feel like i'm running a marathon!

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feel like i'm running a marathon!

just looking to vent to some ladies who can sympathize...i feel like i've been in labor for the past 2 days! i'm exhausted and still pregnant. i've had lots of "practice" contractions the last few weeks, but they never settled into a pattern or were intense enough to interfere with my daily life. but saturday night i woke up with painful contractions and had to pace the living room for 3-4 hours. they were 5 minutes apart but eventually fizzled out around 5am sunday morning. then sunday afternoon, they started up again around 2pm and by 4pm they were consistently 3 min apart. again, i had to be pacing and focusing on breathing through them. i even put DS1 in front of sesame street (DH was at work) and listened to my "easy first stage" hypnobabies CD. i was so sure labor was starting! DH got home from work around 7pm, and they were still going at 3 min apart, but not intense enough to make me want to go to the hospital. so, i continued to deal with them while watching the oscars and they persisted until midnight at which point they had weakened enough that i decided to try to sleep. i fell asleep around 1am, but then was awakened at 5am this morning with VERY intense contractions that continued until about 7am. during that time, i was throwing some last minute things in my hospital bag, taking a shower, etc. so excited thinking i would be having a baby today. but, again, they fizzled out by 8am, and we just went on with our day as usual. at 4pm today, they started up again, and are still coming every few minutes, although i am not really timing them because i'm just tired of it all. i don't think i can handle another night of only 4 hrs sleep and wondering if i'm in labor! what is going on???

one theory i have is that baby girl is posterior, so all these contractions aren't being very effective in getting her to move down and out. my MW said she was posterior at my appointment last tuesday, and i have another appointment in the morning, so we'll see. i have been trying all the suggested positions for getting a posterior baby to turn.

but, really, i just don't know what my body is doing with all this off-and-on. these aren't BH contractions. they remind of how i felt when i was well into active labor with DS1. on a positive note, i am getting a lot of practice using my hypnobabies techniques! and DH is off work now for a few days, so he has been helpful with DS1 today and letting me rest. i just wish i knew if birth was imminent, or if this is going to continue for weeks. my MIL is flying in 5 days from now to be with DS1 while we are at the hospital, and she keeps offering to move her flight up and come as soon as tomorrow or wednesday, but i don't know what to tell her!

Marite13's picture
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Ooh, that's tough! Good for you for trying to get baby in good position... and just doing the best you can. I can only imagine that you are very tired. I don't really have any advice, except the cliche, try to rest as much as you can, even if it is just between contractions... My guess is baby will be here sooner rather than later... sending you strength and patience to get through it!

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That sounds frustrating and exhausting. Can you have your MW check you to see if anything is happening dilation-wise? This could be a blessing in disguise if you are dilating slowly now and things will go quickly and easily when the real deal hits. If your contractions are 3 min apart, I'd probably go and get checked, you can always just go home. Mine were 3-4 min apart with DS and I waited to go because I still felt OK, and we ended up having to rush to the hospital during transition, which was not so fun. Especially if you are using Hypnobabies, you may not feel the contrax to be as painful as you'd expect, even though they are doing their job. That was my experience. In any case, it sounds like you will have your baby any day, so if I were you I'd have your MIL come now, even if she just ends up taking care of your DS while you are dealing with contractions (or sleeping), it would still be helpful.

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"acqualin21" wrote:

In any case, it sounds like you will have your baby any day, so if I were you I'd have your MIL come now, even if she just ends up taking care of your DS while you are dealing with contractions (or sleeping), it would still be helpful.

Just wanted to agree with this! It sounds like you need help and rest now whether the actual baby is still a few days off or not...my guess is not, though, but even so, if you have the option of getting some respite to concentrate on yourself now, go for it!

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thanks, ladies. my MIL decided to fly in tomorrow, and i'm so glad. i had my regular, weekly MW appt this morning, and even though they normally don't do "checks," she decided to check me because i was actively having contractions while i was there that were 5 min apart and requiring me to sort of rock and breathe to get through them. i was 3cm, stretchy to 4cm, and 75-85% effaced. she said i am experiencing "extended early labor," which made me feel better 'cause that just sounds more productive than "false labor" or "practice contractions." Smile she even offered to let me stay and walk the halls of the hospital (her clinic is in the hospital) and get checked again in the clinic in a couple hours, but i opted to go home. and right now, the contractions are still just 5 min apart, and seem to be alternating between more intense and pretty weak, so i'm expecting them to fizzle out again. my MW warned me things could progress quickly once active labor fully kicks in, so not to hesitate to come back when i notice that "shift." i hope i'll recognize it when the time comes! for now, i'll just wait and try to rest.

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Oh, how frustrating! Have you tried Rebozo Shifting? I know it sounds really illogical when you're trying to get baby to move down, but sometimes getting baby up out of the pelvis can help with poor positioning. Have DH stand behind you, maybe even on a stool if he's not taller than you, and wrap a towel or heavy scarf under your belly. Then have him pull up & back on it, and maybe even jiggle your belly slightly side to side. Then you get down on hands & knees for a while to help encourage baby to turn anterior. I used to have a video bookmarked but it's coming up as a bad link.

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Any updates?

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well, once again, i really thought i was in labor this morning. woke up at 6am with strong contractions and by 8am they were 3 min. apart. plus, i was nauseated, shaky, having hot flashes (i went out in the snowy weather without a coat because i couldn't stand how hot it felt in our house), and super hormonal (crying for no apparent reason). DH insisted that i at least let him take me to the MW clinic to get checked since i didn't want to go to L&D. we got to the clinic around 10am, and sure enough, i was still just 3 cm. but she did say i was 90% effaced. also, my BP was a little high (130/85), which they attributed to being in pain and weren't concerned about. but my BP has been very low throughout this pregnancy until today, so that's weird to me. it was hard to come back home knowing that i hadn't made any official "progress." we took a long walk around the neighborhood, which felt good. and contractions are still coming, but overall i'm feeling better than i did this morning, and i'm able to function (play with DS1, etc.) despite the discomfort. so we'll just keep waiting and try to be patient!

i just really thought since this was my 2nd pregnancy, i would be in labor for a few hours and then push out a baby. i never expected this week-long ordeal with so many false starts. pretty discouraging. DH has declared that our baby girl is "already a drama queen." Smile

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Oh, man...I really feel for you. I thought my 24 hour labor was bad! You are doing an INCREDIBLE job of hanging in there...and effacement is definitely progress. ((((hugs)))) I know it doesn't feel like it now, but remember, that baby IS coming soon, and this really will all be a distant memory...

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Ugh, that sounds like no fun, and it sounds like real labor. I'm glad you are getting breaks at least. It can't be long now, and I bet once things get going you dilate quickly and your actual active labor is fast. Are you still doing things to help the baby get into the right position? Hang in there!

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yeah, i'm still trying to spend some time on hands and knees periodically throughout the day, and definitely when i'm having contractions to encourage her to rotate anterior. for the most part, i can feel her back along the left side of my belly, so she's not totally posterior. i'm also trying to avoid sitting in a reclined position and instead lie on my side sorta leaning toward my belly a little when i am resting.

i was up again last night for a couple hours with regular contractions...it's just becoming the routine now. and today my pubic bone is really hurting, like maybe she changed position a little or dropped down a little more, because it feels like there's a weight pressing on it.

during the day for the last couple days i've just been trying to distract myself as much as possible...taking DS1 on outings with MIL's help, walking around the mall, walking to the park, etc.

baby girl will come when she's ready....i just have to keep telling myself that. i told DH i am not gonna say anything else to him about thinking i'm in labor until either my water breaks or there's a head coming out! Smile

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I had a dream the other night that you had your baby. Don't know how or why, because I don't know your face, and I don't remember your name unless I'm looking at your siggy... but it was you, and you had her. Smile I hope it happens soon for you! It sounds like you are really doing the best you can!