I've been having surges on and off the last couple of days (excuse my hippiness, but I'm trying to get into a less anxious headspace, and I'm eliminating contraction from my vocabulary
), mostly at the end of the day, or when my 2.5 y/o is nursing. They are almost always ignorable. I'm not sure what to think yet, as this usually starts weeks before my EDD. Our dates are for sure, and my EDD is Monday, so we shall see! My babies are always "late" anyway, and I don't put a lot of stock in an actual due date, but it has been interesting to experience prelabor a little differently this time.
, I read your post about walking two miles, and I suddenly felt like a serious wimp. I walked around the block for fifteen minutes the other day, and I was pooped!
I'm praying your baby gets into position and stops teasing (and torturing) you very soon!
Originally Posted by mama2toby
I'm wondering if I'm going to have any prelabor signs at all. I'm only 36w6d, but last birth I don't remember having any. I just woke up, a week before edd,in labor and had him five hours later. Hearing everyone's symptoms is exciting. I'm hoping for some pre warning.
This is pretty much exactly what my first was like. I never even had a single BH. I went to lunch with DH and some friends after church, and was them overwhelmed by exhaustion, so I went home to take a nap, while DH went to his mom's to work on his car. I woke up in VERY active labor (although, I thought it was early labor, or maybe even just really bad indigestion; I had been running to the toilet all day, and had no idea that was a sign of early labor; I thought I ate something that made me sick!), and called my DH to come home NOW. My poor husband was quite shocked when he got home from his mom's, to discover I had not just had one or two surges in the thirty minutes we had talked, but like eight.
DS1 was born 5.5 hours after that first one, and it probably would have been sooner if I hadn't had to hold him in all the way to the birth center, 40 minutes away (even though everything was so intense, I really still thought I was in early labor. My mom was in labor with me for two days, and I expected my first baby to be the same. If my doula- a student mw- hadn't made the decision to check me, finding that my bag was bulging, we would have had a accidental u/a).
Originally Posted by forestlover75
It makes sense to see if the discharge is fluid, but I would again, very much warn you NOT to get vaginal exams with a broken bag if you hope to minimize interventions. The data are conclusive that vaginal checks are not a good idea period, but especially when the sac is ruptured. You will know you are dilating when you start having an increase in bloody show, and good strong contractions. No need to increase risk for the sake of curiosity. Good luck!
I have to agree. You definitely want to monitor yourself, but I would be really hesitant to get put on a clock, or to have anyone poking around in there.
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