So, any experienced mamas have any advice or stories to share, that can keep me hopeful or bring me back down out of la la land ?
It's so frustrating, and while part of me just wishes they would turn into something else, the other part of me needs this baby to stay put until next weekend. I've got a lot of loose ends to tie up this week and my husband is scheduled to go out of town wednesday-friday (my mom will be staying with me just in case). If baby isn't here by next weekend, we will be starting natural induction methods. I've already got the pineapple ready.
Plus, it's usually doing something...giving you a head start.
That being said, I was totally miserable with prodromal labor when I was pregnant with DD. I had about a week and a half of serious contractions and I walked around at 5 cm for quite some time before the midwife stripped my membranes and I went into active labor. But then I was already halfway there, so the active labor was only about 3 hours. (Then there was 2.5 hours of pushing because she was face up...)
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i suppose if your looking for a story of "false" immidiatly going into real labor it happened to me..kinda. when i started contracting with ds (who was about a week overdue) it was all over the place. sometimes longer, sometimes shorter, spaced out but all over the map. nothing made them go away (shower, lay down, sitting) but nothing made them stronger. this went on for about 4 hours i guess and i called my OB several times. ended up going to the hospital even though i wasn't "consistent" and after they hooked me up to a monitor and checked me i started getting more regular. they didn't send me home as i was just enough in labor for them to decide to keep me!
i had been having false labor for 2 weeks. my blood pressure was also high, so i was in and out of the hospital for monitoring (where i was hooked up to monitors which showed my contractions.) but they never became regular. on 3/1 i was sent back to the hospital for monitoring, and was having contractions that became regular..
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Here is a beacon of hope: All false labor leads to real labor eventually!
I had weeks prior to the birth of my daughter (at 42 weeks) - I also had 48 hours straight prodromal labor prior to my near 24 hour active labor (48 hours of exhaustion & sleep dep is not how one wants to kick off a very long labor!)
Right on schedule I'm prodromal laboring with this one too - have been for weeks (and I'm at 40+ now). Some nights are definitely 'worse' than others from the pain/sleep dep perspective. Some nights I'm woken a few times for I'd guess 15 m of contracting, some nights, like the other night, I'm up for hour long stretches for seriously painful stuff.
I know I've mentioned this before, but my midwives call this "Doing The Monkey" - it's a norm in the primate world.
Anyway! "Real" labor is unmistakable. There's no "oh they're every 15 minutes, now every 5 minutes, now every 7 minutes, now they've fizzled out for 10 minutes" etc etc It is wham ba-yum! They are COMMING!
I had my poor dear husband timing my prodromal labor contractions during that 48 hours prior to my daughter's birth desperate to make sense of it all. I kept all the pages in her baby book This time around I'm not timing until it becomes quite apparent they're doing something, and only so I can report to my midwives. Prodromal labor can make one crazy!
The good news is that at some point, real labor kicked in and Fiona was born an hour later. There was one contraction that, while not much more painful, was noticeably different in that it drove me NUTS to hear other people talking during it. Labor was fast and very intense, but not really painful. In the end, I was glad for the 48 hours of prodromal labor figuring that's what made real labor such a snap, but I was on the verge of going to the hospital and begging for pitocin.
Right now, I'm 36 weeks and experiencing very frequent BHs and false labour, so I'm really, really hoping I go nice and early again!