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poopzmom's Avatar poopzmom 04:28 PM 04-13-2011

I have been crampy the last 2 days and I feel like the baby has dropped. I feel like I can eat and breathe again. I am only 35. 2 weeks (by u/s) or 34.6 weeks (by LMP). I had my twins at 35.6. I am getting nervous that I am not going to make it to 40. :^(



sharita's Avatar sharita 05:24 PM 04-13-2011

with first baby I think it was 2 weeks before delivery.  EAch one after that is very shortly before labor.  I don't even notice sometimes.   Last few times I had weeks of prodromal labor and that got baby down farther.  I think 3 days before labor last time he engaged.  Im about at the point where id take some prodromal labor if she would drop down and I could breath again.


poopzmom's Avatar poopzmom 05:33 PM 04-13-2011

What is prodromal labor?


seafox's Avatar seafox 06:02 PM 04-13-2011
I don't think Z dropped at all before labor last time! I was barely dilated and he was not engaged the day I went into labor. (hence labor lasting 72 hours, probably)

I am carrying super high with this babe too. I am hoping I get somewhere dilation-wise before labor begins this time, since I'd rather it be a tad shorter!


but a friend of mine walked around at 2-3cm I think for a few weeks, head engaged, baby definitely had dropped a lot. I think twins coming early is probably not related to droppage?
LacieD's Avatar LacieD 08:50 PM 04-13-2011

I was just wondering this today, because every time I've gone to the bathroom today I've felt some pressure, like a head descending.  I can't remember when I dropped with my boys, though.  


ibusymomto5's Avatar ibusymomto5 09:50 PM 04-13-2011
5-10 minutes? My babies usually stay high until I'm pushing them out. I do have times where the baby is down really low, but he doesn't necessarily constantly stay there. Sometimes he'll be really low for a few days at a time and then bobble back up and then back down again.
L&K'smommie's Avatar L&K'smommie 11:06 PM 04-13-2011


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5-10 minutes? My babies usually stay high until I'm pushing them out. I do have times where the baby is down really low, but he doesn't necessarily constantly stay there. Sometimes he'll be really low for a few days at a time and then bobble back up and then back down again.


Same here...well except for the first...With my first she dropped early, 2nd dropped probably week before and 3rd as I was pushing him out.  This one goes up and down.

 

And I am one of those that dilates and effaces early and has 39/40 weekers...first I was 2cm for a couple weeks before she came, 2nd I walked around at 5cm for a week(was 3cm at 36 weeks), and 3rd was 3cm for at least a week...it'll be interesting to see what this one does.

 

And I think prodomal labor is just pre-labor contractions that don't turn into labor...but I'm not sure.


gummibears's Avatar gummibears 08:49 AM 04-14-2011

I've read it's different each baby and if you are a first time mom you can drop weeks in advance and still not go in early. If you are a second (or more) time mom, then it can happen just before birth or at least closer to birth.

 

This one seems to have dropped a while ago since I've been able to breathe since then, but I don't feel incredible pelvic pressure, just a bit tender, so I know she's not engaged. No clue when she'll engage since this is only my second pregnancy. I can't for the life of me remember when my son dropped... but he was 5 days late.


seafox's Avatar seafox 09:11 AM 04-14-2011
I have to ask, what is this breathing thing that people keep referring to? are folks actually having trouble breathing? I get the eating reference, I guess (since I can get heartburn easily) but I never noticed any breathing issues last time or this time. Maybe since I think I have a longish torso? I didn't think lungs were as affected by pregnancy as digestion.
L&K'smommie's Avatar L&K'smommie 12:51 PM 04-14-2011


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I have to ask, what is this breathing thing that people keep referring to? are folks actually having trouble breathing? I get the eating reference, I guess (since I can get heartburn easily) but I never noticed any breathing issues last time or this time. Maybe since I think I have a longish torso? I didn't think lungs were as affected by pregnancy as digestion.


Yes, I have a very hard time breathing during the end of pregnancy as the baby just floats up under my ribs.  Walking up and down stairs leaves me winded(not long flights either) and sometimes just walking across the room will leave me winded.  It's no fun.  So yes, count your blessings with a longish torso smile.gif  (It also doesn't help that I carry fairly compact and not out so that all my babies just sit nestled up tight and under/against my diaphragm and ribs.)


seafox's Avatar seafox 01:31 PM 04-14-2011
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Yes, I have a very hard time breathing during the end of pregnancy as the baby just floats up under my ribs.  Walking up and down stairs leaves me winded(not long flights either) and sometimes just walking across the room will leave me winded.  It's no fun.  So yes, count your blessings with a longish torso smile.gif  (It also doesn't help that I carry fairly compact and not out so that all my babies just sit nestled up tight and under/against my diaphragm and ribs.)


ah! I guess that does make sense. I do get more winded easily too, I suppose, but not *too* badly (I am after all, still able to play frisbee and bike to work) but biking the hills or climbing lots of stairs with DS on my back certainly get me more winded than before. I figured it was just the extra weight, not lung space! maybe a combo, I guess!
mija y mijo's Avatar mija y mijo 01:35 PM 04-14-2011

I can't remember...  but I don't think I dropped with DS until just before going into labor.  I have a long torso, so maybe I don't notice the change as much.  shrug.gif


penstamon's Avatar penstamon 04:37 PM 04-18-2011

 I have a shorter torso and carry my babies hugely out in front.  With DS I dropped at 36w and gave birth at 39w.  With this babe I dropped at 33w and am currently 36w with no other signs of baby coming.

 


Evergreen's Avatar Evergreen 07:50 AM 04-19-2011

Neither of my kids dropped until they were on the way out either. This one is really high that I sometimes can't fill my lungs. I wouldn't mind if it decided to come down a bit before labor personally.


clutterbug's Avatar clutterbug 10:25 AM 04-19-2011

seafox, re: breathing...this is baby #3 for me and with the first two, the breathing thing was never an issue....I have a fairly tall torso as well.  This time around I have no idea why, but baby loves being up in my ribs even though there's LOADS of room down lower.    Drives me crazy!  I am constantly giving it little nudges to just move down out of the way to give me a break :P  Really noticing it at night/naps, the baby floats up when I'm lying down and I can feel myself having a harder and harder time filling my lungs (a perception thing, I know - I am getting lots of air in there! - but it feels SO weird!).


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