Anyone know if it is possible to feel the pain of true labor contractions ONLY in the back? I have been having some serious back pain since around lunchtime and I can't seem to relieve it whatever I do... I sent DH to the drug store for a heating pad.
Brown discharge/mucus has changed today from brown to pink and red. Not a lot, but there.
I've never had back labor, but I know three women IRL who barely made it to the hospital because their "backache" turned out to be real labor. One was my mom; she'd been induced with me & she told my grandma that the pain wasn't anything like she'd experienced the first time, it was just a backache. Luckily my grandma started timing them & told her that backaches don't come every 4 minutes. If it's a steady pain, or if it comes & goes with your movement, then I'd say it's probably a nerve. Try some prenatal yoga positions and/or spinning babies posterior baby positioning to help. If it comes & goes regularly regardless of your movements, then it might be labor; start timing them & see if there's a pattern. Back labor tends to happen when baby is in a poor position, so definitely check spinning babies.
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I had a friend who nearly gave birth at home with her first because of back labor. Hers was constant too and it didn't come in waves just intensified throughout the day as her labor progressed. I would say try the heating pad first and maybe get on your hands and knees to see if baby is in a bad position. If it is labor then getting on your hands and knees should get baby in a a better position causing front contractions. It worked for my posterior baby, though my stinker baby wouldn't stay anterior no matter what I tried.
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
How are you doing? I wonder if your absence means you are in active labour and about to have your baby. Either way, I hope you and baby are doing well. Can't wait to hear an update!
Just checking in on you.
Like others have said too could be labor just in your back. I also have a friend that labors like that and then by the time she gets to the hospital she is pushing baby out. She said the back ache was constant as well so she didn't think it was labor.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Nope, no action yet. Had a horrible night of not-sleep. Between the back pain and DH snoring (OMG!!!) I just couldn't get much rest at all!
Went out and walked for about an hour this morning. Definitely felt the contractions while I was walking... maybe about 5-6 minutes apart even, but at a pain level of only about 4 or 5. As soon as I got home and sat down, I stopped noticing them at all. The back pain persists, but it is more of a constant... although it hurt more when there was also a contraction, but EVERYTHING hurt more when there was a contraction! So I don't know what to think. Been hearing lots of horror stories about women who back labor and barely make it to the hospital because they didn't realize it was true labor. I still do not feel like I am in true labor...
I am going to go try to lie down and rest for a while. If for some reason things do pick up anytime soon, I will need all the rest I can get, right?
Love the pics. How are you doing today?
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
I am doing all right today! Got a decent night's sleep since DH went and slept in DD's room (DD slept with me, but at least she doesn't snore!)
Woke up cramping at 4am and thought something was actually starting. But it was a constant cramping (not a start and stop like a contraction should be). I finally got up and had a bowl of cereal. The cramping went away around 5:30 and I went back to sleep. So it must have been something else entirely. But that is really the first crampy feeling I have had!
The back pain has also gone away, as has the bleeding/spotting. So I don't know what to think. My doula is also stumped. She keeps telling me something is about to happen and then nothing does and the "symptoms" disappear. I can say I am feeling tremendous amounts of pressure "down there" and continual BH type contractions--especially when standing/walking. I have been walking as much as possible and also trying to do the hands and knees stuff several times a day.
Still have a few days until my actual due date... I am just feeling more and more nervous because I know this baby is getting big. Just doing my best to trust in my body that regardless of how big he gets, I will still be more than capable of delivering him naturally!