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Anyone else 37/38 weeks pg?

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DeathMetalMum Sun 03-Mar-13 14:05:14

I'm 38 weeks today. Just wondering if anyone else is around the same point. Starting to feel a little fed up and I could still be waiting 4 weeks for baby to arrive. I don't have any real symptoms of impending labour at the moment. I am getting quite painfull tightenings with some back ache but saw the mw on friday who said head isn't engaged yet so not expecting much soon. How is everyone else dping?

sundaesundae Sun 03-Mar-13 14:12:53

I'm 37+1 and start maternity leave on Monday, I was fed up, but now I want three weeks of babyfree time to do stuff! I can't walk far, bubba is 3/5ths+ engaged and I have had period pains for the last two weeks.

Everyone thinks baby is imminent, I think I have 5 weeks to go smile

Oodsigma Sun 03-Mar-13 14:14:13

38 tomorrow but having a section this week. Am bored and in lots of pain and very grumpy. Had enough weeks ago now.

Szeli Sun 03-Mar-13 15:18:24

Was 38 weeks on Saturday. I hate it, I'm not even excited anymore, can't stop crying sad

Seeing midwife tomorrow but I think she'll tell me Il have to wait another 4 weeks, the thought terrifies me! Between the sciatica, spd and pre natal depression I wish I was still at work! xx

mssunshine Sun 03-Mar-13 15:20:23

I'm 38+1 today, baby is not engaged yet and no other symptoms either just lots of braxton hicks.
Not long to go now ladies!

TwitchyTail Sun 03-Mar-13 15:26:29

I would have been 37+2 today but had my baby last week - complete surprise. We were both working on the better out than in principle grin

Seriously, the end is in sight for all of you, and it's definitely worth it! Make sure your hospital bags are packed and ready is all I can say - babies really can come any time...

AdmiralData Sun 03-Mar-13 15:41:58

37 + 3 and due for a c-section on the 11th. Also fed up and huge >:] I've had period pain for about a week now so that's been fun as I did think I was going into labour hehe. We will all get there in the end!

38+5 smile and very very fed up.

Was foolishly expecting baby to have made an appearance by now.

tamster83 Sun 03-Mar-13 15:55:21

38+3 and totally fed up with no signs what so ever (but then I never have had any befor) this is my 4th always go over and have to be induced . luckily with this 1 being massive already km being induced on my due date :-) dont know why im smileing im petrified. ..

NutBiscuit Sun 03-Mar-13 15:58:02

37+3 here, totally fed up, SPD and carpal tunnel syndrome keeping me awake all night. Still, just started mat leave so at least I don't have the daily commute to deal with. Hoping this baby decides to make an early appearance, not sure I can cope with 5 more weeks of this!

DeathMetalMum Sun 03-Mar-13 16:22:20

Glad to know there are others like me just waiting! I have spd and also a toddler (sahm) so I just feel terrible about the lack of things I can do with her now the weather is nicer. I can just about handle the walk to a couple of toddler groups they are saving my sanity.

envy @ Twitchy but Congratulations also! Hopefully at least one of us can also be early.

FurryFox Sun 03-Mar-13 16:37:16

39+2 here and absolutely no sign of baby arriving anytime soon, still hoping though hmm.

ZuleikaD Sun 03-Mar-13 17:03:12

37+3 too, and fed up to here with the whole enterprise! Got two DCs of three-and-under already so am exhausted haring round after them, and have had a really long-drawn-out cold too which has left me with a hacking cough. Am envy of those who aren't engaged yet - this bub has had his head in my pelvis for the last six weeks and the pressure down there is so wearing.

The only bright spot is that I've started maternity leave now, so at least tomorrow will be fractionally less exhausting!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 03-Mar-13 17:52:46

37+2 here. Had preterm labour at 32 weeks which was stopped but now on tenterhooks and leaping at every niggle. Little bugger darling will probably stay in till 42 now.

Not helped by massive exhaustion and a hyperactive 2 year old!

Zuleikha, how are you coping with 2 under-threes? You must be knackered, poor thing.

This period is the worst time - the waiting and the not-knowing.

Good luck all!

christilass Sun 03-Mar-13 18:48:31

I'm 40 weeks tomorrow , no signs at all as yet .

Radiator1234 Sun 03-Mar-13 18:53:27

Due date tomorrow. Fed up now.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 04-Mar-13 08:26:22

I keep getting back pains and crampy feelings in the evenings / night time. Had a couple of contractions last night and got very excited.....

And this morning? Nothing. It's so frustrating!

sundaesundae Mon 04-Mar-13 08:28:29

Whip, I am the same. Had a ridiculously bad night, am exhausted and want baby out NOW.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 04-Mar-13 08:41:32

Why can't it just be straight forward?

I was 10 days late with DD so I guess I should have prepared myself for being late again, but I didn't have all these pre-symptoms before.

Grrrr. I think we're bang on the same dates, aren't we sundae? Hope it happens soon for us!

sundaesundae Mon 04-Mar-13 08:42:41

You're a very important day in front!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 04-Mar-13 09:01:43

Well if anything starts happening for me, hopefully it'll happen for you the next day! Because that's obviously how it works.... wink

Beatrixpotty Mon 04-Mar-13 09:26:31

38+1 now, section next Monday, got 3&2 year old as well and feeling that I should be making the most of the last few days with them on their own before I'm hands-off, can't lift and breast feeding but everything is so tiring!

milkyjo Mon 04-Mar-13 13:55:31

38+3 and getting too preoccupied with watching for signs. DS was born 39+2 and I went in to labour at 2am so maybe the same this time?! I had no inkling that it would be happening that night though. Been into town and been lifting DS in and out of pushchair/highchair/car a few times and walking fast so BH are a bit more painful today. Is it wrong that I look forward to DS's nursery days! Only just got my TENS machine today and have MW appointment tomorrow so hopefully she can tell me whether baby is engaged.

chocchoc30 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:06:13

38 weeks tomorrow and fed up sad

Charrin10 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:07:36

Hi, I'm 38 weeks today with my first and I've had enough! I believe I have been lucky throughout my pregnancy, minimal morning sickness, no other real problems (apart from my teeth, I can't believe how much hormones can effect my so called healthy teeth! ) however over the last week I cannot believe how moody and irritable I've become! I think my hubby actually looks forward to going to work to get away from me!! I'm fed up, I sit and watch tv when I could be doing cleaning and stuff it i just can't be bothered! And whilst I am worried / nervous about labour, I would love for it to be this week! No twinges yet though although my MW said baby's head is engaged!

Good luck and fingers crossed for all the other pregnant ladies here xx

ZuleikaD Mon 04-Mar-13 14:40:07

SayCool I am knackered. I'm a CM too so I've actually had three under-3s until last Friday. Pushing that lot around on the buggy hasn't done my pelvic floor any favours! Glad to be looking at my last two or three weeks of pregnancy, and DC3 is definitely the last one!

On the upside I've finally found a comfortable way of sleeping, so the last few weeks when I've been waking up at 3.45 every morning are now a distant memory!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 04-Mar-13 16:03:56

Poor you Zuleika, but glad you're getting some sleep!

I've been doing some very gentle bouncing on DD's trampoline and DH is picking me up a birthing ball this evening. Curry and pineapple for tea!

Sarahcingram Mon 04-Mar-13 17:25:19

37+3. Can't make my mind up whether I want to have nice maternity leave for a couple of weeks to chill out, or whether I want the baby to come now!

I'm so uncomfortable when I sleep its horrible, but then the days aren't too bad!

Trying to clean everywhere, hate the idea of leaving the house in a horrible mess when I go in, but hoovering for 2 minutes really hurts my back!

There seem to be a lot of catch 22's to this whole period!

DeathMetalMum Mon 04-Mar-13 17:49:06

Wow I dont think I would have coped with that Zuleika. Glad you've found some comfort in bed. I am in incredible pain with my hips sometimes if I just roll over takes up to half an hour to go away then I have to get comfy! Dd was up for two hours last night hoping for better tonight.

Was also 10 days over with dd so shouldn't really be hopefull of anything soon.

I'm nesting/cleaning like crazy too, though that makes a good change from usual. Things are actually presentable for a change!

Szeli Mon 04-Mar-13 19:30:08

Gah I'm in too much pain to clean and now the plumbers I tried to arrange 6 months ago have finally arrived so I have no bathroom til tomorrow night and when they do go it will take all kinds of cleaning to put it straight.

Thought I'd love being on maternity, 6 days a week, 12 hours a day on my feet was taking its toll but being off is far more stressful feeling like I should be doing things but not having the energy.

Went to the midwife today too and he's not engaged yet but he's getting there...?! But then she went on to talk about inductions and booked me in for 2 days post due date... sad

Need this bambino! Had braxton hicks getting stronger for 3 weeks and been getting more swellings and headaches and even had 2 shows but I guess the little man is teasing me; he's so grounded when he arrives!

Sorry for the whinge, whinge, whinge xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 04-Mar-13 20:25:56

Whinge away, it's what this thread is here for!

DD has vomited spectacularly everywhere tonight so for once hoping I DON'T go into labour.

Not having a bathroom sounds awful, hope that it gets sorted soon.

Szeli Mon 04-Mar-13 20:48:59

Hopefully by tomorrow night it will be ok which is a bonus for a fear free bath in early labour (it currently creates a waterfall in the kitchen if I do have one).

But same, I really want him to hold off a few more days now, mostly because of the cleaning that needs to be done. Bah xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 05-Mar-13 09:09:24

Well, had the midwife today and she had a quick feel around - said my cervix is shortening and effacing and I'm about a cm. baby is fully engaged.

I know it doesn't always mean a lot with your second but I'm hopeful!

How is everyone today?

OohShiny Tue 05-Mar-13 09:26:05

Can I join? 38 + 5 today with my first and this is my first day on maternity leave! Feels like I'm skiving at the minute. Been a bit twingy and tummy achey these past few days but baby is still quite high so not getting my hopes up. Getting my TENS machine tomorrow aft and have been taking raspberry leaf tablets since the weekend.

saycool sounds like you might be close now then, hope the proper action starts soon for you.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 05-Mar-13 09:42:30

Hi OohShiny - love your username smile

Wow, only just on mat leave? Good for you, I couldn't have worked up until then, too lazy fat and tired!

Is this your first?

OohShiny Tue 05-Mar-13 10:09:19

Yep my first. I'm feeling quite good at the min and have a desk job which is how I've managed so long I think.

I'm not quite believing I'm going to have a baby at the minute it feels a bit surreal hence the skiving feeling, but obsessing at every twinge as I've no idea what labours like or how/when it's going to start! Babies should come with an actual eviction date so we don't have to play this waiting game!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 05-Mar-13 12:26:49

Yep tell me about it! Ten days late with DD which was the longest time ever!

Just remember you're not skiving, you're getting your body ready for labour. I'm sure millions of people have said this already but take advantage of your last few days of freedom without a child - put your feet up, nap, do lunch with the ladies, date nights with your DP/H etc.

The last few weeks are the worst... until the first few with a newborn grin

ZuleikaD Tue 05-Mar-13 13:07:51

Good luck, SayCool! All sounds promising.

Had a MW trip this morning and the wretched boy has got himself over on the right-hand-side again, so am hunched over the Spinning Babies website wondering whether to buy an exercise ball. I just don't want a socking great thing around the place afterwards.

christilass Tue 05-Mar-13 14:16:34

I was due yesterday , have had no signs since last Wed when period type pain kept me up all night . got midwife on Thursday for a sweep .
1st baby and I'm told they are usually late.
id love baby to be here before Mothers Day

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 05-Mar-13 15:40:45

Fingers crossed Christilass! First babies are usually late but as you're past due date now, anything could happen. Sweep worked for me with DD.

Zuleika I was wondering the same about the gym ball - is it worth getting for what could be just a few days? But I suppose they deflate, right? <clueless> And I think on another thread someone said they're £6 from Argos...

Hope he gets into the right position soon for you. I was told to lie on my left side as much as possible but I'm sure you're doing that already!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 05-Mar-13 16:10:43

Well DD just vomited everywhere again and then so did I. Joy!

I suppose the chances of mine being labour sick as opposed to bug sick are slim to none.... hmm

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 10:22:46

Think I might just be talking to myself on this thread.....blush

DD vomited copiously throughout the night so none of us have had any sleep. Probably not a good time to go into labour!

Hope everyone else is doing ok.

milkyjo Wed 06-Mar-13 10:58:19

I was hoping to go into labour last night as I had a few aches and a lot more braxton hicks. But no, just a horrendous night's sleep. Probably from being on the go at groups with DS all day yesterday and then having midwife appointment who then sent me straight to triage because of increased BP where I had to wait for 4 hours to see a doctor who sent me home. I had no dinner because I was there from half 4 - half 8 and on my own as DH had to be at home for DS! I had a takeaway pizza waiting for me when I got home at 9pm though... mmmmm - apart from the indigestion I got when I went to bed from eating so late!

Szeli Wed 06-Mar-13 11:38:41

Woke up with a big painful POP down below this morning, after screaming waited for the gush of waters but nothing sad guess it was my pelvis clicking. This child is a pure tease! xx

Szeli Wed 06-Mar-13 11:39:33

I can't go into labour yet anyway because the plumbers STILL haven't shown up, it's stressing me! xx

Dirtymistress Wed 06-Mar-13 13:00:03

Can I join? Am 38 plus 4 with ds2. Fell last week chasing after 16 month old ds1 at the swings and now have severe sciatica as a result. Reached the end of my tether about a week agoconfused

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 13:00:30

Milky jo how frustrating! But everything's ok with your Bp?

Szeli you never know.... It could be a delayed leak...? <clutches at straws> <tries desperately to think of plumbing-related joke>

I got DH to pick me up an exercise ball from Argos last night. Haven't had much of a chance to use it with poorly DD but hoping to have a good bounce this evening. While simultaneously nipple twiddling, eating curried pineapple and having sex grin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 13:01:52

X-post dirtymistress - ouch for you, your poor back!

I'd say take it easy but I know what that's like with a 16 month old.... Are you able to have any pain relief?

OohShiny Wed 06-Mar-13 13:08:18

grin coolwhip

I've just done my online shop to give me an excuse to stay in and do nothing again on Friday smile. Got some meals I can potter about making during the day for tea and restocked my baking cupboard to give me something else to do. Sod's law I'll go into labour over the weekend now and not get a chance to cook or bake anything!

Not got into the idea of batch cooking. Has anyone else? Not sure if I'll bother or not as DH doesn't eat stew type meals and I don't eat mince which rules out spag bols/chilli type meals so not sure there's anything left to batch cook?!

I've got my ball, not very good at going on it though although I really should to try and get this baby to move out from under my ribs.

Hope everyone's aches and pains are doing ok.

Dirtymistress Wed 06-Mar-13 13:19:38

Dr has given me 50 codeine and told me take it four times a day. Am not keen but have already had meningitis during this pregnancy and been given lots of drugs. None of it is ideal but when you are in agony, you have to Di whatever it takeshmm I sound like a right moany cow! When I'm not upduffed I promise I am jolly!

CareerGirl01 Wed 06-Mar-13 13:26:56

Am envious of you all - am 31 weeks and feeling so sorry for myself it's sad.

milkyjo Wed 06-Mar-13 13:52:31

I am supposed to be resting but ended up doing 3 loads of washing. I painted my toenails and now I ache and toenails are a mess. I have got some nice relaxing lavender burning to chill me out but I feel a little bit queazy now as I don't usually have fragrance in the house, just a little waft of polish to make it smell like I've cleaned usually. I picked up an oil burner from Sainsbury's for £1.75 so I had to try it out!

Szeli Wed 06-Mar-13 14:21:54

SayCool; any and all plumber jokes welcomed! thankfully they've finished now so once everything's dry I can stop stinking and give the sciatica/spd pains some relief.

OohShiny; get some meat free mince, I've never been able to stomach meat mince (except in pregnancy) then you could do cottage pie(with or without the topping, spag bol, chili or a basic base for all three that you can defrost or add to.
I also do soups and curries in the freezer, all mainly for the OH if I end up in hospital; but if it's anything like when I was kept in over christmas he just won't eat... :/

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 16:21:09

Dirtymistress shock at meningitis in pregnancy! You poor thing!

DD slept for 3 hours today which was amazing. Fingers crossed no more D&V from her.... Or me! (Unless its labour-related)

Had windy indigestion feeling all day but not even a BH or anything.

Someone come and wave some labour dust!

sundaesundae Wed 06-Mar-13 16:42:41

LOL yes, you have some labour dust so I can go next smile I was awake for 2hrs in the night with some very ouchy cramps. Today I keep getting cramps like you have with food poisoning? Weird. I have had a good preening session and now very very tired, hoping tomorrow will bring more energy!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 17:18:18

Fingers crossed sundae! That does sound promising - I had cramps before DD, and I've heard a few labour stories that start like that.....

ZuleikaD Wed 06-Mar-13 18:54:19

Get a good night's sleep, everyone - here's to another day closer to labour!

Szeli Wed 06-Mar-13 19:03:51

Maximum of 24 days to go...! Haha sending contracting thoughts everyones way! xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 19:12:10

Good advice Zuleika. <ignores and carries on bouncing>

24 days sounds so long.... It's practically a whole month! <Bounces harder>

Yes I am actually bouncing while MNing. And they thought I couldn't multi task.....

Dirtymistress Wed 06-Mar-13 19:33:56

I have had horrible period like pain for 24 hours now and still no baby! Am going to have to have sexgrin I advise everyone else to do the same!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 20:17:37

Is it terrible that I'm hoping for pain?? grin

Good idea Dirtymistress - synchronised DTDs tonight!

DeathMetalMum Wed 06-Mar-13 20:22:34

Sorry I got a little busy (not labour wise sad ) and forgot to re-check the thread.

I agree 24 days sounds far too long!

With dd I had period pain/back ache on and off for at least a week. They then started getting closer together and stronger in the evenings for at least three days before she arrived. It seems like similar things are happening again. We dtd at the weekend and nothing.

Fingers crossed and lots of labour dust for everybody!

Dirtymistress Wed 06-Mar-13 20:47:05

That is not reassuring deathmetal! I don't want to wait another week. Anyway my plans have gone awry since ds has woken up just as I planned to pounce (perhaps this is not the correct word since I don't think beached whales are capable of such displays of agility) on dp. So now he is upstairs trying to get him back to sleep. Sigh.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Mar-13 21:11:05

Hehehe, I am the epitome of beached whale.... Not sexy. And DH is staying up whereas I am ready for bed!

Deathmetal a week of pains? Nooooo! Lets hope for quicker second labours!

DeathMetalMum Wed 06-Mar-13 22:20:01

Yy to beached whale. Don't think my hips would be capable of a pounce either! It takes me around 30 minutes at least to roll over in bed as I have to do it in stages.

I think that just may be the way labour starts off with me. Hopefully not the same for you all. Yesterday and today I timed some 'crampings' (I'm pretty sure they are contractions) at 7 minutes apart. Then nothing for a good few hours.

sundaesundae Wed 06-Mar-13 22:38:16

Deathmetal, I think I am going to start off that way, I am having regular painful tightenings this evening, but they only last about 10 seconds and aren't that painful. I think this could go on for weeks yet!! Sick of it, every day this week I have had some version of this, this is baby number 1, so they could well be BH's and I am just pathetic! I keep needing to poo and feeling pressure over my coccyx too, I just want my three peaceful weeks of mat leave smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 07-Mar-13 07:31:05

How's everyone feeling today? Hope your tightenings turn into something sundae.

I have pain very similar to trapped wind. It probably is, actually, trapped wind!

Radiator1234 Thu 07-Mar-13 07:43:05

I am now 40+3 and still pregnant despite sweep (Monday), reflexology and acupuncture (Tuesday), sex, pineapple, curry, long walks, birth ball, yoga, raspberry leaf tea the most mingling drink in the world etc. I am still not in labour. Been having cramps for a few days but nothing regular or painful enough to be labour. Boooo. 2nd child. Was 40+6 with DD 1. Oh yes and I am averaging 5 "any baby yet?" texts a day. So that's nice.

OohShiny Thu 07-Mar-13 07:51:51

Radiator you make me sad, I was hoping at least some of the old wives tales might work!

39 weeks today!

Spent an hour on my ball last night and been taking my raspberry leaf tablets (too wussy to try the tea, the tablets are bad enough!) booked in for a sweep day after my due date if nothing happens by then but fingers crossed it will.

Getting random back/tummy ache but nothing significant.

Dirtymistress Thu 07-Mar-13 08:46:21

Poor you radiator. I am sick of the 'still pregnant then?' comments too. No freakin baby here, despite the attempts to shag him out last nightgrin at least dp is off today so I can have a break from toddler wrangling.

christilass Thu 07-Mar-13 09:05:34

I'm 40+4 Today 1st baby .
having a sweep at 10 am this morning .
have to say I'm still feeling great .

sundaesundae Thu 07-Mar-13 09:11:22

Nothing doing here, just sore from last night. Feeling very fed up that every night I have all these pains and then nothing. I am the preggo that cries wolf!

Radiator1234 Thu 07-Mar-13 09:24:48

I like that good positive mental attitude christilas!! Today I am going to sack off all the long walks/ birth ball bouncing and lie on the sofa all day and watch movies once I've packed DD off to nursery!

Szeli Thu 07-Mar-13 11:08:19

Up all night with cramps and shooting pains across belly this morning plus constant back ache and I believe the nesting may have started.... but I'm past getting my hopes up now with this 'little boy who cried labour' situation.

Hope someone pushes a baby out today! xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 07-Mar-13 11:15:58

Szeli that sounds promising! Get bouncing / walking to shift things along!

not jealous at all grin

And of course, as your top priority, keep us all informed!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 07-Mar-13 11:17:00

Maybe we'll have a mass labour exodus and all of us will pop out our little joy-bundles today....

< delusional hopeful>

Radiator1234 Thu 07-Mar-13 19:52:01

Still no signs of labour here. Anyone else ?!

DeathMetalMum Thu 07-Mar-13 20:10:38

No signs here either sad. Not even had many crampings today so any hopes of anything happening soo have all but gone.

I wonder how Szeli is doing things definatly sounded promising for her.

DeathMetalMum Thu 07-Mar-13 20:10:54


Radiator1234 Thu 07-Mar-13 20:15:00

Sigh!! I've had cramps on and off all day but they are just annoying. Not real contractions. Last time I had them for three weeks before I went into labour. At least this time I know what to expect (last time I naively thought I was at the start of labour every time I had the cramps). Boooo.

Dirtymistress Thu 07-Mar-13 20:24:01

Nothing here. Had absolutely horrific diarrhoea this afternoon (9 times! Sorry if tmi) so forced myself to go for long walk thinking was definitely it but nothing. Now I just feel sick as a dog and mil takes her car into the garage tomorrow morning and will then be without it all weekend so won't be able to look after ds1 if things kick off so I am also stressedhmm

Radiator1234 Thu 07-Mar-13 20:27:00

Oh boo. Hopefully start of something good luck.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 07-Mar-13 21:23:05

Nothing here either apart from some seriously bad wind and a few strong BHs. Another 3 weeks of this is going to test me sorely!

Yes, hope Szeli reports in soon! Maybe she'll start the domino effect.....

Hope you all get good nights sleep - or if not, only because you're in labour! grin

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 00:55:51

Nothing, nothing, nothing sad told you haha just been away from the laptop all day cos the OH had been doing something with CDs or whatever. I don't care I have a clean house now although I got called "a f*****g psycho bitch" for my nazi demands with the Hoover... Ooops :/ I actually don't even feel pregnant any more! xx

Dirtymistress Fri 08-Mar-13 03:06:57

Well I hope you're all getting some much needed sleep. I currently on the sofa, in the dark, trying to convince the toddler to go back to bed. Quite why I thought having another was a good idea is beyond meconfused

ZuleikaD Fri 08-Mar-13 07:44:06

I don't suppose any of you was the lady who gave birth on the 18.18 to Maidstone last night??

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 08-Mar-13 07:49:52

Haha not guilty here! Sounds exciting though Zuleika!

Szeli how annoying - maybe it's the calm before the storm though.... And yes at least your house is nice and clean! Mine's an absolute pigsty thanks to 2-year-old monkey. Wish I had the nesting urge - I do in my head but my body just isn't motivated.

Dirtymistress - yes I was up with toddler as well.... Joy. Why I think it's going to be EASIER when this one is born I have no idea!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 08-Mar-13 08:24:04

And WTF is up with my pelvic floor?

I'm so sick of thinking 'ooh my waters are leaking.... Wait... No, it's just a bit of wee....' blush

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 09:05:17

I was the same with the nesting so I got the sil round for dinner; houseguests kicks me into cleaning action haha

I can walk about at the mo and I'm eating even more than normal; fingers crossed that means he's engaged...?!

Hear you with the weeing eeek this is a darn sexy time! xx

ZuleikaD Fri 08-Mar-13 09:22:36

Oh god tell me about it - I've still got this massive cough and if there's ANYTHING in my bladder when I cough, out it comes. Oh the dignity!

Radiator1234 Fri 08-Mar-13 09:49:30

Ha I can relate to that Whip!

Still not in labour :-(

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 09:53:24

What am I meant to do with this birthing ball? x

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 08-Mar-13 11:11:18

Szeli - bounce! <helpful>

Um... I've just been sitting on mine, legs apart, and bouncing gently up and down, sometimes rotating my hips in a figure of 8. If I bounce hard I get what feels like the beginning of a BH but I read you shouldn't do it too strenuously as that could be bad.... I think there are some YouTube videos that show you how to do it, or of you're trying to get the baby in a good position the Spinning Babies website is good.

But I think just sit and bounce as much as you can (while watching TV, MNing etc...)

2 days till Mothers Day - that's a good birthing day grin

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 13:43:37

Can't even get down to the ball with the spd :/ will persevere later. Can labour feel like someone's just ragged a knife thru your stomach whilst kicking you in the down belows? Cos that's the pains coming every couple of minutes but they seem to have slowed down to a dull ache in my entire lower half now sad

Anyone got good news? xx

Dirtymistress Fri 08-Mar-13 13:48:21

I think that sounds promising szeligrin nothing doing here except now my left ankle seems to have given up from overcompensating for my sciatica ridden right side. Joy.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 08-Mar-13 14:09:26

Szeli that does sound encouraging.... Are you timing them? Does walking around make them better or worse?

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 14:46:30

I was walking home at the time and had to stop each time and cling onto my OH for dear life. Came home and they've completely eased off bar the aching and big pressure in bum and lady bits. Had to get out of the bath cos it was too uncomfortable but I'm not convinced at all. If it had carried on like earlier then perhaps but nopes sad he's gonna be on payback with this teasing for the rest if his days! x

DeathMetalMum Fri 08-Mar-13 14:47:22

Szeli I agree that sounds encouraging. I think you may be the first on this thread to go with all your promising symptoms!

Though me and dp both had terrible night sleep last night, and I have a huge spot which has taken place on my chin so wouldn't surprise me if something happened today for me. My spot would make some lovely post-birth photos. sad Still dillusional

I can join the non-existant pelvic floor club too, not a pretty sight. Though evey time I read those words I do some exercises.

With my birthing ball last time I just sat on it when watching tv or playimg xbox/wii games. Occasionally bouncing/circling my hips. The way you sit is supposed to open up the pelvis and help encourage the head to go lower. Good for early labour iirc. I just found it comfier than any chair/sofa to sit on. None of that this time for me unfortunatley I don't have anywhere to store it really and my toddler would have a field day if it was inflated.

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 14:50:19

dirty take up hopping to encourage baba out? Lol.

Sorry whip walking made it worse but no didn't time cos by the time I'd got home they'd slowed down xx

DeathMetalMum Fri 08-Mar-13 14:51:18

X posted with Szeli, I would try and get some sleep if you can. Take some paracetamol and go lye down you might need the energy later!

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 14:52:55

Ahaha deathmetal giggling at the thought of a toddler let loose with a ball, most fun ever for tiny tot!

I tried sitting but then nearly fell off and couldn't get up from it, might try again later on xx

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 14:58:47

Already beat you to in on the bed and painkillers thing. You're not giving birth in manchester are you? If you were I could pack a wee kit into my hospital bag and sort you right out for the post birth piccies haha (I'm a makeup artist btw, realised that sounds odd)

hope the spots a sign of your baby trying to get out! x

milkyjo Fri 08-Mar-13 15:35:31

Ooooh I have a spot on my chin too - first one in 9 months! Is that on the list of signs and symptoms of labour starting?????!!!! Also DS (2 years) awake a lot in the night (must be the misty weather that seems to have descended). Also it is inevitable that we will all go into labour when the weather turns cold and it starts snowing! Here's hoping for Mother's Day babies! Oh and DS loves to roll and kick my exercise ball around in our open plan house, I can't get near the thing in the day!

Radiator1234 Fri 08-Mar-13 16:31:42

szeli I am due to give birth in Manc- at whythenshaw. You too?

Anything that takes your breath away sounds very promising.

I'm still not in labour. On and off pains today (hmm that's about a week of them now .... Sigh) but still not painful or regular enough to get me excited. Boooo.

On top of that I've endured soft play!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 08-Mar-13 16:58:41

Indeed, my 2yo loves my exercise ball and is constantly trying to play with it, despite the fact that its bigger than her. DH had the clever idea of lifting her onto it and bouncing her - henceforth it's now 'Mummy bounce! Mummy bounce!'

Szeli that does all sound good, even though they've eased off now. Fingers crossed for you - and get some rest while you can!

I have just blitzed my house - not sure if it was nesting or self preservation.... But hopefully I've at least knackered myself into some sort of labour. <delusional>

Radiator - soft play confused I commend you! I'm not sure I could stomach it (ha ha!) at this stage of pg....

Fingers crossed everyone grin

milkyjo Fri 08-Mar-13 17:05:17

I've just been on my hands and knees scrubbing the stairs and hallway floor, my aims were 1) to clean the filthy place, 2) Get baby engaged, 3) Start off labour. The first has been achieved, however I will check in tomorrow if anything else has worked... or not!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 08-Mar-13 17:08:20

Good luck milkyjo!

And if nothing else, at least you'll have a clean floor smile

<wanders off to scrub skirting boards>

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 17:11:04

Nah baby was def just teasing sad had some rest, DTD, vindaloo again tonight but currently nothing.

I'm having baby b at St Mary's milky a Salfordmama tho really x

Szeli Fri 08-Mar-13 17:11:39

radiator even

Radiator1234 Fri 08-Mar-13 17:44:25

I took grandma to soft play but I did go on the (huge) wavy slide as someone suggested it might encourage labour. However, people looked at me like I was mental and afterwards I did feel a bit stupid. Not sure going down a big slide is sensible when you're 9 months pregnant :-(

Radiator1234 Fri 08-Mar-13 17:44:49

Obv I also took my DD to soft play as well as grandma ;-)

DeathMetalMum Fri 08-Mar-13 19:58:51

You see my toddler would try rolling on top of it on her tummy, she has tried with large balloons in the past so it's definitley a no-no.

Not in Manchester no and I don't think the spot is a sign either not had one pain/cramp at all today. Though I have not been up to much either. Well apart from setting up the moses basket in the bedroom so dd can get used to it being there.

Wow softplay Radiator you are brave I'm pretty sure I would get stuck either due to my size or hips/spd!

OohShiny Fri 08-Mar-13 22:58:16

I've been a bit crampy today and braxton hicks have made an appearance if these twinges are anything to go by. Nothing regular though. [Sad]

Couldn't cope with this uncertainty for over a week so I hope it means things might start happening soon. Been on my ball for an hour tonight and off walking round some shops tomorrow.

Dh thinks the baby's moved down a little but I'm not sure. Had fun testing my tens machine earlier though, can't wait to see if it helps when the proper pains kick in.

Good luck for tonight everyone, fingers crossed for weekend/mothers day babies, although I have been instructed to not go into labour in the middle of the night as poor dh would be shattered!

I'm jealous at all of you with the motivation to clean. I can only be bothered to do little bits at a time. blush

sundaesundae Sat 09-Mar-13 01:09:08

I wish these tightenings would either stop so I can sleep or become proper something or others and be productive! grrr. Every blinking day this week. I am 38 weeks so could have four more weeks of this, gutting.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 06:53:17

Sundae sad You poor thing. Here, have a brew. Hope you managed to get some sleep.

I'm just sooooo tired of going to bed with backache and tightenings and being convinced that I'll wake up in labour, and then in the morning..... Nothing. Not a sausage.

I am still very windy blush So much so that I woke myself up in the night

ZuleikaD Sat 09-Mar-13 07:06:49

Hope everyone had a good night... What are everyone's actual due dates, BTW (because we're all a week further along than we were when the thread started!)?

I'm March 22nd.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 07:34:31

March 23rd here.

Are we all just deluding ourselves hoping they'll come early? DD was 10 days late but I was hoping the old 'second pregnancy is early' thing would kick in....

Imagine if we're still posting here in a month..... <cries>

How are you feeling Zuleika?

Dirtymistress Sat 09-Mar-13 07:34:59

Mine is the 17th. I have to go to a wedding evening do tonight. Have nothing to wear. Have not sent my mother her Mother's Day card in time which she will berate me for till one of us drops dead. Dp has gone to work. And I am still in agony with the sciatica and need to entertain the toddler. Am beyond fed up.

OohShiny Sat 09-Mar-13 08:45:17

Mines the 14th. But its my first (and ive been told theyre always late sad )

Got a sweep booked for the 15th if nothing moving by then but again not hopeful!

I want my baby!!! <wails>

Radiator1234 Sat 09-Mar-13 09:00:23

My due date was March 4th so now I am overdue. I thought I was in labour in the night but alas no. Have a nice day everyone!

littlebundleofhappiness Sat 09-Mar-13 09:08:12

I'm 37+4 and waiting patiently.. No signs of anything yet but head well engaged so going things soon start...
Loving maternity leave tho!smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 09:12:19

Radiator - oh poor you... Maybe things are starting to happen though. Get walking and nipple twiddling! (Maybe not at the same time though...)

Dirtymistress can you get out of the wedding do for pg-related reasons? Labour is a good excuse!

I feel like I've been pregnant forever!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 09:13:04

Oh and OohShiny, a sweep worked for me with my first so fingers crossed for you....

Szeli Sat 09-Mar-13 09:41:42

16th March for me but as there was some dispute regarding dates I also had 28th Feb as a due date so now it feels like its been forever! 39 weeks today; come on baby b! xx

DeathMetalMum Sat 09-Mar-13 11:41:23

17th of March for me too, though my dates a few days before. I have a mw appointment friday next week hoping I can bribe the mw to give me a sweep a couple of days early if I'm still with bump.

I'm sure you will need more brew by now Sundae sounds like you had an uncomfatable night.

Just taken dd for a run around outside to wear her out a little though I'm more worn out than she is. Though may have brought on a few cramps! More labour dust for everyone. smile

milkyjo Sat 09-Mar-13 13:14:00

15th for me. Nothing today but a very grumpy toddler, at least DH is around to share the grumpiness!

Mrsb999 Sat 09-Mar-13 13:30:12

Hello! I'm 38 weeks tomorrow, been on maternity leave for just over a week and now I'm bored and ready for baby to arrive

Anyone nesting? I'm not sure what the difference between general cleaning and nesting is but have to say the house is looking lovely but I think that's more to do with the fact I'm home more rather than me having an overwhelming urge to scrub everything in sight!

ZuleikaD Sat 09-Mar-13 14:06:52

My next MW appointment is at 39 + 3 and there's no way I'm leaving without a sweep!

Mrsb999 Sat 09-Mar-13 14:19:05

I don't see my midwife now until I'm at term so unless anything happens between now and then I won't be having a sweep til the 27th which is 3 days after my due date!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 14:27:04

Mrsb can you not ask to see her sooner?

My MW obligingly tried to do one at my appointment on Tues at 37+3 but cervix wasn't in right place. Hoping she might try again this coming Tues. If I haven't gone into labour!

Just had a lie down while DD screamed and shouted in her room had a nap and was getting some good BHs, but as soon as I got up because DD wouldn't shut up they have subsided.


Am very very grumpy today and being foul to both DD and DH. I am not nice when pregnant! AIBU to have a small glass of wine?

Mrsb999 Sat 09-Mar-13 14:32:55

Yes I might do that, head isn't engaged yet its still free if that makes a difference?

I'm not uncomfortable (yet!) and not particularly struggling but I'm sure that will change!

Any slight twinge or pain is getting my hopes up tho!

Dirtymistress Sat 09-Mar-13 14:41:22

Have a large glass of wine coolwhip. Honestly. These babies are cooked so it won't do any harm. I am also being vile. But only to dp. Bless him.

ZuleikaD Sat 09-Mar-13 15:32:54

I'm having a glass of wine when I want one, certainly!

MumaBex Sat 09-Mar-13 15:39:12

mmm glass of wine you say. Think i might have to have one also.

chubbychipmonk Sat 09-Mar-13 15:48:31

Joining in! Am 39 weeks tomoro. My DS was 2 weeks early so had expected thus baby to gavmade a appearance now but nothing!
Had a bit of a show yesterday so hopefully sign things moving but can also mean not going into labour for another week. Fed up of going to the toilet 7 times a night! May treat myself to a glass of wine tonight also wine!

chubbychipmonk Sat 09-Mar-13 15:50:20

17th March here too. . Quite a few St Patricks day babies! May see should all have a pint of Guiness & see if that gets babies moving!

OohShiny Sat 09-Mar-13 15:52:16

Been out and about this morning waddling along, nothing happening though. I'm now going to wallow in the loveliness that is freshly washed baby clothes and put everything away and try and sort the nursery into some sort of order (looks like a stork exploded mother are in there!)

ratbagcatbag Sat 09-Mar-13 15:54:37

Hello all smile I'm 37 weeks tomorrow but still gt another 2 weeks at work, sciatic pain now agonising, can't even sit anyhow comfortably. Baby is 2/5ths engaged and apparently big. Everyone thinks I'm going to be early and I haven't even done my hospital bag yet. smile or got enough vests for a baby. I'm completely disorganised.

Szeli Sat 09-Mar-13 16:01:29

Going in the nursery depresses me so I'm giving it a wide berth atm, really getting frustrated now AND the in laws have decided now that the most sensible time for them to visit is my bloody due date :/ you have had ample time to visit before then dears... Sorry dunno why that's annoyed me xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 17:35:33

Ratbag - shock at still being at work! How do you do it??! You should be resting and having wine

I had a glass of wine but then was promptly sick. Don't know if it was the wine but DH packed me off to bed and took DD off to see PILs. Then I spent half an hour crying about what a useless mother and wife I am. I really hope this is pre labour hormones and not me completely losing the plot!

Szeli do your in-laws live far away then? So their visit will just mean extra work and stress for you? How kind of them.... Maybe you'll have popped and they can be roped in for babysitting.... <hopeful>

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 17:36:19

Oh and lol at Guinness for labour induction - you never know!

ZuleikaD Sat 09-Mar-13 17:36:59

Tell the inlaws to bugger off. I won't have mine in the house now until at least two weeks after littl'un makes an appearance. Whenever that is!

sundaesundae Sat 09-Mar-13 17:39:34

I'm due 23rd, my mum made me cry today as she tells me my bump is way too high and I have weeks and weeks left. Cheers mum. She then backtracked and said maybe sooner... but she was blatantly just trying to cheer me up!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 17:58:38

Ah, mothers and their comments....

The other day my DM said 'I can see the top of your bum in those trousers. Is it because you're so fat?' (It was actually because my maternity jeans were too big)

Then this morning when she rang the first thing she asked was 'Baby here yet?' Because THAT'S not the most annoying question ever. Arrrrgh.

Sorry. blush I think I have anger issues today.

As you were.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 18:03:13

And Szeli, a high bump doesn't mean anything wrt labour timings - honestly, don't worry about it. Some people don't drop/engage until labour itself. I expect you'll go into labour tonight just to prove her wrong! smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 09-Mar-13 18:03:36

Sundae even.....

<head desk>

chubbychipmonk Sat 09-Mar-13 18:04:07

Anyone else getting irritated by the 'any sign of baby yet' texts/open liner on phone calls??

My mum & MIL start every conversation with it whenever they phone. Am very tempted to answer 'yeah actually, went into labour last night, just got back from hospital, you have a new GC, was just about to phone you & let you know!'

They're both on standby to look after DC1 in case the other one is out so they KNOW they're going to be phoned/text as soon as I go into labour. . It's not exactly the kind of thing I'm going to forget to tell them about!!

chubbychipmonk Sat 09-Mar-13 18:05:38

Lol. . Was posting my msg at same time as you Saycool about the 'baby here yet question'. .. Glad I'm not the only one!

Szeli Sat 09-Mar-13 18:36:56

In laws aren't too far away; just over an hour, it's just annoying as they were 5 mins away for a gig this week but were 'too busy' to bob in for a brew; yet next weekend there'll be no football or something so coming round - it just upsets OH, he hasn't seen them since Christmas and my parents bob up at least once a month.

Loads and loads of pressure today and a fair few bathroom trips (tmi) which seem promising but I'm just resigning myself to Easter weekend now. Can't believe none of us have gone yet! xx

Szeli Sat 09-Mar-13 18:38:34

My dad told off my bump today saying his grandad wanted to see him which I thought was quite cute. It's the 'had baby' questions off people who know il text them/call them straight away when I do who annoy me xx

milkyjo Sat 09-Mar-13 20:32:10

I'm feeling a lot of pressure down there. Have been a bit bunged up so thought it was that but been to the loo now and the feeling remains. I had the worst night's sleep last night. Bump still looks high but I can't remember it even dropping in my first pregnancy. I still think I'm in for the long haul! I was 39+2 with ds which will be me tomorrow.

Szeli Sat 09-Mar-13 20:34:31

Were there any signs before DC1 tho? Might be a similar case if there weren't...? Fingers crossed xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 10-Mar-13 07:04:17

How is everyone today? I had flashy lights in my eyes that turned into a migraine and had stomach pains all night.

Nothing today though!

I'm so sick of symptom spotting!

Hope someone else is popping soon.

Happy Mothers Day! thanks

Dirtymistress Sun 10-Mar-13 07:14:40

Well I waddled along to the wedding last night, had a glass of wine, got horrific heartburn, watched people dancing and came home to ds1 still awake at 10pm. Babysitter had text me to say he was asleep on her chest and everytime she tried to put him in his cot he cried. Bearing in mind she has a GG bust, I can't say I was surprisedgrin I am lying in bed having contractions. Not sure if this is it. But I had forgotten how much it hurt so now I think I have changed my mind.hmm

DeathMetalMum Sun 10-Mar-13 07:52:45

Feeling okay despite what felt like I was awake half the night dd woke up and even though dp went to her, I couldn't get bloody comfy.

That made me chuckle about your ds1 dirtymistress grin .

Few odd cramps but nothing to go by I don't think. Though my cousin had her two week overdue baby last night (not sure on any details). So it's my turn now I hope the baby knows this and makes an appearance soon!

Good Luck with those contractions dirtymistress whispers maybe a mothers day baby?

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 10-Mar-13 07:58:25

Oooh good luck Dirtymistress! A couple of paracetamol and a hot bath? <channels midwife>

Hope it doesn't get too painful!

and keep us posted grin

Dirtymistress Sun 10-Mar-13 08:52:15

Stopped. After a solid hour of being 5 minutes apart. Bastards.

OohShiny Sun 10-Mar-13 09:28:33

Noo! Dirtymistress get bouncing or DTD, anything to start them up again!

I got a mum to be card of my DH. I was very touched bless him.

Off to my mums for Mother's Day lunch so will be subjected to my whole family talking to my belly and complaining that she's not here yet. Oh the joys!

Fingers crossed for more happenings and thanks to all us mums and mums to be.

Radiator1234 Sun 10-Mar-13 11:11:34

No news here, fed up of this false/practice labour .... Pains for days that just never get strong or regular enough but are bloody annoying. Will get another sweep tomorrow at the MW and just try and book in for induction at 40+ 10 I think. Happy Mother's Day/ mother to be day to you all!

Szeli Sun 10-Mar-13 11:22:04

Been in pain all night but nothing new. Spent most of today in tears; thoroughly had enough now. Ever heard of an induction on mental health grounds? Properly at a loss sad x

Dirtymistress Sun 10-Mar-13 11:27:27

Aw szeli. Don't be sad. I feel very like you honey. But we will survive. Have a drinkgrin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 10-Mar-13 12:11:47

Oh poor you - all of you! Szeli, Radiator and Dirtymistress - hope something happens soon.

Try and keep your hopes up. Definitely have some wine

Fingers crossed for all of us!

chubbychipmonk Sun 10-Mar-13 16:30:11

Anyone else getting grinding pain / shooting stabbing pain in their pelvic / vagina area when lying down? I was up and down like a yo yo last night with constant grinding/ stabbing pain, dunno if it means cervix is opening? Eventually fell asleep thinking 'I'll wake up in labour & have a Mother's Day baby'. . . Pffffffffffft.

Szeli Sun 10-Mar-13 16:45:51

Had that since about 20 weeks; according to the doc and midwife it's part and parcel of preg caused by increased weight/pressure xx

Dirtymistress Sun 10-Mar-13 17:05:07

My face has gone really really fat. The way that only a face that has reached the end of pregnancy can be fatconfused am so pissed off now. Want to go for a run and be thin again. Not a huge, practically immobile, incubator. Grrrr!

Szeli Sun 10-Mar-13 17:15:34

Was just about to say I can't wait to be a human rather than a vessel :/ sobbings stopped now thankfully but I look a reet state after 8 or so hours of histrionics :/ was even getting angry at baba for moving, feel like a total evil cow for how much I want this over with! x

chubbychipmonk Sun 10-Mar-13 18:52:41

I hate the pathetic feeling that everything is a struggle, particularly trying to pull on Ugg boots over my fat ankles. Feel like I'm permanently huffing & puffing!

DeathMetalMum Sun 10-Mar-13 21:22:19

How is everyone doing this evening?

I too feel completly fed up/pathetic just had around an hour or so of pains 7/8 minutes apart then just fizzled away. Heres to another uncomfatable night. sad

milkyjo Sun 10-Mar-13 21:26:18

I had no warning with ds until waking in the night with contractions 7 minutes apart. Nothing last night but had a nice relaxing mother's day. Midwife came today for bp reading and was happy. I asked about a sweep next week which could be a possibility. I'd rather baby be spontaneous though! Hmph, uncomfortable is not even the word right now!

Dirtymistress Mon 11-Mar-13 01:32:05

Well he's here. Ds2 arrived at 11.40. Went to the hospital at about 8.15pm. Got in the pool about 9. Hurt like hell.confused 7.7lb. Beautiful.smile

DeathMetalMum Mon 11-Mar-13 02:51:02

Congratulations smile Enjoy your newborn snuggles!

I'm awake with cramps again totally all over the place though.

ZuleikaD Mon 11-Mar-13 05:54:31

Congratulations Dirty! One down...

Newmum2013 Mon 11-Mar-13 06:03:36

Congratulations dirty mistress! Very jealous though!

I'm 38 weeks today and throughly fed up! Felt ok and human up until about a week ago. Now I'm full on waddling, struggle to put socks/leggings/shoes etc on due to pressure down below. Had lots of little signs but to no avail.

At midwives tomo and hoping she'll tell me its engaged rather than still bobbing around!

Good luck everyone! Xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 11-Mar-13 06:31:26

Congratulations Dirtymistress! Well done! Hope you and baby are well thanks

Maybe this will be the start of the domino effect..... smile

Dirtymistress Mon 11-Mar-13 07:25:39

Myself and baby Eben are fine. Though flipping heck, the after pains with your second are hideous. Next doors baby has been very very loud and I haven't slept but all worth it. Come on ladies, I want some more babies! grin

Radiator1234 Mon 11-Mar-13 08:11:49

Congrats dirtymistress I am hopefully that I am in very early labour I have been having contractions since 1 am ish. They are still not regular enough for me to think anything is close and while they are more painful than anything I've had over the last few weeks they are still not THAT painful. I am hopeful though. I've sent my daughter off to my mum's. Hopefully they will pick up pace soon (I am 41 weeks today). Failing that I have a MW appt at lunchtime will get another sweep.

chubbychipmonk Mon 11-Mar-13 08:32:36

Congrats Dirty! thanks
Your due date was same aine so you've given me hope. . What a lovely belated Mother's Day present!!

Radiator. .sounds like you're next???

DeathMetalMum Mon 11-Mar-13 09:02:32

Someone mentioned the afterpains to me the other day. Not something to look forward to I see, don't really remember them from last time.

Sounds like I had a similar night to you radiato. Was awake from 2am with contractions closest they got at one point was every 4 minutes. Now back to a couple an hour. Would love a MW appointment to tell me if anything was going on!

Radiator1234 Mon 11-Mar-13 09:10:57

It's so annoying isn't it DeathMetalMum. Plus it's never like this in the movies is it?! Waters break, contractions come, a bit of pushing and Bob's your uncle... A baby! No hideous false labour pains for weeks before all this!

sundaesundae Mon 11-Mar-13 09:13:13

COngrats Dirty! I hope you spur the rest of us on smile

My pool has been tested, the MW has done the homecheck and I am all go for my homebirth. Very excited to have my first baby in my own home with my own things and everything just so. We live a 2 min blue light to local hospital, so not far if I do need to transfer.

Szeli Mon 11-Mar-13 09:25:35

Well done dirty giving us some hope! Came on quick too! OH is actually leaving my side for a couple of hours today - wonder if that will kick start baby b into action? Haha xx

HeadingHome Mon 11-Mar-13 09:32:05

My "D"H has decided to tell me at this point he no longer likes the names we've chosen and instead has given me a long list of suggestions that are truly horrendous.

I am so upset and now very stressed.

Radiator1234 Mon 11-Mar-13 09:42:18

headinghome mine has done exactly the same! He did it last time too. Don't worry, you have in your favour the fact that you will have given birth...I predict that DH will be in utter admiration of you such that you can choose whatever name you like ( note, there is a limited widow of opportunity for this ;-)). Good luck!

ZuleikaD Mon 11-Mar-13 09:58:43

Yes, the afterpains with my 2nd were pretty bad, so I'm presuming they'll be bad again this time - worth asking the MWs for some top-strength painkillers!

HeadingHome Mon 11-Mar-13 10:03:51

Not sure I can count on that, Radiator... hmm

milkyjo Mon 11-Mar-13 13:33:26

Congratulations Dirtymistress! C'mon babies! Not liking the afterpains stories as this is my 2nd - I found them quite bad with my first - waaaahhhh!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 11-Mar-13 15:36:58

HeadingHome - it's totally your call on the names. You're carrying the baby, you're going through labour, plus if you've already agreed the names previously it's unacceptable for him to change his mind.

Good luck Radiator. Hope it kicks off properly soon for you!

I am grumpy and miserable today. I cannot go through another 2 weeks or even 4 of this. Can I have an ELCS at 38 weeks??! (Kidding...)

How's everyone feeling?

Am envious of Dirtymistress's newborn snuggles!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 11-Mar-13 15:37:43

Milkyjo - ditto! Mine weren't too bad with DD, not looking forward to them this time around confused

OohShiny Mon 11-Mar-13 15:42:29

Congratulations dirtymistress!

My little one seems to be a bit lower today, hopefully this means she's ready to start things off!

Has anyone had a sweep before? I've got one on Friday, at 40+1 and the midwife will be coming to my house to do it but I have no real clue what it entails or where she will do it (obviously hand up my chuff, I mean will I need to lie on my bed/sofa grin)

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 11-Mar-13 16:01:37

I had a sweep with DD. it wasn't too bad. You will probably have to lie down on a bed or sofa for it though.

She'll probably put on a glove and insert 2 fingers up. For me it was more uncomfortable than painful. Afterwards I had cramping and spotting and it did eventually kick off labour!

Good luck.

OohShiny Mon 11-Mar-13 16:13:29

Thanks coolwhip I'm hoping she comes before I get to Friday but that may just be wishful thinking!

Dirtymistress Mon 11-Mar-13 17:18:29

Thanks for congrats everyone. Bubs is snuggly and delicious. But oh my god, the pains are excruciating, just as bad as being in labour. Have been in floods of tears with them. Apparently it's worse if you have your babies close together so my 17 month gap isn't helpinghmm. Other than that though everything is lovely. And no damage to my bits so it doesn't even hurt to wee!

chubbychipmonk Mon 11-Mar-13 18:09:48

I didn't realise about afterpains with 2nd baby??! Eek!!

So far today I have had 3 cups raspberry leaf tea, eaten half a pineapple, been on a long walk & borrowed friends gym ball so my night will be spent bouncing!! C'mon baby!!

Keep being told to have sex. . Can't think of anything worse however if there's no movement by the weekend I might have to rethink that one!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 11-Mar-13 18:27:06

Good luck chubbychipmonk! I will also be bouncing and possibly DTDing with DH if he comes to bed at the same time otherwise I'll be asleep

Have mw tomorrow so hoping she might attempt another sweep...

DeathMetalMum Mon 11-Mar-13 19:19:40

Well I have mostly been nesting today, hoovered, changed all the beds etc. So I'm ready cramps/pains seem to be starting again slighly earlier than last night so will see.

Do you think a hot water bottle will do thr same thing as a bath? There is no way I will be running one if things start at 2am again.

Does anyone else have snow? We have a dusting at the moment but any more and I might get worried about being able to get to the hospital if I need to!

chubbychipmonk Mon 11-Mar-13 19:22:37

Yes I've got snow. . .

Which is quite ironic since my DS1 was born in a very snowy Dec & I said this time round, 'oh how lovely, a Spring baby, the sun will be shinning, I'll be able to go walks with the pram. . . . '

<looks out the window at snow covered garden & ice on car!>

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 11-Mar-13 19:24:12

We've got a fair bit but not on the roads. Pretty icy though so won't be doing any high speed dashes! Hope the cramps turn into something Deathmetal! And I'm sure a hot water bottle will be fine.

I am in the middle of an emotional meltdown, I feel like the crappest mother in the world to DD because I just don't have the energy to deal with her. Then I wonder why the hell we're having another one and that makes me feel like a worse mother.

Hoping the tears are just labour hormones....

Szeli Mon 11-Mar-13 19:34:04

I asked for an induction on mental health grounds today. I don't think the counciller could tell if I was joking or not...

Asked my midwife for a sweep Monday too (next appointment) I'll be 40+2 but she said she has to wait until 40+7, what a jib!

C'mon babies, I think we should aim for at least one baby a day now it's started xx

DeathMetalMum Mon 11-Mar-13 20:06:07

Yes I would like one a day too hopefull. I know two people who gave birth on Saturday and Sunday one very late another early I'm very jealous.

Exactly the same here chubbychipmonk my dd was born in Feb after the very snowy winter two years ago. I too thought a lovely Spring baby. Ha!

I was feeling like that last week Saycool I had a good few days of feeling totaly crap and guilty about everything. Tears thinking I wont be able to cope, Etc I have read a lot of poeple on here feeling similar though so that helped me muddle through a bit.

chubbychipmonk Mon 11-Mar-13 21:05:00

Understand your tears Saycool, I feel like a crap mum to DS too. I had all these great plans that once I was on mat leave before the baby came I would take him out loads & go on nice day trips just the 2 of us before the baby arrives.

Now I'm lucky if I can just about waddle to the park at the end of the street & thank God every day for Disney Junior channel!

Radiator1234 Tue 12-Mar-13 03:49:07

Hi ladies, happy news our new daughter arrived yesterday at 6.26pm after a quick labour at 41 weeks exactly.

Day went like so:
1am-1pm contractions on and off. Bearable.
2pm -MW appt, 3 cm (yay!) stretched by the MW to 4 ( never even knew that they could do this?)
4pm -went to hosp as not coping well with pain. 6 cm ( yay!)
Then went to MLU, puked a bit, many hideous contractions, got in pool, urge to push at 6.10 pm' born at 6.26.

Just gas and air this time v different experience to DD1 ( labour ward, pethidine, 2 hours to push).

Feel quite empowered and pleased with how I managed it but it was still incredibly painful.

Left hosp at midnight now home. Bit stressed as she won't feed just sleeps! Hence being on the Internet at this time googling!

Thanks for your support ladies and all the best I hope it's soon. Good luck!

Dirtymistress Tue 12-Mar-13 03:59:40

Congratulations radiator! So happy for you. Pleased you had a good birth. Which doesn't sound dissimilar to mine! Can't believe you're home already you mad woman! Look after yourself. Xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 12-Mar-13 04:44:08

Congratulations Radiator! Hope your new daughter settles and feeds soon.


Radiator1234 Tue 12-Mar-13 04:48:24

I would have liked to have stayed but they seemed keen to get rid!

Dirtymistress Tue 12-Mar-13 04:57:36

Good lord where did you have her? I am in a midwife led unit at my little market town in Northumberland's hospital and they would happily encourage me to stay for a fortnight! Came in last night at 9pm and asked if they could please look after him while I slept? grinHave had six hours in a row! Feel like a new person.

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 05:38:41

Aw well done smile hope these straightforward labours are the fashion and we're on track!


ZuleikaD Tue 12-Mar-13 06:09:43

Well done Radiator!

Our MLU kicks you out pretty pronto too - a couple of hours if everything's fine. Though last time I had to stay in for 12 hours because there'd been meconium in DS's waters and they forgot I was there - had to wander the halls trying to find food!

Newmum2013 Tue 12-Mar-13 06:10:11

Congratulations! Xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 12-Mar-13 06:51:33

Dirtymistress that's awesome! Get as much sleep as you can!

DeathMetalMum Tue 12-Mar-13 07:06:01

Congratulations Radiator!! flowers

chubbychipmonk Tue 12-Mar-13 07:43:05

Aww we'll done ladies thanks

Radiator - Did you actually give birth to DD 'in' the water? I really fancy a water birth this time round.

Dirtymistress Tue 12-Mar-13 07:53:11

Water births are the way to go chippy. No damage to your bits. Nice clean baby! grin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 12-Mar-13 12:26:58

I'm hoping for a water birth this time too.

Went to mw this morning - she says I'm a cm dilated and about 50% effaced but she couldn't reach to do a sweep. She said from how I'd progressed I'd hopefully give birth in a week or so.... But I'm not getting my hopes up too much.

How's everyone else feeling?

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 12:40:24

Sore! Haha. A water birth does seem the way to go and although the maternity ward I'm on does have pools one of my clients (works in obs and gyny at a different hospitsl) suggested they probably wouldn't let me in it due to being high risk and consultant led... Surely everyone on the consultant ward is high risk so why have the pools if you can't use them? Any of you repeat mummies have a clue?

Aw whip never knew them not being able to reach was possible sad least she's hazarding within the week! xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 12-Mar-13 12:54:47

Yep apparently so Szeli sad - and my mw has long fingers! (Sorry tmi...)

Sorry you're so sore. Have a brew and maybe a cheeky wine

I don't know much about high risk wards but I would think it's definitely worth asking about a water birth. I know you can't have any pain relief other than gas and air if you're in the water, and it depends what sort of monitoring they want to do. Definitely ask though!

There's only one birth pool at my MLU so if someone starts dropping before me and opts for a water birth I won't get one anyway! Plus, I have heard that its a bit of a pita for the mw as they have to keep monitoring the temp of the water, and it takes quite a bit of time to fill up etc... I don't know if I'd feel like I was putting them to too much trouble!

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 13:11:52

I suppose we could always jump in the baths in the en suite haha ours ward only has 2 pools but on the tour they said they're not used very often which suprised me. I just like the idea of actually fitting properly in a bath style thing without my blankets made of towels!

only gas and air? that's a shame, i'm counting down the days to the opiates! xx

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 13:14:51

Oh and having lots of womb juice (affectionate name for rlt) and a duvet day but sadly no wine as maternity payments have still not arrived so had to borrow the rent this month off mother (i feel like a shit) got one lonely tenner left for the taxi when i go into labour! the joys of the self employed lol xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 12-Mar-13 13:40:17

Oh Szeli that's rubbish about your mat payments sad Hope they get sorted soon. Have you got enough stuff for the baby?

I've been taking the raspberry leaf capsules and started on evening primrose oil. I've heard you can use EPO as a pessary but slightly grossed out by that.....

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 13:58:02

Yeah baby stuff is more than sorted; just bummed out I can't use maternity time to pop for dinner with the OH/see friends etc. They're hoping it'll be the end of the month for everything.

Tried the EPO as a pessary with the help of a grimmed out OH and it was so painful but I did have a show (probably more down to his ferreting than the oil) have been having at least 3000mg a day orally tho and tried it the other night in conjunction with DTD which was much more appealing.

Love the rlt too, drinking about 5 cups a day, don't think il ever stop with that smile

OohShiny Tue 12-Mar-13 14:26:43

Congratulations Radiator!

I've been having nipple trouble today. Just managed to get rid of a painful what I can only assume was a blood blister or blocked duct from the centre of my left nipple that appeared overnight.

Can't believe I've got problems before the baby! Im not even leaking colostrum, only tiny drops come out whn i squeeze.

My wonderful DH who was home for dinner even tried popping it with a needle for me bless him. I'm now sat with my boob in salt water to cleanse the hole that's left! attractive.

On the plus side (possibly) nipple tweaking seems to have set my Braxton Hicks off again, or hopefully the real thing! delusional

Szeli duvet day sounds perfect (im waiting for payday on friday so also lounging and doing housework) but cannot agree about the raspberry leaf. The tablets taste bad enough I could certainly not stomach the tea!

What's the primrose oil used for? Not heard of that one.

Sorry for the essay!

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 14:37:37

My Grandparents had a raspberry farm; think that's why I'm fine with the tea - used to years of unsweetened fresh raspberries.

EPO is just used to assist with the softening of the cervix (in theory) even if its not done that tho its made my hair and nails nicer than they 'be ever been!

At least with a salt water nipple bath you've got to see the funny side! Pregnancy is mental xx

milkyjo Tue 12-Mar-13 14:47:33

Congratulations Radiator! I've had a hectic day at groups with DS all day. I am just getting more and more twitchy because I'm booked for homebirth but still no signs of baby - that said I've not even reached my due date yet (Friday). I just want everything to go smoothly, and even if I have to transfer in at least try and spend most of my labour at home. 12 days over and they say a homebirth is not recommended. I am using evening primrose as it's supposed to help your cervix dilate quicker. I take 1000mg orally in the morning and 1000mg as pessary at night when I get into bed. I can't actually reach my cervix but, as I said on another thread, hoping its getting absorbed and if nothing else the oil is helping to soften my perineum!

milkyjo Tue 12-Mar-13 14:48:52

When I mean it helps to dilate your cervix I mean once you're in labour - it doesn't start you off as far as I'm aware.

DeathMetalMum Tue 12-Mar-13 15:32:17

Well I feel like crap! Didn't sleep all night due to contractions well maybe an hour or so of dozing. They have slowly fizzled out again however every now and then get hit by a wopper and have to breathe it out etc. Dp is off to work in an hour, I'm wondering how long after he leaves it takes for things to start up again if I'm lucky.

Radiator1234 Tue 12-Mar-13 16:26:28

Hi all Dirty it's a hospital near Manchester I think if you are in the MLU then quick in and out is the norm. The idea is that it's in homely surroundings then you go home. There was no bed in the room just a couch thing. V nice though. It's ok. The MW came round this morning and baby as been feeding well today.

Chubby I did have her in the water yes. I didnt feel strongly about having a water birth or anything (didn't really have a birth plan... it just said "I'm open to all forms of pain relief!)... but they'd run it for me and it looked inviting and indeed it was. It was quite nice to be in the water when youre in such pain.
Bit minging to be sitting in a bath full of blood, poo, mucus etc after you've had the baby but hey ho (they clearly don't promote that when pushing the water birth 'eh).

Szeli last time I had my baby on a normal labour ward and I was low risk. The MLU at that particular hospital was full on the day. It was fine though. There were no pools at that hosp put I think some do have them on the normal labour wards.

Whip... PMA... At least you're a cm dilated :-). Re. The pool and no drugs I agree that was one of my fears. I was all for the drugs to be honest. Because it was so much quicker this time 'round though not much time for drugs and strangely I found the gas and air reasonably effective. It made me feel drunk. Weird as last time I don't remember it having ANY effect. In fact I was pretty sure there was just normal air in there! So (in the event a pool is available) gas and air and pool might not be too bad.

DeathMetal sounds to me like you might be next!

Anyway conscious am high jacking this thread with birth and baby tales so I will stop as this is a much needed overdue moaning thread!! It was nice to wake up each morning and have a mini moan on this thread. Keep it up! Good luck and quick, pain free labours for all soon!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 12-Mar-13 20:38:56

Aw DeathMetal, hope something had kicked off for you now. All this stopping and starting must be so frustrating!

I went for a long brisk walk today in the hope of kicking something off, have eaten pineapple and curry and will attempt the EPO pessary tonight, possibly accompanied by DTD. Now if I can just fit in some nipple twiddling and gym balling I should be ready to go!

Radiator don't feel you can't update us - we all love a good newborn story. Stay and whinge about sore nipples and tiredness (not that I'm wishing these upon you...!)

chubbychipmonk Tue 12-Mar-13 20:58:34

Any more movement Deathmetal?

Have been a walk today, sat on gym ball, DTD (not very sexy!) and am back on the ball drinking raspberry tea!

Keep getting cramps / twinges when I've been on it a while but then they stop! Grrrrrr

Midwife tomorrow morning so will see what she says. Am due next Sun, do you think she will give me a sweep? Didn't have one last time, not sure i want one? Will it hurt?

Didn't think about the after effects of sitting in the birth pool radiator, kinda forgot about that bit! blush

Szeli Tue 12-Mar-13 21:51:53

I'm due Sat, midwife won't do a sweep til a week Friday; I believe it has something to do with the NICE regs.

radiator chat away about your newborn - remind us all why we're doing this!

Really wish I could get down to/balance on the ball, just bounced on the sofa for a bit today instead!

No real twinges today but just saw his foot come clear out of my belly, so freaky!


Radiator1234 Tue 12-Mar-13 23:20:20

I do indeed have sore nipples (already :-( ) and am v tired!

Introduced DD1 ( 2 yrs 10 moths ) to newborn tonight it went well and she wanted to give her cuddles and kisses. At bedtime DD2 was crying, so DD1 cried, cue me having to go from one to th other for about 20 mins to calm each one down. Joy!

Re. Sweeps where I live they won't sweep until 40 weeks. Policy for 2nd time weeks is apparently 41 weeks but I managed to get the midwife to do me one at 40 weeks ( not that that one had any effect).

Mrsb999 Wed 13-Mar-13 08:49:08

I'm 38+3 today, first baby. My question is when is it time to start all the hot curries, long walk and sex??

I'm just excited to meet baby B! Plus I really really do not want to be too overdue and have to be induced as I'd like a water birth

Szeli Wed 13-Mar-13 09:14:38

At least 10 days ago! Haha ooh another baby b smile crack on with those old wives tales hun xx

Mrsb999 Wed 13-Mar-13 09:33:11

Yay! Thanks szeli I was hoping you would say that! Which particular ones would u recommend? I've been taking raspberry leaf capsules although I know they don't actually induce labour just help strengthen things! I haven't got a birthing ball as of yet but am willing to try anything!

Szeli Wed 13-Mar-13 09:43:54

Iv been putting chillis in vindaloo; aiming for sex at least daily, nipple stimulation, evening primrose oil and raspberry leaf tea like they're going out of fashion and this has been since 37 weeks but nothing sad just telling myself it'd take even longer if I didn't... xx

milkyjo Wed 13-Mar-13 09:52:38

Hmmmmph. Got MW appointment today, not sure she'll agree to a sweep as I'm 2 days off 40 weeks. Looking at the NICE guidelines you can get one at 40 weeks if its your first but not until 41 weeks if you have already given birth! Surely that should be the other way round?! Every night I wake up thinking, oooh that BH hurt ever so slightly - here we go! But then I wake up in the morning and find there's nothing! I'm going for a long brisk walk before lunch as DS is in nursery today and we can only manage a slow 2 year old walk usually. Has anyone felt sick before labour? I feel quite queasy this morning.

Mrsb999 Wed 13-Mar-13 10:05:54

I've felt sick the last couple of mornings and had an upset stomach today. Also had a big surge in my appetite. I'm clutching at straws I think!

chubbychipmonk Wed 13-Mar-13 12:12:23

Just back from midwife, she gave me a sweep (am 39+3 weeks).

Not painful as such just very uncomfortable! Said I was 1-2cm dilated & that she could touch baby's head! Said my cervix was still quite thick but that it was favourable (?!) and quite stretchy. She couldn't feel any bulging waters or anything but said its 50-50 as to whether it will work or notconfused

Anyone know of any positive sweep stories to spur me on??

How's everyone else feeling today?

ZuleikaD Wed 13-Mar-13 12:31:33

I was swept at 40+3 and 41+3 last time and the second one did the trick - went into labour about three hours later.

If my cervix was reachable I'd be sweeping myself grin. Though I know with both the previous two that when it was thinning out I could reach it (tmi!), so the fact I can't means I'm probably a way away yet. I'll be 39 + 5 at next MW appt so she is GOING to sweep me, NICE guidelines notwithstanding!

milkyjo Wed 13-Mar-13 12:32:55

I also had MW appointment just now and said she'll give me a sweep next week when I'll be overdue. Having said that she asked me if I was feeling sick and I said yes this morning, she said it could be a sign of things moving! I went for my walk and now I just ache. For some reason I bought fibre rich foods for my lunch - hummous, wholemeal pittas and dried apricots - its what I really fancied and now I know I'm going to be in agony later!!! Picture a birth jacuzzi instead of a pool! TMI? I don't care.

Szeli Wed 13-Mar-13 12:51:20

Perhaps my midwife just doesn't like to do them...?

Reading up on sweeps last night suggested that post 41 weeks around 70% of women go into labour within 48 hours.

Not terrible odds; really not keen on her doing it in my house tho sad x

chubbychipmonk Wed 13-Mar-13 13:05:32

I get that too milky, think going for a walk is a good idea until I'm hobbling home & collapse on the couch aching all over!

Maybe the nausea is a sign of things moving? Fingers crossed! X

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 13-Mar-13 13:06:50

When my mw tried yesterday her words were 'remember this is on the QT as we're not really allowed to do them this early...' (I'm 38+4)

But as I said yesterday she couldn't do an actual sweep sad Maybe next week.

Milkyjo I was sick during labour last time although it may have been due to me caning the gas and air but not before. But I've heard it can be a sign.... However I've been puking on and off for a while.... Had horrendous sickness throughout though.

Come on babies! We need another one today! As DD was 10 days late, hopefully this one will be 10 days early. Which is today! <hopeful>

Freaked myself out by reading the thread about foetal movements and still birth and am now convinced movements have slowed down (which is not a good thing!) but don't know if it's paranoia or not. Arrrgh. Do not like pregnancy one bit! confused

Anyone seen sundaesundae??

Mrsb999 Wed 13-Mar-13 13:14:42

I'm happy for it to be me today!! My due date is the 24th which is the day after my own birthday so I'd rather have baby early : )

Dirtymistress Wed 13-Mar-13 13:19:56

Saycool, ds2 totally seemed to slow down movement wise the last few days, my midwife just said its cos there isn't much room by the end. He was extremely active during labour though-and I don't remember that at all with ds1. We had a pretty good first night home. All four of us slept a bitgrin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 13-Mar-13 13:28:29

Thanks Dirtymistress. Think I'm just starting to get paranoid about everything!

Glad you've all got some sleep smile How is your new little bundle?

Dirtymistress Wed 13-Mar-13 13:42:22

Gorgeous. I am definitely in love now. It takes me a while if I'm honest, when they first come out I don't want themhmm awful to admit but true. But yesterday, I fell head over heels with his soft, delicious ttiny was

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 13-Mar-13 16:20:47

It's not awful, Dirty, I was exactly the same. When DD popped out I was expecting the massive rush of love etc but actually all I could do was think 'thank fuck that's over'. Definitely took a day or so to bond etc..... I think this is more common than people like to admit!

Had a few pains while walking about which have now disappeared sad Groan!

sundaesundae Wed 13-Mar-13 16:48:06

Hi guys, starting to pack my transfer bag, still haven't done it. Questioning whether my waters are leaking or I am just superdoopa moist. All my period pains, cramps, tightenings and everything else have disappeared to be replaced with super bad SPD pains. Grrr!

MW tomorrow, 38+5, was so hopeful a week ago that I'd have a nice early arrival, now I am convinced it will be 1st April!

Sending softening, dilating and contracting vibes to you all.

Yay to Rad on your arrival and to anyone else I missed, I read it, just can't retain anything at the moment!!

Szeli Wed 13-Mar-13 17:27:33

Some of my maternity has come thru so me and the mister are going to have a date night involving the curry mile; I'm even going to wash my hair!

OH did ask if it was 'safe' for me to go out but the curry mile is next to the hospital - much nearer than where we live haha he seemed comforted by that although he has described the way he feels at the moment as ''having dynamite strapped to me not knowing when it's going to go off!'' errr I've got to do the labour thing :/ strange boy.

Did we have a birth yesterday? I'm losing all track now but someone needs to get labouring to keep us on target please!


chubbychipmonk Wed 13-Mar-13 18:52:33

Sundae I'm getting that lovely 'moist' feeling too. . . It's all so glamorous isn't it!! Yuk!

Enjoy your date Sz, maybe tonight's the night after a big curry!

Am feeling increasingly more crampy as the day goes on after my sweep this morning, hope they start to turn into contractions!!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 13-Mar-13 19:13:51

Fingers crossed chipmunk! Sounds positive! Maybe it'll be you today grin

Enjoy your curry night Szeli, have a hot one!

OohShiny Wed 13-Mar-13 19:39:04

Fingers crossed everyone. It's my due date tomorrow. (Eek!) highly doubt I'll be one of the lucky ones who has the baby on their due date though! Midwife coming Friday to do a sweep as well so I'm hopeful it might be this weekend.

Tmi but I've been getting lots of discharge lately which is pleasant not!

I still can't quite believe I will get a baby to keep at the end of this, I'm feeling really well and could quite happily carry on forever but I'm also ready for her to come out of that makes sense!

chubbychipmonk Wed 13-Mar-13 19:42:20

Ooh you never know. . Could pop out tomorrow! The discharge is delightful isn't it!!

I'm sat on my birthing ball ever hopeful but something tells me this baby is far too comfy in there!!

DeathMetalMum Wed 13-Mar-13 22:46:02

Went in on tuesday evening dd was born this morning 8lb13oz. Have been enjoying newborn snuggles after and eventfull birth. Good luck to all you ladies still waiting!

Dirtymistress Wed 13-Mar-13 22:50:34

Congrats deathmetal! Xx

Szeli Wed 13-Mar-13 23:58:09

Congrats woo we're still on track!

I just had another but of a show and the pressures building up; will happily settle for tomorrow but I reckon at least another 10 days if awkward!

Thanks everyone; date was lush smile xx

chubbychipmonk Thu 14-Mar-13 03:58:09

Congrats deathmetal thanks

Your DD has a great date of birth! Glad all went well

Enjoy your newborn snuggles & well deserved wine!

Wonder who's next??

ZuleikaD Thu 14-Mar-13 06:10:02

Congratulations Deathmetal!

Aarggh I feel like I'm going to be the last one and there'll be nobody left on the thread and I'll just be here every morning by myself getting huger and huger until he's 21.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 14-Mar-13 06:27:32

Congratulations Deathmetal! Hope all went well with the birth and you and miniMetal are well. Enjoy the newborn snuggles!

Zuleika, don't worry. I'm sure I'll be last.... sad I'll be hanging here for the next year month confused

Dirtymistress Thu 14-Mar-13 06:52:52

Please can we have detailed birth story deathmetal? And can everyone else promise the same please? Hope everyone is alright this morning.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 14-Mar-13 07:09:56

Ooh yes, good point, don't spare us the gory details!

Newmum2013 Thu 14-Mar-13 08:28:32

Congratulations! Counting down the days now xx

Novia Thu 14-Mar-13 08:39:01

Hiya - can I join you frustrated ladies please? 37 weeks tomorrow but already feeling very impatient. Last day of work tomorrow and then maternity leave. Been having period pains for the last 3 nights but guessing I've got weeks yet. hmm Also jealous as half of my NCT class have popped already!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 14-Mar-13 08:55:48

Hi Novia - I think I saw your thread about period pains. It's so frustrating when you think something might be happening but then it doesn't turn in to anything. You've done well to work up to 37 weeks!

I'm hoping a nice bumpy bus ride and lots of walking today will shift something...

Szeli Thu 14-Mar-13 09:56:21

novia im starting to think the best way forward is to try and move your due date in your head to your induction date then anything before then is a bonus!

(We'll see how that theories holding up tho after my official due date on sat :/)

C'mon death gory birth stories please haha xx

Radiator1234 Thu 14-Mar-13 10:18:52

Congrats DeathMetalMum really pleased for you!

Novia Thu 14-Mar-13 10:38:52

Hi Szeli and SayCool - thanks for your replies. You've got a few weeks on me yet - hoping the labour fairy is on her way for you guys! smile

Bumpy bus ride sounds like a good idea. I've been walking a mile to the train station every morning, then another half a mile at the other end - doesn't seem to have shifted her yet though!

To be fair - I would like to get my last working day out of the way first (my worst fear is my waters breaking at work) so any time from Saturday would be great.

DeathMetalMum Thu 14-Mar-13 11:59:18

Thanks everyone.

So was up all night monday contractions fizzled out during the day on tuesday. They started back up again quite regularly about 5pm Tuesday (10 minutes after dp had left for work!) I worked out that sitting down was slowing them down so avoided as much as possible. Put dd1 to bed and they were around every 5 minutes rang maternity ward and they said to ring when I was having three in 10 minutes. Rang them an hour later 9pm ish and said to go in.

Examination when I arrived found me to be 5cm dialated alredy. I was surprised as I had convinced myself I was going to be told I wasn't far enough along. Then I basically stayed active and moving around. I got in and out of the pool (pool seemed to slow things down but was great for taking the pressure of my hips/back/legs.) Used the birthing ball on my knees occasionally sat on the chair.

At 7cm started with gas and air still active and moving but resting on the bed/chair a little more and in the pool again. Got to 9cm and MW had to break the waters for me. We then had shift change for mw and even though first one was great. Had a fab student mw and another fab one. Told me to do what my body was telling me which was to start pushing. Dd was born quite quickly though her shoulders were stuck but MW managed to sort it.

Then I had retained placenta mw managed to get half out, consultant turned up managed to get some more, but not all ended up having to go to theatre and spinal block I was terrified. During theatre they found I have a heart shaped womb, which was the cause of the retained placenta. Then has some problems with my temprature, so had tonnes of tests done to test for Infections etc.

Finally got the okay to go up to the ward. Yesterday evening. Dd is feeding great, and I actually feel better than after I had her which was a less traumatic birth by far.

Good luck for whoever is next!

DeathMetalMum Thu 14-Mar-13 12:00:01

better than after I had dd1*

sundaesundae Thu 14-Mar-13 12:22:06

Well done DeathMetal! You are all giving me hope that I won't be pregnant for ever and will survive child birth!

Got MW later, no sweeps or anything yet, but want to make sure she is sure of position, all hiccups are top right, I am worried bottom is head and baby is breech!

Got quite bad period pains and pressure this morning, nothing new. Going to an NCT sale on Saturday, so have decided baby can come on Tuesday next week, that feels quite convenient.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 14-Mar-13 15:15:40

Wow Deathmetal, thanks for sharing - what a scary ending though. Glad all is well now.

All my niggles have totally disappeared sad I want to go to my niece's birthday party on Sunday but DH is putting his foot down and saying a 2.5 hour journey is too much at this stage. Not sure whether I should push it or not.....

Sundae, best to make lots of plans then the baby will turn up!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 14-Mar-13 15:16:28

Oh and Sundae let us know how the midwife goes - hopefully baby isn't breech and is just kicking you lightly.... smile

sundaesundae Thu 14-Mar-13 16:04:21

Student measured me VERY small, so made her redo it, now perfectly on the 50th centile line, but apparently I have a good amount of waters, so she reckons a 7-8lb baby.

Lots of poking and prodding we have decided bottom is almost certainly bottom, it withdraws but isn't ballottable. I now have baby hiccups down low as well, so by bump is just weird smile

Next appointment is 40+3, which she and student guaranteed I won't make. Therefore I will of course be being induced at 42 weeks now!!

milkyjo Thu 14-Mar-13 16:28:04

Ah congratulations deathmetal! I'm still hanging in there. I was convinced it would be last night after the cramps I was getting but no baby in the bed this morning! I feel fine in the day but then it gets to about 5pm and starts feeling hopeful again! I have been vigorously mopping the kitchen floor as I had an immense rage after I found cut finger and toenails all over it - DH did them last night and obviously missed the bin - FFS I was soooooo enraged as he's not picked them up! I have also been chasing DS around and tickling him as I have been feeling very guilty by not playing rough and tumble with him. Now my mum has taken him for a walk and I've had (TMI) a loose poo and have got some mild cramps. Fingers crossed again! If all else fails I am having a sweep on Monday.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 15-Mar-13 08:31:28

Well, hoping the quiet thread means you're all popping out babies... smile

Sadly not me though sad

Have decided I'm just going to be pregnant FOREVER! I'm just such a good incubator he doesn't want to come out... <searches for silver lining>

Yet again last night was getting some good BHs and feeling positive... But today, nada. So am going to spend the day cleaning and scrubbing and then at least Baby Whip will have a nice house grin

How is everyone else?

OohShiny Fri 15-Mar-13 08:56:43

Got my sweep this afternoon. With the on and off crampy twinges I've been having all week I'm hoping it will set me off this weekend! We're planning on going on a long walk tomorrow as well to help things along.

I'm already bored of cleaning and cooking and being at home on my own and this is only my second week of maternity! I'm going to be a nightmare if I hold on another 2 weeks!

chubbychipmonk Fri 15-Mar-13 09:02:04

No baby here hmm . . . Due date Sunday. Was convinced I would be early since DS was but this one is not for budging.

Getting pissed off now, esp at night time when I feel crampy, BH etc then wake up following morning with nothing. . And don't even get me started on people -Mother in law- phoning up 3 times a day to ask if there is any sign of baby yet!!

I feel your rage at toenails Milky, I had house perfect, just way I wanted it, DH has just had 2 days off work & thank God he is going back to work today before I seriously whack him over the head with his muddy boots that he insists on walking over my clean kitchen floor in!

Is it really sad that the highlight of my day today us gonna be at 7.30pm when DS is in bed, DH is at work & I can nest & clean, clean , clean to my hearts content??! ----I officially have lost the plot-

Here's hoping for a baby today ladies! smile

chubbychipmonk Fri 15-Mar-13 09:04:10

Good luck with the sweep Oohshiny, hope it speeds things along!

milkyjo Fri 15-Mar-13 09:09:39

Baby still firmly inside. Went for 5 wees in the night and had one painful contraction after each time - not sure what that means? But then had normal uncomfortable BH during night - normal for me since 20 weeks ago! It's my due date today so I am not expecting anything, I'll join you whip in being pregnant for as long as an elephant (its what I feel like!).

shiny I am also completely bored of cleaning and baking now. I was feeling positive on Wednesday and baked some biscuits for the midwives but they've all been eaten now! Let us know how the sweep goes, hopefully you'll not be needing that long walk! I have one on Monday, not sure what to expect - my mum had one with my older brother and she said within 24 hours she was underway, however that was a 26 hour labour!!! My mood is horrendous, I've already emailed 2 complaints this morning and I'm still in my PJs!

chubbychipmonk Fri 15-Mar-13 09:21:24

Glad I'm not the only one up & down like a yo yo to the toilet during the night.

Would it be really bad to buy Tena lady pants or borrow my DS pull ups & just stay in bed??? grin

OohShiny Fri 15-Mar-13 09:39:20

I would love to do that chipmonk!

I'm starting to struggle with lack of sleep already. I could cope with the getting up for a wee, been doing that for at least half this pregnancy a few times a night, but past few weeks I've really started snoring which my poor DH can't sleep through and i wake him up constantly, so he has to wake me to get me to turn over and stop and nearly every time he does I then need a wee! and also now I'm continually getting cramp in my legs from sleeping on my sides even with the pillow between my legs so I'm now waking/being woken up between 5-10 times a night. sad

I'm counting down the days when I can stop snoring, sleep back on my stomach and starfish to my hearts content!

Dirtymistress Fri 15-Mar-13 09:46:40

I know you are all still pregnant and pissed off but want to stay in touch. Today first day alone with the two of them and so far the toddler has nearly sliced his head open on the fireplace, had an epic tantrum and run around the sitting room with a poo covered arse refusing to let me clean him. Oh and nobody slept, the house is bomb site and my milk has come in so my boobs are hugemongus and knackinggrin help!

milkyjo Fri 15-Mar-13 10:00:33

Ah dirty it'll get better I'm sure. I have visions of that happening with mine! The bomb site house doesn't matter, mine seems to be getting like that again and I've not even had baby yet! I will be relying on Diney Pixar and CBeebies when DH goes back to work. How is it going with toddler's acceptance of the new baby? Are you just sort of 'ignoring' baby and paying lots of attention to older one? Oooh to the milky boobs, I can just feel the aching as I type! x

chubbychipmonk Fri 15-Mar-13 11:27:37

OMG Oooh, I could've written that post about snoring! My snoring is do bad I can hear myself as I'm starting to drift off and so wake myself up before I've even fallen asleep!! DH has slept on the couch a few nights coz I've been that bad!!

Dirty I'm sure it will get better, remember its early days so don't be too hard on yourself. YY to Cbeebies and cartoons for the toddler! Had forgotten about the huge painful boobs when milk comes in confused

OohShiny Fri 15-Mar-13 15:00:59

Sweep went well. she was bloody vigorous though! She did warn me she did proper sweeps! got a bishops score of 6 which I think means if I was to be induced now everythings favourable for it to work. 1-2 cm dialated as well and been very crampy since she did it and baby moving quite a bit so not sure if she enjoyed it!

ZuleikaD Fri 15-Mar-13 15:16:55

Good luck Shiny!

Had some 'interesting' sensations yesterday and today - felt like baby trying to push his way out without benefit of labour - loads of stretchy feelings and bulges at the - er - exit. But now nothing. Bah!

milkyjo Fri 15-Mar-13 15:48:43

Ooooh fingers crossed shiny! Oh yes bulgey feelings a plenty too zuleika and I can feel baby's head pushing on my bits! I'm starting to become very jealous and feeling left behind now. Later on when I'm in established labour I'll be wanting to go back to today, quite comfortably pain free!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 15-Mar-13 17:06:16

Good luck Shiny, sounds good! We expect to hear your labour story tomorrow smile

I did a ridiculous amount of cleaning this morning so hoping that's my pre labour nesting....

Dirtymistress hope you manage to get some rest soon! Please do keep coming and talking to us smile

chubbychipmonk Fri 15-Mar-13 18:30:22

Fingers crossed Shiny!

Hate the 'bulging' feeling, was in town yesterday & felt as if I was walking with a bowling ball between my legs!

Szeli Sat 16-Mar-13 01:13:39

Feet have swollen up to epic proportions now :/ and some very very unsightly stretchmarks have appeared down my sides. He best hurry up! Hope some more babies are born tonight xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 16-Mar-13 08:24:58

Oh Szeli I share your pain. My fingers are like sausages and all of me feels inflated like a bouncy castle!

I wonder how Shiny is getting on....

Fingers crossed for weekend babies!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 16-Mar-13 13:24:40

Well I'm getting odd stomach pains and feel absolutely drained..... Maybe labour is on its way....? <hopeful>

chubbychipmonk Sat 16-Mar-13 14:00:51

Surely one of us will have a baby this weekend??!!!

My D day is tomorrow & no imminent signs. Took DS to his swimming lesson this morning in the hope it may get things moving but all the bobbing about in the water has done is give me a sore back. . .grrrrrrr!

I wouldn't be so annoyed if my DS hadn't been early & I hadn't set myself up for this one to be early too hmm

Got the house to myself this afternoon so am parking myself on the sofa with chocolate & a DVD, can't face any more pineapple, raspberry tea or sitting on that bloody birthing ball!

Hope everyone has a nice weekend x

milkyjo Sat 16-Mar-13 14:12:07

chipmonk my ds was also early and just assumed this one would be the same. I am officially overdue now and it made me cry today. I have sat on the sofa feeling sorry for myself eating chocolate biscuits!

num3onway Sat 16-Mar-13 14:44:57

Can I join? I am 37+1, due on 5th april. This is baby number three for me, number one was born at 39+2, number two at 38+3, so I have really got it in my head this one would be before 38+3 and am now panicking that it won't and I've set myself up for big disapointment!
On Weds after dtd I had about five hours of pains every 5-10 mins. And then they stopped. Since then I've had some ight periodyish type pains and backache but nothing else!


SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 16-Mar-13 14:53:59

Hi Num3 - fingers crossed for you that your DC3 will be nice and early.

I am 39 wks today and still no sign other than the usual niggles. Stomach pains have gone as well. Taking DD swimming in a minute but as she's only 2 there's not a lot of actual swimming to be done!

Come on labour weekend!

OohShiny Sat 16-Mar-13 15:53:26

Well 40+2 and no baby yet! Been for a 2 hour walk this morning so now I'm knackered!

Had bad period pain since my sweep yesterday which tailed off finally when I went to sleep. Bit twingy and cramps today still but not as bad and think I lost some of my plug this morning which I know doesn't mean much, especially since the midwife prob disturbed it yesterday!

Fingers crossed for some weekend babies as long as its mine!

Szeli Sat 16-Mar-13 15:56:59

Boo due date today; no signs. OH and best friends have decided wine is the best way to get him out... Not sure i want pissed birth partners :/ like their thinking tho. May join them for a glass haha

Szeli Sat 16-Mar-13 16:51:11

Ok due date disco commencing :D we'll dance him out with the 90s tunes.

I've not drunk since I found out I was preggers but the shopkeeper just gave us a due date bottle(!) how much is acceptable? Could I push it to two glasses?

I love my friends, this is actually the best way to spend my due date; no stress just bad 90s tunes and giggles xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 16-Mar-13 18:05:44

Hehehe Szeli - have fun! I'm sure you'll be fine with one large glass of wine smile

Might try a bit of Wii Zumba tonight, see if that jiggles the boy out!

OohShiny, that does sound quite positive - that's how I was after my sweep, and DD was born early the next morning.... Fingers crossed for you!

Szeli Sat 16-Mar-13 21:02:01

Ultimate morale booster ladies... Trying to wiggle baby out to "boom shake the room womb" and "push it"

Def got some pains but he's probably teasing, I'll get some more dancehall on xx

num3onway Sat 16-Mar-13 21:09:21

Lol at trying to dance baby out! I just about had the energy to tidy my kitchen!

DontSayWhatSayPardon Sat 16-Mar-13 22:19:09

Hey ladies. Have been reading your thread and just want to say totally feel your pain! Am due on tues 19th so 39+4 and have also had ENOUGH hmm. Second pregnancy, ds1 was born at 42 weeks after a 3 day induced labour so I'm totally expecting this one to be late too. Can't help hoping he won't be though and am DESPERATE not to be induced again. Can't wait to hear if dancing the baby out works! Sounds like loads more fun than pineapple and raspberry leaf smile. Good luck all!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 17-Mar-13 07:00:13

Hi Pardon! Were you on that thread yesterday about saying 'what' vs 'pardon'? grin

Yes, these last few weeks are the worst, aren't they? I was 10 days late with DD but just hoping against hope that the old 'second labour is quicker and earlier' holds true.... 39+1 today!

Anyone go in to labour last night? grin

sundaesundae Sun 17-Mar-13 07:58:33

Still frigging prenant. 39+1 also. I really thought things were kicking off last night, but no, of course bloody not. I fear they are going to have to remove bubba from me in 3 weeks time, it seems to have no plans to go without a fight smile

DontSayWhatSayPardon Sun 17-Mar-13 08:20:34

Hey Whip - I've just read yesterday's thread and my eyes have been opened! Turns out I'm a lower class pleb and have been obliviously flaunting it all over MN grin. "Don't say what say pardon" is something I think I heard a hundred times a day from my mum when I was a kid and when I started hearing myself say it to my then 2yo DS it brought it all back to me. Who knew we/he were actually "right"?! What a load of old tosh! grin

Anyway, no baby over night for me. Hope the rest of you have had more luck!

OohShiny Sun 17-Mar-13 08:54:04

Morning everyone! 40+3 and no baby yet for me. Still twinges on and off and last night all I could think was "I can't go into labour tonight cause I need to hang the washing out tomorrow and tidy the kitchen!" So I think my tidying throughout the day is a good thing as it helps me sleep,knowing we can just leave and not have my DH come back to a tip!

Having a mainly lazy day today I think after our walk yesterday. Just going to enjoy our possible last Sunday just the two of us.

Going to re-sort my hospital bag today as well. Everything's just in one big bag at the min but I'm going to separate it all into 3 plastic bags then into my big one for baby, labour and after.

Keeping my fingers crossed for Sunday babies everywhere!

Dirtymistress Sun 17-Mar-13 08:58:43

Come on ladies, I gave you a Sunday baby a whole week ago! You're falling behind! How about some star jumps to get things going or that sideways walking up the stairs thing? Dirtybaby is doing just finegrin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 17-Mar-13 09:52:09

Sorry Dirty, we're letting the side down.... Hoping for a mass exodus of babies today!

Any more tips??

Glad Dirtybaby is doing well. Are you getting some sleep?

Novia Sun 17-Mar-13 09:55:23

Today I feel like I'm months away from having this baby...! sad

ZuleikaD Sun 17-Mar-13 10:00:03

Yes, I feel like this bump is just a permanent addition now. 39+3 and no sign of anything happening at all.

Dirtymistress Sun 17-Mar-13 10:50:03

Sleep is not tremendously forthcoming. Two is hard work! I wanted four but am rapidly changing my mindgrin

ZuleikaD Sun 17-Mar-13 11:02:50

Don't worry - when you're properly sleep-deprived you don't actually form the memories of feeling godawful, which I can only assume is the reason people go on to have four, five or nine.

twinklesparkles Sun 17-Mar-13 11:35:55

Hi ladies
37+1 .... Bloody hell it hurts

Bad siatica, no sleep.. Look like rubbish :/

What ever happened to the pregnancy glow ????


num3onway Sun 17-Mar-13 13:04:07

I've never had a pregnancy 'glow' in any of three pregnancies. It just doesn't work for me! Feel and look rubbish. I've been living in pjs for weeks and don't even know where my hairbrush is! I neeeeeeed my body back!
Been feeling some pressure behind pubic bone today but nothing else, lots of movement from baby. She seems to have very quiet and very active days at the moment.
Trying to keep on top of housework and got some bits to pick up from the shops but that's it for me today!


milkyjo Sun 17-Mar-13 14:09:11

I don't think my body can accommodate anymore of this baby. I am so uncomfortable! Sweep tomorrow when I'll be 40+3 and I'm really looking forward to it!

Szeli Sun 17-Mar-13 14:29:12

Still pregnant; baby b must not be a salt n pepa fan x

Mrsb999 Sun 17-Mar-13 15:12:26

I'm still upduffed too! Went for a curry last night which was not at all spicy even though menu gave it a 3 chilli rating.....we are forecast snow this week and if that happens then my money is on baby arriving then as both DH and I were born on snow days!

Still a week til my due date too : (

ZuleikaD Sun 17-Mar-13 15:18:13

I'm giving serious consideration to setting about my foof with the sink plunger.

marshkat Sun 17-Mar-13 15:27:32

Hey Ladies! Im feeling the pain im 37+5 and totally fed up! Tried clary sage in bath last night but all it did was made me have cramps all night and NO sleep, the yoga ball is out and im loving the raspberry leaf tea!!! This is my first time round and think it will be my last!! Im not very patient and also really bad with pain! (cried about a paper cut this morning!!)grin

OohShiny Sun 17-Mar-13 16:12:20

Is anyone else getting a little scared? Cause its my first I just keep feeling really unprepared, especially this weekend as I know labour is imminent and it's starting to get a little real I think.

Also cause I don't know when it's going to start I feel like I have no control.


Mrsb999 Sun 17-Mar-13 16:45:59

oohshiny it's my first too but at the moment I'm more excited than anything! But yes about the not being in control part, it doesn't help that DH works all over the country so could be anywhere when I go into labour!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 17-Mar-13 16:59:05

Zuleika, let us know how that goes.... grin

Talking of labour fears, I've got a strange one... I gave birth to DD kneeling up on the bed. What if it's the same this time round and I.... I.... end up pooing on his head??! I mean, it could happen right?


DontSayWhatSayPardon Sun 17-Mar-13 17:26:07

Ha ha - sorry Whip but that really
made me laugh grin. Isn't it funny the things we worry about? Remember that by the time you get to that point you will not give a flying hoo-har what else is coming out of you so long as the baby gets the hell out! Plus I think by that point you'll be pretty much empty, if my past experience is anything to go by wink.

ZuleikaD Sun 17-Mar-13 18:03:41

Don't worry OohShiny and MrsB - gas and air is what you need - it doesn't take away the pain but it takes away the fear of the pain. Which of course is one of the things that makes the pain worse. I will remember forever my first whoof on the Entonox with DC1 - suddenly I felt more in control and as though I could really do this. It gives you a tool to work with your own body and makes previously unmanageable contractions do-able.

Mrsb999 Sun 17-Mar-13 18:18:16

I'm hoping for a water birth but if I feel the need I will be getting out and having an epidural, I'm going into it all with an open mind!

Msbluesky32 Sun 17-Mar-13 22:58:55

I'm 37 weeks exactly.
I've been getting period type cramps for two weeks off and on and now I'm 4/5 engaged - anyone have experiences of this at this stage? Does it mean baby's arrival is imminent? My lungs are so squashed I get stars whilst sitting down - there is no more room in there surely.

OohShiny Sun 17-Mar-13 23:04:46

Baby has been VERY active this past hour and a half.

Got a bit of lower back pain and some quite strong but not really painful twinges but don't know if its the start of the real thing yet or not as I can't tell if they're proper twinges or related to how strongly she's moving about. Going to browse on here for a bit then hopefully try and sleep and see how it goes if I can!

If I am in labour I'll never hear the end of it. Me and DH dtd for the first time in a few weeks this afternoon. It only took us 2 weeks to conceive this baba what with his 'super sperm' and all his words, obviously. And now if that's what's set me off he will be well chuffed with himself!

sundaesundae Mon 18-Mar-13 00:21:37

Whole bloody day of horrid period pain. No baby. No contractions. It will all have stopped by morning. I officially hate my body!

Nearlymummyof2 Mon 18-Mar-13 01:58:02

Hi ladies can I join? I'm 38+ 2
I thought I was on my own!! It's so re assuring hearing that I'm not the only one thats fed up!! This is my second I have an almost 5 year gap and cannot remember a thing. I cling onto any twinge thinking its time but nothing!! How fustratrating angry I really feel for the ladies that have gone over due date and hope its soon for u I really do. As u can prob guess I'm up at ridiculous oclock because of SPD pains and heartburn and BH- all the usual smile sorry to rant but feels soooo good to let it all out. It's nice to also here of the lovely arrivals it makes it all sound worth it CONGRATULATIONS ladies

Newmum2013 Mon 18-Mar-13 05:51:27

I'm 39 weeks today! Started with some pains yday but of course, they stopped! So ready for baby now. Never thought I'd say this but I'm bored on mat leave. Running out of things to do!

Hope some more babies arrive this week

milkyjo Mon 18-Mar-13 07:26:32

sundae poor you, I felt like that - I know we should be grateful that we can get pregnant and have lovely babies but I bloody hate feeling like this.

On another note (sorry!) I'm having contractions every 10 minutes, only lasting for 20 seconds, I've had some paracetamol. DH has gone to work - I did warn him I'd had a few strong tightenings in the night. DS is still in bed, dreading when he wakes up as I've got to get him sorted for the day. I had a similar start of labour with DS, 10 minutes apart for about 2 hours then 5 minutes, then back to back! Wondering when to phone the midwives to give them a heads up re clinic rearranging as I'm having a homebirth hopefully! Also means I won't be having that sweep booked in for later!

ZuleikaD Mon 18-Mar-13 07:57:46

Go milkybaby!

I was just popping in to say that clearly all these babies want to be Aries not Pisces, but it looks like you might get in under the wire!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 08:05:20

How exciting milkyjo! Fingers crossed you'll see your baby soon smile

Pass some of those labour vibes over grin

OohShiny Mon 18-Mar-13 08:18:05

Ooh Milky good luck, keep us informed! I've woken up this morning to nothing but very slight period pain so I'm cheering myself up by baking today!

I also hate my body. I had such high hopes last night and was getting quite excited. Oh to be a man the lucky bastards!.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 08:37:19

Me too Shiny with the cramps and the hopeful signs last night.... sad

Am grumpy and moody and taking it out on various threads on here. Must step away from MN.....

I just want my baby out! So I can have several large glasses of wine

sundaesundae Mon 18-Mar-13 08:45:02

Go Milky!!!!

Szeli Mon 18-Mar-13 09:27:29

Two nights now of contraction ish feelings every 5/10 minutes lasting 30 seconds or so but will not get stronger and have eased off a bit now. I know I'm gonna end up quite advanced and at home because of all this 'little boy who cried wolf" business. Went on for hours last night, crying thru some of them. Then BAM nothing sad

Off to the midwife shortly who can at least tell me if he's engaged. She won't do internals tho.

Good luck milky hope this is it for you now smile xx

num3onway Mon 18-Mar-13 10:37:50

Szeli I was like that for a week in my last pregnancy, it did eventually develop into full labour!
Had period pains last night but they turned into nothing and apart from feeling like I was being stabbed in the bits while on school run I've had nothing else.
Trying to crack on with the nursery today however just got abit emotional over being too weak to screw together the Moses stand! Damn hormones!


Szeli Mon 18-Mar-13 11:43:48

My Moses basket nightmare was me throwing a tantrum, having a panic attack and then ringing my mother and declaring that if I couldn't even put together a Moses basket and bouncy chair then how the hell could I cope with a baby.

They drove 150 miles to come and fix it for me. (I must have sounded awful) love em.

Been to the midwife, persuaded her to do a sweep a day early so Friday it will be; otherwise she wasn't going to see me again! Freaks me out a bit her doing it at my house :/ hopefully il have him before then tho. Runs for 2 days now and 4/5 palpable (that's 1/5 engaged isn't it?).

Hurry up child! xx

num3onway Mon 18-Mar-13 11:57:46

Lol szeli, is this your first? I've had two children already but no sweeps, never even been mentioned to me so I dunno if my mw does them! I have heard if its not first baby they aren't allowed before 41 wks! So hopefully I won't get there. Ds 1 was born at 39 and ds2 at 38. But since this one is a girl I have a feeling she may Suprise us! Stabby pains in bits as I potter about the house though!


Dirtymistress Mon 18-Mar-13 12:02:29

I think I want dirtybaby to go back in! Second day without DP, and have another 3 to contend with this week. Just getting the three of us out the house was a bloody nightmare, they both need me for different things at the same time. Two under 18 months is not double the work, it's like being in the midst of a tornadogrin why did I think this was a good idea?!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 12:16:19

To clarify - Moses baskets are the work of the devil <gavel>. They are impossible to put up. Took me all bloody morning on Friday just to put all the newly washed covers on correctly.... Then trying to get the hood thing on and screwing it in.... Still not sure it's right. And don't even get me started on the rocking stand!

I feel your Moses pain, ladies.

Oh Dirtymistress sad Have a wine brew. I think getting two under 18 month olds out the house is a fricking miracle for TWO parents let alone one. How very DARE your DP leave you alone??!! (Kidding.... Sort of...)

Don't beat yourself up if you can't do it. Personally I'm fully expecting the first few weeks of Baby Whip's life to be filled with CBeebies for DD and nowt much else than the sofa!

Don't try and do too much lovey (although I know you must long to get out of the house!)

Sending supportive vibes smile

milkyjo Mon 18-Mar-13 12:52:05

Argh just come back from midwife appointment. Tightenings aren't getting any stronger but still painful and still every ten minutes. She examined me but couldn't get to my cervix so obviously nothing productive going on there! She's booked me for another sweep on Friday then she mentioned the dreaded 'I' word! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Nearlymummyof2 Mon 18-Mar-13 13:01:38

Fingers crossed for you milky
I woke up today with no twinges at all so iv decided that baby isn't making appearance till after due date that way I'm not let down sad its so frustrating! szeli do you know if they always do a sweep at ur home? I didn't get to have mine with ds1 as he luckily came day before I was due to have it.

num3onway Mon 18-Mar-13 13:17:46

Oh dear milky how disappinting!

Szeli Mon 18-Mar-13 13:40:03

Not sure if they always do sweeps at home; mine does tho as the clinics in a primary school.

Yep it's my first and I was also told they couldn't do a sweep before 41 weeks but as that puts me at Saturday she's gonna do one for me at 40+6 (Friday).

Aw dirty two under 18 months? Crazy, I want at least 4 years haha xx

num3onway Mon 18-Mar-13 13:54:50

When ds 2 was born ds 1 was 16 months. I for some reason found them much easier when they were so little than when they got to 2 + 3 yrs! That was hard lol. Now nearly 4 and 5 they are very close and usually not much trouble!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 14:42:57

I just ate half a pineapple.....


So sorry to hear that Milky, hope it goes well for your sweep.

ZuleikaD Mon 18-Mar-13 14:46:15

DD was just coming up for 18m when DS was born, and the first few months were incredibly tough (just stopping her poking his eyes out/ generally killing him was a fulltime job) but now she's coming up for 4 and he's 2.5 they get on like a house on fire and really play well together. But I completely agree about the difficulty of getting out of the house - we didn't, really, for about 12 weeks!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 16:33:44

Where are all the babies????

I want mine now. I've been bouncing on that damn ball, eating pineapple, twiddling my nipples in clary sage bath and NOTHING.

I am actually an elephant sad

MumaBex Mon 18-Mar-13 16:52:52

Would like mine out too now Coolwhip. I'm an emotional elephant. One minute really angry for no reason and the next minute crying like a baby. All i want to do is sleep and eat. Ive tried all the things they suggest to bring it on and nothing. Guessing that baby is more content than me!

Love the pregnancy pages that say you should only put on a little weight with pregnancy. Well this is 2nd pregnancy and ive just just as much weight on this time as last time. Last time i ate like a pig, this time ive stuck to 3 small meals a day and ive put on just as much weight!

Come on baby!!!

num3onway Mon 18-Mar-13 19:27:08

I've found I've struggle to eat this pregnancy, especially during third trimester. Anyone else?

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 19:33:48

Unfortunately it's the other way round for me sad I eat too much and then I'm sick, or just feel sick. No trouble eating just trouble digesting!

Sick of bouncing on this ball. Seeing mw again tomorrow and am going to demand she goes in and pulls baby out!!

Dirtymistress Mon 18-Mar-13 19:46:11

Stop bouncing on those bloody balls ladies (unless they belong to your other halvesgrin). Seriously, never sat on my luminous green davina mcall gym ball once this pregnancy (never got the opportunity with dirtytoddler boinging the effing thing round the sitting room) and dirtybaby was early!

Newmum2013 Mon 18-Mar-13 19:50:55

Going to cross my fingers extra hard tonight and hope some babies make an appearance!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 20:05:10

Dirty mistress that's the exact same one I have - yucky green colour with Davina's stupid signature on it.

It's not working damnit!

OohShiny Mon 18-Mar-13 21:06:58

I'm so bored tonight! Feel really restless but have nothing to do. sad

I'm sick of waiting already. I'm getting disheartened that nothing's happening yet, and even when it starts it could be hours and hours and hours before I get my baby. sad sad sad

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 18-Mar-13 21:20:29

Oh OohShiny I agree. The waiting is awful! Hopefully it won't be too long for you now.

DH has spent the evening in the loo. Not sure if its something he ate or a bug but I am officially the worst wife in the world by not being particularly sympathetic, and telling him to make sure he anti-bacs everything blush Also (TMI) the whole downstairs of the house now stinks.

I have retreated upstairs and he is on the sofa. God knows what we'll do if the baby arrives tonight!

marshkat Mon 18-Mar-13 21:25:34

Ive tried to make an appointment for everyday this week to take my mind off of being heavily pregers! Some one told me that baby will come if your busy (ive tried everything else so thought id try this instead of watching back to back JK)blush

Radiator1234 Mon 18-Mar-13 22:30:19

I keep checking in daily to see if any new babies. Hope you're all bearing up ok ladies! Here things are good though I was literally up for most of the night and my nipples are red raw. Ouch!

Seeding you all positive labour vibes!

num3onway Tue 19-Mar-13 10:37:33

Well we are now 3/5 engaged which mw was Suprised at as this is dc 3.
Lots of stabby cervix pains while walking back from doctors.


Szeli Tue 19-Mar-13 10:44:43

Ssh num ssh you'll make me cry haha xx

Szeli Tue 19-Mar-13 10:47:01

Who else has gone over now too? I've lost track.

I'm now 40+3. Runs and pains but nothing contraction esque so could be here for the long haul.

(Only joking too num hope s/he's out soon)


num3onway Tue 19-Mar-13 10:55:31

In my mind baby has been due by now lol silly me

Ds1 was 5 days early
Ds2 was 11 days early
So in my mind this one was 17 days early - today

How wrong was I!

Mw has booked Me in for a sweep at 40+4 I'm not sure if she knows something I don't.......

num3onway Tue 19-Mar-13 11:20:16

With regards to the stabby cervix pains, anyone know if moving move so you get them more might encourage things?

MumaBex Tue 19-Mar-13 11:21:26

So sod all sleep last night, if i wasnt peeing, my hips, back and pelvis were just hurting and couldnt get comfortable at all. Cant remember having this much trouble the first time round with sleeping. But then as the other half reminds me i am 5 years older than i was then!!

Any ideas on how i can get more sleep ladies??
Ive got a billion pillows supporting every part of me.

twinklesparkles Tue 19-Mar-13 11:28:39

Morning ladies.. 37+3

God I can't handle it anymore... This baby gotta come out soon.

Managed to walk to town today, was only out for about 30 minutes if that. Absolutely shattered now and feel sick and tired sad

Sorry, I don't mean to be the moaning mummy smile

My baby shawl arrived today, all lovely and white with a pink ribbon smile excited smile .... Now I just need to get this baby out

ZuleikaD Tue 19-Mar-13 11:45:36

Due today, and though kept awake for ages last night with BHs, not a sniff of a proper contraction, and wretched MW wouldn't give me a sweep this morning angry. Bah!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 19-Mar-13 12:27:30

Due Sat, nothing yet except tight wind-like pain and incredible grumpiness

Seeing mw this evening - she said last week she thought it would be a week..... Well it's been a week! I shall be having words.....,grin

sundaesundae Tue 19-Mar-13 14:15:29

I think anyone thay says baby is going to be early curses you forever! Due Saturday also, had tiny bit of pink tinged mucous yesterday, tiny bit today but nothing doing. Very very sore and tired but that is all SPD and doing too much. I am fully prepared to go to 41 weeks!!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 19-Mar-13 17:30:16

Well mw has totally depressed me sad No further forward from a week ago. Cervix closed (although she could poke a finger in....). Almost fully effaced. Nothing imminent though sad

I'm going to have wine tonight....

LuckyOwl28 Tue 19-Mar-13 17:39:49

I'm 37+2 and can't complain about being uncomfortable - feel less pregnant now than I did at 20 odd weeks to be honest!

I'm just bored out of my mind on maternity leave! We don't have any family or friends around as live on a forces base miles from home and I've tried to keep as busy as possible but am really running out of ideas now!

Have gone along to a few bumps and babes groups to try and meet people but to be honest I just really miss having familiar people around.

Have tried to prepare myself for going overdue but can't imagine another 5-6 weeks of this!

chubbychipmonk Tue 19-Mar-13 21:06:21

Hi everyone. . Can't believe no one has had babies yet!

Well I'm now 40+2 however am very relieved baby decided to stay put!

DS age 3 had terrible asthma flare up on Sat, he was admitted to hospital on Sun (my due date) & on top of asthma had rotavirus bug (sickness & diarrhoea) . I did the day shift at the hospital & hubby did the nightshift. Had everyone on standby in case I went into labour myself during the night when I was here alone but thankfully not. DS got out today & is much better but if I'd gone into labour or had a newborn baby it would've been a total nightmare! Baby must have known to stay put!

Anyway, have midwife tomorrow morning for another sweep so now that the hospital drama is over I'm quite happy for baby to come now!

Went a long walk this afternoon & all it's given me is a sore back! Am sitting on my birthing ball drinking raspberry tea but about to swap it for wine!

Here's to another uncomfortable night!! wineCheers!!

iheartshoes Tue 19-Mar-13 21:47:23

Can I join ? 38 + 2 with first baby, I dont think I can do this anymore!! I had to sit on someone's wall on the way back from the shops today, was going stir crazy at home so decided a 20 minute walk there and back might help spur things on... No joy! Got the nursery ready, pram ready, washed all the baby clothes , bags packed... Just need our bubby!! Doesn't help that I'm up at least 12 times a night to go to the toilet... Anyone else ?! I have a midwife appointment tomorrow, do you think there is any chance she'd give me a sweep at 38 weeks to speed things up? If I get any bigger ill explode.

sundaesundae Wed 20-Mar-13 09:25:29

jeebers mcfucking christ. I didn't think my sleep could get any worse sad can you labour without sleeping for days on end? Please little baby do your worst, labour can't be as bad as waiting for labour, surely???

Dirtymistress Wed 20-Mar-13 09:33:17

So pleased your DS is alright chubbychip. That sounds really stressful. Sounds like bump is being considerate to mesmile

shomes Wed 20-Mar-13 09:38:27

Can I join too? 37/5 with second baby, luckily first one is at school. Bored of maternity leave now although glad of the rest, everyone keeps saying Ill be early but I'm not keeping my hopes up. So many electric shock type pains in cervix and was 4/5ths engaged last week. Feeling crap as the weather is awful and trying to save money by not going anywhere so bored stiff! Look forward to the updates z

milkyjo Wed 20-Mar-13 09:47:51

So I had a baby! Turns out I did dilate extremely quickly! Put Ds to bed and started making a curry from scratch. Managed to finish it and eat it. Phoned mW as contractions were 3-5 minutes apart. She said try a bath she'll phone back in an hour. I thought OK, she can check me when she gets here and hopefully get in the pool if I'm dilating. Anyway to cut this long rambling story short, she phoned back and spoke to dh - I suddenly needed to push! MW told dh to phone 999 and hung up. Paramedics arrived as baby crowning and baby born 5 minutes later! MW arrived 20 minutes later! Baby girl fine, I have a small tear that needed stitches. All happened on Monday night!

sundaesundae Wed 20-Mar-13 10:05:27

Well done Milky!!! horrah!!

Newmum2013 Wed 20-Mar-13 10:14:14

Congratulations milky!! Hope you're all well and enjoying your little bundle! Xx

chubbychipmonk Wed 20-Mar-13 10:35:04

Congrats Milky!!thanksthanksthanks

Radiator1234 Wed 20-Mar-13 11:17:10

Congratulations how exciting ! Well done!

Dirtymistress Wed 20-Mar-13 11:31:50

Congrats milkygrin wonderful newsx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 20-Mar-13 12:14:00

Congratulations Milky! Glad all is well - must have been a bit scary on your own!

milkyjo Wed 20-Mar-13 12:35:44

Ha scary for dh as he was told to put some towels on the radiator and wash his hands! He said he was so relieved when the crew arrived. I was in my own world.

MumaBex Wed 20-Mar-13 13:14:33

Big congrats Milky. At least it didnt drag for you. smile x

iheartshoes Wed 20-Mar-13 13:27:19

Ah congratulations smile

ZuleikaD Wed 20-Mar-13 13:31:26

Well done milky and welcome milkybaby!

marshkat Wed 20-Mar-13 15:35:50

yay another baby, well done! can we have some more please!!!

milkyjo Wed 20-Mar-13 17:29:15

Right come on babies we need some more to make an appearance. I'm sending labour inducing hormones to you all!

OohShinyChocolateHollowBunnies Wed 20-Mar-13 18:10:52

Well done milky!

Had my second sweep today, am 40+6. Hoping it will get things moving as that was my last appointment now until my induction date next Wednesday, and i really don't want to be induced as I want a water birth and hopefully no epidural.

Szeli Wed 20-Mar-13 18:29:28

Ooh exciting! Glad all is well. Think I've lost all my plug now (epic amounts last night) and the OH has convinced himself on tomorrow (something to do with numerology :/) so iv been sorti g the bedrooms all day in case. Really don't want an induction! x

chubbychipmonk Wed 20-Mar-13 19:16:17

Had second sweep today also Ooh & now trying to work out whether or not I'm having mild contractions or just very crampy?!

Going to put DS to bed then have a bath & see if it eases off or gets stronger. . . Fingers crossed!!

sundaesundae Wed 20-Mar-13 19:16:52

LOL Milky definitely send some my way smile I have period pain again, which is so annoying cos I know it is nothing and related to my SPD but is quite waring!

shomes Wed 20-Mar-13 19:39:51

Lovely news on the baby front but scary how quickly it happened! Send some magic fairy hormones our ways and hopefully babies will start appearing soon! Had a lovely bath this evening but find I have to practically shuffle myself forward to walk and I,m not even that huge compared to how I was with ds but the feeling in pelvis is unbearable. MW fri so we shall see if she is any more engaged!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 21-Mar-13 12:03:28

Any updates on the babies front?

I'm officially fed up and it's not even my due date!

Hope you're all doing ok smile

twinklesparkles Thu 21-Mar-13 13:12:54

Congrats on your baby milky smile

37+5 here.. So tired. Think the babys moved hmm hoping she's moved into the right place and hasn't turned breech or anything.

Pregnancy seems to have gone so fast but still seems to be dragging along so slow also

Come on baby! Hurry hurry smile

Szeli Thu 21-Mar-13 13:19:01

Got my sweep tomorrow; I'm scarrrred. Never had anyone ferreting 'down there' before (found out I was pregnant on my 25th so never even had a smear).

How does it tend to go and where will they tend to do it? (Room wise obvs) manically sorting/tidying/cleaning my house not knowing where the midwife may tread lol.

Been very 'loose' all week tho, lost what must have been the last of my plug (there was loads) 2 nights ago and had 2 nights of no sleep, last night irregular contractions so I hope he gets a move on today then I don't need the sweep! xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 21-Mar-13 14:20:13

Don't be scared Szeli, you'll be fine. Honestly, sweeps aren't that bad.

I expect your mw will either get you to lie on your sofa or your bed. You'll probably have a towel or something underneath you. You'll have to take your bottom clothes off including underwear. She'll get you to lie straight back with your legs open (very dignified!) and she'll put some lubricant on her fingers (should be wearing gloves) and ease in. I know everyone's different but I found it merely uncomfortable, not painful. You might get spotting and cramps afterwards which is normal, and it might feel a bit tender.

For me, it totally worked with my first and I was in established labour about 5 hours after the sweep. Fingers crossed for you!

Szeli Thu 21-Mar-13 15:11:12

I'm greatful of the lubricant! Haha terrified and a stranger in rubber gloves would not allow for easy access!

5 hours; that would be amazing! Least with the manic cleaning the house will be ready for his arrival smile 40+5 now; OH is convinced now the pregnancy is an elaborate joke at his expense hehe xx

MyLittleAprilSunshine Thu 21-Mar-13 18:13:23

I am currently 37+3 and she is engaged. However, this doesn't mean she'll come anytime soon. They said it could be weeks or hours, you just don't know. Next week I am starting on the pineapples though and raspberry tea to loosen my cervix a bit - at 38 weeks they said this was perfectly safe to do.

But who knows when she'll decide to come. I have bad backs, cramps in my tummy, terrible heartburn and need to wee and poo all the time. When I walk I get a sharp pain in my vagina every minute or so which is very strange feeling, but otherwise I function just fine.

I hope everyone else is doing well anyway and it wont be long. Think about how far you have already came!

bumpitybumpbump Thu 21-Mar-13 18:31:53

Hi everyone! Can I join! 39 + 5... Lost mucous plug, lots of BHs over last few weeks yet still NOTHING! I really felt like she was going to come early last week but now I feel like she thought about it and decided, nah..I think I'll stay here where it's nice and warm. However I want her OUT! my bladder is the size of a thimble and there is no sleeping position that's comfortable. I think I will engage the law of sod and book lots of appointments which wld be really inconvenient to rearrange.....that should do it grin

Newmum2013 Thu 21-Mar-13 18:54:13

No baby here yet either!! I'm 39+3 so trying not to get too worked up about lack of baby's appearance. Hoping my sweep which is booked for Tuesday is successful! Come on babies! !

Mrsb999 Fri 22-Mar-13 08:51:14

Morning all, how is everyone doing? Congrats to those who have had their bundles of joy!

I'm 39+5 and still no baby, was out for a meal for MiL bday last night and and I think I had a few contractions but as this is my first baby it's hard to tell whether they were or not but they were fairly painful. I told hubby quietly after the first one (so as not to send the rest of the table into a frenzy) and he said 'if you get another one poke me in the leg' which I did and he looked at me with a vacant look in his eyes and said loudly 'what did you do that for??' Grrrr! Anyway they resulted in nothing so I'm still waiting!

I'd kind of like to wait until after the weekend now as I've got a nice lunch planned today with my mum, it's my 30th bday tomorrow and hubby and I are going out for a meal then Sunday (due date) I'm meeting up with my family! Plus I woke up yesterday with an awful cold so I want it to disappear too!

twinklesparkles Fri 22-Mar-13 09:00:49

Let's hope your baby gets here soon mrsb

I woke up last night, really uncomfortable and sore throat and runny nose, expected a cold but feeling slightly better this morning.

Lots of stabby pelvic bone pains down there, very achey.. Let's hope she's trying to get out smile had indian last night, gonna finish it off for this mornings brekkie as well as the honey loops I had

Also going to wash the swing chair, moses basket bedding and playmat.. Why I've not already done this is beyond me hmm

ZuleikaD Fri 22-Mar-13 09:19:56

40+3 now... convinced this baby is NEVER coming!

Szeli Fri 22-Mar-13 10:22:20

40+6 for me and they couldn't do the sweep because my cervix is too closed sad soft and effacing at least but this is taking the Michael! xx

OohShinyChocolateHollowBunnies Fri 22-Mar-13 10:34:24

41+1. I'm beating you all with keeping this baby in! I'm going for the record I think!

Still no signs, although its started to snow here and my DH car is having something done to the gear box on his car today so knowing my luck she'll decide to come out in a rush!

ZuleikaD Fri 22-Mar-13 12:24:56

Nothing from SayCool or chubbychipmonk so maybe they're busy swearing at a midwife even as we speak!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 22-Mar-13 13:17:46

Afternoon all! Oh Zuleika I wish that was the case! Maybe chubby or sundaesundae are on their way though....

Resorted to DTD last night but nothing has resulted. <sigh> Will have to try again tonight! Am sick of curry and pineapple!

Due date tomorrow so fingers crossed. Lots of niggly feelings but had these for the past few weeks so who knows?

Really feeling for all of you overduers - hope something happens soon for you.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 22-Mar-13 13:20:35

Szeli don't be too disheartened - from what I've read, the effacing is the hard bit; dilation can get going quickly once you're effaced.

sundaesundae Fri 22-Mar-13 14:44:12

Nowt here, had pains from 4am till 7am and then nothing. We're obviously just excellent incubators. SOON ladies, soon! x

marshkat Fri 22-Mar-13 20:49:13

Well ive had 2 whole pineapples in past 2 days, raspberry leaf tea (lots) and bouncing on yoga ball as well as clary sage bath, but still no joy. Fed up today and the pissing rain doesnt help either!!!grin

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 23-Mar-13 09:28:55

Due date today. Fingers crossed that somehow magically I'll go in to labour and he'll be the first member of my family to be on time for anything!


It's not likely is it....

Hope everyone else is feeling ok. Shitty weather, no? No snow this far south though. Anyone else got a white spring?

ZuleikaD Sat 23-Mar-13 09:44:31

Yes, snow in Oxford today. Though was immeasurably heartened this morning by being able to reach my cervix for the first time and it's all squishy, so at least there's some awareness that there's 7lbs of baby on the other side needing an exit!

Newmum2013 Sat 23-Mar-13 09:44:47

Covered in snow here! Im currently in bed though with what I think is a sick bug?? Due on monday so who knows! Can't wait to feel normal again!

OohShinyChocolateHollowBunnies Sat 23-Mar-13 09:50:08

Snow here!

Had some promising pains last night, so much so I took my tens machine up just in case but she was just teasing me.

Think I've had my bloody show in the unbelievable amount of mucous I seem to be producing. There was a streak of red in it last night so I was getting my hopes up that things were moving but nada this morning. I'm hoping it means my cervix might have opened a bit more though.

Was 1-2 but it could be stretched to 3cm on Tuesday so I'm hoping if I end up getting to my induction date (Wednesday) that they will have no probs getting in to break my waters and hopefully that will start me off.

Lets hope for some weekend snow babies ladies! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you cool. grin

Pontouf Sat 23-Mar-13 11:06:44

Hello all, can I join? I'm 38 weeks today with DC2 and thoroughly fed up. Reading the whole of this thread over the last two days has helped keep me sane though!

Have been getting what I think are BHs for a few weeks, been taking RLT at the max recommended dose and been bouncing on my ball now and again. Feel like shit today. Just desperately tired, got campy pains in my lower back. Baby feels really low down - was 3/5 engaged a week a week ago but feels lower now. Feels like the head is grinding against my pelvic bones and it's agony to turn over in bed now sad

Have also been getting sharp pains a bit like an electric shock a bit further up my back. Anyone else had this. I'm pretty sure baby isn't back to back. I'm sure I can feel bum at the front of my bump but these pains are starting to worry me. I'm aiming for a VBAC and baby is measuring big so am pretty apprehensive about the whole thing.How's everyone else feeling today?

Pontouf Sat 23-Mar-13 11:29:34

Oh yeah and we've got thick thick snow and severe weather warnings here too. I am really torn between desperately wanting this baby out and worrying that our childcare for DS is my Mum who will have to drive 150 miles in horrendous conditions to get here!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 23-Mar-13 13:00:32

Ooh Zuleika I could touch mine this morning as well (think that's what it was... Very soft and squishy) and having lots of mucous (sorry tmi).

That's scary about the snow Pontouf - have you got any backup childcare like neighbours or friends?

Fingers crossed OohShiny - you must be about to explode!

Pontouf Sat 23-Mar-13 14:21:01

We've got quite a few options friends wise who could step in if necessary, but DS doesn't know them that well and he spends a lot of time with my mum. She is a crazy woman and does the journey most weeks and stays over at our house to help out with childcare. She is amazing and we are hugely grateful to her but to be honest you couldn't stop her doing it, she absolutely loves it. She and DS have a fab relationship so DH was the obvious choice to help us out. it means things would stay fairly normal for him and we want the arrival of his siing to be as calm and untraunatic as possible or him. However with this fucking awful weather we may just have to go with the flow a bit if things do kick off over the next few days.

We have got about 5 inches of snow now and it is still coming sad

Pontouf Sat 23-Mar-13 14:22:43

Must preview message! Siing = sibling. Untraunatic = untraumatic. blush

twinklesparkles Sat 23-Mar-13 14:40:38

38 weeks today .. So tired.

Really admiring you ladies at 40+ weeks, I really don't think I can make it that long hmm the ideas actually starting to scare me sad just keep myself happy with the idea the babys maybe doing the last of her growing and still needs to be in there smile

Been washing and folding/putting away clothes today smile absolutely love the smell of washing powder and the baby fabric softner smile gotta be one of my absolute favourite smells smile yay for new babies!! smile

Hope everyones well and keeping warm and safe


chubbychipmonk Sat 23-Mar-13 16:28:37

Hello ladies! We have a baby!! Baby Chipmonk was born @ 10.26pm on 21/03/13 weighing 7lbs 5oz after a mammoth (& very traumatic) 26 hour labour. . Could not have been more different from DS1! So much for my 'natural' waterbirth!

He's just beautiful & worth every minute of labour. His big brother is so in love with him it just makes my heart melt!

Will provide the labour details if you want but don't want to fill anyone with dread as I'm sure you will all have straightforward births like my first DS was!

Sending you all positive labour vibes & I hope we have more a babies on here soon!!

Pontouf Sat 23-Mar-13 17:01:55

Congratulations Chipmonk, great news flowers

I'm all for you sharing but better wait till other people turn up in case there's a lack of consensus! I love a birth story of any kind when it ends in a lovely healthy baby and Mum. Hope you're not feeling too beaten up.

Szeli Sat 23-Mar-13 18:22:28

Scare us silly haha congrats! xx

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 23-Mar-13 18:44:44

Congratulations Chipmonk! Yes please do share your story - but only if you want to!

How are the newborn snuggles??

marshkat Sat 23-Mar-13 18:57:21

Well done chipmonk. Please share your story!!!

sundaesundae Sat 23-Mar-13 20:07:17

Congratulations Chip, hope you are having lovely snuggles smile Please do share xx

(no due date baby here and no sign of imminence, unless sudden crushing tiredness and a very active bump is a sign!).

marshkat Sat 23-Mar-13 20:35:05

Just had my show, im excited now!! But i know it could still be ages! I have got lower back ache but no contractions yet!!!

twinklesparkles Sat 23-Mar-13 21:49:35

Congrats to those who have had their babies smile

Where can I buy rasberry leaf tea? And how many weeks can you have it from?? Its not dangerous at all is it??

Sorry silly questions

sundaesundae Sat 23-Mar-13 22:01:28

Marshkat, hope it comes to something, had half of one a week ago and nothing doing here, so hopeful yours will produce!

RLT is not dangerous, tones uterus or something? Think healthfood shops or similar, I think they say after 37 weeks? I haven't bothered, wish I had now, it might have helped!

Dirtymistress Sun 24-Mar-13 00:02:48

Congratulations chubbychipgrin go on, tell all, mines already outwink two weeks old as of sunday! Come on the rest of you!

Szeli Sun 24-Mar-13 03:18:45

Well waters have broken, just been sent home from hospital with an induction booked for Monday morn. Woo we have movement xx

Dirtymistress Sun 24-Mar-13 03:37:56

So is the induction in case things don't happen by themselves between now and then? Labours are so completely different. My waters go and I know I am at the end as both boys appeared within 15 minutes of me hearing that 'pop'.

Szeli Sun 24-Mar-13 05:03:52

Yeah although they're expecting me back today sometime apparently around 80% of women will have baby within 24 hours but they''ve booked an induction in case I'm in the 20%.

Still not started dilating so we'll see what gives xx

Newmum2013 Sun 24-Mar-13 05:28:08

Oh good luck!! Fingers crossed things start happening soon. Try and get some rest

Szeli Sun 24-Mar-13 05:57:50

I'm flipping between terrified and excited but am in so much pain that I know will only get worse aargh x

ZuleikaD Sun 24-Mar-13 06:09:58

Good luck Szeli!
No sign of anything happening here - one painful contraction yesterday evening and then nada!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 24-Mar-13 07:41:44

Good luck Szeli! Obviously your top priority will be keeping us posted wink

Hope you have a swift and pain free labour.

Dirtymistress I can't believe yours is 2 weeks old already! Wow.

sundaesundae Sun 24-Mar-13 07:45:12

Good luck Szeli! Hurrah for another baby soon smile x

chubbychipmonk Sun 24-Mar-13 14:02:55

Good luck Szeli. . Will save my labour story till you are snuggling up with your baby! wink

twinklesparkles Sun 24-Mar-13 15:14:47

Good luck szeli smile hope baby is here soon

Its official! Less than 2 weeks to go!! smile or 4 weeks if she decides not to come out getting some rasberry leaf tea tommorow smile come on baby

num3onway Sun 24-Mar-13 15:35:18

good luck to those having signs! wish I was joining you lol