Is this early labour or am I fooling myself?

(59 Posts)
bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 12:15:40


Last labour I was induced (DS born 40+15) and went straight for epidural as it was agony so have no idea what natural labour feels like. Planning a home birth this time and am 40 + 8 today. I need to go into labour before 40 + 14 to keep my home birth without a fight so am on high alert and not sure if I am now psyching myself into imagining labour symptoms ...

Had sweep on Wednesday. Lost the plug on Thursday but it wasn't bloody which I think is more indicative of labour to follow soon? Yesterday incredibly intense pelvic pressure all day.

This morning have intermittent dull back pain which hasn't gone after a hot bath.

But no pain on bump, no tightenings...

What do you think?

Could be. Keep moving if possible, it encourages things to move along. Try not to get stressed, you'll tense up which can slow things down (apparently). Good luck!

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 12:24:02


It's just occurred to me that if it is labour, a mw will be in my house soon, so I can keep moving as I tidy up grin

SickOfYourShit Sat 22-Jun-13 12:25:03

Sounds like baby might be getting ready.

If I was you I'd go for a little, local walk. Keep active. I went evening shopping while in early labour with dc3. But it was local, with my dh and two previous long labours. Baby was out by the morning grin

If you weren't +8 or concerned about being induced I'd say rest up. But if you want baby out I'd say keep moving

Good luck!

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 12:32:02

Thanks smile

Off to mop the floor and walk to the post box!

beckslovestimmy Sat 22-Jun-13 12:32:48

Until my waters went I only had pain in my back, once my waters went I could feel pain in my bump and 45 mins later I was holding DD. keep moving to speed things up! Keep us posted! Excitingsmile

rockybalboa Sat 22-Jun-13 12:37:42

Sounds like things could be heading in the right direction. Keep moving and fingers crossed you get your HB.

hufflebottom Sat 22-Jun-13 12:49:37

i'd say dont mop the floor, you might have to do it again later. grin

i had back pain with dd, so baby could be on its way

all the best

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 18:20:00


I went for a walk, now getting regular pains but they are all back and pelvis. Feeling like my pelvis is about to split apart confused

This is not what I imagined it'd be like!

beckslovestimmy Sat 22-Jun-13 20:30:26

Any developments? Mine was all in my back, I had to call labour ward to check it was the real thing as it wasn't what I expected. Hoping for a speedy labour for you grin

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 20:39:31

Every 8 minutes and lasting 45 sec according to my app. Still going but not getting any closer together! Still, DS on bed and DH has blown the pool up smile

dinkystinky Sat 22-Jun-13 20:40:51

Do you have an exercise/birth ball? Sit on it and rock back and forth - that seemed to relieve pelvic aches for me when I went into labour with DS2. Good luck!

SickOfYourShit Sat 22-Jun-13 20:44:24

I would try and get a bit of rest now if things have started if you can.

You e been up since this morning and you'll need your energy

Good luck!

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 20:46:21

DH is off to decathlon in a second to buy a ball smile I am not very organised!

I'm not tired yet, so we'll see. Might bounce for an hour or so then have a nap if poss.

Thanks all smile

lljkk Sat 22-Jun-13 20:47:03

Go sleep if you can.
Come back on here around 2am and join the insomniac night shift. smile

travellingwilbury Sat 22-Jun-13 20:47:15

How exciting , good luck and hurrah for a home birth .

I would have loved a home birth .

chocolatesolveseverything Sat 22-Jun-13 21:38:47

How are things going? Good luck!

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 22:32:28

Every 6 ish minutes now smile

Just had chip shop chips and am sitting on my new ball watching poirot. I would try to sleep but I've had insomnia for a month or so now so it's probably pointless.

When should I ring the mw with a hb, anyone know?

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 22:44:46

Still a bit puzzled, no back pain now or bump pain, it is all in my pelvis confused

Worried I am making it all up grin

HoppinMad Sat 22-Jun-13 23:13:49

A random lurker, just wanted to wish you good luck. You are extremely patient what with going over your DD twice, by 38 weeks I was fed up and wanted DSs out asap!

Fwiw I felt alot of pain and pressure in my pelvis, and ds2 was born within a few hours (second+ labours are generally quicker!) Have you a tens machine to help ease the pain?

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 23:15:09

No am coping ok so far. Have gas and air but need mw here for that!

Thanks smile

ThedementedPenguin Sat 22-Jun-13 23:20:36

Oh how exciting. How's things going now?

Sounds like your doing brilliantly. I was induced with ds so ive no advice or any clue really but just wanted to say hi.

MummyAbroad Sat 22-Jun-13 23:31:49

good luck from me too!

I felt labour pains like period pains high up on my tummy which was wierd, they got stronger and stronger... never felt anything pelvisy, but I guess its different for everyone.

Dont forgot to think "opening up" thoughts, flowers etc, I was told this and kept saying to myself "I have a huge bucket fanny" worked a treat. Ds popped out no probs. grin

bigkidsdidit Sat 22-Jun-13 23:45:51

Ha ha! I will think that next contraction.

I think the reason I don't really believe it is it is so much less painful than induction. I went into a pain coma with induction and 'woke up' after my epidural to find I'd lost 6 hours shock

We will see if this is the real deal or not, I guess. Going to ring the mw in half an hour or so of this continues. Just had some paracetamol smile

MummyAbroad Sat 22-Jun-13 23:50:39

I've never had an induction but have read its a zillion time more painful than natural and more of a shock because there is no "easing in" to it.

Its good to "will on" the strong ones, the stronger it gets the sooner baby will be out, so you have to mentally cheer on the big ones!

You are doing great!

MummyAbroad Sat 22-Jun-13 23:55:13

for what its worth, i was also thinking "is it or isnt it starting?" for the first couple of hours. Then it kicked in and there was no denying it. I am sure that being relaxed, and not fighting it but letting it roll over you helps, it send the message to your body that its OK for baby to come out.

Another good thing to think/say is "whatever happens I know I can cope with it" smile

..and dont forget to have a wee while you can! (gets harder later on!)

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Jun-13 00:08:42

You're all so nice smile

Off to have a sleep I think, things seem to be slowing up.

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Jun-13 08:31:34

Had five hours sleep but back to a contraction every 15 minutes. Trying to keep my pecker up, I really thought it would be last night sad

chocolatesolveseverything Sun 23-Jun-13 08:44:38

Still, just think, it means your body is gradually getting itself ready for birth. That baby IS on the way. It'sjust not in any particular hurry right now.

ThedementedPenguin Sun 23-Jun-13 11:25:22

Good morning. How are you now?

MummyAbroad Sun 23-Jun-13 14:19:54

Hi, glad you got some sleep. Do try to relax and rest as much as possible, you'll need all your energy for this!

MummyAbroad Sun 23-Jun-13 14:28:45

And here is another of my mad 'tips' to entertain you while you wait grin . My doula told me baby wont come if you have any 'unfinished business' to take care of. Have you forgotton to pay a bill or post a letter?

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Jun-13 14:49:51

I'm ok. We went for a few hours strolling round the park, now I've just woken up from a two hour nap. Still painful contractions every 10 mins. Trying not to get fed up sad and to remind myself it means the baby is coming at some point!

My to do list is enormous...

MummyAbroad Sun 23-Jun-13 15:00:46

Go and cross everything off your to do list wink (without doing the stuff of course-its just symbolic!)

Its understandable to feel fed up, its quite a draining experience, but a stroll and a nap and keeping a positive attitude are all the right things to do - well done you, keep it up and this baby will slip out no probs!

keep talking on here if it helps smile

beckslovestimmy Sun 23-Jun-13 15:57:49

mummyabroad that to do thing must be right, I handed in the last module of my degree the day my labour started! smile

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Jun-13 16:05:24

Since I woke from my nap the contractions have been every 5 minutes smile the mw is coming out for a look and DH is filling the pool. As soon as DS wakes from his nap we're going to drop him at the Cm, who lives on our street smile smile

HoppinMad Sun 23-Jun-13 16:08:40

Things can move very quickly OP, dont despair. I moved from 10 iminute contractions to a few minutes apart, lasting 40-50 secs within the space of a few hours. Keep doing what you are doing, I didnt go in the bath despite mw suggesting it, as I found that caused the contractions to slow down. Birthball intensified my pain (maybe am just odd!) Do what you feel is right for you.

Do keep us informed x

HoppinMad Sun 23-Jun-13 16:09:23


Thats great! X

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Jun-13 16:55:10

The head is still 2/5 palpable! FFS! I've been contracting for 36 hours!

MummyAbroad Sun 23-Jun-13 17:26:52

dont worry, as others have said, it can all start to move quickly at any moment. Just do what you can to will it on.

I got in the bath in early labour - for me it sped things up - a LOT.

I suppose if you get in the pool soon we might not hear any more from you! Good luck, you are going to be a mum of two today!!!!!

Theselittlelightsofmine Sun 23-Jun-13 19:05:27

It's gone quiet, wondering if things really did kickoff quick after ops last post

MummyAbroad Sun 23-Jun-13 19:11:20

Maybe she's in the pool? No news is good news I reckon! Go bigkids if you are lurking!!

beckslovestimmy Sun 23-Jun-13 22:55:22

I wonder if big kids is cuddling that new born yet? smile

ThedementedPenguin Sun 23-Jun-13 22:58:06

Oh, hope things have progressed on for you.?

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Jun-13 23:29:58

Hullo hullo

Well when the mw listened to the heartbeat at that check it was dropping, so we came into hospital and they broke my waters and put on a trace. After that all natural, delivered DS2 at 9.20 pm smile

Seeing as he was back to back (turned in labour!) and 9lb 10 shock I think I did brilliantly grin

He's feeding away like a trooper and I'm eating toast smile

MummyAbroad Mon 24-Jun-13 00:43:57

Wheh heeeeeey!!! What brilliant news bigkids You did FANSTASTIC!!! gringringringringrin well done!

9lb10 baby back to back, bloody hell, thats no walk in the park! No wonder it felt all pelvisy!

Congratulations, give him a big kiss from his internet stranger fans grin

threefeethighandrising Mon 24-Jun-13 01:01:42

Congratulations! Fabulous news grin grin

Have a lovely time getting to know your new human smile

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Mon 24-Jun-13 01:07:31

Oh, wow!

I only read you commenting the other day that DC two was on the way ... I'd no idea you meant this on the way!

Congratulations. flowers

(And get you with that labour description ... wow.)

bigkidsdidit Mon 24-Jun-13 07:29:09

Oh you're all so lovely <hormonal weeping>

beckslovestimmy Mon 24-Jun-13 07:56:10

Well done! Congratulations. grin

ShinyBabyOfficialNosePicker Mon 24-Jun-13 08:02:07

Congratulations and welcome to the world BasbyKid!

awwww congratulations!!!

dinkystinky Mon 24-Jun-13 08:06:17

Congratulations - what a great sized baby!

OnTheNingNangNong Mon 24-Jun-13 08:14:56


Congratulations grin I love getting to a live birth thread late when the baby is already here grin
I know it's a bit late, but my second labour was all in my pelvis too, I didn't really realise I was properly in labour until about 45 mins before she was born confused

Jenijena Mon 24-Jun-13 09:52:44


HoppinMad Mon 24-Jun-13 21:07:55

Gosh just checked your thread. Wow kids, I am speechless!! The thought of a labour back to back with a big baby brings me out in a cold sweat, you deserve an award grin seriously that is pretty awesome.

Congratulations to you and family anyway, and enjoy the cuddles and dirty nappies and all the rest! X

MummyAbroad Tue 25-Jun-13 01:53:04

This was my first live birth thread by the way ladies grin

<passes out cigars like a proud dad>

bigkidsdidit Tue 25-Jun-13 02:43:41

I'm sorry, if I'd known it was a real live birth thread I'd've updated more often!

Haven't slept since the birth yet, I had forgotten how excruciating bf a newborn is until you wear your nipples in! Looking forward to doing nothing but napping tomorrow smile

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