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OK so, I'm a BTDT mom, but I never went into labour naturally with Daniel - my water broke and contrax didn't establish so had to be induced.
As I've said on my DDC, I've had an uptick in early labour symptoms since Monday - I'm 38+6 today so not yet at my EDD, but classed as "term", and have been having cramps and contrax on and off for 2 weeks now - and as the day wore on yesterday, I really thought things might be starting up.
I was crampy from about 4pm as I had been the previous day. At around 7pm, I began having contrax. These were a mixture of tightenings that didn't hurt at all, and tightenings accompanied by nasty period like cramps bottom and top of my uterus. They were 10-15 minutes apart. These continued until 11pm when I decided I should try and get some sleep "in case".
At around 1.30am I woke up to tightenings that were more painful. It felt like I needed to use the toilet so I figured I'd better try that to see if it was just an upset stomach before I started timing them. Sure enough I did have some diarrhea - and I had already been to the toilet the previous evening. Hard to tell whether the upset stomach produced the cramps, or whether this was the "clearing out" some people get in early labour. The tightenings, sometimes not hurting and sometimes with the period like cramps but this time spreading around my back as well, continued along with nausea. They were varying between 8-12 minutes apart. I couldn't bear the feeling sick so took some paracetamol. About an hour after that the paracetamol the edge was taken off everything and I fell asleep.
After that I slept fitfully. I kept waking up needing to pee, and would feel the tightenings while awake, which were uncomfortable, but not enough to keep me awake. When I properly awoke sometime between 7-8am this morning, I seem to have gone back to being crampy with some sporadic contrax. It's 9.30am now. And I've had diarrhea again this morning.
I just wish I knew what was going on. Did I start up and then stall because I fell asleep after the paracetamol? Or have I just got an upset stomach? Either way I am now shattered. Baby has been moving as baby usually does during the night, in between the tightening feelings. So not concerned as such. But if I do now go today I'm going on very little sleep. If I'm not too uncomfortable this afternoon I may try to nap "in case". Though Daniel is here and I also have a tax credit form to fill in once Shaun is up, so it may not be possible.
I have midwife at 11.50am and will of course tell her what's been going on, but unless there's a problem with my urine, BP or baby's HR they don't do internals before 41wks, so I'm not likely to get any definitive answers from her. I'd be interested to know what you guys think although I know you'd only be doing guesswork just as I am.
Last edited by Carwen*Angel; August 1st, 2012 at 01:37 AM.
Just crampy now with sporadic painful twinges but not surging contrax as such...so I guess it was more of an upset stomach that either triggered contrax or produced regular crampy pains or a bit of both. If so I hope I have a better night's sleep tonight!
MW thinks because the regular pains have gone away this morning it probably was just upset stomach, but she did say that lots of people have upset stomach imminently before labour, which I already knew. TBH I'd rather have a good night's sleep tonight and then regroup tomorrow. Trying to be careful what I eat today!
Hope you get some more rest in the coming hours/days. I remember having contractions and upset tummys for 10 days leading up to Jacob's birth! I think it's the reason I went into denial when I actually started 'real' labour, lol!
I got my good night's sleep, absolutely pain and discomfort free, i even only got up to pee 3 times which is highly unusual!!
Contrax started again after I woke up this morning, have never had them in the morning before. No regular pattern and quite spaced out, but could feel them both front and back which has never been the case before. I went to get dressed at around 11.15am to go out for lunch and they went off, but have had a couple since we ate. Baby is still wiggling around and seems to be trying to rotate itself a bit (it was lying side on when MW felt yesterday) so perhaps that's what the contrax are about. Increased CM today too with more "bits" in it which I'm hoping are bits of my plug.
One thing is for certain, your body is preparing for labor and birth. I can't say it will be especially soon, because these things *can* (not that they always do) drag out for weeks, BUT, I think it was more productive than just an upset stomach. Things are definitely shifting in that direction, but you have lots of time, so try not to become discouraged if they do slow down a bit. Your body is not broken, it's doing exactly as it should.
I haven't told family/neighbours etc ANYTHING about what I'm experiencing. It's more the "haven't you had that baby yet?" "gosh you look so big, you should have given birth by now" "how long are they going to leave it?" and horror stories about going overdue and being induced from them that are getting me down.
And yes I have been losing my plug - bit by little bit - since Monday.