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Ready to pop and want baby OUT!!!

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38 weeks today, and am really ready to have this baby! I know that realistically I could have almost another 4 weeks of feeling like this, but just want it sooner rather than later. I feel that all I am doing is cleaning the house, as I don't want to go into labour with a messy house (especially as I'm planning a home birth). DD3 arrived at 38+3, so all through this pregnancy, I've been expecting the same, or even a bit earlier, and I know that I'm putting too much pressure on myself to have the baby soon. I know that I'm being silly, and that the baby will arrive when it's ready, but each day now feels about a week long!

EarnestDullard Thu 06-Sep-12 13:49:27

Ohh I could have written your post. Except I'm only 35+5 blush so I know that the baby needs a bit longer. But I'm hot, heavy and tired, and I don't know if I can cope with another (potentially) 6 weeks of this. I just hope it's sooner rather than later. DD was born at 40+2, so who knows? I'd like to make it to 37w so I can get into my local birth centre. But when I'd finished all the housework last week all i could think was "It'd be good if the baby came now, or else I'll just have to do this all again next week"!

Time just seems to be dragging on.. and then I feel bad for wishing away these next few weeks when I should be enjoying the last days when DD has me all to herself sad

I'm exactly the same. 38 weeks today and totally and utterly fed up and all my joints seem to be going one by one. Started with my hips and ankle and today I put out my shoulder and neck and my wrist is sore.

I had ds at 34 weeks and although it was cs so I have no idea when I would have went naturally with him, I am not used to this late stage of pregnancy. I have done everything I need to do and am spending the days light cleaning as I've already deep cleaned and organised the whole house. Even caught myself on today looking at the hall and contemplating painting it. Would normally love some time to while away hours reading but my concentration for books or even the telly is nil.

Ambi Thu 06-Sep-12 19:51:24

42 weeks on Mon grin Do I win? Induction tomorrow thank fook.
I'd had enough by 38 weeks too and convinced baby would be early, coupled with various aches & pains over the last 4weeks it's been torture. I went o/due last time - you'd have thought I'd learnt my lesson!! Good luck, fingers crossed you pop naturally soon.

You definitely win, ambi, I went to 41+2 with DD2, and narrowly avoided induction. Good luck for tomorrow!

ballroom, I've been eyeing up my paintwork for a few days, but am rapidly running out of energy. The cleaning and looking after DDs when they're not at school is exhausting.

Have eaten a shed load of pineapple today, and given myself horrible indigestion! Won't try it again.

Badgerina Thu 06-Sep-12 23:38:15

Ah ambi, that's hard. I went 12 days over with DS1, and I was pretty angry by the end of it. Best of luck for tomorrow.

OP - I'm 38 weeks on Saturday, and I am WITH you. Baby started to engage at 36 weeks and my pelvis is seriously OWCH.

I've been taking raspberry leaf capsules since 36 weeks and have just started having lavender and clary sage baths. Don't know if any of it makes any difference but at least the baths are relaxing and smell gorgeous!

Badgerina Thu 06-Sep-12 23:39:49

Forgot to say, I'm planning a home birth too, AND I flipping LOVE Moomins (I feel
a bit like a Moomin at the moment with this big bump!) grin

Badgerina, I haven't taken any raspberry leaf tea/capsules, but I did have a lavender and clary sage bath last night. I agree that it smells beautiful! I bought lavender, clary sage and jasmine oils for use during my labour, and have blended all three with some sweet almond oil to use as a massage oil. I've also bought an oil burner. I haven't been sleeping very well recently, but the last two nights I've sprinkled lavender oil on my pillow, and have slept like a log. I would rather be woken up by contractions though, lol! I'm going to keep on with the aromatherapy baths, in the hope that it does something!

I second feeling like a moomin!

I know how you feel, am 38 weeks today & just feel lousy. Pelvis hurts, being sick a lot & just feel like the size of a small continent.

To make things worse, a friend of mine was due 2 days before me & had her baby this morning, so now I feel grumpy & jealous too angry

Badgerina Sat 08-Sep-12 13:27:48

HelsBels Yes I have the envy as well. Really want to be tucked up under a blanket with a newborn squishy. Come on baby!

furrygoldone Sat 08-Sep-12 18:39:59

39+4, DH's work colleague who was due the same day as me had her baby on Thursday, another friend who admittedly is a week ahead of me is in being induced, I am fucked off beyond belief about this despite preferring to have my teeth pulled without anaesthetic than be induced again.

For some reason I convinced myself this one would be early, looks like I was just kidding myself. My sympathies to you all and everything but my legs crossed that no one had too much longer to wait.

peeriePistoriuslicker Sat 08-Sep-12 18:45:50

40+5 today and feeling VERY grumpy. Both my previous pregnancies went to induction and with this one I really just wanted a 'normal' labour that started on its own at home, and didn't have to be started off in the big soulless babyfactory hospital. It's looking more likely that this one will be just the same and I'm surprisingly down about it.

mcyawny Sat 08-Sep-12 18:55:49

Can I join? I'm 38+6 and cannot wait to have this baby I'm SO ready!
I'm fed up of not being able to walk, pick things up from the floor, sleep, lift anything etc. etc.

I'm over analysing every single twinge/ache/leak. I did however have a mucous plug go today, got excited about it, then read on here that it could still be 2 weeks - ARRGGGH.

Had dc1 on 40+2 but got no idea when to expect this one.
Doing lots of optimal foetal positioning to push him south!
Sending labour vibes to all of you!

Badgerina Sat 08-Sep-12 21:45:55

mcyawny Mucous plug gone! Get thee on a birthing ball lass! Bounce Mama!

mcyawny Sat 08-Sep-12 22:06:14

Badge I've been on and off this gym ball for last 3 hours it makes the BH really strong and actually quite painful when I'm on it must be doing something! Thanks for the encouragement. How's the clary sage bathing going? What is it actually supposed to do?
I've been doing this optimal positioning for about 4 nights now wonder if that's what caused the plug to go - worth a try maybe ladies?

mcyawny, sounds very promising! I have never lost my mucus plug until in labour.

I've been in a grump all day and cried at the X Factor tonight. The 'have you got any signs yet' texts have started today, I'm going to really have to bite my tongue if people start ringing!

mcyawny Sat 08-Sep-12 22:22:27

It's a grumpy day everyday for me at the mo!
Good tip about the lavender on pillow Moomin might try it tonight as slept really badly last night.
I too have been getting texts and calls, even from friends who are not really close friends you know, and it feels a bit of an invasion of privacy. Am probably being sensitive though!
It's bloody annoying as well!

Rachel130690 Sun 09-Sep-12 14:59:05

I'm 40+6 today sad and terribly fed up and just want my baby out.. Loads of people on my due date thread have had their babies and I'm so so jealous..

Have tried everything, had a sweep on Friday morning, and have had a show on 3 separate occasions since Friday, thought contractions were starting last night but so far nothing.

Am just so sick of waiting!

peeriePistoriuslicker Sun 09-Sep-12 16:26:47

I'm 40+6 today too Rachel... Gah how fed up am I, grumpy with the kids, uncomfortable, plus DH has given me some germs which mean I have a stuffed up head, sore throat and snotty nose! angry
Still no signs of anything happening AT ALL. Not even BH sad

CaptainHetty Sun 09-Sep-12 17:14:33

Oh me too, and I've only just hit full term. Have loads of BH (usually at night, but could just be I notice them more then) and nothing ever amounts to anything. So totally ready for little lady to get her bum in gear now!

Pickles77 Sun 09-Sep-12 17:42:09

Im 37 + 3 and can't take much more.
My bump aches all the time. I can never get comfy!! Pregnancy is painful!!!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sun 09-Sep-12 19:49:37

Can I join the impatient-ness too? I'm 39 weeks, highly fed up, can barely walk due to pelvic pain and feeling hot, heavy, fed up and generally whale like sad DD was induced at 40+15 and I'm so desperate to get my spontaneous labour & water delivery this time but the longer it goes on the more I'm getting a bit miserable about the chances of another induction.

What is optimum positioning? I bought an exercise ball today is it just sitting on it rather than the sofa? I've spent a lot of time on the trampoline with DD this week but other than some very minor BH & slight back ache I'm getting no indication of baby being in a hurry.

Tried all the well known stuff to hurry DD along but with no effect, anyone got any other tips?

mcyawny Sun 09-Sep-12 20:01:03

Hi Heffalumps re. optimal foetal positioning - at my 38 week MW appt baby's head was on the brim but not engaged (although I've heard that for 2nd and subsequent babies they often only engage during labour), so she told me about this positioning which encourages baby's head and body into a good position, and once the baby's head is deep down it can help trigger labour.

So the advice is to avoid reclining/crossing legs/having knees above hips in sitting/squatting.

And to adopt positions such as sitting on a gym ball, legs spread apart and bouncing, pelvic thrust forward and backward, side to side, figure of eights on the ball. All fours and rocking pelvis side to side. Sitting upright legs apart and leaning slightly forwards. Lying on left side when sleeping.

Nothing's happening for me since the strong BHs and mucous plug yesterday, goddammit! Been really grumpy and tearful today, and now I'm reading into that thinking it could be a sign labour is imminent. I'm going crazy!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sun 09-Sep-12 21:09:51

Thanks mcyawny I'll try that from now on, ball being blown up as we speak. Looking back I probably did do a lot of slobbing about on the sofa towards the end when expecting DD so with any luck this could help. At least I'll know I tried anyway!

Feeling sympathy with everyone's grumpiness, I've been irrationally moody these last few days but I suppose it's to be expected with disrupted sleep and over active hormones.

I remember saying to DH when DD was coming up to her first birthday how much I missed being pg, he said no you don't you hated it, and I totally disagreed and insisted that no, I loved it...stupid rose tinted glasses playing tricks on me again!

Clarence80 Sun 09-Sep-12 22:36:30

Nice to here you ladies being as phenomenally pissed off as i am! 41+1 today and going a bit mental with impatience. Got excited when I had to get up at 2.40am this morning with stomach pain. It was just a poo. Never been more disappointed in my life! Good luck everyone, these babies will come out eventually!

milk Mon 10-Sep-12 08:32:14

Please can I come in and have a moan!

I am 36+6 and I have had enough! The thought of being pregnant for possibly another 3 weeks fills me with dread sad I am absolutely massive, can barely walk, and feel as if I am neglecting my 18mo DS as I can't play with him any more (I don't have the strength to lie on the floor and play cars or build train sets) sad

mrsv2 Mon 10-Sep-12 08:43:27

Can i join too.......37+2 but with the end in sight as i am booked for induction on Friday. I am grumpy, hot, cant sleep, exhausted, hungry ( but have GD so cant pick at yummy things). DD ( 17months) is being neglected and i fear by the end of this week a cbeebies addict.
This has been such a long pregnancy as DD arrived at 29+0 so we have been ready forever.

I'm even grumpier today than I was at the weekend. I almost begged my husband to take a sickie today to stay with us. I feel like I'm totally neglecting my son (2.7) as I can't play the active games he wants to play, walking is very painful so we don't really go out & I'm just fed up sad

funchum8am Mon 10-Sep-12 08:55:55

I am due same day as you moomin so 38+4 and starting maternity leave today. Feel bored, grumpy and achy and I desperately do not want induction so i'm hugely keen for baby to turn up on time! Off to try some of those positions for getting things going and to finish my raspberry leaf tea (am upping from 2 to 3 cups per day now!) Huge sympathies to all of you, esp those already overdue.

furrygoldone Mon 10-Sep-12 14:10:13

No babies yet then? 40 weeks tomorrow, had about 3/4 hour of 4 min apart braxton hicks in bed last night but turned out to be nothing, although I think I may have just had a small show.

I'm also spending the day boring a toddler, DS is 16 months, and I'm just too tired and fat to do anything interesting!

peeriePistoriuslicker Mon 10-Sep-12 14:15:19

Nothing nothing NOTHING!! angry
No BH, no show, baby twisting and turning and flipping all over so clearly not wanting to engage or come out.

Pickles77 Mon 10-Sep-12 15:01:04

I've had no BH either I feel left out?!
Anyone fancy a curry and some trampolining?grin

Rachel130690 Mon 10-Sep-12 16:04:51

pickles I didn't start having bh until week 39, and very close to my due date. Though I'm not too sure whether I'm still getting them. A night time I seem to lose more of my plug or "the show" and then have tightenings but nothing has come of it.

41 weeks today and have gave up on the idea of this happening naturally and that I'll be pregnant FOREVER.. Okay maybe I'm getting a bit dramatic. But reckon I'll be getting induced on Thursday and it's ruined everything I wanted. Have no idea what to expect. I was told you'll have induction Thursday, we will ring on Wednesday night to give you a time and here's a booklet that tells you what can happen. sad not prepared at all but I'm just gonna make sure my Oh is beside me and speaks up if I need him to.

Rachel130690 Mon 10-Sep-12 16:05:26

Oh and pickles a curry and a bounce on the trampoline sounds great right about now smile

Welcome to all who have joined the thread. Nice to see you on here funchum, the totally grads thread has gone very quiet as of late!

I went for a 4 mile walk yesterday, out of necessity rather than anything else (had to take eldest two DDs to their dad's house, and DH was at work with the car). On the way back, I had a lot of discomfort, but when I got home and had a sit down for half an hour, it all died away again. I feel a bit achey around my lower abdomen and back this afternoon, but I doubt that it's going to amount to anything!

Had a bit of an odd visit from the health visitor earlier. Around here, they've started visiting women at the end of their pregnancies, rather than make the first visit after the birth. She had to ask us several questions- mainly the obvious things to get a bit of background information about us, and about our other children and if they are fit and well etc, but also questions such as 'was the pregnancy planned', 'how will having the baby impact on your relationship', and the weirdest one-, 'who do you think the baby will be like'. How bizarre!

Fingers crossed that we will all start popping out babies left, right and centre- especially those ladies who are overdue!

DesperatelySeekingDistraction Mon 10-Sep-12 17:40:07

Can I join? 39+4 and totally fed up. DD1 was born at 39+5 so I had convinced myself that DD2 would be early too. Have had some contractions each day for past five days, but they disappear after an hour or two. Last time I had a show, followed by random contractions that were on/off for two days before getting very strong and very rapid very quickly (eight in half an hour so went to hospital to discover I was 5cm, an hour later I was fully dilated)

So far no show, no mucous plug, just contractions that are just strong enough and last just long enough for me to think "this could be it" before disappearing.

I'm so uncomfortable, hardly able to sleep, can't rest in day due to very active 2yr old DD who has taken to the "terrible twos" brilliantly. Feels like I'm going to be pregnant forever. Terrified of being induced and ending up with another highly medicalised birth (due to inexperienced midwife and junior doctor indecision DD1's birth turned into a medicalised nightmare) so after facing my demons about DD1's birth and rationalising that this time it will be different, I'm getting increasingly stressed as each day passes. Adding to the stress is the fact that it could take DH up to 2 hours to get home depending on what time of day labour really gets going, and my DM (who will be looking after DD1) is 45 mins away by motorway but doesn't drive on motorways so will have to either be driven over by SIL (who works 40 mins from DM) or picked up by DH enroute, meaning I have no pissing idea when I should ring them, if I ever bloody do go into labour.

I've also turned into a miserable, whinging harpie (see above!) to such an extent that I'm sure DH and my friends are desperate for me to give birth just so I'll stop walking around with a face like a smacked arse!

And I know, I'm totally unreasonable as I'm not even past my due date yet. So sorry all of you 40+somethings.

Notgrownupinmyhead Mon 10-Sep-12 19:11:12

Can i join? Im 40+1 with ds3. Before i forget, i had the hv asking questions like that the other week Moomin, Im in the Trafford Borough of Manchester if its the same bunch!

So far: Castor Oil, bouncing, gardening, cleaning, epo and rlt to ripen my innards, stern words to ds3 to vacate the premises blush and running around after the other members of the house.
Curry 2moro.

Ive had no proper bh just tightenings when i do anything like said cleaning and when im in bed at night i have strange pains in the cervix and my back is constantly hurty.

Ive read Gin & Tonic has set a few women off!!

Pickles77 Mon 10-Sep-12 19:16:28

Can I just ask a tmi question? Has anyone else has quite a increase in discharge and a need to poo all the time blush

can't believe I ask this now

Does anyone else feel like they could just sit in a corner & cry? Not for any particular reason?

Pickles77 Mon 10-Sep-12 20:10:48

Do not I repeat do not put itv on. I am in floods sad

I'm in warwickshire, notgrownup, it must be a nationwide thing. Strange questions though, and she was in and out in 10 minutes. Also had my EDD down as a week later, and was voicing her suprise about a colleague doing a pregnancy visit, to find a 2 day old baby. I did think to myself that they might avoid that situation if they visited a little earlier, given that 37 weeks onwards is term!

Pickles, it could be the baby's head settling lower and putting pressure on your cervix and rectum (nice!). I had the poo thing last week, but it's now gone the other way (piles don't help!) and I'm worried that if I do go into labour, I'll squeeze a big poo out blush. It's happened before!

Have spoken to my friend tonight, she hsd DC5 in May, and swears by nipple tweaking for 15 minutes at a time. I might try it!

Notgrownupinmyhead Mon 10-Sep-12 21:25:57

Pickles my discharge and poop output have doubled and then some over the last week. Discharge is like pva glue and poop is slightly looser.

I was almost crying before watching Hairy Bikers!!!! They were in Cornwall and I wanted to live there with the boys. Wtf?

Moomin, another question was did i ever wonder what baby will look like and what did i want them to turn out like...


Pickles77 Mon 10-Sep-12 21:55:09

So it doesn't mean im going to burst sad

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 10-Sep-12 22:05:50

pickles yes to both, don't remember it last time but definitely increased 'output' this time. blush

Also, yes to HelsBels too, irrationally emotional I'm either spoiling for a fight or trying not to cry most of the day now.

I have a lovely big trampoline in the garden & a rather tasty curry house round the corner, all welcome! Let's hope these babies get a move on, especially for everyone already overdue.

Clarence80 Mon 10-Sep-12 23:27:00

pickles I am experiencing both of the symptoms you describe, getting through a lot of toilet roll! Had another sweep today, complete waste of time as she couldn't even reach my cervix. Trying to gear myself up for induction on Thursday when I will be 12 days over.
BTW I cried for about 3 hours after the failed sweep. Felt very sorry for my poor husband who has got his concerned face on most of the time at the moment!

FoxyRoxy Tue 11-Sep-12 00:42:24

Can I pop my head in? 39+6 today and had some irregular contractions earlier but they've gone again. Had them since Wednesday on and off along with bh's. Tried everything, no show and he's not engaged yet either (dc2). Had a dodgy belly earlier which made me think it could be the start of things proper but no.

And if one more person asks if there's any sign yet I will go mental!

How are all you lovely, very-heavily-pregnant ladies?

38+6 here now, and feeling a bit despondent after my midwife appointment. I last saw her 3 weeks ago, and was 2/5th engaged. Now the baby's head is back at the brim, and she said that my fundus is sitting as high as it could possibly get! I know that with subsequent babies, they can bob in and out of the pelvis, but with DD2 and DD3, I gradually engaged until a couple of weeks before the birth, then they stayed well wedged in. I'm also a bit worried, as I was previously measuring bang on for dates, but only 37cm today. The midwife didn't seem at all concerned though. She is going to do a sweep next Wednesday, and while I really hate them, I'm willing to try anything to get little one moving!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 12-Sep-12 16:25:54

Hope things are moving along for everyone. I'm more and more fed up by the hour now, starting to have some really intense pain in my pubic bone whenever I stand, walk, move, all the bloody time and my hormones seem to be running riot. Today I cried when I couldn't return a £5.99 pair of trousers that we're too small for me, apparently I should have tried them on before buying but I was too embarrassed to say to the shop assistant, in front of a queue of customers, that I hadn't because the changing cubicle was so tiny and I wouldn't have got in and out in one piece! sad

Hurry up babies these last few weeks are no fun!

furrygoldone Wed 12-Sep-12 16:32:15

Hello everyone, I'm now 40+1 and actually feeling a lot less frustrated than I was a few days ago. Had my term appointment today and thought I'd have to have an argument about not wanting an induction date,but lovely midwife was fine for me to just carry on, seemy community midwife next week and let her book induction if required. Hopefully feeling quite relaxed will help.

FoxyRoxy Wed 12-Sep-12 23:26:21

Due date today (well yesterday for me, it's 12.26 here) been on and off the loo all day with tmi really bad runs. Timed contractions this evening but no pattern or anything to them. Have an appt tomorrow for a sweep, worried about getting there without needing the loo sad(

Hope everyone is ok? Any news?

funchum8am Thu 13-Sep-12 02:13:34

No news here other than insomnia! Just finished a book called The Midwife's Confession in one go. Do not read while pregnant - great story but makes you think of things that could go wrong!!

Am likely to have a sweep a week on Monday at 40+4 if no action by then but nervous as they sound horrible! Hope everyone else is sleeping soundly....

Rachel130690 Thu 13-Sep-12 03:52:32

41+3 days today sad it's induction day and I have to be in hospital for 6AM! grrr stupid bloody early start which means I've had shit all sleep, two and a half hours tops. I'm lying in bed waiting for alarm to go off so I can force myself outta bed and into shower, and I want to sleep. sad

Although hoping for a quick labour and delivery today. Eeek getting to meet my baby soon smile

FoxyRoxy Thu 13-Sep-12 05:39:32

Rachel good luck! Hope today goes smoothly and you're holding your baby by the end of it!

imustbepatient Thu 13-Sep-12 06:55:17

Good luck Rachel! smile

Badgerina Thu 13-Sep-12 07:28:38

Good luck - hope everything happens as you want grin

I'm just coming up to 39 weeks. Nothing much happening... Feeling a LOT better now that stupid heat wave has finished - whose idea was that?? I'm very hormonal - very grumpy, but at least the end is in sight! Sort of...

Badgerina Thu 13-Sep-12 07:30:23

funchum sweeps are ok - they're not pleasant, but they're not that bad either. Hopefully it'll do the trick! grin

Hope all is going ok, rachel.

furrygoldone Thu 13-Sep-12 11:51:03

Good luck Rachel, and funchum, sweeps are not the most pleasant thing you'll ever experience, but try to stay relaxed (practice some in through the nose out though the mouth breathing) and it will be fine.

CaptainHetty Thu 13-Sep-12 12:06:43

Good luck today, Rachel! Hope to hear good news from you soon.

I feel a bit of a fraud complaining here when so many of you are 40 weeks +, but I'm seriously fed up now. Growth scan on Tuesday revealed not only is baby small(ish), but I'm low on fluid as well, so they want me back once a week for a scan and to put my on a CTG. Told to watch out of changes or reduction in movements and go straight back if there are any... Then told they've found protein in my wee sample so I should also watch out for swelling, flashing lights and headaches. I'm 37+3 now, and constantly stressing about whether she's moving enough and checking my feet for swelling. I'm hoping they'll induce me sooner rather than later because I'm just getting rather miserable and can't stop worrying now.

Hope everyone is doing ok smile

funchum8am Thu 13-Sep-12 12:12:45

Good luck Rachel - gosh you might potentially have had baby by now if it went REALLY quickly....I hope it is all going really well either way.

CaptainHetty hopefully you'll ward off any further problems but I can see it will be a pain traipsing in and out every week, especially if the hospital is a way away. But at least you'll get to know the baby is definitely OK. Fingers crossed for you.

I am up after sleeping til 11am, having not got to sleep til about 3am. I mustn't complain too much as I do feel quite a lot better but if I am going to sleep from 3 til 11 every day I'm not going to be in a particularly good state when baby arrives! Having said that at least I'm getting used to being up and about at night which is bound to happen a lot once baby arrives....EDD is a week today!

Good luck everyone for the next few days and weeks of aches, pains, moans and groans and BABIES!

peeriePistoriuslicker Thu 13-Sep-12 13:01:39

I had to come back and report after my Monday moan above...
And labour truly sucks.
I started having pains when reading DDs bedtime story Monday night, went into local unit at 3.30am (was already 6cm dilated after spending hours wondering if they were 'proper' labour pains!) and had him at 7.12am Tuesday morning. 8lb 4.5oz.
Keep the faith ladies, it was so sudden from nothing to out, it will be you!!

Badgerina Thu 13-Sep-12 13:04:25

peerie Yay! Sounds like you had a very straightforward labour - congratulations!

Clarence80 Thu 13-Sep-12 13:09:08

Excellent news peerie and I hope things are going well rachel.

I am waiting for a phone call to say what time I can go in and be induced. Trying not to lose the plot! You'd think that after all this waiting I'd be better at it!

Congratulations, peerie!

Funchum, I'm suffering from insomnia too. I can get to sleep ok, but keep waking at 2 or 3 am, then can't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. It's no joke, is it!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Thu 13-Sep-12 13:54:49

Congratulations peerie! Fantastic news! grin

Rachel hope it's all going well for you and you get those special newborn snuggles today!

How is everyone else? I was so glad this morning when I saw it was overcast and chilly but clouds have now gone and it's baking hot again, I'm holed up in my bedroom fussing about with DD's toy boxes and making pointless adjustments to the baby's things just to keep me busy. Have been having trouble getting to sleep at night but funding it really difficult to nap during the day too, hopefully just slobbing about a bit will count as rest so I won't get too exhausted.

Has anyone else been given induction dates yet? I think mine will be the week after next but am crossing fingers we won't need to go that far again. My lower back has been twinging a lot since yesterday & the BH are still going but trying not to read too much into it.

Hope all you ladies are keeping sane, not long to go for any of us now smile

CaptainHetty Thu 13-Sep-12 13:57:46

Congratulations, peerie, that's great news grin

mrsv2 Thu 13-Sep-12 13:58:36

Induction day for me tomorrow....,just want this baby now. Organised and ready at home.......:-)

furrygoldone Thu 13-Sep-12 14:11:32

Congratulations Peerie, very jealous that you're getting to snuggle with your newborn.

I refused an induction date yesterday at my term appointment as I really really want to avoid induction and don't want a date hanging over my head. Will get my community midwife to make one if needs be when I see her next week.

Also suffering from insomnia, need to try and get a nap soon before I pick DS up from nursery.

FoxyRoxy Thu 13-Sep-12 14:28:15

Congrats Peerie!! Fantastic news!

Well I'm 3cm according to my Ob this morning, booked in for an induction on Monday if nothing happens before then. No contractions that I can feel except irregular ones that I'm sure are just BH. So tired after spending half the night in the loo, pregnancy is so glam...

funchum8am Fri 14-Sep-12 17:07:14

Congratulations peerie!

No news here, just been to see Anna Karenina to pass the time. It was OK if you like that sort of thing...

moomin it sounds like between the two of us we get a GREAT night's sleep - my problem is that I can't drop off til about 2 or 3am! Bit better last night, I think I went to sleep before midnight.

Another lady in my NCT group gave birth at 10am today though, so that's 2 out of 8 of us...I am convinced I am going to be last now!

Rachel130690 Sat 15-Sep-12 00:33:21

Hey everyone. Good news here, Herbie Edward was born at 10.03 pm today 14-9-12 weighing in at 7lb 7oz.

In a lot of pain but fed was worth it. Was induced starting 6am yesterday and was 41+4 days today. Glad my snuggly baby is here smile

Yay! Congratulations, Rachel! I bet you are so relieved. Enjoy your little boy! X x

Really fed up now. Was having what I thought were contractions earlier so thought it was all kicking off but nothing. Just really uncomfortable, fed up & can't sleep.

Congrats & envy to everyone who has their baby.

furrygoldone Sat 15-Sep-12 05:11:23

Congratulations Rachel.

I saw your post in childbirth Hels, had similar happen earlier and now very clearly awake! Have been telling everyone I don't think baby will arrive this weekend, in an attempt at appearing calm and relaxed about the whole thing, the one time in my life I don't want to be right!

Went to see friends newborn earlier, she's totally gorgeous, was hoping she'd encourage the wee man to come out, but no. Have to say it was very strange to hold such a small baby compared to my 2 stone toddler, it's been less than two years and I think I've already forgotten how to look after such a small baby.

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 15-Sep-12 09:23:30

Ah congratulations Rachel it's worth it all once your little one is finally out and in your arms isn't it smile

mrsv2 hope your induction is going well, come back and let us know!

I had a surprisingly good nights sleep last night for once, which beat the night before when I gave up trying and ran a bath at 1am instead! Due on Monday and trying to organise party for DD who is 2 on Thursday so today is balloon and party bag shopping, I'm trying the 'carry on and forget about it' approach in the hope I can kid myself I'm not getting ridiculously impatient!

Notgrownupinmyhead Sat 15-Sep-12 09:38:14

Congrats all if you too! My friend had hers last night. I had a sweep yesterday and had cramps and pink gloop all night but I doubt anything will happen.

Get oot!!!

FoxyRoxy Sat 15-Sep-12 17:43:30

Congrats Rachel!

I'm still here although been having a bloody show (or what I assume is one, brown cm and jelly-like stuff. Naice) got awful back ache, bump has dropped considerably and had some painful contractions earlier that have now stopped of course. Trying to keep occupied by playing on the wii sports with DH and DS.

I'm just frustrated, something is happening but nothing is really progressing & I just want baby out. I just feel like I want to sit & cry & have no idea why. I went to hospital this morning as bump hadn't moved for a long time, all is find but the midwife was strongly hinting things wouldn't be long to start, but still nothing has really started and I'm just fed up now.

furrygoldone Sun 16-Sep-12 07:22:33

Another false alarm last night, even thought my waters had broken but it must just have been discharge, seriously fucked off now, going to have a shower and a very long walk to see if that does any good.

whatsoever Sun 16-Sep-12 08:40:16

I feel like a bit of a fraud at only 37+3 but I've been fed up for weeks already sad

Been having BH for weeks, but for the last week or so they wake me up at night feeling very uncomfortable and desperate to pee (although mostly I can only squeeze out a few drops as it's only been an hour or so since the last loo trip). Pelvis hurts a lot especially on one side. MW told me at my last but one appointment that it's because the baby's head is so low, but at my last appointment I was told the head isn't engaged at all, so mixed messages there.

Feel so tired all the time - no energy surge to make me do loads of cleaning either blush Just putting the washing out yesterday made me breathless and exhausted. Starting to worry where I will find the energy for labour....

milk Sun 16-Sep-12 09:03:44

whatsoever - I'm 37+5 and also want this baby out so so bad!!!

Foxy- anymore developments?

I felt really down on Friday night. DH had gone to his brother's for the night as he wanted a few drinks- I was ok about him going as he was just a taxi-ride from home, but once he was there I got really anxious about going into labour without him, and then started panicking about going into altogether (silly, as I've had three straightforward deliveries). I'm a bit of a control freak sometimes, and the not knowing when it's all going to happen is getting on my nerves. I'm worrying about who is going to look after DDs when it all kicks off- we are ok for childcare most of the time, but on Thursday (my due-date), PIL are going away for 3 nights, and my mum teaches on Thursdays and Fridays. I can't really think of anyone else to ask!

Nothing really happening here, had a tiny bit of pink spotting on Thursday after a fairly long walk, but that was it. MIL kept saying to try sex (she's a midwife), but whilst that was very lovely (took a lot of persuading DH!), it hasn't done anything at all! I think that the baby is just very comfy in there.

I feel your pain furry, so frustrating isn't it.

blondiep14 Sun 16-Sep-12 09:49:19

Hi all, really fed up here too!
39+5 but been waiting since 37 weeks as mw hinted would be early as baby was 3/5ths engaged.

Was 4/5ths engaged last week and have spent all week feeling sick on and off, plenty of 'clearing out' and cramps on and off but last night they were quite strong and I was convinced something was going to happen...no such luck!

This is my 3rd but it's all new to me as was 6 and 2 days late with the others but had no run-up. Woke up to waters going each time and then being in labour. This 'is it? Isn't it?' Business is all very tiring and frustrating!

EarnestDullard Sun 16-Sep-12 11:25:18

37+1 here and was up till about 4am last night with cramps and then Braxton-Hicks every 5 mins for about an hour; not painful but uncomfortable enough to stop me sleeping. Was torn between mild excitement that something might be happening and trying to convince myself that it would probably all fizzle out. Which it did sad

FoxyRoxy Sun 16-Sep-12 12:10:58

moomin bless you, we tried sex and that didn't work either! Had a sleep and my contractions stopped, went for a walk about 8am and they started again every 5 mins but then stopped! Had more bloody show and nothing I eat stays in for long sad

furry how are you?

DesperatelySeekingDistraction Sun 16-Sep-12 12:49:36

40+3 and totally fed up. Just want to sit and cry. Had over five hours of irregular but strong contractions on Friday night and nothing since. So difficult to sleep at night, bump permanently hard and uncomfortable and awful heartburn. To add to this great state of affairs the "any news?" texts have started. If DM tells me one more time "she'll come when she's ready" I'm not going to be able to stop myself from using the MN classic: "fuck off to the far side of fuck."

Huge congratulations (and jealousy!) at the posters who have had their babies.

funchum8am Sun 16-Sep-12 15:26:02

I am now starting to get grumpy at 39+3. Have just berated DH for watching a crappy loud violent film when we could have been spending time together (he will be at work all week) but when he agreed to do what I want I couldn't think of anything to suggest! Am just being unreasonable and it is only going to get worse! Couldn't sleep last night, hopefully I will be so tired tonight I will drop off at a reasonable time. There is only so much digibox recorded tv I can watch....

CaptainHetty Sun 16-Sep-12 15:41:01

Earnest sounds like what I keep getting, the other night they were 6 minutes apart for over an hour and as I fell asleep they just stopped. I still get a few contractions every now and then though, hoping midwives can check on Tuesday to see if it's actually doing anything other than annoying me grin It is frustrating, especially when you start to think maaaybe it's actually going to happen this time.

Someone told me nipple stimulation was good for kicking things off when you're full term. Had a bath this afternoon and thought.. .ah, fuck it, may as well try... And baby has been going absolutely mad since confused seriously, she won't sit still, some of her kicks to the side are painful. She may be small but I think I'm incubating some sort of ninja in there hmm

flipflopper Mon 17-Sep-12 11:29:31

Is anyone still here and in one piece?
I am 41+1 today and really pissed off.
I had a sweep last week at 40+2 and she said I was 1-2cm dilated, cervix soft, and very favourable, and NOTHING! I am still here. Going again tomorrow for a repeat.

On friday night I had an agonising cramp (after sex blush) , which lasted half an hour, was so painful I couldnt talk, rang the labour ward for advice, but it went off and nothing since then.

This is baby no3 as well, other 2 were a week late, so didnt expect to go even longer!

Anyone else in the same boat?

CaptainHetty Mon 17-Sep-12 11:55:07

I'm still here, but I'm only 38 weeks so have nothing but empathy for you being so far overdue, my first went to 41 weeks and I was on the verge of killing the next person who asked how long I was planning on keeping him in there. Yes, because I'm obviously choosing to be this uncomfortable and I'd not much rather have a baby hmm

Have you tried nipple stimulation? It does work quite well if you're ready to give birth - gives you hand cramp after a while though grin

Still here, 39+3. Was totally convinced something would happen over the weekend but nothing. Now got constant pain in my pelvis & very uncomfortable but no sign of baby yet.

flipflopper Mon 17-Sep-12 12:16:26

yes ive tried the nipple thing, the mw told me to express milk, and i have had milk coming out. It makes me have braxton hicks, which I have been having loads in this pg, but it doesnt seem to be starting anything off.

The baby's head is so low in my pelvis so ive got loads of pressure, feel like i need a wee all the time, and can hardly walk.

Am also trying not to snap at people who helpfully ask if ive not had the baby yet?

furrygoldone Mon 17-Sep-12 12:58:10

I'm also still here 40+6! I really don't think this baby is destined for a 17th or 18th birthday so looks like i'll make it to the sweep i have booked on Wednesday!

EarnestDullard Mon 17-Sep-12 13:03:48

More cramps and BHs last night, kept me up will about 3am sad Also had three painful-ish contractions an hour apart, but then nothing more. If this keeps up I'll be exhausted before I even go into labour properly! I've been managing to doze a bit when DD naps in the afternoons, thankfully. I know I'm only 37+2, I need to be patient, but... well, I'm not. grin

DesperatelySeekingDistraction Mon 17-Sep-12 13:25:52

40+4 here. I'm beginning to think my DB has cursed me as when he first heard my due date he told baby to hold on until his birthday (which would be 41+2) to add insult to injury DB has booked a birthday meal for all the family in a place that does great steaks as he knows I've been missing my medium rare steaks. He booked a fortnight ago as he thought I'd have had baby by then so could enjoy a good steak.

Sweep with community midwife booked for Thursday, my term plus 10 is already booked at hospital for a week today (will actually be term plus 11) so I keep trying to tell myself that by a week on Wednesday at the latest baby should be here, however the prospect of induction seems to be looming large which is making me stressed as a medicalised / high level of intervention labour is my nightmare following a horrible experience with DD1 due to inexperienced midwife and doctor. I had reassured myself that as I went into labour naturally (at 39+3), got to hospital at 5cm dilated and was pushing an hour later with DD1 that I'd have the same start with DD2, and this time I'd make sure they check baby's position to avoid the horrors of last time.

Off for as long a walk as I can manage soon to get DD1 to sleep and hopefully encourage DD2 to get a move on and vacate the premises!

I hope other babies are getting a move on.

FoxyRoxy Mon 17-Sep-12 14:04:28

Still here 40+5! Was going to get induced today but changed my mind. Still losing bloody plug stuff and have had some fairly painful bh today after cleaning 3 bathrooms and dusting everywhere.

Utterly, utterly fed up! I'm getting so sick and tired of the phonecalls and texts now, and there's still 3 days to go before my EDD! I have felt so tired today, I've been dozing off on the sofa all day, whereas previously I've been manically cleaning the house everyday. I'm hoping it's the calm before the storm!

My bump has dropped considerably. MIL came over yesterday (is a midwife), brought her doppler and felt the baby's position. She said she could barely feel the head now. She seemed to think that the birth could be fairly imminent, but I'm showing no other signs whatsoever. She also said she should have brought some gloves to do a sweep.....I think I would have to draw the line there! DH looked disgusted, lol.

I have come to the conclusion that I need to try to relax and stop being stressed about when it'll all happen. I'm planning big baking session tomorrow to try to take my mind off matters.

paperclips Mon 17-Sep-12 15:48:46

moominsummermadness No wonder your poor DH looked shocked. I had to laugh, the thought of mother-in-law's hand up there just too disturbing, couldn't bear to have a midwife/nurse I knew personally.

When I was a student nurse, a nurse I was assigned to told me how she'd asked a work colleague to investigate a some spot/rash she had on her nethers. I dunno what was more disturbing, that she asked the work colleague or that she told me all about it.

I'm also baking, having to send the cakes to DHs work as we're getting too fat here!

As much as I love her paperclips, she doesn't know where the boundaries are sometimes! When her other DIL gave birth, she was at the hospital and offered to do her stitches, and my SIL was past caring at that point, so she agreed! MIL even said to her afterwards, "I've put in an extra stitch for the sake of your sex life"!!! grin Needless to say, I think I'm going to have to ban her from the house when this baby finally puts in an appearance!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 17-Sep-12 16:47:05

Hi all, I'm 40 weeks today but no sign of anything imminent as yet. DD was two weeks late so I'm sort of resigned to waiting, but that's not stopped me getting fed up & impatient. Midwife booked my sweeps and induction for next weekend but I'm so desperate to get my natural water birth I'm now ready to try anything to bring this baby out before then, induction wasn't fun last time & although I keep telling myself it's the outcome that matters in the end I just so badly want to have the birth I planned rather than the medicalised one that is now looming.

There's not much longer left for most of the ladies here now so hopefully there'll be lots of babies soon smile

flipflopper Mon 17-Sep-12 16:55:05

Moomin, I cant believe you MIL offered to do a sweep, that is def a couple of steps too far! And I cant believe your SIL let her stitch her up! I couldnt think of anything worse!

funchum8am Mon 17-Sep-12 17:08:10

My SIL's mum did try to feel the baby's position for me a few months back (also a MW, not just randomly!) but that was purely external!

Just back from MW and (possibly unreasonably) very annoyed. They were running over an hour late (usually they are 40 mins or so late but this took the biscuit) and no apology as usual. Then she announced they aren't running a clinic next Monday, which is when I was going to have a sweep. So now I have to wait til a week on Friday for a sweep, by which time I'll be 41+1 instead of 40+4 as I was expecting. And then to top it all off the receptionist point blank refused to give me the last appointment on the Friday which the MW had asked me to book specifically to provide time to do the sweep, so I had to insist that her boss come over and sort it out (which she did but only after interrupting the midwife to check I was telling the truth about her saying I needed the last appointment of the day!)

NOT impressed with the NHS to say the least. Came home and cried on DH for the first time in months.
However the MW did manage to book my induction for 40+12 which will be 2nd October so now the heat is on to beat that date - I do really want to have waterbirth in the midwife led unit, not a medicalised induction type job, like you heffalumps. Here's hoping for all of us...

FoxyRoxy Mon 17-Sep-12 17:43:17

moomin I did chuckle at your mil's offer, slightly too much generosity being shown there!

furrygoldone Mon 17-Sep-12 17:47:22

Moomin can't help smiling about your MIL, at least she's actually a midwife grin.

Funchum, not ideal with the midwife appointments ours always runs over too but generally it's because she squeezes in extras and takes time to sort things out properly, as next week I'm one of those being squeezed in I just take a good book! You could try and take comfort from the sweep being much more likely to work next the later it is, maybe it's fate!

Oh no funchum, that's awful. I would have been really upset too. To be honest though, while I have agreed to have a sweep on Wednesday, I'm not convinced that they really do much. I had one with DD2 at 40+4, and all it did was give me a day of strong Braxton Hicks, and a show. DD2 finally turned up 5 days later. DH actually asked me why I'm opting to have one this week, but I guess that I'm still willing to give it a go! I'm wondering whether my midwife will book my induction too, although it would mean that my plans for a home birth would go out of the window. Lets hope we don't get to 2nd October!

It's just occurred to me, maybe I'm subconsciously hanging on until after Thursday, as MIL is going away for the weekend wink.

funchum8am Mon 17-Sep-12 18:23:07

Thanks moomin it's nice to get a bit of sympathy and I have calmed down now! Hormonal moment methinks (trying not to get excited that suddenly getting hormonal means labour is imminent!)

I have never had any BH at all - obviously nice not to have the discomfort but it does mean that if I get any I'm going to think I'm in labour and then be disappointed!

Really hoping not to be induced as I won't get to be in the midwife led unit but if that is what it takes then I'll have to resign myself to that!

DH has made a lovely apple crumble for after tea so consoling myself with the last few days (hopefully) of guilt-free gluttony!

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 04:11:27

More contractions pre-bed tonight that have now stopped. I probably shouldn't go to bed during them but I'm awake half of every night and up at 6.30 every morning with DS, I really need to sleep at the time they start sad. Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggghhhhhh

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Tue 18-Sep-12 04:40:44

furry can I just second that "Aaaarrrgg" ?! I woke up at 2.30 needing the loo, fine thinks I, a trip to the loo and then back to bed, but two hours later I am still up having tried getting back to sleep and failed miserably. DD will be up in another two hours, am currently sat in the bath feeling irritated with the world.

How is everyone else's insomnia going, anyone got any tips for not going completely insane?

RecklessRat Tue 18-Sep-12 04:44:43

My insomnia going.....not very well! Got to go to work in couple of hours.


furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 05:43:40

Well I woke up DH and we had a massive row/ i shouted at him a lot about irrelevant stuff all because he turned over in bed in a way that displeased me blush poor bloke.

Oh and I think my waters may have broken shock but there isn't very much so have now idea what is going on, currently no contractions.

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 05:46:24

heffalumps sorry as you can probably gather I have no tips for not going insane, as you can see from my last post am already well over the edge of crazy.

FoxyRoxy Tue 18-Sep-12 07:04:08

furry how are you? I think you can check if it's your waters if you sniff (boak) should smell slightly sweet, also a constant dripping as you move. Mine were unmistakable, so I'm not 100% on what to look for!

Went to the hospital last night as was having contractions again although they weren't really painful, of course as soon as she put the monitor on they slowed down and I only had 2 in 20, the minute she took it off they started up again but stopped after a couple of hours. She said my cervix wasn't fully effaced yet either and it's been like that since Thursday at my last appt so all the contractions don't actually seem to be working sad

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 07:20:28

Thanks foxy, they're not dripping, but they definitely felt like they were coming from the right place, so pretty sure I didn't just wet myself! DH is getting DS ready for nursery then I'll call hospital and see what they say, will also eventually need to get my arse out of bed and see if I can get contracting, been up since 2.30 though so could really do with an extra half hour!

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 07:22:08

Sorry that was all about me! Sounds very frustrating re hospital, fingers crossed will both have babies by midnight smile

Ooh, furry, it sounds very exciting! Good luck!

Right, have to shift my fat, pregnant backside off this sofa. Going to clean the bathroom, then waddle down to Sainsbury's to get ingredients to bake a cake.

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 11:14:31

Thanks Movement yet, been for a long walk, had a couple of tightenings but nothing substantial now just need to see if there has been any more leakage before I call the hospital back and then maybe go and get checked out. Will report back later hopefully not just to let you all know I had actually just wet myself grin

quitcomplaining Tue 18-Sep-12 11:23:32

Glad I found this thread, I'm 40+4 with dc2.

Feeling very overdue even though dd1 didn't arrive until 40+2. I just kind of assumed I wouldn't make it to 40 weeks this time for some reason.

I am really keen for spontaneous labour again this time as hospital will only attempt induction with one pessary before they go down elcs route and I am desperate for a vbac after a very traumatic labour ending in emcs with dd.

I too was up with tightenings/pains half the night thinking 'this is it' but sadly they didn't amount to anything. Must have been bh.

On a plus side I had no warnings with dd. I just woke up one morning at 4am thinking oh I feel strange and whoosh my waters went. Went to toilet to find I had had bloody show and contractions then started pretty much straight away.

Anyone else feel like they are in a strange limbo land? I know baby will be here by end of next week now no matter what but I can't help feeling very angry and frustrated that I have missed the 'date.

FoxyRoxy Tue 18-Sep-12 14:49:17

Eek furry any news? I'm crossing my fingers you're in full labour now!

quit I know exactly how you feel. I was 40+4 with ds1 and assumed I wouldn't go past that if I even got to my edd! I feel like I've failed in some way, I called my dr earlier to book an induction for tomorrow when I'll be 41 weeks and I cried after, but I have had stop start contractions all day and I'm starting to think he honestly won't come on his own.

Thoroughly miserable today. Had a migraine last night which resulted in throwing up all night plus the bump has done me a mischief on my side so was in agony from that too. I must admit to having a bit of a cry on my husband's shoulder this morning. But I must admit to praying the baby wouldn't arrive last night as I felt so rotten I couldn't cope with labour on top of everything else. Luckily my mum is here so she's looked after my son so I've spent most of the day in bed.

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 15:23:32

Foxy - you have not failed, your baby just doesn't have a calendar!

Hels- hope you're feeling better soon, glad you're mum is around to help.

I am still not in full labour, off to hospital to get checked out, really hope this isn't a sequence of events that is going to end with the drip!

FoxyRoxy Tue 18-Sep-12 16:17:04

furry you're right, I just feel rubbish today. Fingers crossed for you, I had the drip with ds1 and went 5 hours of an 8 hour labour with no pain relief, it can be done but I'm hoping you won't need it. Good luck!

FoxyRoxy Tue 18-Sep-12 16:20:26

hels sorry to hear you've been so poorly, I'm glad you've got your mum there to give you a hand though. Is she staying until you give birth?

Foxy, you are definitely not a failure at all! You have done a marvellous job of growing a baby for the last 9+ months! How it ends up getting out does not matter. You must have a very comfy uterus smile. Good luck for tomorrow.

Hels, hope you feel better tomorrow. I'm glad that your mum has been able to help you out. I know what you mean about not wanting to labour when you're feeling rubbish- I had one day last week when I felt a bit fluey (felt ok the next day), but was praying that I didn't go into labour that day as I didn't have the energy!

I'm feeling very crampy this evening. I've been niggles all day on and off, but it's getting stronger. The pains feel quite irregular though, so I'm not holding my breath. It would make DH's day if I called him at work (he's there til 1am) to ask him to come home!

furrygoldone Tue 18-Sep-12 18:27:18

So waters have definitely gone! Still no contractions so will have to see what happens tonight, if nothing will be admitted in the morning, the end is finally insight.

DS is with GPs tonight so DH and I are going out for dinner, ad we figured it will be our last chance for quite some time!!

Hope you all have labour inducing evenings, and if not then a good nights sleep.

FoxyRoxy Tue 18-Sep-12 19:31:05

furry and moomin eeek! So exciting! We may all have our babies by this time tomorrow <gets tearful>

Hope everyone has productive evenings and I look forward to updates tomorrow x

funchum8am Wed 19-Sep-12 06:41:41

Good luck to the ladies who are almost there! No news here so off to see friends a nearly 2 hour drive away for lunch by the sea....if you see on the news about a lady giving birth on the A12 that will be me!

furrygoldone Wed 19-Sep-12 06:53:48

Thanks, I'm still not in labour, oh well induction not ideal but last time wasn't terrible and at least I know a bit more about what to expect today.

Good luck everyone.

Well I'm totally confused (possibly tmi here), woke up this morning & my pyjama trousers were wet. I'd like to think I didn't wet myself in the night but the wet patch didn't seem to be in the right position, nor did it smell as I'd expected.

did I really just admit to peeing myself online blush

furryandfoxy - all the best for today!

Well, I had some contractions in the night, about a minute each and 10 mins apart. Poor DH was getting excited, but they soon wore off. Sweep it is for me today then!

funchum- enjoy your lunch by the sea.
I can't believe it's finally our due date tomorrow!

Hels- hope it wasn't just wee! grin

Well, I've had my sweep. Feel like crying though now. The midwife expected that with it being my 4th DC, I would have a stretchy, soft cervix. Instead, my cervix is really firm still, and she could only just get a fingertip in. She was really surprised, she said that I've got a cervix like a first time mother. I've had a bit of a show, and I've got a bit of pain now, but I know that it will die down. Midwife thinks labour is still a few days away, she said that I will need to have a lot more niggles and twinges to get my cervix to start doing anything before labour properly kicks in. She's booked me in for another sweep next Wednesday.

blondiep14 Wed 19-Sep-12 12:58:58

Sympathies moomin.
Sounds a pretty upsetting appointment.

Have a mw appt booked for when I'm 41 weeks if I'm still waiting (40+1 now) and will probably refuse a sweep.
With DS1 his head was so far down she stopped as said it wouldn't ever work. It was bloody painful.

Make yourself a nice brew and have some cake or chocolate. Or chocolate cake!

Sympathies Moomin. Still nothing here either. Totally fed up & in constant pain now. Have a sweep booked next week if nothing by then but I seriously think I'll go crazy if he hasn't arrived by then angry

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 19-Sep-12 14:11:20

Oh dear moomin that doesn't sound like a nice appointment, hope things get moving for you soon.

I've been booked for sweeps & induction next week but have decided to give reflexology a try as a few friends have told me that if nothing else it's just really relaxing but that it has been linked to promoting natural labour. I've booked a consultation tomorrow but actually a bit nervous now!

Good luck to the ladies in for induction, it's nearly here now we'll have our babies very soon!

quitcomplaining Wed 19-Sep-12 14:38:40

Had another sweep this morning at 40+5. 2cm dilated and soft anterior cervix grin Midwife said it was a really good sweep so fingers crossed something kicks off soon! Have had a bloody show and lots of braxton hicks since.

Compared to my sweep on Friday when my cervix was hard, closed and very far back I seem to have made progress! Feeling a bit happier now.

To those of you that have had an evening of pains not amounting to anything that was me on Monday night. The midwife said today that those pains are probably what caused me to be further on today so don't loose hope!

Thanks ladies! I feel a bit better now. As you said, quit, I will look upon any further niggles as a good thing. Hope that your sweep has an effect!

flipflopper Wed 19-Sep-12 14:50:10

quitcomplaining that sounds really positive, hope it works for you.
moomin sounds dissapointing, I thought as this is number 3, my body would just know what to do by now, but it seems not!

I'm booked in for induction in the morning, will be 40+11, I had a sweep yesterday, and my cervix was exactly the same as it was last week! Also she thought the baby had changed position and has gone back to back, it was hard to hear the heartbeat, like it was far away. Im not sure if it has moved back or not, Im still getting plenty of kicks and wriggles so not too worried.

I actually feel better now I know the end is in sight, even though I didnt want to be induced, I am ready for it now. Got sick of people asking if there's any news!

Just hope it works quickly. Mw said they will prob just break my waters as i am dilated enough.
Wish me luck, thinking of you all!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 19-Sep-12 20:13:01

Good luck flipflopper come back & update us if you can! Hope everything goes smoothly and you get those fantastic newborn snuggles very soon smile

Albert is here! Unfortunately ended up needing an emergency C-section rather than the lovely home water birth I planned but baby is fine now after a few scary moments.

Good luck for today, flipflopper! Hope it goes smoothly.

Happy due date to my due date buddy funchum! Hello to everyone else- lets hope these babies get a move on!

blondiep14 Thu 20-Sep-12 07:56:50

Wow - congrats MrsHels!
Hope you and Albert are doing well thanks

Oooh, congrats hels! Glad little albert has arrived safely, even if the birth wasn't what you'd hoped for. Enjoy him! Xx

quitcomplaining Thu 20-Sep-12 10:07:28

Congrats hels and good luck flipflopper!

Still waiting sad 6 days over now. Lost lots of plug this morning. Bleugh! No other signs apart from some lower back ache.

I now feel as though baby might as well hold on until weekend... Will make childcare for dd1 a lot easier!

FoxyRoxy Thu 20-Sep-12 13:37:11

After a super quick labour after my induction (3 hours 40 mins!) Dexter arrived yesterday afternoon smile he's lush!

Congrats to Hels on the birth of Albert!

Flipflop hope you've got a baby by now!

Good luck to everyone else, I'll be looking in to check on you all!

Congratulations * foxy*! What a quick labour! thanks

Hopefully more babies will be arriving very soon!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Thu 20-Sep-12 15:19:30

Congratulations Hels and foxy !! Glad your little boys are here safe & well smile

We're nearly there now, who's going next?!

blondiep14 Thu 20-Sep-12 15:30:47

Let's hope the rest of us start off soon grin

funchum8am Thu 20-Sep-12 17:39:18

Congratulations to mrshels and foxy!
And happy due date to you too, moomin. Nothing doing here though a bit of a moment where I thought waters might be trickling out but it was just ahem, extra discharge (sorry if tmi).

Lots of pressure down below but nothing resembling contractions etc. Fingers crossed for progress in the near future everyone!

FoxyRoxy Thu 20-Sep-12 19:29:10

funchum get bouncing on your ball if you have one!

moomin happy due date to you, fingers crossed something is happening for you right now!

blooblies Thu 20-Sep-12 21:55:11

Hello ladies, I've been lurking for a bit on this thread as the veteran of two very overdue babies and currently 39 weeks with a third. Congratulations to those of you now holding snuggly newborns and feeling like this waiting game was an age away.

My LO is trying hard to engage but is just bashing off my pelvis at the moment. And it feels like it's moved back to back as there are an awful lot of limb movements at the front sad. Time to use my dwindling reserves of energy to be on all fours or on the ball from now on..

Heffalumps how did your reflexology go? I am tempted to try it this time around.

missjackson Thu 20-Sep-12 22:08:26

Blooblies I'm in the same boat - previous 2 DC both 12 days over, and am now 40+6 with DC3.. so really shouldn't be expecting anything different, but can't help hoping! Have been offered a sweep tomorrow so maybe that will get things going.

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Fri 21-Sep-12 08:55:38

Morning all, checking in to see if anyone's had any news overnight. Nothing here still, I've a week to go until induction so will be bouncing on my ball like its going out of fashion.

blooblies it was good although I guess I'll have to wait and see if it's helped or not. It was like a lovely hand & foot massage for 80% of the time but with interspersed painful bits which I hadn't expected! I've got a session booked every two days until induction so hopefully baby will get the message! She did say though that because I've got a stinking cold at the moment my body might not allow labour to start until I can breath properly again, which sort of makes sense I suppose. So, cold remedies anyone?!

Hope everyone's feeling ok & there's some more babies very soon smile

whatsoever Fri 21-Sep-12 09:01:33

Hello all.

Kept being woken up with pretty strong tightenings during the night so thought "ooh, this could be the start". When I could face checking the time I decided to time them. Couldn't have been less regular! 40 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, stopped.

Oh well! Only 38+1 so perhaps a bit hopeful.

milk Fri 21-Sep-12 09:02:07

Today I'm 38+3. Sleeping is becoming so uncomfortable sad

DS labour started 39+5 so if this baby does the same I only have 9 days grin I am praying!!!

milk Fri 21-Sep-12 09:02:23

Oh, and I need to pee all the time sad

Morning everyone, no news from me. Am now 40+1, so officially 'overdue'. I feel ok about it though, I know that even if I have to be induced, I will have 11 days max, so the end IS in sight. The only really annoying thing is the endless texts and phonecalls!

blondiep14 Fri 21-Sep-12 09:56:26

40+3 here now - and zip!

Have had period pain type cramps for well over a week now but they've come to nothing.
Loads of pressure too. Baby was 4/5ths engaged at last appointment, and boy does it feel like it!

Moan, moan, moan!

Grrrr! Don't know what's got into me this evening- I feel soooo grumpy! I don't think it helps that DM insisted that we go to hers for a takeaway tonight. She was only trying to be kind, but she always starts fussing when I'm about to have a baby. Not only that, but they eat really late, she doesn't want us there til 8pm, will spend an hour faffing before ordering, so probably won't get to eat until 9.30-10pm! I just wanted a quiet night in with DH.

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Fri 21-Sep-12 19:16:54

I think the grumps are an unavoidable part of it all, I've been really stroppy today too. However have been cheered up by my dad announcing super hot curry fest on him tonight, am now slightly more cheerfully awaiting my vindaloo smile

Hope everyone's managing to relax a bit in these last few days, I've been a bit daft this week and tried to get a bit too much done, but had a lovely hours snuggle and kip with DD on the sofa this afternoon which made me feel lots better.

flipflopper Sat 22-Sep-12 11:15:03

Matilda born at 2.27am on friday.
Induced at 7pm by breaking waters, took a couple of hrs to get going, then quick 3-4hr labour.

Was a good experience. xxx

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Sat 22-Sep-12 11:38:26

39+5 here and very jealous of all the babies, congratulations flipflopper on the arrival of Matilda [flowers].

Did anyone try nipple stimulation? Is there a technique?

blondiep14 Sat 22-Sep-12 12:09:28

Huge congrats fliflopper

blondiep14 Sat 22-Sep-12 12:10:09


Msinterpret Sat 22-Sep-12 12:27:01

Congrats to all the new mummies and delicious snugly babies!

39+1 here and doing ok, just sick of feeling like a whale. Had tightenings and lots of BHs and thought things might be happening before now but now feel it'll be a way off.

Just trying to think that they should all add up to moving things along more quickly in the end. (wishful thinking..,)

Congratulations flipflopper!

I'm still waiting-curry last night didn't work. I have a totally irrational feeling that the baby is never going to arrive! I feel as though I'm going to be pregnant forever.

blondiep14 Sat 22-Sep-12 14:37:11

Oh me too Moomin, me too!

I was ranting/crying at DH this morning saying the baby was never going to come, ever!!

funchum8am Sat 22-Sep-12 14:45:12

moomin I know exactly how you feel. I have managed a couple of times in the past couple of days to forget a baby is coming! Am worried about going mad with boredom next week as my nct friends are having their babies so aren't able to meet up...I just hope mine comes before about Thursday or I will have a totally blank calendar sad there are only so many cakes I can bake, books I can read and walks I can go on before I lose the plot!

whatsoever Sat 22-Sep-12 15:56:42

Congrats flipflopper, sounds like a good labour.

Nothing doing with me. Did do the second hospital practice run today though, got it down to 20 minutes which was good.

Badgerina Sat 22-Sep-12 17:11:47

Oh well done FlipFlopper! smile Sounds like a great birth. Congratulations grin xxx

paperclips Sat 22-Sep-12 17:24:41

I burst into tears today in the street because my husband had to help me get out the car and I felt like such a pathetic beached whale.

Been grumpy today. All the periody achyness and tightenings I was getting yesterday and last night which felt promising had gone today. They are starting up again now but I don't think it means anything now.

Jealous of all people with beautiful new babies, lots of congratulations to you all though!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 22-Sep-12 18:47:45

Huge congratulations flipflopper fantastic news [flowers]

I'm also feeling as if I'll be pregnant forever, even though I know it's a week to go and at some point he/she will be born its just not feeling that way. We had DD's birthday party today & I remember planning the date ages ago thinking "ooh I will probably have a baby by then too..." but here we are still waiting!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sun 23-Sep-12 10:45:46

Morning all how is everyone? I'm exhausted I woke up about 2ish last night to seriously itchy hands and feet which was spreading up my legs and everywhere, called NHS direct just in case and expecting to be told to go back to bed but they told me to call the midwife who told me to come in to hospital. So had to wake DH without putting him in a panic, and DM to look after DD while we were out. They took bloods, obs etc and said probably all ok but I'm still waiting for blood results. We're both so tired now and poor DD wants to play, all we can manage is "shall we watch the Gruffalo for the hundred millionth time ?" Hurry up baby I'm getting fed up now!

Hope all's well with everyone and the weekend gives us a few more babies smile

funchum8am Sun 23-Sep-12 11:36:20

That sounds like a really stressful experience heffalumps, hope you're able to rest today. I think if I got into hospital now I would refuse to leave without a baby!

I finished knitting a baby blanket I have been working on for months yesterday and am irrationally annoyed to discover that baby was not just waiting for that...I think I had convinced myself that as I completed the last stitch, I would het my first contraction!

Oh heffalumps! How awful! Hope that your results come back ok.

Isn't the feeling of being in limbo once past your due date a weird one. It feels strange literally having to take one day at a time, as each day you might go into labour. Actually having a lovely day with DD3, the older 2 are at their dad's, and DH is at work. I've taken DD to soft play up the road, and we've just had lunch together. Unless I still haven't had the baby by next Sunday, this will be the last day with just her for a while. Having said that, it would be very nice if the baby could please put in an appearance tonight!

Mikyahrose Sun 23-Sep-12 15:27:27

You're so right moomin. You spend so long counting down to a date and once thats gone things change completely. There's nothing for me to work towards now. I'm currently 40+5 and just waiting. Doing all the things people suggest, but there really doesnt seem to be anything happening.
Off out for a curry tonight, maybe that'll work?

Morning ladies.

Have had a night of false labour. I woke up with contractions at 1am, were about 7 mins apart. Didn't get stronger though, although they kept me awake, then fizzled out at 6am. I'm so tired! I know it's probably just my body gearing up, but it's so disappointing

squidkid Mon 24-Sep-12 08:13:22

Hey Moomin,
I had just the same, about 7 hours of contractions from 5pm to midnight yesterday, then it just stopped. I'm 39+6 today and really tearful and can't seem to believe I will naturally go into labour any more, this has been going on for well over a week now. I know I could still have over two weeks but each day feels as long as a year.

I feel for you all. Especially the false labour. I don't know what normal labour is like as DD1 was ELCS and DD2 was induced (never again).

I'm 37.4 weeks sad

milk Mon 24-Sep-12 08:24:15

Good morning smile

My goodness Moomin and squidkid - if false labour happened to me I'd be jumping up and down on a trampoline in anger :P

Today I'm 38+6 so this is my last week grin Can't believe this time next week I could be having the baby shock

That's how I feel, squidkid. I should know better, as DD2 was 9 days late, and I did go into spontaneous labour with her- I'm now 40+4 and feel like induction is looming!

milk, I would be jumping up and down on a trampoline, but don't have enough energy after 2 hours sleep!

Msinterpret Mon 24-Sep-12 08:34:02

Hi squidkid (remember you from antenatal thread)

Sorry to hear about false starts, grumble grumble, meh. V annoying, this happened to me with DD1. Easy to say but try to think each one is still getting you closer for when it finally properly happens and try to conserve your energy - I got v excited from start then was SO knackered. Was basically a week long labour....zzzzxxxblush

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 24-Sep-12 10:18:16

Feeling lots of sympathy for the false labours, must be so frustrating and especially when you need all the rest you can get.

I got my bloods back and they said my liver bile was a bit high which could be a sign of obstetric coleosis (sp?!) and would explain the itching but as I'm booked for induction this week anyway they said not to worry too much. Anyone else get the urge to clonk them on the nose when they say 'try not to worry' after telling you something worrying?! Anyway off for my 41 week check now & to discuss the bloods so Im considering asking for a sweep today rather than waiting until Wednesday, itching still driving me loopy so just want it to get going now.

Were any if you induced due to lateness with your first but managed a spontaneous labour with your second? I'm feeling quite miserable now as if I'll never get the experience of going into labour naturally and am destined for another induction no matter what I try.

Hope you're all managing a bit of rest, especially those of you being kept up all night.

blooblies Mon 24-Sep-12 11:15:19

Keep positive Heffalumps, it WILL happen. As the consultant midwife said to me, no-one has ever been pregnant forever! I was induced with #1 and declined induction with #2. At 16 days overdue and after 3 sweeps and 3 nights of false labour, my waters finally went and I remember feeling so overjoyed that my body could actually manage to so something right as I had almost lost all hope!

I'm beginning to get the same frustrations though, as now at 40 weeks (by scan, 39+4 by my dates) bubs is still roaming free and showing no signs of being able to engage and I worry that my pelvis is too narrow and I need to be doing things to help but can't work out what helps.... I should just relax and let it work itself out I know, but I also know at 40+16 how I berated myself for not trying more last time!

paperclips Mon 24-Sep-12 11:23:06

40+5 today. Anyone else feel like they are going to be pregnant forever?

It's pissing down with rain here, can't find a good reason to go outside in it.

I know I should be upright and jiggling baby downwards but I'm going to lounge around watching dvds in my PJs.

Badgerina Mon 24-Sep-12 12:11:38

I'm 40+2. I've got the midwife coming on Friday. She'll want to do a sweep - going to have to fight her off. DS1 came at 40+12 so I don't see the point of sweeping much before 40+10, if at all.

I'm having a similar day to you paperclips. Pottering around doing some chores and then slumping in PJs with DVDs grin

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 24-Sep-12 12:43:58

Thanks blooblies I'll try keeping positive and at least if nothing else it will make me slightly less horrendous company for everyone around me!

Back from my check up I asked if I really had to go for induction and she said hospital policy is to start it at 40+13 due to the risks, so even if I decline it I still won't be allowed in the birth centre for the water birth I want, so I've decided to just accept it and start thinking of ways to cope with another induced birth rather than moping openly about it.

Weather terrible here too, I'm joining the pjs and sofa plan, anything else would be madness in this rain!

Badgerina Mon 24-Sep-12 13:05:05

so even if I decline it I still won't be allowed in the birth centre for the water birth I want

Wow - really? They're saying that if you decline induction at 40+13 and go into labour spontaneously, within a few days of that date, that you can't have a water birth? shock Did they say why?

blooblies Mon 24-Sep-12 13:41:21

I asked to see the consultant midwife and have it all cleared with her, in black and white in my hospital notes. Despite being a Do Not Induce VBAC, I can go to the midwife led unit, get in the pool, not have a cannula put in as soon as I turn up and have intermittent monitoring whenever I go into labour. It has been a load off my mind.

All hospitals have policies, but you are entitled to have things your way, in full knowledge of any risks involved.

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 24-Sep-12 19:20:36

They said it was due to the increased risks of being more than two weeks overdue sad although you've made me wonder now if I should have been more persistent, I'm going in on Wednesday for a sweep so I think I'll ask them again and see if I can get something in my notes. Thanks for the help ladies, you've given me a little more hope not to give up just yet smile

How has everyone else's day been? Any more hopeful signs?

squidkid Mon 24-Sep-12 19:56:39

I'm due tomorrow.

It's been a grim rainy day and the first day of my entire maternity leave I haven't done any exercise. I felt horrible, I cried for ages feeling the baby would never come. The last few days have been really, really tough. I am having a glass of wine and that is making things better.

No more contraction-y things today - odd pains at times.

Have passed my mucus plug - I guess that's something though I know it doesn't mean labour is imminent or anything. it was immediately after sex so boyfriend now thinks he is a mucus-plug-dislodging superhero grin

TMI- but I've just had big show. I'm feeling very crampy, sort of that heavy pre-menstrual feeling. I really hope this is the start! It's weird, because I didn't have a show with any of my other 3 DCs until I was actually in labour.

blooblies Mon 24-Sep-12 21:20:56

fingers crossed xxxx DH has specifically requested this one not to arrive during the night so I am now off duty apparently!

milk Mon 24-Sep-12 21:39:06

squidkid ((hugs)) I hope you are feeling better now!

Moominsummermadness - Good luck grin I hope this is it and you come back soon with baby news smile

Badgerina Mon 24-Sep-12 21:40:08

Moomin hope so!! Fingers crossed, legs UNCROSSED! grin

Badgerina Mon 24-Sep-12 21:41:09

squidkid I'm laughing at your superhero bf! That is exactly the kind of thing my DH would think grin

Been having irregular contractions all night, have only managed an hour's sleep and now admitted defeat and decided to get up. Going to have a clary sage bath, then get on the birthing ball for a bit. I defintely think this is the start, but just having a long latent phase!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Tue 25-Sep-12 08:13:34

Sounds hopeful moomin fingers crossed for you!

I've got another reflexology session today, and my cold is definitely on its way out so maybe things will get moving now. A friend who was due two days after me had her baby yesterday, seeing the photos of her gorgeous newborn has made me extra impatient!

Msinterpret Tue 25-Sep-12 15:14:09

Good luck moomin! Hope things got moving?

Had MW appt today (39+4) and head 3/5 engaged apparently (second baby tho) so at least all ready for exit! Lots of BH and uncomfortable pushing from her but nothing real yet...

DD1 arrived 40+3 and MW said 'unlikely to go way overdue' with this one but then I met my friend for lunch who had dd1 40+3 and dd2 40+14.

shock hmm

paperclips Tue 25-Sep-12 16:41:52

Just had a sweep, well not a proper sweep, more of a poke around, she could only get a fingertip in. My cervix is 80% effaced. So it's thinning, all those tightenings and aches I've had must be moving things along a bit. They've been much stronger in the last 12-24 hours, thought things were starting last night but it never went anywhere.

I am doubtful that this will set me off just yet, feel like I have a few more days of aches and pains yet. sad I have booked for another sweep on Thursday.

Also booked my induction for a week today when I'm 40+13. Right now I don't think I'll last till then at least I really hope not.

And it's still pissing with rain, I would quite like to go for a long walk but its awful out and my raincoat doesn't do up.

Good luck everyone looking forward to some news soon

Msinterpret Tue 25-Sep-12 17:29:58

grin to the raincoat not doing up paper clips I've been doing mine from the top, putting over my head then zipping down as far as will go. So that's my boobs dry then!

I have a beautiful brand new baby girl! Lola was born at 3.37am after a hospital transfer and difficult delivery. She's so worth it though. All the best to you all still waiting! Xx

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 26-Sep-12 08:34:22

Oh moomin that's fantastic congratulations! smile

funchum8am Wed 26-Sep-12 09:33:08

moomin congratulations! I remember wondering ages ago on the Sept bus thread which of the two of us would be first since we share a due date...I feel quite teary for you! Good luck with all the fun to come....happy snuggling!

I have now got carpal tunnel to go with backache...surely baby can't wait much longer?

Msinterpret Wed 26-Sep-12 10:11:27


Well done moomin and welcome Lola (great name) smile

Aww congratulations. Cute name!

blooblies Wed 26-Sep-12 13:33:27

Well done moomin grin!!!! SO pleased someone is having a good day!

funchum8am Wed 26-Sep-12 15:04:38

Argh I had a tearful meltdown at midday.....feeling fine again now but think I may be reaching the limit of my ability to sit around waiting! Sweep on Friday - is it normal to look forward to an internal vaginal procedure?!

paperclips Wed 26-Sep-12 15:16:59

Funchum I know what you mean about the sweep I looked forward to mine! Painful but I still booked another for tomorrow. Eagerly awaiting news on the state of my cervix!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 26-Sep-12 15:26:12

funchum I know how you feel, I had my first of three sweeps today and although it was more painful than I remembered I still told the midwife to give it all she'd got! Another tomorrow then again Friday, crossing everything (apart from legs wink) that they work before Saturday. She also told me to get some clary sage so I'll be off to Boots in a bit. This baby's coming out!!

How is everyone else doing?

funchum8am Wed 26-Sep-12 18:39:21

Woe three sweeps is good going, your midwives are clearly more enthusiastic than those in my area! I have been offered Friday when I'll be 41+1 but nothing earlier as Monday's clinic was cancelled with no replacement appts offered til Friday. If Friday doesn't work I'll try to get one on Monday; then induction is booked for Tuesday anyway!

funchum8am Wed 26-Sep-12 18:40:15

And best of luck for a result, heffalumps!

Mikyahrose Thu 27-Sep-12 09:03:04

I had my first swwp yesterday at 41+1, not as bad as i expected, although did make me bleed a bit, but seems to have stopped now. I have another booked for Saturday, then the induction is booked for Monday at 40+13.

Quite nice to have an end date now, feel like i've been in limbo since passing the due date.

Would prefer for it all to kick off naturally of course, but am happy to go ahead with the induction too.

milk Thu 27-Sep-12 09:35:14

I'm 39+2 today. Still in bed in PJs. Arghhhh I need this baby out!!! I'm so massive and tired all the time sad

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Thu 27-Sep-12 10:28:53

Thanks smile Just had 2nd sweep, not as bad as yesterday's and I'm 2cm dilated now <throws a little party> so the midwife said she's hopeful that just the gel on Saturday should gets things going and I should still be able to use the birth centre. I'm feeling quite achey with some mild cramps too <increases size of party> so going to try and keep active today and then have my clary sage bath tonight.

How are the rest of you ladies, anyone getting any hopeful signs?

Mikyahrose Thu 27-Sep-12 10:30:47

Think i may have had my show. Googled imaged whast one should look like and it looked the same, a little dirtier, but i think thats probably from yesterday bleed.

Ooo 'citin!

EarnestDullard Thu 27-Sep-12 10:45:21

Sounds promising Mikyah smile

I'm 38+5 today. Lots of BHs, quite a lot of low-level cramping, even the odd 'proper' contraction (like a cramp that builds to a peak then eases off again) but never more than two at a time hmm

Best of luck to everyone.

blondiep14 Thu 27-Sep-12 11:00:34

Ooooh, good luck everyone!

Still waiting here - 41+2.
Tried a sweep Tuesday at 41 weeks but cervix was still prosterior (?).
So seems baby isn't even ready despite being 9 days late sad.

Induction booked Sunday afternoon which I am dreading as in local General hospital, not my lovely MLU where DS1 and DS2 were born.

Msinterpret Thu 27-Sep-12 13:17:18

Oh, sorry to hear it blondie sad

I was 9 days late <naughty baby>.

I'm sure things can change quickly. COme on baby!

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Thu 27-Sep-12 14:00:40

I've been lying down all day watching films, bored out of my brain. Does keeping upright really make that much difference? I'm 40+3 btw.

funchum8am Thu 27-Sep-12 14:28:25

I had some sort of contraction type thing about half four this morning but nowt since. Went to an nct coffee morning and met lots of lovely people though so feeling less glum than yesterday. First sweep is tomorrow, hope it starts things off.

milky I hope things are progressing nicely!

shouldibecross I have given up trying to stay active and upright; it may help in some cases but I have such backache I am sticking to the sofa too.

Mikyahrose Thu 27-Sep-12 18:20:02

Nothing happening here now, no more signs of the show - not sure if it comes out in one bit, or throughout the day, but nothing since this morning. No other signs either.

Think i'm gonna join the sofa gang and just crash there over the weekend. Have spent the last week, staying upright and bouncing and walking. But he's still back to back and not engaged enough, so sod it - i'm staying comfy from now on!

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Thu 27-Sep-12 22:40:38

funchum8am, I have my first sweep tomorrow too, I'm putting all my eggs in that basket.

I went for a 4 hour shopping session and the baby hasn't budged so I'm not going to try anything now (well, after this curry wink)other than relaxing.

My baby is apparently engaged so I don't see how standing helps. hmm

funchum8am Fri 28-Sep-12 05:41:48

Mine is also engaged and has been for weeks but still in there! Have had a couple of what could be early contractions this morning but seem to have stopped. MW is at 12.30 so am hoping the sweep will set things off....

Good luck for yours, shouldibecross

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Fri 28-Sep-12 06:06:42

Good luck to you funchum8am!

I've got nothing going on my end although have been awake since 3.30am sad

I'm quite tempted to ask to be induced ASAP, between the heartburn, sickness, SPD and non sleeping I have no idea how I'm going to get this baby out myself after 10 more days!

whatsoever Fri 28-Sep-12 10:58:38

This morning I am knackered because I woke at 4.30 and couldn't get back to sleep. Have had 3 doses of Gaviscon already, none of which have helped for more than 5 minutes, my pelvis is agony & now my upper back has started aching. Upper back?? That's not even a pregnancy thing!

If it wasn't for the fact I have the hairdressers at 12, today would definitely be a PJ day. Have already cancelled my girls night out tonight (and book group last night) because my pelvis is so painful by the evening I don't trust that I'll be able to drive & I am poor company because of said pain. 39+1 - not real signs other than my overwhelming frustration and pain.

Best of luck to all the sweepers, inducers & waiters smile

funchum8am Fri 28-Sep-12 15:25:27

Well I went for the sweep, legs akimbo on the table, MW snapping on the latex glove, and....the sodding fire alarm went off.

20 mins of standing in the car park with no knickers on later we were able to finish the job! Home now and analysing every twinge.

Sorry to hear you're feeling so rough whatsoever and shouldibecross - best to rest and do what feels right though, our bodies are under a lot of strain!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Fri 28-Sep-12 15:34:53

Oh dear funchum not the best of circumstances to find yourself in! Hope you still get results though, maybe the rushing around will have helped?!

I had third and final sweep this afternoon (luckily no fire alarms!) so now it's just a waiting game and lots of squats to try and move baby on before tomorrow morning.

Hope those experiencing twinges get some good developments over the weekend.

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Fri 28-Sep-12 16:06:50

funchum8am, never thought I'd say these words in my enitre life. But, I'm so jealous of your sweep!

My cervix was too far away for the MW to get at sad going for another on Tuesday and apparently have to have lots of sex leaning over chairs in the meantime hmm

blondiep14 Sat 29-Sep-12 09:29:38

How is everyone doing this fine sunny morning??

Any new arrivals?

Baby Blonde is still firmly in place so induction tomorrow is looking like a given sad.
Just hope it all goes ok. Hear so many stories of inductions leading to 3 day labours leading to EMC's that I'm a bit terrified!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 29-Sep-12 09:54:38

blondie I'm going in for induction at half 10 this morning, if it helps you my first induction was 3.5 hours with gas & air and no interventions or tearing so it can be done. I'm more scared now though having learnt all the scary facts since but trying to keep positive.

Good luck tomorrow, by next week our babies will be here smile

blondiep14 Sat 29-Sep-12 09:58:31

Oh best of luck Hef hope all goes well.
Keep us posted on you and baby.

Sure I'm just being daft about it all anyway.
Had two spontaneous labours in MLU, so it's all new, and I'm not up for new right now wink.
I'm trying to stay positive too - just a wibble, and sorry - probably exactly what you didn't want to read [flowers]

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Sat 29-Sep-12 12:59:49

good luck Heff!

blooblies Sat 29-Sep-12 14:23:26

I hope heff is doing well today, and funchum poor you! MW managed a sweep for me on Thursday (my due date), thanks only to having had to walk loads in the morning. Baby is free floating when I wake in the mornings but had managed to get 1/5 engaged and I was gobsmacked to hear my cervix is central and soft (but long). Lots of twinges after that, but they have died down now. I've been getting some mucus too. Experience tells me I could have at least another week of this before anything establishes itself. Second sweep booked in for Tue then consultant appointment on Thursday to discuss why I want to decline induction.
Happy bouncing, walking, stepping, squatting, G&T-ing, etc. to you all this weekend!

Mikyahrose Sat 29-Sep-12 15:23:04

I've had my 2nd sweep this morning, was much more postive than the first.

Baby is now engaged and my cervix is lovely and soft - like a blamange apparently! The midwife reckons there could be some action before the weekend is over.

If not though, i'm booked in for an induction on Monday morning. So its definitely gonna be all go in the next few days.

Good luck heff and blondie for tomorrow. Ooo 'citing!

funchum8am Sat 29-Sep-12 18:29:54

Good luck to those being induced this weekend. If nothing happens beforehand I am booked in for Tuesday and will probably go ahead with it - I am SO uncomfortable and desperate to get on with it now!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sun 30-Sep-12 00:00:13

She's here! We have another amazing DD, waters broken by midwife at 18:30, born super quick at 21:03 weighing a mighty 9lbs 8oz. And I got my water birth, whoopee! grin

Good luck everyone still waiting, nearly there now!

Tiredmumno1 Sun 30-Sep-12 02:29:30

Just spotted this thread, congratulations heffa, I hope the both of you are getting some well deserved rest, and you are enjoying baby snuggles smile x

Msinterpret Sun 30-Sep-12 07:51:05

Hooray Heff!

Inspiring to hear that water birth poss after MW ruptured membranes. She must have been ready! How many weeks/days were you in the end?

blondiep14 Sun 30-Sep-12 09:44:59

We did it too!!
Supposed to be induced this afternoon but the contractions I'd been ignoring all day woke me up about 1.45am, then my waters started to go so we got here by 2am. Was 7cm and Scarlett was born in the waterpool at 4.58am! 9lb 3oz and perfect.

funchum8am Sun 30-Sep-12 09:47:39

Congratulations heffalumps and blondie! It is great that you both got your water births! Still no news here....

blondiep14 Sun 30-Sep-12 09:54:39

Hang in there fun. We're proof it can happen when you least expect it.
I know how shit it is waiting tho - chin up and eat lots of chocolate!

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Sun 30-Sep-12 11:15:24

Congrats to Heff and blondie - so happy for you both and a little jealous. Both born in the pool too, yay! [flowers]

Mikyahrose Sun 30-Sep-12 11:55:27

Yey! More babies, well done girlies. smile

Still nothing happening my end. Do have period pains coming and going this morning, so hopefully thats a sign. Otherwise off at 7.30am tomorrow to be induced.

NAR4 Sun 30-Sep-12 15:36:02

I had to be induced with my first 3, so decided to be more proactive with number 4. Was surprised when my waters broke with number 4, just 4 days past my due date. I ate loads of fresh pineapple, lots of long walks and bouncing on the ball, loads of sex and raspberry tea. Don't know if any of these actually helped but I will be repeating from 38 weeks onwards with number 5, as long as my placenta has moved up by then. A friend of mine swears by accupunture to start things off. Good luck everyone.

funchum8am Mon 01-Oct-12 12:12:04

Nothing doing here so off to be induced tomorrow. All my brave words about waiting til 42 weeks have gone out of the window...I cannot carry on waiting! Can't wait to meet our baby.

Hope it is going well milkyahrose!

Just popping in to say congratulations to heff and blondie. Hope all's going well for mikyahrose and funchum- all the best for tomorrow, hope it all goes well, it'll be so worth it when you have your beautiful snuggly baby at last!

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Mon 01-Oct-12 15:25:50

Good luch with the induction funchum8am, I'll be following suit on Friday if my sweep on Tuesday doesn't work out!

blooblies Mon 01-Oct-12 15:49:42

Good luck tomorrow funchum, I hope you sleep well tonight!
I've another sweep tomorrow but baby has moved up again so I'm not sure it will be possible. Then consultant appointment on Thursday and possible sweep then too. Then active management after that. Then the real waiting game starts... Sigh. I've run out of conversation to have with folk after answering the 'any twinges?' question for the 20th time every day with the same people every day....

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Tue 02-Oct-12 00:04:36

She was born at 40 + 12 msinterpret, I was worried about the artificial rupturing leading on to more interventions but we were lucky, and you're right I think she was just ready smile Apparantly it was a full moon on Saturday and according to the midwife there's always a rush of babies on a full moon. Hadn't heard that before but won't argue!

Good luck tomorrow funchum

Hope all's going well and mikyahrose is back with baby news soon!

emzypoo Tue 02-Oct-12 08:43:01

Hiya thought I may as well join this thread I'm 38 + 6 I'm so bored and starting to feel the baby is never going to come I've had period type pains for a week, backache and sharp twinges in my womb but no show or loss of plug, mw said baby was 4/5 engaged last week and I feel I should hold my bump now as pressure is immense I even weed myself a little yesterday lol the thought of goong another few weeks is so depressing realy hoping this is my week ! X

funchum8am Tue 02-Oct-12 08:44:10

Rang the ward and have to ring again after 9 to find out whether they have a bed for me. I will weep if not!! Thanks for all the good luck wishes!

funchum8am Tue 02-Oct-12 10:58:33

No beds available yet so I have to wait and they will call when one comes up. Should be today though.

Update on Milk !

She's been admitted to hospital to be induced as they suspect pre-eclampsia...she's waiting for a bed on the very full labour ward then they'll start induction...but they've shut the labour ward but as she's already in the hospital she can stay grin

She has no internet (She's currently moaning about it on the phone to me wink ) and no tv

But Mini-Milk will soon be on his way! Hurrah!

And yes, she bemoaned the lack of internet/tv before the bemoaning of no bed

The woman has her priorities right wink

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Tue 02-Oct-12 17:54:25

lego give her our good luck vibes, hope all goes well.

funchum how are you doing, did you get a bed?

Will do Heffa smile (that sounds shockingly rude to be calling you that grin )

Haven't heard anything since earlier so am hoping no news is good news!

Milk is still waiting to be induced sad

If this baby is half as lazy stubborn as his mother then this could take a while wink

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Wed 03-Oct-12 11:54:43

Lol lego certainly no offence taken grin after a 42 week pregnancy it's probably quite apt!

Hang in there milk stubborn baby or not it can't stay in there forever! Good luck hope things get moving today.

How is everyone else, how many ladies are still waiting now?

They've started milks induction!!

Mini milk is on his way!!

Just spoke to milk they broke her waters at 625 and are monitoring her

So its all heading in the right direction!

funchum8am Thu 04-Oct-12 23:41:30

Got a bed at 1 on Tuesday and DD finally arrived just after midnight today (Thursday.) She is gorgeous and well worth the wait. Next time though I will be refusing induction - first stage was horrible, second was far better and and amazing experience! Ended up with forceps and epidural and narrowly avoided a section as my contractions were rubbish but DD is well worth it smile

Good luck to everyone still waiting to meet their beautiful little ones!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Thu 04-Oct-12 23:54:40

Congrats funchum at last! Hope you're enjoying lots of cuddles now smile

lego any update on milk? Hope she's doing ok.

He's here! All is grand But I'll let her properly announce with weigh/time etc grin

Mikyahrose Fri 05-Oct-12 00:00:22

Hey there ladies. Sorry to have taken so long in getting back on here and sharing my news.
I went into hospital Sunday night with contractions and my little boy was born 14.10 on Monday. Managed to miss being induced. All went well and we were home by 10pm Monday night.
Been a good few days and feel like we're all settling into parenthood nicely. Infact, I'm loving it!
Congratulations to everyone else who' s had thier little bundles too! x

Just feeding DD and thought I'd check for baby news. Huge congratulations to funchum, milk and mikyahrose! Enjoy your lovely new babies.


funchum8am Fri 05-Oct-12 02:34:16

DD is absolutely amazing...can't get over it all.

Am having the most horrendous night on the postnatal ward - the suffering some of these women are going through with no support and stuck in rooms of 4 people so no privacy, while trying to care for newborns, is horrific. I am really disgusted and will be writing to the hospital. Not a great start to parenthood for me either but at least I can go home tomorrow unlike some of the ladies stuck here for several days due to serious injuries from childbirth, or no support at home after c-sections etc sad

Happily DD is for now totally oblivious and fast asleep but I don't expect to get much sleep tonight if any!

PollyIndia Fri 05-Oct-12 07:51:31

Ah congrats mikyahrose! I was wondering how you were doing

funchum8am Fri 05-Oct-12 23:04:07

Congratulations milkyahrose!!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Fri 05-Oct-12 23:19:44

Congrats mikyarose and milk, two more beautiful babies here to snuggle smile

Mikyahrose Sat 06-Oct-12 02:25:08

Just posted this on another thread, thought you may all like a read too.

'Was due to be induced on Monday at 40+13. But naturally went into labour Sunday night (40+12).
We arrived at the hospital at 11pm, was examined but only 1cm. Was given cocodomol and told to rest. Examined again at 4am, 2cm. Given a shot of diamorphine to help me get some rest. Was told this wasn't a pain relief but would make me very sleepy, so I could sleep between contractions. Would also make baby drowsy, but would only last 4 hours and I wasn't even in active labour yet.
Examined at 8am hoping to be at least 3cm. And was 8!! Best news ever.
Started on the gas and air then, my waters were broken at 11am, i started pushing at midday, although I wasn't quite 10cm, but the mw said to just go with the contractions. He was finally born at 14.10 after over 2 hours of 2nd stage labour. Nearly had an episiotomy, got as far as having an anaesthetic put in, but managed to push his head out in the next contraction. Official labour time was 6 hours although my times from getting to hospital to birth was 14hours. Suffered a 1st degree tear, so had a few stitches.
All in all a good labour experience. Didn't get my water birth or delayed clamping, but hey ho.

Now all tucked up in bed feeding. The first night was great and he slept lots in his crib. But since then he's decided he doesn't like it. He sleeps well, but only on me. So I find myself managing to sleep but in awkward positions around him. But he's just too cute to be annoyed by this. '

And there you have it. My labour experience. smile

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 06-Oct-12 02:43:12

Avoiding induction at the 11th hour mikyah that's great news so pleased for you! I love hearing people's birth stories, glad yours was reasonably quick and you managed to avoid an episiotomy too, am I right thinking that means you'll heal quicker from a natural tear?

DD is the same re sleeping but I don't think our bed is appropriate for co sleeping so as much as I really just want to cuddle up with her I'm trying to compromise and as she's in a 3 sided crib attached to our bed I've been scooting myself as close to her in there as I can. Not working tonight though as I'm still sat here holding her!

Mikyahrose Sat 06-Oct-12 04:40:20

It deffo was the 11th hour. smile

I have read that you heal quicker from a natural year, so fingers crossed. So far it's not been too bad. At actually looks ok down there, been doing daily mirror checks. My perineum is still quite swollen, but isn't purle anymore. And I've figured out where my hole is now, for a few days I thought I'd lost it! Sorry that bit was way too much info, but I'm happy to share. Been a bit stingy when weeing the last few days too but think that's because we've been out and I've not drank as much as I should, so have had stronger wees.
Also - last bit of foof talk, seem to have list control of my pelvic floor a bit. And few times have been unable to make it to the toilet. Hoping this will get better?

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sat 06-Oct-12 08:40:29

"I've figured out where my hole is now"

That just made me snort my tea.

I've never dared look underneath, it feels ok and I was super lucky not to tear so I'm leaving it be.

<hopes the hole is still there>


Badgerina Sat 06-Oct-12 09:01:04

Mikya I'm sure you were told this by your midwives, but you must do your pelvic floor exercises. Not only will this help with control and tone, but the increased blood flow to the area will aid healing wink

Badgerina Sat 06-Oct-12 09:01:30

p.s you are very brave to look!!! grin

funchum8am Sun 07-Oct-12 05:48:22

Milky I am having same bladder issues - one accident was only saved from being really embarrassing because of super effective maternity pad I was wearing!

I am starting back on the pelvic floor exercises today!

I had an episiotomy but haven't dared look yet....

Mikyahrose Sun 07-Oct-12 06:58:40

These maternity pads are certainly good. Of all the accidents I've had so far, not once have I needed to change knickers. Those pads have sucked it right up. I'm getting better now and managing to do pelvic floors. For the first few days I couldn't even pull the muscle down there, I tried, but couldn't figure out where it was.

Had the best sleep last night. Think my milk has properly come in now. So fed at 11.30 and he slept till 3.30! Was amazing. Still not in his crib though, but small steps and all that. Managed another 1 hour 40 after too.

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Sun 07-Oct-12 11:22:58

hey guys, update for yoy, my baby was born at home on the 5th, weighing 9lbs and back to back, from first 1cm to baby was 48 hrs. Sadly, 3rd degree tear so had to go get a spinal & stitches sad He's scrummy! Congratulaions Milk and funchum8am

funchum8am Sun 07-Oct-12 11:28:27

Congratulations shouldibecross! Take it easy recovering, sounds like you have been a hero!

Think I need to set phone reminders to do my pelvic floor exercises - I forget to do it often enough.

My milk is coming in too - I hope for a better night's sleep tonight!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Sun 07-Oct-12 13:22:10

Congratulations shouldibecross hope you're soon healing well and enjoying the cuddles smile

blooblies Mon 08-Oct-12 19:21:40

An update on me:
After a very grumpy day on Friday, feeling like baby had disengaged again and lots of folk asking very annoying and pointless questions I made a beef cobbler and helped myself to a weak G&T. Desperate times. Had a clary sage bath after the kids went to bed, phoned my mum for a whinge and then DH decided it was his turn to try and encourage baby out.
I don't know which one of the above set things off, (I suspect DH!), but I was contracting every 5-3 mins after midnight. Not proper ones, just short and sharp ones. With my history of on/off labours I didn't expect them to last, but they were really sore around the top of my pelvis so I got out of bed to try to get baby's head vaguely central as it was sitting to the right above my pelvis at that point. I sidestepped up and downstairs for a bit, then wondered how regular they were because thet seemed to be pretty frequent. So I started up the contraction timer app on my ipod and sat down. When I realised they were roughly every 4 mins, more often if I moved, I wondered what to do. I decided against waking DH, still thinking they would slow down soon. I went to bed, which was a mistake because they got twice as nasty twice as fast and lasted twice as long. I got up to see if they eased off any and they did. I put on the TENS (bliss) and went downstairs to decide what to do as the contractions got really ouchy and I started dreaming of the pool. I phoned the MLU to see what they thought and they suggested coming in (but pool was occupied-drat). Still full of reservation about getting MIL out of bed, I got DH up at 3am.
I went back downstairs and passed the loo. I thought I should carry on emptying my bladder. These contractions were really piling on now. When I sat on the loo my waters went, the head thudded down my pelvis and I immediately groaned in pain and tried to turn to look and see if they were clear or not. I never did manage to look. I remember thinking to myself how much more painful it must be about to get when the next thing was I was pushing. I shouted for DH who was just off the phone to his mum and got on all 4s to see if that might slow things down. On elbows seemed to increase the pressure. MLU was engaged so DH phoned 999 and a lovely lady guided us precisely through what to do on speakerphone. I had no control over this immense pushing and it was darned sore. DH was to counter push, but I felt none of that pressure at all. He moved the cord out of the way, and the next instruction was to get ready to catch a very slippery baby. Having watched videos of pushing stages I thought this was a bit pre-emptive but she was right - a baby boy shot out at 3.18am, quickly followed by the placenta a minute or two later, and 7 mins before the ambulance arrived.

The ambulance took us in to get stitched up after MIL arrived to explain all the noise, excitement and mess to my kids. Because he was an unattended birth, we had an overnight stay for observation and got home yesterday. It still feels like it happened to somebody else, especially after my previous emcs after induction and stop/start forceps and ventouse labours and deliveries! The main thing is that we are both well and safe and that DH will get over it eventually (I hope!). So, about raspberry leaf tea and second stages... it may well work!

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Orenishii Mon 08-Oct-12 19:58:53

WOWOWOW! Is it bad I kind of want the same experience, rather than something long and drawn out?? Well done - bloody well done for staying so calm!

HeffalumpsAndGoldenWoozles Mon 08-Oct-12 23:51:11

Gosh blooblies that's amazing well done and many many congratulations! grin

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Tue 09-Oct-12 06:31:51

Wow blooblies, I was just checking in after the morning feed and can not believe your birth story! Amazing that you and DH did that by yourselves. Hope you're enjoying the cuddles smile

Blooblies, that's amazing! Well done to both of you!

Wish mine would hurry up. Due Thursday. Bound to be late sad

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