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October 9th, 2010, 08:37 AM
Angel.Eyes4351's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I think my labor is starting, but it's SLOW going... Thursday my daily BH's turned into more painful/consistent contractions... I started getting bloody show... And here I've been ever since... Today is my due date.

Yesterday they got more painful than the day before but not really closer together... I've been having to breathe/focus/make myself relax through them. The average is about 8-10 min. apart. Sometimes when I'm up and about (which I've been trying to do) they get about 6-7, but slow back down. I've tried the breastpump last night, but it just seemed to make them more painful, but no closer together... Lots of walking, stairs, sitting on my exercise ball... etc.

My discharge/mucus is mixed with blood now every time, sometimes pink, sometimes brown....

It's just really frustrating, I feel like my body isn't working right... but I guess I am happy that it's at least doing something.

UPDATE 7:30 p.m. cst

I think I may call my doctor's answering service and see what they say in a little while, even things stay the same... I am betting they tell me to come to L&D. I just don't know what to do... I'm wondering how 3 days of this is affecting Callen... wondering if I've dilated any... I'm nervous about going in "too early" and all that, but I feel like this isn't normal... I suppose I could always choose to go back home if everything's ok.

My doctor says no pitocin b/c of my VBAC status, so I don't really have to worry about that. But I'm betting if I am dilated enough they will want to break my water? I am not sure how I feel about this. I know that it puts me on a timeclock... but what if that's all my body needs to get over this hump? I feel like I'm in the movie Groundhog Day... and I'm in labor.
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October 9th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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You are SO close!! Try not to get discouraged! Your body is making progress, no doubt. Just keep thinking about your cervix thinning and getting soft. Labor will pick up eventually. KUP!!

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October 9th, 2010, 09:53 AM
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That sounds exactly like my labor with Kya. It took a good 3 days to get going. Don't worry, your body will work!
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October 9th, 2010, 10:11 AM
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I did that for 74 hours before I broke down and went to the hospital. I hope it picks up for you very soon!
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October 9th, 2010, 06:00 PM
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i was in labor on and off for 3 days before progressing enough to go to the hospital. can't be long now.

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October 9th, 2010, 07:03 PM
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I had a labor start a lot like yours with my 3rd. I had regular painful contractions for about 24 hours and even dilated to 5cm before my labor completely stopped. It was devastating at the time, I was a week overdue as it was. A couple days later labor started again, and my daughter was born about 16 hours later.

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October 9th, 2010, 07:18 PM
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I assure you it is normal. Unless you have any other worrying symptoms your LO is just fine! Many people have a slow starting labor. I know you are in a bad mental state but calling the hospital is going to put you in a place you don't need to be yet. They will want to start all kinds of interventions and there is just no need right now. Wait it out, I know it's hard. Can you try to find fun relaxing things to do? Schedule a pedicure or go get your hair cut. Do something to keep your mind off of labor and something that will make you feel good. Heck even have a glass of wine or a beer! Feel free to PM me! Maybe we can chat IRL if you want/need to!

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October 9th, 2010, 09:54 PM
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you can do it! i hope since it's been a few hours since you last updated that things have started to pick up!!
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October 10th, 2010, 05:13 AM
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Hoping for an update that things have picked up for you!

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October 10th, 2010, 07:15 AM
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It never hurts just to call, especially if it reassures you. I bet some ladies here might even have some natural suggestions to get things picked up.

I'd just be concerned about breaking the water since they won't let you use pit, and you would be under the clock, that they might not let you continue vaginally. It all sounds very within the realm of normal right now. If you can, get out of the house and try to get your mind off it for a little bit.

How many weeks pregnant are you? Try to hang in there!

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October 10th, 2010, 07:39 AM
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Any update this morning? I hope you're doing well. I had steady contractions (some painful, some not) for about a week before active labor really started. Just get as much rest as you can now!

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October 10th, 2010, 08:10 AM
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Thinking of you, Bri! Hope things have either picked-up or you are able to get some rest.
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October 10th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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I hope things pick up for you, i was like that off and on for days before i had my son

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