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#1 of 4 Old 01-13-2011, 08:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So today I'm 8 days past my EDD and this morning around 3:30-4 I woke up with contractions.  They weren't crazy strong, but were coming every 3-5 minutes, and since I've always had fairly quick labors, I decided to get up and start getting things together for the big day.  Of course, as soon as I was up and about, the contractions dwindled off, so I went back to bed just before 5.  I woke up again at 6:30 with a strong contraction, and lay in bed for the next hour, timing contractions every fifteen minutes.  These were much stronger, so I thought things were moving along.  I woke up my husband at 7:30, and he called his mom to tell her to be prepared for the big event today.  And then nothing happened.  I mean, I've lost quite a lot of mucus, some of it even pinkish, and I'm still having contractions -- fairly big ones -- but they're not coming any closer together than every 10-20 minutes, and they're not any worse than they were 10 hours ago.  Seriously, what is going on?!  First I've got a fifth baby going more than a week over, when I'm usually early, and now I've got this marathon labor when I'm usually a 6-8 hour kind of girl.  ARGH!


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Any chance your little one is in a funky position (ie posterior)?  Sometimes wonky, spaced out contractions are the body's way of helping baby get situated for the big show and those kinds of contractions are indicative of a labor with a malpositioned baby.  I know it's a total pain, but any chance you can get on your hands and knees for a bit - maybe even chest to the floor to give the LO a chance to wiggle out of your pelvis a little then turn.  Have you been to http://spinningbabies.com/ ?  Do you have any homeopathic Pulsatilla?

 

Hope things started for REAL very soon!


 

 



 


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I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it ... babe has been awfully active these last couple of days, so who knows how he/she is lying, and it could be that all that movement today is from trying to get into position.  I did the hands-and-knees thing a little bit ago, and even chest to the floor for as long as I could stand it, and I got a couple of really strong, close contractions out of the deal.  Let's hope it keeps up!

 

Thanks for the suggestion. :)


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I think it will be really soon for you, mama.  Keep us posted!


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