Does this sound like something might be starting to happen??

(78 Posts)
HelgatheHairy Wed 07-Aug-13 19:28:37

I'm 40+4 today. I've pretty much constant discomfort for the last few days but this evening it's period pain type pain. No real pattern, just some lighter cramps and some really strong ones. I've had no bloody show/mucus plug.

Does it sound like labour might be on the way???

First baby so a bit clueless!

lovelychops Wed 07-Aug-13 19:30:54

I think it sounds positive! Labours can take a while though, so rest a bit. Good luck!

TheYoniWayIsUp Wed 07-Aug-13 19:37:02

Sleep. Sleep as much as you can. Good luck!

Ooh, and please keep us posted!

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 07:34:45

Still here. Pains have gotten stronger and I think more frequent. They were waking me during the night but not to full "I'm awake" more "owww" and back to sleep after.

Have sent DH off to work and told him I'm fine but am a bit nervous so would appreciate if there was anyone around.

Not sure if/when I should call the labour ward to see if this is just pre labour and not proper labour.

ZingWidge Thu 08-Aug-13 08:01:41

time your contractions - write down when they start and how long they are.

there might be a pattern emerging.

I'll be driving later, but will be happy to keep checking on you during the day!

oh and ask anything! hopefully I can give you good advice - I have 6 children smile

SkinnyDecaffGiraffe Thu 08-Aug-13 08:17:05

I'd second the sleep advice. Also eat well now. Lots of carbs and protein. You don't want to into established labour having not eaten for a while as you will really need that energy.

Pasta, porridge, scrambled eggs on toast. Whatever you can handle without getting heartburn!

SkinnyDecaffGiraffe Thu 08-Aug-13 08:17:57

Plus lots of fluid.

I had two labours one I had eaten well for the other I didn't. The recovery difference was huge!

Icedink Thu 08-Aug-13 08:53:44

Ooh exciting! You can call the labour ward any time, they can give you advice over the phone even if its not time to go in yet and then they will know to expect you at some point today. smile

larlemucker Thu 08-Aug-13 08:58:10

The labour ward are also very good at working out from the sound of your voice, whether you can talk through contractions, whether you need to go in yet

lovelychops Thu 08-Aug-13 08:59:46

If the pains get stronger, a bath and paracetamol may help. How exiting!

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 09:51:20

Thanks for the support. Sorry for disappearing, I went back to sleep for a while.

From tracking my pains there doesn't seem to be much of a pattern yet. They last roughly 40 to 60 seconds and are from 6 to 15 minutes apart.

Wish I had one of those dogs that you see in the trashy magazines - "my dog knew I was in labour" - mine is lying on the floor licking his bits!

Definitely sounds like the start of things! Agree with the others- rest and eat/drink. If you can't sleep, do you have a tens machine or a ball to bounce on? How far away is your DH?

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 11:32:13

I think we're in false alarm territory. Ever since I got out of bed and started moving about things have tailed off. No more pains.

Taking it easy on the couch but don't think anything is happening. DH is 20/30 mins away depending on traffic.

Jenijena Thu 08-Aug-13 13:01:45

It's not false alarm, it's your body warming up to things. My labour was a bit like that for a few days before getting going (they weren't that bad) Good luck, I hope it goes ok.

Icedink Thu 08-Aug-13 14:25:32

Don't lose faith, your body is giving you a little rest but your cervix will be softening and dilating from the contractions you've had so far. Your body knows what its doing so just trust it to do it's thing and enjoy the rest.

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 14:44:07

So I noticed something strange - my cramps are worse if I need to pee?? I've been drinking water and have noticed that I seem to get cramps right as I need to go.

Is this weird??

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 17:43:52

I ended up calling the labour ward. Cramps got worse & closer together & longer so just checked in. She calmed me down and said it sounded like I could be in tonight but was better off at home for now. I only live about 7 mins from the hospital so no major worry.

Good luck helga!! I'm 39+6, had a second sweep y'day and lost (some of?) my plug this morning. Like you I've been having period type cramps today but mine have kind of eased off over the last hour or so, so I don't think I'll be going anywhere tonight. Hope it's better news for you though!!! Let us know grin

larlemucker Thu 08-Aug-13 20:45:18

Good luck helga!!!!
You're going to be a mummy soon!!!

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 21:31:08

Things seem to have slowed down again! I'm terrified ill go to the hospital and they'll tell me nothing is happening and tell me to go home.

HelgatheHairy Thu 08-Aug-13 22:21:05

So things kicked in again and I'm going to the hospital in about 10 mins. I just need to know if something is happening. If they send me home so be it.

wilkos Thu 08-Aug-13 22:23:02

Good luck Helga! Let us know how you get on smile

lovelychops Thu 08-Aug-13 22:41:52

Good luck!

ZingWidge Thu 08-Aug-13 23:22:28

helga how are things?

Let's hope this is it! smile

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 04:11:04

I'm in the hospital. I'm dehydrated and baby's heartbeat was a little erratic. They put me on a drip and sent DH home. They don't think anything will happen tonight. Pain is getting sharp though so trying to distract myself.

Mummysaysno Fri 09-Aug-13 04:19:17

Sounds like sound advice...try to sleep though...honestly it's such a cliche but so true (like you can sleep knowing you're imminently about to go in to labour and you're on a drop!!!).
And tell DH to sleep!!!!
I'm in a different time zone, so wide awake!

Mummysaysno Fri 09-Aug-13 04:20:33

Drip not drop. You are not on a drop!
Darn that spell check!!

larlemucker Fri 09-Aug-13 07:46:01

How are you this morn helga?

ZingWidge Fri 09-Aug-13 07:58:12

how are you doing now?

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 08:12:35

Still no baby. Bloody show at 4am. Ended up sitting in a chair to try and get some sleep as pain is way worse if I'm lying down. Doc doing rounds at 830 so it will be up to him what happens next.

lovelychops Fri 09-Aug-13 08:32:03

You're doing really well. Even though it may not feel like it now, things are all heading in the right direction and you will meet your baby soon. As others have said, try to rest - easier said than done I know. Could you manage something to eat?

ZingWidge Fri 09-Aug-13 08:44:55

that's progress, so well done!
I presume they won't send you home now...

sending you nice contractions and an easy labour and birth!smile

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 09:49:06

They're def not sending me home. Contractions are getting longer and closer together. I was lucky that I had a sick bag to hand as I just threw up. Asked for gaviacon as well as heart burn was playing up.

Still not peeing property but no more drip, just downing water.

Hurray helga!!! I woke up with crazy contractions about 3am and got quite excited but after half an hour all settled down again for me. I've been bouncing on birth ball like a mad thing for an hour, loading dishwasher, making DS's breakfast and having a shower and still nada. So looks like you'll be having baby today and I'll be having a nap lol

Mummysaysno Fri 09-Aug-13 10:30:25

Oooh so exciting! Thinking of you!!!!

ZingWidge Fri 09-Aug-13 11:34:59

ah so exciting!

they can give you an anti-sickness tablet, it might work.

good luck, hopefully it won't be long.

lovelychops Fri 09-Aug-13 11:38:42

Very exiting.
Hope something happens for littlemiss soon too!

I was sick about four hours before ds was born. Good luck! smile

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 15:57:15

Still nothing. Blasted contractions refuse to increase from 5 mins apart. I've gone for a few wanders around the hospital and they increase a bit but the minute I sit down they slow down again!
They've also diagnosed a UTI which my GP picked up on but decided not to treat - so peeing is not fun!

Oh no, poor you! Don't worry it won't last forever, although I'm sure it feels like it will right now!

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 16:50:13

Have just had a sweep and pethadine. Hopefully something will start to happen. I feel a wimp for needing the pethadine at this stage ( only 2cm dilated) but its been almost 24 hours now and I'm exhausted.

Hopefully you will manage to get some sleep. It's best you have Iain relief now so you're able to recharge your batteries, don't feel like a whimp you're doing great smile plus it's harder when you're in hospital rather that in the comfort of your own home

winewinewine For you helga!! Enjoy the pethidine!! I just went on a long walk round the park trying to get things started but...nothing part from v mild contractions. So I'm jealous!! Hope baby arrives for you tonight grin

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 20:09:58

I would have been more comfy at home but with it being my first I didn't know what was normal so wanted the reassurance that everything was ok.

I'm lucky with my ward though, it's nice and quite, the most people in in were 4 earlier and it's down to 2 now.

Completely understand. I was induced with both of mine and I don't think I'd have been able to stay at home!

I really hope things start kicking off for you smile

HelgatheHairy Fri 09-Aug-13 21:17:25

littlemiss the way things are going for me you could still have your baby before me!

ZingWidge Fri 09-Aug-13 21:26:05

good luck to all of you and here is a little encouragement:



You're definitely heading in the right direction, 2cm is good. Hope to read that your baby has arrived when I check in in the morning. Sending you lots of luck x

Good luck littlemiss, hope things get moving soon for you too smile

HelgatheHairy Sat 10-Aug-13 04:08:45

In a bath. Contractions really strong but still 4-6 mins apart. I can't keep going like this. They're going to have to do something today.

ZingWidge Sat 10-Aug-13 04:15:49

you'll get there. keep strongsmile

if it's to painful do consider an epidural.

how many cms dilated are you?

helga - my DS was back to back and I went from Sat morning to Mon lunchtime throwing up and contracting the whole time. It hurt like hell and was v tiring and since it was all happening over a bank holiday weekend in Aug the ward was understaffed so I couldn't get an epidural plus many of the staff had just started their new one year rotations in that hospital the week before so they were all new and didn't really know each other let alone what to do with me!! Really feel for you hmmPlus side is that eventually DS was born naturally and despite delivery from hell he was (and is!) healthy and well. Hope you are holding your new baby soon thanksthanks

SofiaAmes Sat 10-Aug-13 06:13:40

I had a labor like this. Worst part was that they kept telling me that I wasn't in labor which scared the hell out of me because it was so painful and I couldn't imagine how much worse "real" labor would be like. As it turned out they left me doing the "non" labor for 40 hours (short of staff), and my mother finally dragged a dr in who decided I wasn't progressing and ended up giving me an emergency cs. (All of this was at St.Mary's where the royal baby was just born...I'm sure they weren't short staffed for Kate). I had a vbac with my second and no part of any labor with her was anywhere as painful as the bit with my first where they insisted I wasn't in labor. I would insist on an epidural if I were you, by now.

HelgatheHairy Sat 10-Aug-13 07:42:53

I'm only 2-3cm dilated though, surely that's a bit early for an epidural?

I think you can have one once you reach a definite 3cm? Fwiw I found getting to 3/4cm by far the hardest work. After that it went quickly.

I had a long drawn out labour like you (was induced though), I had an epidural at about 3-4cm as I was exhausted and it had been going on for days. I was also being induced via drip and it hurt like hell. The epidural allowed me to get to 10cm pain free, then it was allowed to wear off so I could feel to push. If you haven't already, do consider epidural.

SofiaAmes Sat 10-Aug-13 08:31:47

It's a matter of your pain level, I thought. I was in far more pain before I dilated than once I got to 7cm (and didn't progress further).

HelgatheHairy Sat 10-Aug-13 19:31:17

I have a baby girl! In the end I has waters manually broken, induction drip, epidural, vacuum delivery and episotomomy and stitches. But she's beautiful and worth it all!

Amiee Sat 10-Aug-13 19:44:07

Congratulations!! I'm so pleased for you!

EmmaGellerGreen Sat 10-Aug-13 19:44:30


Amiee Sat 10-Aug-13 19:44:34

Have you decided on a name?

Aww congratulations! Glad you've finally got to meet her smile

ZingWidge Sat 10-Aug-13 19:59:58

fantastic news, congratulations!thanks

HelgatheHairy Sat 10-Aug-13 20:01:47

Thanks all. We're calling her Aria. I think I'm still a bit in shock!

Amiee Sat 10-Aug-13 20:11:40

Beautiful name. I'm so happy for you these will be the most wonderful and awful days of your life.

InkleWinkle Sat 10-Aug-13 20:12:27

Aww what a lovely name. Congratulations!

larlemucker Sat 10-Aug-13 20:24:37

Congratulations!!!! Lovely name!!

Yonilovesboni Sat 10-Aug-13 20:30:42

Beautiful thread!smile

Congratulations! Gorgeous name! smile

lovelychops Sat 10-Aug-13 21:02:14

Brilliant !! Well done you, and what a beautiful name. Congratulations xxx

Congrats helga! Sounds like it was tough going but now you can put it behind you and enjoy your lovely baby girl!

HelgatheHairy Sun 11-Aug-13 07:36:18

littlemiss your turn now. Any developments?

Cheeseatmidnight Sun 11-Aug-13 07:40:15


Not yet helga! But I had 53 hours of contractions and throwing up last time round lol So I guess I don't mind being overdue (40+2 today!) and just having twinges on and off if it's likely to mean a quicker delivery wink I'll be out walking this morning tho and keeping fx!!

SofiaAmes Mon 12-Aug-13 02:47:22

Beautiful name!!!!
By the way, don't let a super long labor the first time around fool you into thinking it will be that way next time. I had 40 hours the first time and 5 the second. dd was almost born in London rush hour traffic.

sofia - wow!! 5!! i'll bear that in mind if I ever go into labour, 40+3 today grin

lovelychops Mon 12-Aug-13 10:09:12

Me too little miss, I had four days with dd then three hours second time around! Hope things happen for you soon!

Three hours!! Wow!! Midwife was telling me today about a lady who delivered over the weekend, had to be induced with her first, didn't have an easy delivery, but turned up at hospital this time nearly 9cm (with no idea that's how far along she was!) and had the baby about an hour later. Keeping fingers crossed!!

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