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waitingimpatiently614's picture
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3cm!

i had my weekly midwife appointment this morning. they usually don't do "checks" but she decided to check me because i was having contractions while i was there that were 5 min. apart and intense enough that i had to sort of rock and breathe through them. i was 3cm and 75% effaced, and she said my cervix was very soft and stretchy to the point that she could stretch it to 4cm. baby girl is head down and sort of facing sideways and tending toward being posterior, so she told me to spend 5 min. of every hour on my hands and knees to try to encourage baby to rotate around to anterior. she even offered to let me go from her clinic to the L&D triage area to see if things would progress, but i opted to come home because i just had a feeling it wasn't "the real thing" yet. and sure enough, contractions have died down this afternoon. i'm still having them, but they are less intense and not coming at consistent intervals anymore. my midwife predicted i would have the baby within the next day or two, but i just don't know. i've been having these episodes of intense, regular contractions since sunday. on two occasions, they've gotten down to 3 min. apart and really intense, so i start throwing last minute things in my hospital bag and telling DH we need to leave soon, and then they fizzle out. Sad it's kind of been an emotional rollercoaster and physically exhausting. i feel like i've been in labor for 3 days, but i'm still pregnant.

i'm trying to just keep a positive attitude and accept that she'll come when the time is right! hopefully sooner than later. Smile my MIL is flying in tomorrow evening, so that's good.

lmh101979's picture
Joined: 07/05/09
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That's so frustrating! You have an awesome attitude and I know that will go a long way to making things easier. I think she will come once your MIL is there and ready to help out. Smile KUP!

amyrenee's picture
Joined: 07/11/11
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Sounds like your little one will be here sooner rather than later! I had my weekly midwife appt today too, but they don't perform checks so I have no idea whether things are moving or not. I have been having contractions most of the day (mostly irregular) along with menstrual type cramps, but not sure if the cramps are just a normal part of the end of pregnancy. Anyway, hang in there!

IzzysMama's picture
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Sounds like you're really close no matter what! I guess think of the 3 cm as a head start...?

Sassy112704's picture
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Nice!!! Sounds like you ar progressing well. Smile

socalmama's picture
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You're getting so close!! I bet she'll be here VERY soon. Smile

waitingimpatiently614's picture
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"IzzysMama" wrote:

I guess think of the 3 cm as a head start...?

that's exactly what i'm thinking! with DS1, i labored for 16 hrs at home and when we finally went to the hospital i was only 3 cm, so to be to that point already is really encouraging!

last night was another rough night of pacing through contractions but they died out around 4am. oh well. i didn't really want a leap day baby anyway. Wink

StarGazer78's picture
Joined: 09/11/11
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That's something that you've had these contractions for so long. I haven't felt anything yet, not even Braxton Hicks ones. How are you doing today?

waitingimpatiently614's picture
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once again, i really thought i was in active labor this morning. contractions started at 6am and by 8am 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 (i.e. crying for no apparent reason), so DH insisted i at least go to the clinic to get checked out. we got there around 10am, contractions were still coming but not quite as intense, so i had a feeling it wasn't "the real thing." sure enough, i was still 3cm. but she did say i was 90% effaced. my next appointment is tuesday, so if i make it to that, she'll strip my membranes.

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 had no idea it would be a week-long ordeal with all these false alarms. pretty discouraging...

StarGazer78's picture
Joined: 09/11/11
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I've heard a few people who mentioned their second child took longer to labor than their first (I was one of them! My mom said though it was because I was a "dry" birth and the pain was so much worse than the first too!) But don't be discouraged, she'll be here before you know it!