Sodding latent phase

(134 Posts)
Tiredtrout Tue 23-Apr-13 11:30:18

I know I'm only 37+5, I know I'm still working but and it's a very big one at the moment, I measured my waist, I'm 50 inches around when I'm only 63 inches tall in total.

Everyone keeps commenting at work on my size, my feet are swollen to the point where it's painful to walk, the chairs at work are uncomfortable, I'm up half the night because by the time I've managed to get up to the toilet I can't get back to sleep, I have constant back pain, my boobs hurt and I'm having good contractions with pressure down below for a few hours at a time at 7 minutes apart and a minute in length.

Why won't this baby just get out now?

I will continue now looking happy and serene after getting that out but seriously this is totally beyond funny now

Tiredtrout Sat 04-May-13 23:00:56

I'm still bloody stopping and starting, 39+2 I had a show Thursday, waters trickling since Friday. Crampy and heavy all morning today, went for a walk, 6 hours of good contractions and now they stop again. It's do frustrating I just want it over with now

WildeRumpus Sun 05-May-13 08:07:50

Am in a similar boat trout! Am 38+5 and have been having really awful period pain turning into contractions for nearly two weeks. Every time after hours of pain it just stops. Bah.

At least your waters have gone, that is a great sign. Did you ought to let a mw know they have gone because of infection risk?

Am crampy again this morning so guess am in for another exhausting day unable to really go anywhere for grimacing and needing to pace about. Am so happy to have a happy baby in there but jeez, this is hard work.

Good luck, hope your lo comes soon! smile

Tiredtrout Sun 05-May-13 11:29:45

Midwives came out Friday, said they would most likely want to induce me today but when I phoned today they decided that as I'm a home birth and so close to a proper labour with all of this babies shenanigans they want to let it carry on as I am on.

Good luck Wilde, think happy dilating thoughts

PregnantPain Sun 05-May-13 11:43:53

39+3 here and going crazy too. No proper contractions though or waters just pointless tightenings and slight braxton hicks, I want things to get going already!

StiffyByng Sun 05-May-13 15:15:11

Good luck, Trout. I had a long latent phase too although no broken waters so no time limit other than 42 weeks speeding towards me. I did inversions hanging off the sofa to get the head right into position - might be worth trying?

WildeRumpus Sun 05-May-13 19:52:18

Ah, am down for a homebirth too so guess I will also be left to it! I won't mind at all when the baby is here smile. Is reassuring your mws are happy to leave you be, I keep having paranoid thoughts my body isnt functioning properly... My ds was born on under five hours so this is all very unexpected! Have had today off my latent labour tho so hurray, I went out to the beach!

Good luck trout, am sure it won't be long for you now smile

StiffyByng Sun 05-May-13 20:02:18

Home births are very good news with latent labours. I've been told by virtually every medical professional I've met in my second pregnancy that I'd have ended up with a C section if I'd planned a hospital birth.

WildeRumpus Sun 05-May-13 20:08:56

I'll hold onto that thought stiffy. Am getting rather tired of filling and then.emptying my birthpool tho! He will be here soon, I must chill out!

StiffyByng Sun 05-May-13 20:20:09

I just sat in my birth pool for about three days, with the midwife's blessing. After all that, I was hoicked out 20 minutes before the baby arrived!

Tiredtrout Sun 05-May-13 20:59:56

The midwife when they came out was very nice and said it would be quick when it starts as baby is in a good position and stuff. I had to go to the shops today and just walking around started it off again, but now it's stopped again. I'm finding the texts and phone calls of, is it here yet? Most helpful though

At least all this stopping and starting has got the older kids on board with the idea of a home birth

thepartysover Sun 05-May-13 21:54:10

Feel. Your. Pain. Quite literally as it happens.

Good news about the homebirth / getting on with it bit though...

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 06:45:45

Been up since 2.45 with pains, now they're tailing off again Ffs

WildeRumpus Mon 06-May-13 07:53:38

Oh tired. How are you this morning? Hope you are either in labour proper or sleeping.

No pains for me this morning yet and normally would have had some by.now so fingers crossed I have another day off. Almost guaranteed to have them tomorrow tho!

Seeing mw on weds, can't wait to offload on her how stressful this all is - and get permission to wallow in the birthpool when it is really bad like you stiffy. The bath is too bloody small! I just stick out of it!

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 08:03:33

It tailed off enough for me to fall asleep at about 6.30. Still getting the odd one but nowhere near as good as the ones last night and I've got the full on rage at my dh because they were bad enough at 5 for me to go and make a cup of tea to wake him up thinking it was it and he went back to sleep! If I'd have kept awake and going maybe it would be full blown by now I'm just getting very tired with it.

Still maybe a drive down to Avebury and a good walk around the circle will help.

Another day off would be lovely Wilde maybe you're being allowed to rest before the big ones!

WildeRumpus Mon 06-May-13 08:26:48

That sucks, poor you. I find nothing works to sustain or stop the labour it just has a mind of its own - don't blame yourself. That way madness lies!

Am starting to ache so am getting in the bath one to try and head it off - could just be from overdoing it yesterday building flatpack furniture! Wtf.

Good luck today trout. At least we can go outside to walk etc it being may...

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 11:11:54

Well just phoned the home birth team for advice and they've decided I have to go in for a check and probable induction. Bollocks to my nice chilled home birth. Good luck Wilde

StiffyByng Mon 06-May-13 11:17:38

They can't check you at home first?

PregnantPain Mon 06-May-13 11:27:00

If all is well with baby I would be refusing the induction and going back home.

WildeRumpus Mon 06-May-13 11:45:40

No way! How far along are you now trout? Will you do it - surely.if the baby is fine there is no need. Unless you are thoroughly fed up of course, which is understandable.

Again, good luck.

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 11:46:16

They don't seem to want to come out here, and I had a really bad time at the hospital they want me to go to a couple of years ago. They said all along that I could go to a different hospital if I needed to be induced but they haven't arranged that either. I'm sofucked off with it but I know this one probably needs out by now

StiffyByng Mon 06-May-13 12:12:20

It's been quite a while since your waters went, hasn't it? I'd be a bit nervous in your position too. I think bank holidays are a bad time to go into labour as far as midwife resources go, so you've been very unlucky.

Can you tell them now that you're only prepared to go to the other hospital? It's their headache to sort out.

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 12:27:50

I'll see how they are when I get there and ask for a swap if there's any sign of twattyness. Last time I was there got a miscarriage, I got refused pain relief, told to stop making a fuss and told that my baby would be burnt with all the others so I'm a little reticent about the standard of care in obs and Gynae but I'm trying to be positive

WildeRumpus Mon 06-May-13 12:51:42

Aw tired that's a dreadful story. I have swerved the hospital that dealt with my mc too but they weren't as dreadful as that!

I forgot about your waters, having thought about that I would be feeling tetchy. Tbh am really anti hospital and induction etc but am so tired now of the constant period pain (today not pain free as I hoped) and contractions I would be pretty grateful to have him out soon.

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 15:23:36

Off home again, apparently it's not waters but watery discharge, who knew that you could gush discharge? Good heartbeat and contractions picked up on the ctg. did have to explain exactly why I didn't want to be at the hospital to the supervisor of midwives who will write it all up on the notes that they hold there to explain my fears and a promise that if I ended up there for any reason I would be treated with kid gloves. So not a total loss

Tiredtrout Mon 06-May-13 15:26:01

Off home again, apparently it's not waters but watery discharge, who knew that you could gush discharge? Good heartbeat and contractions picked up on the ctg. did have to explain exactly why I didn't want to be at the hospital to the supervisor of midwives who will write it all up on the notes that they hold there to explain my fears and a promise that if I ended up there for any reason I would be treated with kid gloves. So not a total loss

StiffyByng Mon 06-May-13 16:48:06

Oh good news! Here's to you continuing to move towards that happy home birth.

Tiredtrout Tue 07-May-13 14:00:01

How's it going today Wilde, I appear to be having a day off from it all which is brilliant I even got sleep last night

WildeRumpus Tue 07-May-13 14:14:22

Trout am glad you don't have to be induced and double glad you have the day off smile. I am having my third day off in a row! Sleeping terribly tho etc etc but is really nice just being able to go out without thinking I am in labour or grimacing with contractions or palming ds off on people.

Actually today I feel like bubs is very comfy indeed! 39 weeks... Eek.

WildeRumpus Wed 08-May-13 14:26:11

Just had mw appt - apparently if I chill out it will happen... Hehe as if smile

Hope all ok today trout?

Am tired and niggly today but otherwise seems like bubs is very happy indeed in there. Declined a stretch and sweep which am so regretting but then again am keen for bubs to come when he is good and ready... Ho hum!

Tiredtrout Wed 08-May-13 14:42:45

Oh god not the relax and it'll happen bolleaux. I heard that enough when we were ttc, bet you did too. I'm still here with the on and off crap. Getting pressure in the lady garden too. Would love to have it in the next couple of days as otherwise there is a strong possibility of my pil's being here, they've invited themselves for 5 days even though they know I'm booked in for a home birth! Apparently I can tell them to leave at any time not sure how that works though.

I've started knitting again to distract me but I don't know how that's working out.

At least you were offered a sweep, if you change your mind about if you can always go back I suppose. Are you getting enough sleep?

WildeRumpus Wed 08-May-13 15:03:22

I know is so silly, how I am to ignore the cramping etc especially when am likely to.have a very quick birth when it does kick off I don't know! Yes heard it all TTC smile ah well. They mean well and I do see what they mean even if it is unrealistic!

Ah knitting, lovely! Er, your in laws are coming to stay?! Eek! Well that should help you take your mind off it anyways! Hehe.

Nooo sleeping pretty badly atm. Whacked.

Tiredtrout Wed 08-May-13 15:11:48

Must be afternoon nap time by now surely, especially if you end up awake half the night

NaturalBaby Wed 08-May-13 15:17:09

I only had this for 2 days but it nearly drove me mad. It was my 3rd homebirth. When it did eventually get going active labour was only 1/2hr, midwives where parking up as his head arrived.

Tiredtrout Wed 08-May-13 15:21:11

That sounds good, I'm hoping for quick when it does go properly but this stopping and starting for two weeks now is just exhausting

WildeRumpus Wed 08-May-13 18:02:00

Won't be long trout smile

No naps for me - I am sahm with a boisterous 3 year old boy! Daily life is quite the opposite! He is in nursery tomorrow morning tho when I plan to lie on the settee and not.move till I have to smile

Tiredtrout Wed 08-May-13 18:10:55

Hopefully not long for either of us. I remember 3 with my others, I'm normally a wohm with a 12 and 16yo, I'm on day 5 of maternity leave and finding the adjustment strange, at least my eldest will be about soon, she graduates on Friday to start study leave!

40w tomorrow and can't see this going on another 2 weeks

MiaowTheCat Wed 08-May-13 20:27:29

It's shite - I had almost 2 weeks of it (and a fucking fortune in hospital parking charges by the end of it) - things would look promising and interesting all night but I'd be unable to sleep because of the pains... then come morning the contractions would piss off again.

If it's any consolation - when I DID start to dilate it happened very quickly - 0cm to baby in under 15 minutes.

StiffyByng Thu 09-May-13 04:34:30

Started here. 39+6 today. Have been awake all night with obviously non-productive contractions that have now tailed off. The sleepless fun begins!

Tiredtrout Thu 09-May-13 05:06:41

Stiffy you poor thing but welcome to our terribly selective club. I've been awake for about an hour now too with cramps. Hopefully they'll come to something or stop soon.

Are you going to be able to get any more sleep today?

StiffyByng Thu 09-May-13 09:44:11

I've had a good chunk of sleep and my toddler is in nursery today so I can lie on the sofa all day. How are your cramps doing?

I was rather hoping this wouldn't happen again but at least this time round I didn't get excited!

Tiredtrout Thu 09-May-13 09:49:45

Fantastically as its my due date and the pils have invited themselves for a long weekend from tomorrow, they've stopped again. My dp are coming this afternoon to supervise me so I'll take my df out for a walk and coffee with the dog leaving dm to work from my house. See if a long walk does anything then I'm going to have to jump dh again to night to see of anything more happens. I don't think it'll come out with the pil in the house watching my every move!

WildeRumpus Thu 09-May-13 10:11:55

aw stiffy hopefully a day lounging around will help smile

I am chilling today to as toddler is also in nursery (woke up and got bundled him out of the house in indecent haste this morning!) and am about to have a bath and then watch ridiculous tv and eat doughnuts/bourbons and drink tea. DH is even picking him up so don't even have that deadline smile

tired good luck being so preggers and with your in laws visiting. Are they lovely and helpful types? That would be nice. I can't think of anything worse than playing hostess atm I have to say. Arf to walking, I walk miles and it has done bugger all smile

I have constant period pain and backache... which I am becoming accustomed to. Sorted out my birthing room a bit better last night so feel more relaxed about where I can labour (and possible deliver if super quick) and so am all ready.

Right, bath awaits!

Tiredtrout Thu 09-May-13 10:22:02

They are not helpful and easy guests more hyper critical, disapproving and dismissive of me. Still maybe I can take out some frustration on them, I was hoping baby would be here by now so I could just lock myself in my bedroom under the guise of establishing breast feeding.

The room is ready, the bubbly is in the fridge, the house is as clean as I can be arsed with. I'm reduced to knitting!

WildeRumpus Thu 09-May-13 10:28:31

Oh no trout! Why have they come to stay? Oh dear, poor you sad

WildeRumpus Thu 09-May-13 10:32:35

Oh no trout! Why have they come to stay? Oh dear, poor you sad

Tiredtrout Thu 09-May-13 10:32:52

They see grandchildren as something to be competitive about, it's an age old thing I've seen with lots of other pil issue threads, they want to see the baby first, never mind the other children or my parents! I'm beginning to think it could be why it's staying in there, doesn't want to meet them! My dp on the other hand are just worried about me which is why they are visiting today to keep me company and have been actively asking what help I need rather than dictating. Even my dh seems to prefer their approach

Tiredtrout Thu 09-May-13 10:33:46

Still stiffy and Wilde I'm off to do some chores while thinking dilating thoughts

WildeRumpus Thu 09-May-13 10:38:10

Oh Crikey how stressful. I would hide the baby!

Thinking dilating thoughts! Hehe!

StiffyByng Thu 09-May-13 11:50:26

It's entirely possible that's what's keeping the baby in, Trout. The brain is very powerful. My in-laws were here last weekend unexpectedly and although they are not like yours, I knew there was just no way I would go into labour with my FiL in the house! I recommend still locking yourself away feeling 'ill'.

Got to admire your jumping your other half. I was thinking last night that I'd meant to give it all one last go before the post-partum misery, and now I'd left it too late. I really also should go for a walk but it feels sore to stand up and I'm being a wimp.

Tiredtrout Fri 10-May-13 07:27:14

How is everyone this morning, hopefully someone went into labour properly, wasn't me though. Still crampy and uncomfortable so couldn't face jumping him last night especially as he has arranged for his friends to come over Tuesday for dinner pretty much as soon as the pil are out of here! Still I'm sure it'll all kick off when it's ready regardless of how many people are in the house

StiffyByng Fri 10-May-13 08:17:37

Nothing at all last night. At least I got decent sleep. I have the midwife today who will do a sweep if the head is finally engaged-surely my discomfort walking means it must be by now?! Happy due date, Trout!

WildeRumpus Fri 10-May-13 10:02:01

Morning! No baby here either! Crampy and feel off today so just snuggling in front of the Tele while small.child is at nursery.

Slept well as well stiffy is so rejuvenating isn't it. Don't feel so glum about it all.

Happy weekends all and sending.labour vibes smile

StiffyByng Fri 10-May-13 10:20:48

Glad you feel more cheerful, Wilde. Remind me when you are/were due?

WildeRumpus Fri 10-May-13 15:16:11

Aw thanks stiffy. I feel much better with the weekend coming up! 39+3 today smile

Had on/off cramping and sharper pains today and can't really sit down! Am best off on my birthing ball. Don't know what this means tho, if anything. Am mentally telling myself that I really can go into labour any time now and trying to relax. The pain makes me really tense tho! Sure is nothing.

Hope you guys well!

Tiredtrout Fri 10-May-13 21:52:32

Well they are here, apparently dinner was ok, but my ironing pile has been noticed and I have been found wanting. Dog walk carrying all the shopping and then cleaning every floor in the house has led to lots of pain so probably another night ahead feeling grumpy and tired.

Hope you both are having a good night

StiffyByng Sat 11-May-13 07:39:58

I would so be struggling not to tell them to piss off.

Another evening of promising contractions followed by, I suppose luckily, a pretty unbroken night's sleep. I have more or less constant period cramping though. The midwife reckoned a baby this weekend but we shall see.

WildeRumpus Sat 11-May-13 07:55:16

stiffy am exactly the same! Constant period cramping. Can't get comfy anywhere. Contracting on and off all day yesterday but then slept all night. Kept waking to see if I was in labour yet hehe. I want my baby to come today but am feeling rather too chipper so am taking my wrecked back out for a walk (in the rain).

tired Wtf is going on in your world? I don't want to sound rude but why is your dh letting your in laws stay at this time and how can they get away with being so rude to you? Feel free to come here and rant away when needed. My mil is down the road and tbh in this stage of pregnancy that is close enough! You need to rest lady, rest!

Tiredtrout Sat 11-May-13 08:59:15

Unfortunately dpil invited themselves and won't take no for an answer, they see their sons house as an extension of theirs and me as a chattel. They were incredibly rude all through dinner to my dc, including telling my 16yo dd that she needed to start looking at her forever relationship, and that they were surprised she graduated with a merit yesterday. Fil was also dismissive of my 12yo ds when he was trying to explain how much he was enjoying poetry and languages at school, it's not engineering so it's not what he should as a boy be interested in! Then I was told that I should be washing up after cooking and cleaning all day.

Strangely I looked myself in the bathroom after a while, I was having lots of pains though but like both of yours having been on all fours having my back rubbed and taking paracetamol I got into bed and they stopped again!

WildeRumpus Sat 11-May-13 09:18:50

Being stressed can bring on bh trout. I didn't know this but stress will tense you up and set it off - plus being physically busy of course with the shopping etc. Your in laws sound dreadful. Is it time to teach your dcs the mn refrain of 'did you mean to be so rude?'. How do they feel about their gps? Poor things. Forever boyfriend indeed. And congrats on your dds merit smile

Gosh really, I can't believe you can't ask them to leave! I have gone no contact with my toxic mother tho so am a hard bitch smile your home is your sanctuary! And at no time more so than when you are going to give birth! I am cross for you. Grr.

csmm Sat 11-May-13 11:29:57

Sorry for butting in here but Trout your PIL sound awful! My MIL has asked if she can come after baby's due (am 39+2) and I have told DP that if she wants to she can stay in a hotel and I won't be doing any cooking/entertaining. Why don't you start having naps etc citing that your MW has told you you need to rest and stop doing so much? And why is your DP not washing up if you've cooked and cleaned all day?

Tiredtrout Sat 11-May-13 11:35:51

He did wash up but mil felt it was inappropriate for him to do it as he is the man of the house and had been at work all day! I'm just doing my best to avoid them at the moment but I'm pretty sure this baby won't go anywhere while they are here

Tiredtrout Sun 12-May-13 10:50:54

Any news today stiffy or Wilde? There has to be some babies on the way by now surely!

WildeRumpus Sun 12-May-13 12:12:10

Hello! Arf I had strong contractions this morning, kicked out ds and dh to have some peace and all seems to have bloody calmed down again!

Grrr! Thought today was the day, really did.

Tiredtrout Sun 12-May-13 13:40:07

Bollocks Wilde, that's so frustrating. I've just come back from a walk with pil, had good strong pains while walking, while having a massive strop quietly at dh about not really wanting them here. He got rid of his parents when we got to the house and now it's stopped again. They aren't leaving properly till tomorrow. Maybe I'll have it then

StiffyByng Sun 12-May-13 14:02:12

I hope so!

Last night I actually got my TENS on but the pain stopped before I went to bed.

One of us really needs to have a baby very soon.

WildeRumpus Sun 12-May-13 16:47:47

What are we like?! I keep trying to not think about it... It doesn't work. smile

Tiredtrout Sun 12-May-13 16:56:53

It keeps stopping and starting here, the lovely pil let me have 2 hours before they were wanting to know if I was in labour or not. If I knew that I may be slightly less pissed off. They will be here again within the hour for their dinner and I will be expected to be fully dressed, the most I want to wear is my pjs but apparently not acceptable.

One of these babies has to come out soon as I am getting cross

Tiredtrout Sun 12-May-13 20:52:06

They've gone, maybe now we can all have our babies grin

StiffyByng Sun 12-May-13 20:54:53

Do you think your PiL were keeping us all pregnant!

I'm only 40+2 and pretty comfortable physically but just want to avoid all the induction pressure. So anytime this week is good. Although Friday is DD's birthday so for her sake I'd rather avoid that.

Tiredtrout Sun 12-May-13 20:56:36

I wouldn't put it past them!

Tiredtrout Mon 13-May-13 07:43:38

How are you this morning stiffy and Wilde I've got a hot date with some pjs and my sofa

WildeRumpus Mon 13-May-13 08:03:59

Glad you have some space now trout. Am still pregnant! Had some really painful contractions last night so am progressing. Actually they were so painful I have had a nasty reminder of what this labour business is all about... And he can stay in!

Pj day hurray! I am running around after ds today eek!

StiffyByng Mon 13-May-13 08:05:24

Achey but pregnant! Midwife coming round in an hour to do a sweep. I am fully prepared to be told I have the most closed cervix in history. smile After that I have a big day taking my seriously ill DSD off to a new residential school a 90 minute drive from home, so maybe that will bring on massively inconvenient labour.

How about you, Wilde?

StiffyByng Mon 13-May-13 08:06:14

X-post. Very pleased to hear about those painful contractions! Come on, baby.

Tiredtrout Mon 13-May-13 08:14:20

Stiffy that sounds good, my midwife won't do a sweep till 41 weeks and I'm not due to see her till next Tuesday. If I could reach I'd do it myself. Good luck with dsd's visit to her new school hope she likes it.

Wilde enjoy the pains each one is one closer to meeting baby, apparently

WildeRumpus Mon 13-May-13 08:15:02

Good luck for your sweep stiffy! And with your dds New school - big day for you it sounds like.

WildeRumpus Mon 13-May-13 08:22:22

X post yes trout I keep hearing this but... Am scared of real labour now. All pain has gone overnight so have a reprieve.

Am.having a sweep on weds and was actually offered one last week at 39 weeks which really surprised me. I declined as had ds with me and it just felt a bit early. I will.not decline on weds! She offered when I said about all my latent labour issues and how tiring it all was... Took pity and seemed to think.I could benefit from a wee nudge in the right direction. And that I need to relax smile hehe.

Tiredtrout Mon 13-May-13 10:12:19

Something's got to happen soon, I just dressed my poor dog up as Marilyn Monroe complete with a wig, he just let it happen, he's a huge butch boy dog who's as big as me

StiffyByng Mon 13-May-13 10:27:59

Hahaha!

I am a magnificent 2cm dilated and 50% effaced. Midwife fairly pleased and optimistic of action. Fingers crossed.

Tiredtrout Mon 13-May-13 10:31:13

Ooooh good luck, keep your legs crossed on the drive to the school then head for all the speed bumps you can on the way back

StiffyByng Mon 13-May-13 11:40:51

We've turned back. Painful contractions every 6/7 minutes. It'll all stop now we've made that decision!

Tiredtrout Mon 13-May-13 12:10:04

Sounds good stiffy, good luck

WildeRumpus Mon 13-May-13 12:48:08

Yay stiffy good luck! go go go!

Tiredtrout Tue 14-May-13 07:06:13

Well I checked under the quilt before I got up and still no baby, I also got a text overnight from someone from work checking if it had turned up yet just in case I'd forgotten why I was on leave or I was keeping a baby a secret, which at this rate I'm tempted to do.

Wilde anything? Stiffy?

WildeRumpus Tue 14-May-13 07:57:31

Where are the babies?!

It's my due date today. Typically Crampy but have an action packed day of playdate fun so am ignoring it smile

If anyone texts me asking if I have any news I say yes and that I am pregnant! Very facetious smile

Tiredtrout Tue 14-May-13 08:04:53

I'm trying to get in with an acupuncturist today, and will chase my midwife again. People are even texting from their night shifts now to ask where the baby is, it was so much better when I had my first in the days before mobiles being the norm and no such thing as Facebook. zuckerberg has a lot to answer to! Suppose I better get up, I have new and exciting fancy dress plans for my poor and unfortunate dog.

Holding out for stiffy to come up with the goods now though

StiffyByng Tue 14-May-13 09:47:26

Morning. Damn those texters. I had four texts before 9am on my due date!

Anyway, I can provide. Baby boy born just after 11pm last night. My contractions were a bit stop-start from mid-morning (post-sweep) till late afternoon. We went for a walk and they stepped up and stayed pretty regular. Got in the birth pool and called the midwife. By the time she arrived the contractions were intense and every 3/4 minutes. Imagine my pleasure when on examination I was 2 sodding cm. She said it was because my waters were stopping the head from descending and dilating the cervix and once they went we'd be off. But I was pessimistic, in lots of pain and only allowed paracetamol. She also said I needed to be upright so no pool. Luckily my waters went after only another hour of this, and the baby arrived 20 minutes later, only 5 minutes after the midwife raced back into the house.

Right, you two. Let's get those twinges WORKING!

Tiredtrout Tue 14-May-13 09:53:49

Yay stiffy baby! I've done it, I've booked an acupuncturist for lunchtime, I will get this thing out of me if it's the last thing I do. Bloody midwife is still dodging me too.
I hope you're having lots of lovely snuffly hugs now stiffy

WildeRumpus Tue 14-May-13 15:23:39

Yay stiffy you did it! Congratulations am so pleased for you! smile

Mw and sweep for me tomorrow. So hope it results in a baby sooner rather than later...

Good luck trout!

Tiredtrout Tue 14-May-13 16:36:39

Accupuncturist refused to treat me in case I went into labour, she did tell me all sorts of lovely things about god though, not quite what I had in mind to be honest. I'm currently in a lavender and clary sage bath, I've booked a different accupuncturist for tomorrow and a massage too. I have got a sweep booked in for Thursday as well and midwife is talking about booking my induction. I'm going to get this thing out by hook or by crook.

Good luck for tomorrow Wilde

StiffyByng Tue 14-May-13 19:27:33

Good luck, Wilde.

And what on earth sort of acupuncturist was that, Trout? My acupuncturists have TRIED to make me go into labour. Good luck with the different one.

Tiredtrout Tue 14-May-13 19:40:48

A very odd one, on the plus side today my dog is dressed as a pirate complete with big gold earring and parrot on his shoulder

WildeRumpus Wed 15-May-13 07:49:13

Your poor dog smile I thought people went to.acupuncturists to help get into labour etc.t too. How odd they refused, is not like you would be prem is it!

I have decided this baby isn't going to make an appearance for a while yet! Am waiting to hear from uni to check I have officially finished and wonder if this is what is stopping me from relaxing enough to actually go into labour... Have a suspicion it is! If I still have work to do I need to do it before the baby is here. Really do.

Hope you had a baby in the night trout and that you have having fun with your wonderful newborn stiffy!

Tiredtrout Wed 15-May-13 09:49:43

Still no baby, have planned today's costume for the dog, it's one of his favourites and dd is threatening to take him for a walk in it. Off to a different accupuncturist this morning and massage this afternoon, I'm going to have a go at relaxing the baby out.

What work have you got to do Wilde?

WildeRumpus Wed 15-May-13 12:53:03

What costume today?! What kind of dog do you have?!

Good luck at acupuncturist! And a massage! Exciting daysmile

Ah I finished a PhD last month but my examiner might want me to just make a couple more amendments before releasing me... I am hoping not but you never know.and now is on my mind. Eek.

Tiredtrout Wed 15-May-13 13:04:10

Today, festival chic fairy, it's especially funny as he gets so excited about dressing up, he's a large husky shepherd cross so fits adult size costumes.

Accupuncture was good, got some good ows coming already! Hopefully they'll keep coming.

A phd is an amazing achievement though even with a tiny tweak

WildeRumpus Wed 15-May-13 13:32:28

Hehe your poor dog, I love it.

Yay for ows! Yay! Sending labour vibes!

Yes tweaking is fine... but not with a newborn! I was hoping to have heard by now pffffff. Well nae matter anyway.

Tiredtrout Wed 15-May-13 14:39:14

When's your sweep?

WildeRumpus Wed 15-May-13 14:59:13

Half four! Every single an appt I have had has been t half one but today is really latesmile sods law! Been keeping super busy taking ds to the park and making brownies!

WildeRumpus Wed 15-May-13 17:14:09

apparently am ready to pop and they haven't made an AN apt for me next week! Am 3cm gone already which is great and 90% effaced smile

Sweep was completely fine tho am in a LOT of pain now already - think that is par for the course after a sweep tho isn't it.

laters, I have a toddler high tea to prepare (er, pasta).

Tiredtrout Wed 15-May-13 17:16:27

You go Wilde make that high tea then get on your ball I have very high hopes for you

StiffyByng Wed 15-May-13 20:22:06

Ooh, good luck. That sounds very promising indeed.

Are the ows still going, Trout?

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 07:26:51

Where's that baby Wilde, I have high hopes for you pulling one out of the bag as it were.

My ows stopped again at about 11 last night. I'm booked for a sweep today but I have to call my midwife and remind her or she would forget. I'm running out of ideas to get things working, officially 41 weeks now, and I've tried in no particular order, the beast with two backs, raspberry leaf tea, pineapple, curry, big hilly walks, nipple fiddling, solo fiddling, evening primrose oil, ball bouncing, accupuncture, aromatherapy, bumpy roads in the car, and pretending I'm not pregnant nor overdue. This is officially not very funny

WildeRumpus Thu 16-May-13 08:15:40

When's your sweep trout? Hopefully that'll do the job smile

I don't have a baby yet! Hehe! Just tailed off as per even tho all seemed to be cracking on. Am latent phase queen smile am quite fine about it tho, he will be here very soon and was so reassuring having the mw say that I am labouring with all these pains and stop starts because I was 3cm dilated. Hopefully will be the same for you trout smile

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 08:19:43

Mines some time this afternoon, I have a dippy midwife who I need to chase for everything. Bloody latent phase indeed. I just tried to turn over in bed and my belly took time to catch up. I'm going to go for the ignoring pregnancy technique again today

Look at you showing off with your 3cm. When it kicks off again that'll be you done I reckon

WildeRumpus Thu 16-May-13 08:27:35

With yesterdays contractions I have to be even more than 3 now! Oooh!

Good luck for later. Do you get on with your mw? I don't think I would like a dippy one. My mws are on call tonight so hope.baby decides to come then!

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 08:32:53

She's ok, just never seems to answer her phone, she's also booking my induction for next week. I haven't seen her much really

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 15:49:47

How you doing Wilde, anything more? Still no reply from my midwife to confirm coming today for the sweep, been hanging around all day

OhThisIsJustGrape Thu 16-May-13 16:11:19

I had nearly a week of stop/start contractions and it drove me insane so I feel your pain.

I tried reflexology in the end, DD was born 12hrs later smile Obviously I have no idea whether it worked, she was going to arrive at some point regardless! But, the reflexology actually gave me the best nights sleep of my entire pregnancy - until 4am when I awoke to my waters breaking.

Dd was back to back hence why everything had taken so long to get started but once it eventually got going she was born within 2hrs of my waters breaking, at home smile

Good luck ladies, your babies will be here soon!

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 16:23:16

Grape I feel your pain entirely, I'm 41 weeks today, been chasing the midwife who I know is working today all day as she said she would do a sweep today but getting nowhere with her, she is not replying to any of her messages. I've also found out that although I'm booked in as a home birth my hospital have a policy of induction at 41+3 which is crap as my dd has gcse exams all next week and needs me at home with her which was the whole point of the home birth. I've tried everything to get this one out but I think it's s clingy one

WildeRumpus Thu 16-May-13 16:29:13

Thanks grape. Always good to hear!

trout am confused by your mw situ. Where is she? Do you have an.independent mw?

All fine here thanks! Sharp labour pains on and off all day so is a sign that things are moving forward but nothing that suggests active labour will start any time soon. Am not worried any more tbh, he will be here sooner rather than later and at least I know this extended latent stage is working. smile

WildeRumpus Thu 16-May-13 16:30:19

trout no one can force you to be induced.

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 16:33:52

My midwife is a community midwife based at my gp surgery, I spoke to her on Tuesday, she said she would see me today but to call her in the morning to remind her. I did that but her phone goes straight to voicemail. I've left 2 messages and texts, the main office she is attached to only answer between 8.30 and 9.30 weekday mornings unless I'm in labour when I can call triage for the home birth team. It's a bit of a crappy system really

WildeRumpus Thu 16-May-13 16:53:43

Gosh that sounds rubbish for you! I am at a super rural practice and mine isn't even.like that. I would be v cross at having to remind a professional about her appts tbh. Feel.for you chuck.

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 16:58:23

It is interfering with my attempts at being all lovely and zen like. Keep going with your twinges I have high hopes that one of us has to have a baby soon, surely they are running out of space in there

Tiredtrout Thu 16-May-13 21:03:16

Well she finally turned up, I'm all of 2cm and she managed to get a bit more stretched around, been very sharp twinges since and I've managed to persuade the hospital to hold off an induction till next Thursday

WildeRumpus Thu 16-May-13 22:13:58

Hurray! Hope something happens for you - maybe tonight woo!

WildeRumpus Fri 17-May-13 04:57:04

Had me b

WildeRumpus Fri 17-May-13 04:57:28

Had me baby! Hope you had yours too!

Tiredtrout Fri 17-May-13 07:11:02

Yay for having a baby, what size and flavour? Hope you are all good and I'm sure it is a gorgeous one. Mine is still hiding but I've been up a lot in the night with cramps and goo so fingers crossed

StiffyByng Fri 17-May-13 10:01:27

Hurray, Wilde! Tell us more.

And come on, that goo. I sense a baby Trout today. It's DD's birthday today so a fine day for it.

Tiredtrout Sat 18-May-13 05:35:31

41+2 now, been having lots of pain and goo since Thursday but still no baby, getting a teeny bit frustrated, still each breathtaking can't take another step type pain is one closer to baby I spose

WildeRumpus Sat 18-May-13 09:43:53

You must be nearly there now trout. Excited for you! smile

Tiredtrout Sat 18-May-13 09:45:39

I do hope so, how's you with your little baby?

WildeRumpus Sun 19-May-13 15:07:10

Any Noooooze?!?!

Baby boy is gorgeous thank you! So lovely lovely smile.

Tiredtrout Sun 19-May-13 17:51:08

I finally had a baby girl, home birth, 2.15 today, 9lb7 lilibet rose, totally perfect but very greedy. Glad your little boy is settling well

csmm Sun 19-May-13 19:35:03

Congratulations! She wasn't small, was she? I've been watching your thread hoping for news and am very happy for you
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StiffyByng Sun 19-May-13 21:35:54

Hurray! Congratulations, Trout. And so pleased to hear your baby boy is so lovely, Wilde.

WildeRumpus Sun 19-May-13 22:31:17

Hurray and huge congrats!

We did it smile latent phase begone!

something2say Wed 29-May-13 20:57:49

What a truly lovely read!!! Congratulations to all of you and your new babies and families x x x x x x x x

igirisu Fri 31-May-13 18:54:20

Thank heaven i found this thread! i am 38 weeks 4 days with my first child, I saw my midwife a couple of days ago who told me if my sons head was any more engaged he would be poking out to say hello! So i have been walking alot, i have eaten a whole fresh pineapple, a tin of pineapple and a litre of unconcentrated juice. I have had sex with my partner once and have had about 4 orgasms (i'm sorry to be crude). Now i have been nesting like CRAZY! and 2 nights ago i had bad vomiting and tummy (this was before the pineapple) and my braxton hicks are constant and getting really strong, after a couple of "am i aren't i" moments and a lot of cramping i am starting to go abit mad, i feel on red alert all the time and cant just relax. did anyone else feel like this? plus i have no appetite and have not managed to eat an evening meal in days even though i am usually the human bin.

Tiredtrout Sat 01-Jun-13 16:24:33

That sounds like it igirisu, it sucks ass but eventually they've got to come out, so frustrating though, this one was dc3 and dc2 arrived at 37 weeks so I felt every day dragging after that. It's lovely when they are here though

Onedayover Mon 03-Jun-13 04:03:27

What a lovely thread! Congratulations to all you ladies who have already had your babies. I'm 40+3 and can't sleep for back and tummy aches and cramps. Hoping baby arrives soon.

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