One of the key things I've come across a few times is that as daytime mammals we're most likely to give birth at night when we're in our safe place surrounded by our species and our natural predators are also asleep. We're also unlikely to go into labour at times of stress, so for example, other mammals won't labour mid-migration, they will wait until they stop in safety and comfort! In the same way, I think working is likely to delay things due to stress, discomfort, etc.
Now get through the next few days in work and then take it easy!
Thanks emma! Yeah I think just the stress being lifted has kicked things into gear a little. And the fact that my mom is giving me solid advice. I was getting so frustrated that every little cramp and back ache didn't mean labor but my mom told me that its my body trying to do a little at a time instead of me just being thrown into pain and chaos. So now I have a definitive date to look forward to and I am so happy every time I feel something because I know it means progress. So with that mindset I had some crazy BH's contractions to the point where my mom thought they might be real ones. I went home and bounced on the ball some but they got super intense so I laid down on the couch and they went away. Oh well, its progress
Location: I live in Southern California. Its no Rocky Mountains but hey.
Hi ladies- mammy I'm glad you get to keep going for another week to possibly labor on your own and starting to lose your plug is a great sign!
Emma-lets hope none of us go too far past 40... also the tidbit about giving birth in the night is very interesting!
Jbell- I am happy to be a bitchy buddy with you!!! And I feel the same way with every twitch... kinda like I want it to happen already.
Its funny that at the end of pregnancy we are looking for the same things as the beginning... twinges and cramps, blood, mucus etc. Its really funny to think about!
AFM- my AFI went up! Anjelica is healthy and thriving... still head down though not yet engaged... we will check it again next week along with my dilation (fyi mil thinks I will have her the 18th). I am having extreme increases in mucus and potty breaks plus I am exhausted 94% of the time... also as of last night(and according to DH) I am making whimpering moaning pains in my sleep. I woke myself up this morning with a 28 second contraction(from when I started counting) and have had 3 more throughout the day. I am hopeinfg I am not one of those women who is stuck in early labor for a week before it evolves!
My doc says she loves winter because in summer spontaneous births tend to occur so the lady comes in to hospital between 1-3 am and may give birth at 4-7 am and then my doc has to go into the surgery for the routine appointments. In winter she said most people head in 8-10 pm and she's tucked up asleep in bed by 1am!
So glad for you about your AFI!
I have nothing exciting to report! No plug, just period pain type pains but constant, a few BH, baby hurting me so much when he moves at times... Must hang on until next Saturday night at least - not that I want to!
Emma I feel the same as you! My braxton hicks have really ramped up the past two days. Yesterday they were crazy intense and today during 3rd and 5th period I was like whoa I really need to sit down. I really hope baby doesn't come too late.
Sasha I totally agree with you. Its so crazy, its almost like a "full circle" type thing!
Haha I also love that this is turning into a symptom spotting thread!! We have come full circle!
So excited that your having some contractions Sasha! She may be the first baby for the group!!
Jbell I have read that when BH ramp up its a really good sign of pre labor!! How exciting!
Emma your symptoms still sound promising!!! Period cramps is a wonderful indication!!
I have felt like crap for 24 hours with a continuous headache and mild nausea.. Also have had soft stools and borderline diarrhea for 3 days now- apparently that's also a pre labour sign?? Who knows!! Discharge is also on the increase (tmi sorry) - I had some yesterday that was thick mucus and perhaps the start of my plug? Not sure..
Lol, no queue jumping now girls only kidding! Can't wait until baby number 1 makes an appearance and we can all hear all about it
I was saying on another thread how ironic it was that you spend 9 months praying not to see blood when you wipe then suddenly you want to see some blood to see your bloody show lol!
My pains have also ramped up a gear, I had to stop and breathe through one in the supermarket yesterday which got me some great looks from people and I continue to lose tiny bits of plug everyday although they're not bloody anymore. I think mine isn't going to come in one big chunk, it's just going to be bit-by-bit. (Yuck, tmi! Lol)
JBell - I can't believe you're still teaching! You're doing fab! In the uk they would have ushered me out of the classroom by now lol although we are on half term so DH is home to keep me company which is lovely!
What's everyone doing to pass the time now? I fel it's dragging a bit now so DH and I have decided to catch up on Downton Abbey (not sure if the non-uk girls will have heard of it but its fab!) we always meant to watch it but hadn't so we've gone right back to the start and it's working wonders to take my mind off things! Xx
Haha I'm so relieved I'm not the only one waiting/wanting any sign that labour is approaching! I kind of hope to see a bit of plug or something at each (frequent!) toilet trip but nothing to report
I have finally finished work, big YAY! I couldn't have coped another week so timed it just right.
Haha mammy sounds a good plan, my 2 weeks will be spent watching crap chick flicks an I may try catching up on that breaking bad series everyone is raving about!
I had a good chat with DH this morning as he's been really quiet and I thought totally uninterested. Turns out all he gets at work all day is parental advice from colleagues so by the time he gets home he just doesn't want to talk about baby stuff any more. I totally understand this as I got totally sick of the same questions and advice in my work. I just explained that the one person I want to talk to about junior is him so hopefully he'll be a bit more enthusiastic now.....
I'm also having a bit of a freak out as I have everything ready and packed so now all I can do is wait. It's all suddenly become very real. Anyone starting to feel reality hitting home?
Location: I live in Southern California. Its no Rocky Mountains but hey.
CAUTION- this may be insensitive as I am not referencing any of what you ladies have said but I am very tired and need to get this off my chest!
DH and I had a fight tonight as he disappeared for 5 hours and came home sloshed. He has been increasingly more withdrawn though he doesn't notice it and says he spends every waking moment with me... in reality he spends what time he has for errands in the morning (our time?) then goes to work and comes home to say he wants to watch tv or spend time with his brother. I have multiple times requested a night out or time without tv as we only have a limited time before we have a new center of the universe and it won't be just us anymore. Anyhow we got into this huge argument and when I finally fell asleep I dreamed that I went into labor and called a cab, I didn't tell dh that it was happening I went through the labor by myself and right after I gave birth I said "I don't want to see her... just give her away."
I woke up in a panic and a sweat, bawling my eyes out and feeling awful! What kind of a mom dreams that sort of thing???? Its not something I have ever even considered... don't get me wrong I think adoption is a great option for some people but I want to be a mom and I love my baby so much so why this dream??? Am I really so angry with dh that I imagine giving up our child? I am so freaked out and upset with myself as I never would have thought myself capable of such destructive images. I feel so rotten and undeserving of my baby girl right now and I hate this feeling. My heart has plummeted and I can't seem to get it back to feeling right.
I woke dh to talk about it but he is recovering from the alcohol and kept repeating "its a dream, go to sleep" as if I don't need reassurance and comforting.
Again I'm sorry I didn't reference or acknowledge anyone elses thoughts... just needed to get this out... I promise I will reference your life events after I get some sleep and I am so sorry to be so selfish right now, just freaking out a bit.
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