I keep thinking baby will come soon and don't want to wear out Grandma as our sitter!

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So, my question: does losing bits of your mucus plug count when it's because of straining during a BM? I've lost some twice today because of that. Was about 2cm last Wednesday and "real thin." It wasn't bloody, but it doesn't have to be, right?

I hope this thread is slow today because we're all giving birth! 13 is a very lucky number!
Hoping it's slow for everyone too! I'd say it's something!


Wondering about Amy and Bexo...I hope those babies have been born!!!!
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Good morning, everyone.

I also slept really badly. I was tossing and turning while making loud noises, so DH evacuated after about an hour. This went on all night. I woke up probably ten times total. This morning, LO refused to move for an hour or so - he seems to change his sleeping schedule daily - but in the last twenty minutes, he's been kicking, squirming, and boxing. And he also has started to make this movement that feels as if he's screwing his head into my pelvis. It hurts like hell. I wouldn't mind if he came today, even though tomorrow would be even better.

Now, I'm off to my last week at work. Luckily, all I have to do is read some papers and listen to presentations. And hope LO does not continue to look for the exit as aggressively as a few minutes ago.

Sarah - I think only bloody mucus plug counts. Otherwise no dilation.

Michelle and Murph - Maybe those bladder ctx is what you've been waiting for. Hoping for you, they are becoming more frequent and regular. :

Nancy - hang in there.

daisyem - Something is happening. Good luck. :

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Wondering about Amy and Bexo...I hope those babies have been born!!!!
Just read their updates from yesterday...I hadn't see it slowed for both of them. Hoping since they havn't posted yet this morning that they are in active labor or in babyland!!!
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Come on lucky 13! This is the gestation that my dd came out, so we'll see. I still say he's hearing the place is a mad house and staying where he is!

I'm so hoping I don't make it to my appointment this week, but I'll probably make it I really wanted baby before then. 4 weeks at 3 cent and 80% effaced - come on already! Grrrr
Sounds like we are similar in this and also I read on another post about your last birth...sounds like my birth with DD. Interesting......
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I also barely slept last night. I'm so tired, I really need to sleep, I half jokingly told DH this morning that I was going to a hotel tonight. It's either that I can't sleep, DD2 wakes up constantly needing mama, or DD1 wakes up and is wide wake, she is apparently developing insomnia as well. Last night it was all 3.


And I'm 39 weeks today. I never would of thought that I still would of been pg, I've never made it to 39 weeks before.

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I didn't sleep so good last night either. DD woke up screaming twice last night and at 11pm finally we figured out she was constipated due to the amount of sweets she had yesterday. I knew she was having too much but I get from DH "oh it's Easter". No sweets for her this week!!! So we were up with her for an hour in the bath and she finally got some out and then I laid with her in bed with a rice pack on her belly till she finally fell asleep. She woke good but now I think she's getting a cold. Runny nose and just clingy. I was so worried about going into labor last night with her being like that, I just don't know if I could have left her with Grandma like that. It's so hard being a mommy some days!

I ended up on the sofa as my hips hurt in bed too much.
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Sigh, I know. That's my problem right now. DD2 is only 2.5, she feels that her life is changing so of course she regresses and is needy/clingy. I want to be there for her, she didn't ask to get booted out of her position as the baby. DD1 has anxiety issues, she has been doing great for a couple weeks now at night, even sleeping in her own bed again finally at age 6, but now she wakes up at 11:30 or so and is up until 2am, she is too scared to be up by herself.


I guess I need to drag myself off the couch, take a shower and then find something to do with girls today. I haven't been making any plans because I keep thinking any day now, I don't have the energy to entertain them myself though.

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With my last 2 boys I never saw any sign of "losing the mucus plug." In fact, I joked with my doc, at the time, that I just don't even have one. I walked around dilated to 3cm for the last 3 weeks of both pg. Never any sign of blood or mucus or change in discharge (blah blah blah, all that fun stuff they ask you!) So, I hope for you who are experiencing changes that means baby is coming soon! My U/S EDD is today but technically MW says not till Sat. So, I guess that means I have another 2 weeks. LOL. That's the worst waiting game in the world, good thing there's a decent prize!
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I'm trying the low-key things to encourage baby... LONG walk to and from dinner, DTD, watched a movie on the birth ball, ah well, nothing doing.

Ah well, I am not even 39 weeks so I shouldn't be too anxious, its just I am at a stopping point with work and its SO unmotivating to start a bunch of new stuff when I *know* I will just be interrupted! I can't just take months and months totally off, but I know I will take a full month where I don't try to be productive.

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: Labor vibes to the ladies who are waiting!
Sending hugs to those who need one.

I was up 4:30 - 6 this morning. I was just hungry.
Baby doesn't feel any lower. I saw my MW at the local music festival on Saturday. She and her asst. will be coming for a home visit tonight. I'll ask her to check my cervix. It will be my first pelvic exam this pregnancy. It's been nice not to be bothered, but I am starting to get curious.
My mother blessing will be on Wednesday. I guess baby is welcome to arrive any time after that ...

My family issues are still going on, but all my family members live in New England, so I can keep my distance for this last part of pregnancy. I've claimed the last month of both my previous pregnancies for peaceful birth preparation. Today is the first day that I won't be taking phone calls from my family. It isn't easy to do - DP will be checking my voice mail and may return some calls to explain. I have six sisters, so my phone can be quite busy some days ... Of course, they are all on my call list for the baby announcement - I have a friend in charge of making those calls.

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I'm ignoring my mother again today. Well, I took a shower, got kids dressed and fed and that was it. I used up all my energy doing that so now they are watching a movie while I'm ignoring the beautiful day outside. As much as I hate to take a nap because then I can't go to sleep yet again at night, I'm going to have to do today. Now only to convince Gabrielle that she needs to nap today....

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Im too worn out to respond to everyone but Im going to later!!! I really want to give big hugs to everyone today! The end is SOO close but every minute seems like hours!!! Im getting REALLY antsy.

I didnt lose any mucus plug or have ANY bleeding til I was in labor!! Im thinking it will be the same this time, too.

Actually had fun with DH and DTD last night for the first time in a month! Felt "twinges" down "there" but nothing significant.

Im officially saying "days" when referring to my EDD. Im 12 days away now.

Eh, Im gonna take a a nap...

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I haven't been making any plans because I keep thinking any day now, I don't have the energy to entertain them myself though.
This is sooo me. DD has been asking for me to play all day loooong and I just can't get myself to play little people...I did do a puzzle with her and will paint later this afternoon, but right now we are going to watch a movie together and take a nap. It's sooo gloomy out it's all I can do.

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With my last 2 boys I never saw any sign of "losing the mucus plug." In fact, I joked with my doc, at the time, that I just don't even have one. I walked around dilated to 3cm for the last 3 weeks of both pg. Never any sign of blood or mucus or change in discharge (blah blah blah, all that fun stuff they ask you!)
I didn't experience any of the stuff last time and this time the discharge is probably due to yeast infection I have. So not sure if I'll have those signs this time or not. This pregnancy has been sooo different, wouldn't surpirse me.

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My family issues are still going on, but all my family members live in New England, so I can keep my distance for this last part of pregnancy. I've claimed the last month of both my previous pregnancies for peaceful birth preparation. Today is the first day that I won't be taking phone calls from my family. It isn't easy to do - DP will be checking my voice mail and may return some calls to explain. I have six sisters, so my phone can be quite busy some days ... Of course, they are all on my call list for the baby announcement - I have a friend in charge of making those calls.
Good for you! I'm avoiding a return phone call to my sister as she is having drama with my other sister and I just don't have the energy or desire to deal with it. I too have DH check my email or phone messages when there are family issues as I just don't want to allow myself to get caught up in the unnecessary emotional drama at times, especially when I know the email/call will be negative at me, it just isn't worth it. I can't imagine with 6 sisters!


Okay gonna watch that movie and take a nap with DD...
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I had two ctx (of some kind) last night, one at like 3am and then 6am and did lose some mucus -- certainly not the whole thing, from what I understand it to be in its entirety. But, it was most definitely significant enough to note.

Peanut did not like the contractions at all -- it was really kicking me hard throughout the whole thing, which is what woke me up the first time (along with my favorite stabbing pain). The second contraction was right after peeing. Peanut was equally displeased/disturbed, but fortunately my special pain wasn't around that time... just a foot straight up into my stomach that I tried to push down as if to coax Peanut in the other direction. Then, I experienced some friendly neighborhood soft-serve (tmi haha) later in the morning after I finally got some sleep.

I love how when I look up all these "signs," that they are disclaimered as being days or weeks ahead of labor. Like, that SO doesn't help me. Bleh.

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So, my question: does losing bits of your mucus plug count when it's because of straining during a BM? I've lost some twice today because of that. Was about 2cm last Wednesday and "real thin." It wasn't bloody, but it doesn't have to be, right?
Careful with that straining! I ended up at the OB's due to straining during a BM a week and a half ago. I had some pretty major gushes of blood, MW thinks I popped a cervical blood vessel while straining. Scary scary.

As for color, I think it varies - from what I hear. I hear of clear, cloudy, whitish, pink, rusty...I think any gobs of mucous are a promising sign though!

I actually lost some plug yesterday and a bit more this morning. C'mon baby! It's brownish bloody gobs which make me think it's definitely mucous plug.
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I'm extra hungry today

Had a good hb mw appmnt today, got some reiki too

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Dh came home early because he didn't feel good and is now sleeping as I try to do dishes while dd destroys the nice and cleaned living room...yeah...let me play this violin for you dh......

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Dh came home early because he didn't feel good and is now sleeping as I try to do dishes while dd destroys the nice and cleaned living room...yeah...let me play this violin for you dh......
Oh don't you just hate that! When do we get to just go take a nap or sleep all day when we are sick...somehow DD always ends up in the room with me even if DH stayed home to help. Sorry Murph!!!!!

I just finished doing the birth announcement from smilebox.com. If your looking for a way to save money and send a cute announcment I'm doing a smilebox with my own music to it. I have it all ready except info details and pics of course... I ordered the greeting for $5.00 and can add my own music to it as well as print it and everyone who recieves it via email can print it for their own copy. Saves stamps, alot of writing and buying the announcements...just thought I'd share if I havn't allready (preggo brain)
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Oh don't you just hate that! When do we get to just go take a nap or sleep all day when we are sick...somehow DD always ends up in the room with me even if DH stayed home to help. Sorry Murph!!!!!

I just finished doing the birth announcement from smilebox.com. If your looking for a way to save money and send a cute announcment I'm doing a smilebox with my own music to it. I have it all ready except info details and pics of course... I ordered the greeting for $5.00 and can add my own music to it as well as print it and everyone who recieves it via email can print it for their own copy. Saves stamps, alot of writing and buying the announcements...just thought I'd share if I havn't allready (preggo brain)
Yup, when I'm this pregnant I have little sympathy unless he's puking! And even less since yesterday he said I didn't have to do anything and be off my very swollen feet...and he couldn't take care of anything....

I'll have to look into the birth announcements, thanks! I wondered if we'd even do any this time since it was a lot of money last time

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It's quiet on here today. I finished the day without major interference from LO, except for some crampiness. Then just a few minutes ago more crampiness and a contraction, and I believe this was a real one because it was all over the place. Probably just from being once more unable to resist my afternoon coffee, but I was totally wiped out from the work day, and there is no time for a nap. Now, I can face the evening especially since it's DH's turn to cook tonight.

herbanmama - wishing you the best of luck.

Azreial - happy eating!

Murph - sorry to hear about your DH and DD messing up your life right now.

Shine - the birth announcements sound great. I've to look into that, but given the fact that most of my family is really into paper products, I'll probably have to do it the traditional way after a brief email announcement.

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It sure is quiet on here today. I had a non stress test and an OB appt today. Baby moved like they wanted him to as soon as they hooked me up and then he went to sleep and they were going to send me to labor and delivery for further monitoring. As soon as the tech/nurse called my doctor baby woke up and started moving and his heart rate accelerated like it was supposed to. Off to the OB I went only to find that baby is still not engaged and my cervix is up high and closed. Still. At 40 weeks 3 days. Sigh. I'm frustrated and upset, although I'm doing my best not to be. I know that babies can and do (even first time babies) drop during labor and I really do have faith in my body that I can have this baby vaginally, but of course my doctor is slightly concerned that there is some reason the baby isn't dropping (like my pelvis is too small). I'm just glad she isn't trying to schedule a c-section for me and is letting me give it my best shot to have this baby vaginally. I'm just sick of the anxiety produced from the unknown and am happy that we are going to start an induction on Thursday night. The baby is probably going to be big and although I know inductions are not always the best route to go, I feel that I need to have this baby soon to give me the best chance of having him vaginally. I was over 8 pounds and my Mom couldn't deliver me vaginally because I got stuck so of course that isn't helping to alleviate my fears. My mom is much smaller than me and I know that there is no reason for me to think that I cannot deliver him vaginally and I am doing my best to keep having faith in my body. I guess its just been a rough day. What I do know and am realizing is that whatever is going to happen is going to happen and I can work towards this as hard as I can and there will only be so much that will be in my hands and I just need to have faith in my body and myself and God.

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It sure is quiet on here today. I had a non stress test and an OB appt today. Baby moved like they wanted him to as soon as they hooked me up and then he went to sleep and they were going to send me to labor and delivery for further monitoring. As soon as the tech/nurse called my doctor baby woke up and started moving and his heart rate accelerated like it was supposed to. Off to the OB I went only to find that baby is still not engaged and my cervix is up high and closed. Still. At 40 weeks 3 days. Sigh. I'm frustrated and upset, although I'm doing my best not to be. I know that babies can and do (even first time babies) drop during labor and I really do have faith in my body that I can have this baby vaginally, but of course my doctor is slightly concerned that there is some reason the baby isn't dropping (like my pelvis is too small). I'm just glad she isn't trying to schedule a c-section for me and is letting me give it my best shot to have this baby vaginally. I'm just sick of the anxiety produced from the unknown and am happy that we are going to start an induction on Thursday night. The baby is probably going to be big and although I know inductions are not always the best route to go, I feel that I need to have this baby soon to give me the best chance of having him vaginally. I was over 8 pounds and my Mom couldn't deliver me vaginally because I got stuck so of course that isn't helping to alleviate my fears. My mom is much smaller than me and I know that there is no reason for me to think that I cannot deliver him vaginally and I am doing my best to keep having faith in my body. I guess its just been a rough day. What I do know and am realizing is that whatever is going to happen is going to happen and I can work towards this as hard as I can and there will only be so much that will be in my hands and I just need to have faith in my body and myself and God.
Sorry about this situation!! How long will they go before they start having the talk about c-sections? Just remember the move from squatting to getting on all fours for maximum pelvic open-ness!!
And just remember, great births come in all types, so induction might be the best route for you!!! I just cant wait to see pics of your sweet baby!!

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I took a LONG nap today and I feel a lot better. Im so happy reading about all the cramps and feelings everyone is having!!! Seems like our babies come in 3s and I wonder which trio are next!

Melissa - You are NOT alone with the annoying DH. Ugh.

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