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For the past few weeks I have been feeling pretty good contractions none that ever get into a good pattern, ( that has never happened to me until I hit transition anyway). With my DD I had preterm labor and was on bed rest for like 7 weeks, and then with my DS I started to dilate and efface early but was never put on bed rest. Anyway since I have the history I am always a bit paranoid about PTL. I mentioned what was going on to my OB at my last visit and she had me do a NST which did not pick up any of my contractions, which I felt a few while there. So I think she just dismissed me as being paranoid and left it at that. I know something has been going on down there I can feel it. I know it has been almost 7 years since my last baby, but still. So since I am a previous student midwife I do know how to check myself so I decided to today and, HOLY CRAP!!! I am like 80% effaced my cervix is soooooo soft and I am about 2 cm dilated!!!! Ugh, I knew I wasn't crazy!! I am not too worried yet because the exact same thing happened with both of my other kids and they came at 40 and 37 weeks. But still there is that little piece of me that worries and says to take it easy. I am def mentioning this to my OB on my appt on Wed. I am sure she will think I am crazy but I will tell her she can check for herself!! It is exciting to know that my body is making a move in the right direction and that all this pain and discomfort is accomplishing something!!!

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I wish I knew how to check my own.....I can't tell what's what in there, it all feels the same!
I remember with my last, I was at 2cm for a long time!! Have you mentioned that to your doctor??

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Wow! Yeah, make her check you next time. I am surprised she went straight to the NST without doing a cervical check before. When I mentioned my frequent painful BH contrax to my MW, she just checked me and that was it. I wasn't dilating and my cervix still felt thick, so we left it at that. I've definitely had 3-4 contractions so far that felt "real" and felt like they were doing something, but totally randomly. Had to stop and breathe through a couple and was scared there for a minute, but never turned into anything. I definitely feel like my body is preparing for something to happen sooner than later. The baby just keeps getting lower and lower. Today I had a woman who is participating in a training I'm coordinating ask me if I thought I would make it to my due date, because I looked like it could be any day. I'm not sure exactly what her job is, but it involves working with pregnant women so she has some kind of clue. My belly is measuring right on track and the midwives seem pretty confident about when I'm due, but for my own reasons, I'm still vaguely suspicious I might be further along than I think. How scary is that??? What if I have a baby on June 2 instead of July 2! Surprise! Smile Anyway. Sorry to hijack. And be careful. Don't mess around if you start having regular contractions...these little guys need to bake a little bit longer yet!

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wow! Thats crazy that your body is changing like that already!

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I never have regular contractions until I hit transition at 7-8 cm. I have always done the dialte and efface for like 2 months before hand then I hit transition and BAM! I have a baby pretty shortly after. Which I honestly appriciate I have soooooooo much respect for women that hard labor for hours on end, I don't know how you guys do it! So I am not too worried. It is just weird that it is all happening all ready! I will have my OB order a fetal fibronectin test, (which tells the likely hood that I would go into labor in the next 2 weeks) at my appt on Thurs just to be safe Smile But I think my body is just doing it normal prodromal labor (early labor that lasts FOREVER lol) thing.........

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Cool. Of course you know your body better than anyone, and I think if there were reason to worry you would feel worried. Really, you only have 8 weeks until you are full term, so it could totally just be the long process getting started. I have fast labors too, only without the prodromal part (or at least I'm not aware of contractions if I'm having them), so it is like 0-60, and my early labor is short and easy and then it's transition time and BAM, game on. Definitely quite a whirlwind, but like you I am still grateful to have short labors, even if it means a couple hours that are really intense. I am very pro-natural birth, but then it's like, "easy for me to say" because I've never had a long, hard labor. Exciting that your body is already getting ready! Makes it seem so much more real.

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"carissar" wrote:

I never have regular contractions until I hit transition at 7-8 cm. I have always done the dialte and efface for like 2 months before hand then I hit transition and BAM! I have a baby pretty shortly after. Which I honestly appriciate I have soooooooo much respect for women that hard labor for hours on end, I don't know how you guys do it! So I am not too worried. It is just weird that it is all happening all ready! I will have my OB order a fetal fibronectin test, (which tells the likely hood that I would go into labor in the next 2 weeks) at my appt on Thurs just to be safe Smile But I think my body is just doing it normal prodromal labor (early labor that lasts FOREVER lol) thing.........

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With all 3 of my previous pregnancies I have had pre term contractions (starting at 30, 28, and 24 weeks). With my first 2 I had fetal fib tests every couple of weeks... each coming back Neg.... even one at 34 weeks with my 2nd who was born at 36 weeks. I never did make progress on my own with my 1st, and with my 2nd I didnt start doing any changing till my water broke on its own. With my last, the fetal fib came back pos. at 33 weeks. I had been in the labor and delivery unit that sunday, and treated like I was crazy when I swore something was up. That friday is when I got the call that my fetal fib had come back pos. Went in, got the steroid shot for DD's lungs, and an ultrasound which showed that my cervix had started to shorten... but not much. Then, that evening, my contractions got stronger (I was on strict bed rest at this point), went in, and sure enough, I had started to dilate.

Long story short, even with a pos. fetal fib test, I ended up having to be induced 3 weeks later. A pos. fetal fib test does not guarantee that you will go into labor in the next 2 weeks. Infact, if your cervix is changing at all, it probably will come back positive.

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I think the FFN is a good idea if it's not a big cost to you. (Mine are $112 each time. Yuck.) At least if it comes back negative then you know you can relax a little. Of course, if it comes back positive, it will just leave you wondering! But it might be a sign for you to take it easy, even if it really doesn't mean you will go into labor.

My body did the opposite last time. I had a lot of episodes of contracting a lot, starting at about 20 weeks. Every time they checked my cervix (by sonogram), it was still long and closed. It stayed that way until I went into labor at 36 weeks and by the time I got to the hospital, I was 3cm and 90% effaced. It happened fast! So, they are still checking mine relatively often this time but part of me knows that it could change at anytime. I just hope my body goes to term this time!

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"Kayla1981" wrote:

I think the FFN is a good idea if it's not a big cost to you. (Mine are $112 each time. Yuck.) At least if it comes back negative then you know you can relax a little. Of course, if it comes back positive, it will just leave you wondering! But it might be a sign for you to take it easy, even if it really doesn't mean you will go into labor.

Exactly! The FFN is not a for sure thing but can help give an idea. I had a + one at 26 weeks with my DD and was put on bed rest and she still came at 40 weeks. I had - ones with my DS and he came at 37 weeks, but for me it is a good indicator to take it easy. Which I need that reminder sometimes Smile

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Cool. Of course you know your body better than anyone, and I think if there were reason to worry you would feel worried. Really, you only have 8 weeks until you are full term, so it could totally just be the long process getting started. I have fast labors too, only without the prodromal part (or at least I'm not aware of contractions if I'm having them), so it is like 0-60, and my early labor is short and easy and then it's transition time and BAM, game on. Definitely quite a whirlwind, but like you I am still grateful to have short labors, even if it means a couple hours that are really intense. I am very pro-natural birth, but then it's like, "easy for me to say" because I've never had a long, hard labor. Exciting that your body is already getting ready! Makes it seem so much more real.

6 weeks until I am "full" term, but who is counting Wink I am with you I would much rather have the few intense hours than 20 hours of hard labor. I actually was a doula at a birth that was 63 hrs long!!!!! And she was in hard labor that entire time the poor thing. All natrual at home birth with a beautiful healthy baby and mom, but man did I feel for her!!