Getting close! Eeek!

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Getting close! Eeek!

Eventful appointment. I was in so much pain just walking from the waiting area to the exam room so the nurse decided I should probably be checked again and I agreed.

BP was 120/80. Had trouble finding HB -- it was a little higher than normal. I freaked at first because yesterday I was sure he had turned breech. But he's still head down although his head isn't as low as it seemed before. Dr. Said its still floating.

Dilated to 3cm now. Told him I wasn't sure if I was having really contractions or what. So he decided to put me on the NST machine to see. The first nurse out the monitor way too high so I was getting one steady number. Another nurse moved it down a few inches and bam, we started seeing some rise and fall. From my reading the numbers themselves don't mean anything but for fellow number crunchers, my baseline was 10 and a few contractions peaked at 45. Most went to 23.

Dr. Says they are real contractions and to go home and get in bed and take a nap because I need to rest. He said he wouldn't be surprised if full on labor picks up within 2-3 days. Eeeeeek.

So now I'm trying to split my brain to embrace both the idea of him coming this weekend and the reality that it is possible to go on this way for another week or two.

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Oh my, I hear ya on needing to split your line of thinking! Sounds like you might be sooner rather than later though.

I thought my little girl might come soon based on how I felt during week 36 but this week I feel like she's in no hurry. It's so crazy to think of going close to 40 weeks though since I've never been close before but I really think it might happen. My expectation right now is...anything can happen! Wink

Hope some rest calms things down for you. But if not I hope they pick up and things just get a move on. I can't imagine being stuck in the discomfort of ongoing contractions for days on end. :bighug:

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Hoping your body makes a decision one way or the other - either seeing the baby soon or your body calming down and letting you be more comfortable for a bit longer. :vibes: Lots of luck either way!

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Wow! Crazy appt. I'm SO glad he didn't flip. Ever since your message yesterday I have been worried for you!

Glad the contractions are doing some good though. Biggrin

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Exciting! It won't be much longer - really at most I think you're probably looking at a week. Smile

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I am sooooooooo frustrated!

we went to a picnic today and I was having contractions steadily. A few were so painful I felt like crying. We left and went home and now they are back to mild/barely noticeable. How long can this go on???? And I am never going to know when it's real at this rate because I'll always be sure it's going to taper off again. I'm praying and praying my water breaks or I will never know its real.

I just want to cry. I know every day he stays in is better but seriously, I'm getting so exhausted by this.

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:bighug: I can imagine that is so hard to deal with. I don't have any advice but sorry you're experiencing all this.

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I was kind of like that for 2 weeks before labor came with this one. Honestly, you will know! Smile For labor this time they kept coming regularly and were stronger then they had been, but I could still walk and talk through them. I was waiting for more. I wasn't positive it was really it. Still, I told my husband it "might be time" and I had my friend who was going to watch the kids aware that she might need to come. Everyone was ready if it was time. All of a sudden (within like 5 minutes time), I went from tolerating them, to "I can't walk through these, and if an epidural was available I'd take one right now!" That's when I knew it was the real deal. 2.5 hours later I was holding my baby.

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Things were so intense at the cookout that I was just sure. I was thinking "if this is just early labor, I'm never going to get through the later parts" and I started crying. I told Jon we needed to go home so I could have an hour or two to see what was happening and as soon as we got home, it slowed down to a minor contraction here and there. I'm just so annoyed!!!!!!! I'd be perfectly happy to wait another week but not feeling like this!

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Oh Chelle, I sorry!! That has got to be beyond frustrating, not to mention just plain energy taxing... Sad I sure hope this baby decides to come in the next day or two!! The end is definitely in sight, just hope it's sooner then later.

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I feel you completely. Prodromal labor is kicking my butt right now and it's only been going on for 2 days.

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I've been having random panic attacks over having three kids. I don't know why. I grew up in a three kid household, that's what is normal to me! But anyway, I have started suspecting that perhaps these panic attacks are holding my body back from doing what it needs to do. I told Jon this and without another word, he was on the phone arranging a sitter and took me out for ice cream. I totally let loose and cried and told hhim every single thing I was anxious about and we talked through it all. Then he reminded me of how bad things were when tori was born. (New city, no friends, hadnt found a church, we were dirt poor, and my health was bad plus Jon worked nights so I was alone will Miss Cranky Pants every night). And now our lives are so different--a million times better. And this baby is going to be born into such a better situation. Jon saying all that just seriously made me feel so much better. I felt my entire body start to relax.

Who knows if it'll help labor but at least my mind isn't all crazy and anxious now. Smile

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What an awesome husband! I'm glad you were able to talk and get your feelings out there.

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Aweeeee, your hubby is so sweet for taking you out like that! I hope it helped ease your mind.

I've been thinking all this time that it's not stress and worry holding me up. Well, until I read your post. Now I remembered I'm really stressed about the DSD situation. Part of my breakdown last Thursday was about DSD coming....I spoke to hubby about it and he doesn't get it. He pretty much thinks I'm making it a bigger deal than it is. So ya. Ugh. There's no is I'm going to be able to let that go. I'm going to be pg forever. Sad

That said, your situation IS different. You have overcome so much already. You can do this. You are a wonderful mom! So caring and involved. *hugs*