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How long have you had on-and-off labor? I have never gone through this before and it is driving me crazy! My last baby, I had *nothing* until labor started, and then it really, really started! This time around, I've been having what looks to be "the real thing" almost every day for almost a week, but nothing ever happens. Mucus plug went away 2 days ago, but there is still not even the slightest tinge of pink or the tiniest bit of extra fluid that I can see. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I had prodromal labor with my 3rd for over a week. Probably not what you were wanting to hear. It was exhausting and disappointing each time I thought, 'hey, this is it!' and it wasn't <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hang in there, mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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I had about 5 nights with my 1st of regular contractions for a couple of hours before they'd go away, before the night of real labor (she was 11 days late). My 2nd, I started having contractions way early. Like, 19 weeks for BH I could really feel, and the last month at least I had real contractions off and on. The last 2.5 weeks, there were tons of them. She was born 6 days late.
 

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I had this almost every day after I hit 37 weeks. And I didn't have the baby til 41wks +3 days. It just gradually got stronger and stronger. I was so amazed when my water broke, because I didn't think I'd ever actually be in labor. Its not that long for most people though. Good luck!
 

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<sigh> It is tiresome.<br><br>
Does it ever happen because a baby's in a less than ideal position? I can't help but wonder if the contractions never "take hold" because my body is waiting for him to straighten out. He's been transverse, breech, and most recently sort of oblique, and not confirmably vertex lately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I had this go on for a couple weeks before giving birth. In my case, I don't think it's because we were waiting for her to get into position. She dropped around 30 weeks or so.<br><br>
The good thing was that once labor did start for real, it was so fast. She was my first baby, and from the time things really got going to when she was born was only about 5 hours.
 

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With prodromal labor, I think often your body is trying to tell you something about:<br>
overexertion<br>
positioning of baby<br>
hydration<br>
stress/emotions<br>
natural way some people labor.<br><br>
Since you mentioned the baby's position, I'd definintely look into that. Have you checked out <a href="http://www.spinningbabies.com" target="_blank">www.spinningbabies.com</a> ? I think it's a great site that talks about the importance of encouraging positioning.<br><br>
I'm a prodromal labor kind of birther. I've learned to embrace it, but I think it can be a big clue to something that needs attention.<br><br>
Hopefully your baby and your body will get together perfectly & labor for real will start soon. Wishing you a beautiful peaceful birth when the time is right.
 

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I do have spinning babies saved. Trying to stay in positions that encourage head down. I know for sure that when I lie flat, he goes breech, and when I'm semi reclining he goes diagonal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Hmmm, maybe hands and knees for you then? Or modified by using a birth ball to support your chest instead of your hands. You could keep your bottom a little bit lower than your chest so that head down would be encouraged. If he's still flipping around then it means he can flip into perfect position. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yup. Been doing the hands and knees thing. I also intend to make sure that I give the little stinker a chance to flip during labor, and not be bullied into a c-section.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">With prodromal labor, I think often your body is trying to tell you something about:<br>
overexertion<br>
positioning of baby<br>
hydration<br>
stress/emotions<br>
natural way some people labor.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: 100% agree with this and wanted to add my own personal expereince of it being up to SIX WEEKS. Being OK with it is the most important thing. I am now the "prodomol queen" and can convince myself that I'm not feeling it until the baby is literally crowning. That is the benefit (besides working baby into the easier positioning) of this beginning to labor, you can become "numb" to feeling contractions.<br><br>
so what you need to do<br><br>
*read and practice OFP by Jean Sutton (it's like $15 brand new at Birthsource.com but you could probably borrow it)<br>
*eat, rest and care for yourself daily, knowing you are already in labor and you'll need your energy<br>
*line up your labor projects and distract, distract, distract<br>
*know that a little natural augmentation given at the right time has just as much chance of working as not (in other words, anything you try--make it fun and worth the trying even if it doen't serve as an active phase catalyst--ie. sex, nipple stim, whatever)<br><br>
Goodluck, so many of us have doen this and EACH time in retrospect I thank GOd and the baby because despite being frustrating it's just what I need at the time. A slow unfolding, appreciate every flavor of it because this babe is only going to be born once--but you'll have the memory for life.<br><br>
(in other words, ignore that little voice telling you about castor oil. The poop and pain aren't worth it!!)
 
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