(((Taryl))) I was hoping this labor would progress easier for you, after all you went through with the girls. You are doing awesome. Take care of yourself and rest as much as possible. The good part about having been through this prodromal drama twice before? You know you can handle it. You are a strong mama!
I'm so sorry your dealing with this type of labor again. Has to be frustrating but at least you know what is going on and sound like you have a plan of action for the near future. Wishing you all the the extra rest and relaxation possible.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Boo for prodromal labor! Sounds like you've got a great OB though and a really good plan of action if things don't pick up on their own!
I've been really crampy this afternoon, though not with any really noticeable tightening accompanying it. I hope that means he's nice and low and applying some cervical pressure. I am just hanging out this afternoon and thinking of trying to go on a walk later to see if that gets things moving. I'm also out of a surprising number of groceries, so a trip to the store may well be in order.
Have fun at the grocery store!
You are awesome for dealing with the prodromal labour. I don't know how you do it and you are still way more positivie than I would be.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Uh, prodromal labor sucks... actually, not so much as the constant ups and downs that go with it - i.e. hey, this could be it! Guess not... Oh! This could be it!...etc...
Hang in there, it can't last forever (though it probably seems like it)!
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More cramps tonight, it feels more like indigestion than contractions but my belly is tight - still, I am gassy too (tmi ) so who knows. I am upping my mental alert level nonetheless, since these picked up after I walked around the grocery store. I'm eating something and drinking a bunch of water to see if that affects them.
On the upside, I took a nap this afternoon for an hour and a half or so, so if these do keep me awake and not go anywhere I should be less of a zombie
My MIL is a doula and massage therapist, and she fully believes this: "Cervical dilation and effacement are produced from vertical fibers in a relaxed woman. Stress causes horizontal and vertical fibers to contract, creating non-productive first stage labor." [Osborne-Sheets, C. Pre-and Perinatal Massage Therapy. Body Therapy Associates, 1998.] When she has a mom in prodromal labor, she keys in on stress-relief massage points along iwth relaxation aromatherapy, she suggests a dose of Bach's Rescue Remedy and/or a glass of wine and/or warm bath to relax and, if it's OK with the OB or midwife, some Benadryl or Unisom to help mom get some decent sleep. She also sends the DH & kids away, because sometimes their energy is what is keeping mom from letting herself fully enter labor.
There's also a line of thinking that prodromal labor is the result of too little prostaglandin, which you alluded to last night. If you have some EPO or grapefruit seed oil or castor oil, keep applying it vaginally many times a day & also take it orally. I hope you don't have much more of this!
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Well I am definitely getting time to relax in the evenings, at least, my husband has been such a trooper in taking over for me, and I don't feel particularly stressed aside from the false alarms and just wanting it all to be over, but I'll try to consciously reduce stress - it can't hurt. I've been getting prenatal massage with my weekly chiropractic, though it is more focused on working out specific tension that is torquing my pelvis it does help me relax.
Some diphenhydramine to sleep may be a good idea, I am finding myself really restless since the evening is when my contractions pick up the most, and last night I (stupidly) was craving coffee before bed! Given that I have a caffeine sensitivity, this wasn't the best plan I've ever had
I haven't been having as much 'fun' prostaglandin time as I was hoping, since my husband is so wiped out, so I may suck it up and apply some EPO vaginally anyway, vie been considering it, it can't hurt!
Some contractions this morning but nothing to write home about. Clearly the full moon last night didn't do it for me. My doula is leaving town Sunday night until right before my due date, so I am just praying and praying I go into labor today or tomorrow, but I don't have a lot of hope for either. I'll be pleasantly surprised if I do, and try not to be too annoyed if I don't. Her backup is supposed to be wonderful, but I am familiar with one and not the other, so in labor I'd rather go with the known quantity, you know?
Time to get the kids up and figure out what breakfast is supposed to be today
Checking in on you. I was really hoping you had went already. Boo. I really hope that today/tomorrow is it for you. Prodomal labor is just no fun!
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.