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Last week or two of pregnancy

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squidkid Sun 16-Sep-12 13:44:27

Just a place for advice/suggestions or a place to chat for those of us in the last couple weeks of pregnancy. I am on a brilliant antenatal thread but my due date is the first there and I don't want to bore them all with nonsense about braxton hicks and how to fill my days when lots of them are still at work... and I think they would prefer their babies to stay inside for now! I'm not quite at the "get it out of me" stage yet... but I'm definitely at the "if you came now you'd be very welcome" stage.... smile

I am 38+5 today and this is first baby. I know most first babies come late, so I've been trying to tell myself I'll be late throughout the pregnancy, but now I'm term it's hard not to be excited. In the last three or four days I've had long periods of continuous mild period-like pain, and some painful tightenings (sometimes very close together, but then they stop). Are these imminent signs, do these mean nothing... I don't really know. I haven't had a show.

Baby has been engaged since 34 weeks (uncomfortable!) I'm pretty sure his/her back is on the left side at the front (all the kicks are upper right hand side) which I think is ideal. I'm a little obsessive about keeping baby in a good position - I spend time on all fours, make sure I get plenty of walking/standing, sit on a gym ball when I'm on the computer, sleep on my side, I don't lie back on the sofa. I'm probably overthinking this.

I am doing pretty ok for late pregnancy - still walking at least a few miles a day, or swimming, or walking into town every day. I actually did a charity night hike last night! (Boyfriend carried maternity notes in his backpack through the woods - it was a bit stupid really!) I am slow, but I thought I'd be a lot heavier and more immobile by this stage to be honest. I stopped work a while back - a very busy, stressful, physically and emotionally demanding job - so I've had a lot of time to relax, nest, exercise, see almost all my friends, sort my flat out. Everything is neat and sorted and stocked and ready.

I'm grateful that I've had a troublefree pregnancy and hoping the birth will go fine too. Feeling positive and relaxed about it, just impatient!

How are other people doing? Staying busy, getting anxious, waiting, over-analysing every tiny sign!? Any suggestions for good things to do in the last week or two? Please no one tell me to 'get lots of sleep' as this is the one thing I am completely incapable of at the moment - up every 30-60 mins through the night...

I've been like that the last couple of weeks whenhens . Have to hold my belly at the bottom when I stand up out of bed as the weight of the baby moves down and really hurts. Can feel the shift in weight moving from side to side in bed at night too.

Still nothing here despite getting my hopes up yesterday when I started to lose a bit of my plug and getting a lot of tightenings and period pains. Totally fed up now being overdue as two of my friends have had their babies over the last couple of days - and their due dates were behind mine and they didn't even hit them. Grrrr. Have the day to myself so gonna head out and walk this baby out. Midwife commented yesterday baby is still very high.

Have a good day everyone and sending labour vibes to all those who need them!

firstbubba Sat 22-Sep-12 10:15:46

Hi im firstbubba from the other October thread EDD 2/10 had a sweep thursday and due anothet one this week if nowt happens then booked for induction 1/10. DP currently away til next week.

Still nothing here

milk Sat 22-Sep-12 15:24:32

firstbubba : If you are due on the 2/10, why are they sweeping you so early?

firstbubba Sat 22-Sep-12 15:45:34

milk hoping i will go naturally i think booked for induction 1/10 due to age

milk Sat 22-Sep-12 15:51:04

My due date is also 2nd October smile Although to be honest I'd be quite happy if baby made an appearance sooner rather than later grin

firstbubba Sat 22-Sep-12 16:09:45

Me too know how you feel (grin)

milk Sat 22-Sep-12 16:21:07

People keep telling me to enjoy the rest, but how can I when I have to get up every hour during the night to pee and feel horribly uncomfortable! lol

firstbubba Sat 22-Sep-12 17:19:19

Yup not quite the rest I had in mind either with the frequent toilet trips should have shares in Andrex, which I have noticed is not of the standard I remember and rips easily

milk Sat 22-Sep-12 17:23:57

In Tesco you can buy Spring Force Toilet Tissue 9 Roll for £1.99 and it is the best toilet paper I have ever used grin

Mikyahrose Sat 22-Sep-12 17:31:22

Nothing to report here ladies. Now 40+4 and still no sign of anything happening. A few tightenings, but thats it really.

Sleeping isnt too bad, turning over is such an effort though, getting up twice for a wee most nights and tend to struggle to get back to sleep the second time, so end up playing on my phone at 4am, Do manage to drop back off eventually though.

DP has told me he's not allowed to come tomorrow as there is too much footy on! Off for a curry tomorrow evening though.

milk Sat 22-Sep-12 17:33:25

Can curry really help? I wanted to go out for a Chinese with DH this week, but if curry can bring on labour then I think I'll have to switch to Indian instead :P

Mikyahrose Sat 22-Sep-12 17:47:36

I dunno, but i'm now just trying most things that people suggest. I've also heard pineapple is good, so have eaten a couple of tins of that.

Think i've talked the DP into sexy time later too. ;)

squidkid Sat 22-Sep-12 18:19:55

Hey there. Sorry to read about others struggling! I have been pretty rubbish last few days really... the waiting thing has caught up with me I think.

I'm 39+4 now. Lots of achy period pain and tightenings, but sporadic and no pattern. More today than before, but still don't think it's going anywhere. Sleeping badly, but not due to that. These symptoms have been going on for about a week now. It's made me very frustrated and emotional - been crying a lot.

I have lots of pressure down below, but I've had that for about 4 weeks now (baby was engaged from 34 weeks).

Feeling very emotional and hormonal and like I am letting everyone down by not having had the baby yet (even though I'm not due yet!) Finding it hard to care about things. My friends aren't being annoying with texts, but they are... well, excited. I feel like I am disappointing them...

Have been a bit better today though due to sunshine and being busier (out at some festivals and seeing friends). Got friends coming tomorrow as well... and a gig in the evening.

I always said and thought I'd go overdue as most babies do but SO MANY people have told me "bet you'll be early" because I'm very active and baby was engaged early - must have subconsciously believed them. Meh. Boyfriend is buying champagne ready... I just want my baby now. Still walking 2-5 miles a day, sitting on my ball a few hours a day, listening to hypnotherapy, spending up to an hour a day on all fours. I have been eating a lot of pineapple too... I don't believe the curry thing, I've eaten food spicy enough to blow your head off since I was first pregnant, that's just the way I cook it! I had sex 4 times this week so that's not worked either! I think babies just come when they come...

Damn it! I started this thread all positive and have turned into a "get baby out of me now" woman! Actual due date is not till Tuesday, and most people do go overdue.

I am thinking of all of you. I warn you though, I will be completely irrationally jealous of anyone who comes early grin

missjackson Sat 22-Sep-12 18:40:00

40 plus EIGHT here today! Was offered a sweep yesterday but decided against it in the end - am going to trust my body to do it when it's ready (DC3). squid you sound very active, I was like that with number 1 and 2, but this time I am much bigger and have backache, so much more sloth-like! Hang in there, you won't remember all this waiting around when you finally have your snuggly newborn in your arms!

firstbubba Sat 22-Sep-12 18:49:29

Ladies, midwife recommended sex, curry and pineapple! Lol

PollyIndia Sat 22-Sep-12 19:42:20

Has anyone tried acupuncture or reflexology? I am only 39+3 so wouldn't until 41 weeks I guess... definitely thinking about it as I don't think this baby is coming any time soon. I am still in no rush though. I only finish work on tues so I am looking forward to a good week/10 days of catching up with mates, going to the gym, pottering about and having indulgent afternoon snoozes. Though the insomnia has started - I wake up for the loo and then can't get back to sleep due to the nervous excitement that has started to build. It's not too bad yet though.

I'm also doing the evening primrose oil thing which is meant to soften the cervix. I am single so no sex unfortunately (baby's father is an ex), and I also cook really spicy food so I don't think that will work.

I think the baby will come when he or she is ready - I just hope it's before they induce as am really not looking forward to that prospect one iota.

PollyIndia Sat 22-Sep-12 19:44:13

I have also just realised my heating isn't working so this baby can't come until that is fixed as I am hoping for a homebirth. So actually I'll be staying away from curry and pineapple for a bit!

Chillis and spicy food is the norm for me and too much pineapple would just give me heartburn - I did try that one briefly though. I'm not with the baby's father anymore so sex is out the window for me also (though I'm sure he would probably step up to the mark if I asked grin )

Funny I was considering asking my mum's friend, a reflexologist, if a session with her was worth a shot.

paperclips Sun 23-Sep-12 00:10:44

Strange day today.

All the aches and tightenings I had the previous night had stopped by morning so was a bit down in the dumps. Went to a crap farmers market and a crap carnival and generally was in a bad mood. Then burst into tears when dh had to help me get out the car.

More worryingly baby was moving a lot less than usual throughout the day. Baby is usually busy partying every night, but not tonight. So ended up at the MLU triage at about 10pm. Stuck me on monitoring for an hour. Baby woke up then, and everything was fine.

While I was there we heard someone coming in, get shown into another room, scream a bit, followed by cries of "the head's out" down the corridor, people running, then a lovely healthy baby crying. Was very moving. Pretty sure I won't be popping any babies out in triage or any time soon though.

Baby now moving more now and I'm much happier, and have had a trial run of finding the unit.

YompingJo Sun 23-Sep-12 08:46:48

Ballroomblitz, sex with a reflexologist is a clever way of combining the two! gringringringringrin

Sorry, know that's not what you meant by "a session" but couldn't resist!

38+2, want this baby out NOW.

zoey11 Sun 23-Sep-12 08:53:20

I'm 39+6 days and the last 2 day I've had really bad watery discharge but no pains with it, this is my 2nd baby but I had my first at 37 weeks, is this normal this far gone?

whenhenshaveteeth Sun 23-Sep-12 09:06:49

I like the idea of having sex with the reflexologist too grin. I tried with my husband yesterday but it hasn't worked, maybe that's where I'm going wrong wink

I also tried an extra hot curry last night, which was yummy but didn't bring on labour. I don't really believe in those methods (apart for sex because of the prostaglandins) but I thought it would be fun to try. TBH I eat quite hot food normally so I'm probably immune to it anyway.

I don't know what the weather is like where you are but it's foul here, so there's not much to do apart from giving birth really... Plus I slept really well last night, DH is at home so can look after DS and I think my MW is working today. The baby would be bloody cheeky not to come today, don't you think?!!

Joke aside I lost a blob of clear/white stuff this morning - is that a bit of the plug? I know it can be pinkish/greenish but can it be clear/white? I've been having discharge for a while but this one was "bigger" than usual. Your thoughts?

grin grin so that's where I'm going wrong YompingJo ? Hats off to those even entertaining the thought of a jiggy session - I feel and look as sexy as a baby elephant.

Yep zoey sounds normal to me.

I think the mucus plug can be different colours whenhens . Mine was mainly brown with a bit of clear - like a jelly consistency, but I'd had a sweep done 48 hours before so was still bleeding old blood a bit and quite common to lose some after a sweep apparently. From what I picked up reading about it the other day can be clear/white but preferably pink tinged (bloody show) as it shows your cervix is dilating/effacing.

zoey11 Sun 23-Sep-12 10:24:49

thank u ballroomblitz,
well hopefully he will show his little face soon lol I've got my first sweep next Thursday and what I have readed up about it, it isit very nice so I'm praying he comes soon lol but I've tried everything even sex!! but he's to happy in my belly lol

firstbubba Sun 23-Sep-12 11:39:46

zoey i had a sweep last week and due another one this week MW was lovely not nearly as bad as i was expecting tb. Doesnt seem to have made the slightest difference tho!

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