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Think I'm in early labour??? Scared!

(96 Posts)
Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 03:14:00

Been feeling leaky all day so popes on a bad and rang hospital. They said keep it on all night and if still feel wet in the morning to ring my me to get checked out. That was at 11pm

Went to bed and as soon as got into bed dd went crazy and kept have sharp stabby pain in cervix and major backache like period pains it's been 4 hours and I've still got really bad back ache and tummy ache a lot of pressure down low as still feeling rather wet.
Dp is in bed as he has work so don't want to wake him for no reason so I'm bouncing on my ball which is helping the pain slightly
This is my first so I could by completely wrong.
But it certainly feels like something is happening

Oh I'm 39+3

Sorry if this make no sense. I want to try and not take painkillers until I really have too as I'm bouncing I feel more and more pressure

YoniMitchell Tue 17-Dec-13 03:22:50

Hi Stom, I'm pg with my first, so no real advice but here to keep you company if you like! How are you feeling now?

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 03:25:21

Thanks smile
Still lots of pressure and period pain back ache which is quite painful but the bouncing is helping ease the pain.
It's been stop start all weekend so I'm hoping it starts to get worse but in a good way haha

YoniMitchell Tue 17-Dec-13 03:27:13

How exciting! Have you thought of names for your dd?

Naomilouise1992 Tue 17-Dec-13 03:27:24

Eek it might be happening

My friend was in labour for a few days, try having a bath that's the only advice the midwife gave her at the beginning xxxxx

NaiceAm Tue 17-Dec-13 03:27:49

Don't panic! If I were you I would call the hospital again and ask for advice. Don't worry as they answer the phone 24 hours a day and are often most busy with calls at night as women often start labour at night.

It sounds to me like you might be in labour but the hospital will be best placed to advise you.

Good luck!

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 03:30:47

Thanks. We will be calling her Amelia Kathleen smile

I would have a bath but m bath is tiny it's more I comfy that anything I was thinking maybe hot shower on my back as I can have that hotter than a bath? But I may wait abit as dp has work so I don't wana wake him just yet

Thanks for the good lucks. I really hope it's actually something and not my imagination lol

YoniMitchell Tue 17-Dec-13 03:34:33

Well, you know your body so something must be happening if you feel it is! Give the mw / hospital another call though.

Lovely name, btw!

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 03:38:16

Thanks smile

I had Braxton Hicks at 39 weeks.
It took another 3 weeks for DD to appear wink

not saying that'll happen to you, but I was absolutely convinced it was the start of labour.

(and you know I'm marking my place for a Live Birth Thread grin )

YoniMitchell Tue 17-Dec-13 04:12:31

All ok Stom? Watching the clock until shower time? wink

AnythingNotEverything Tue 17-Dec-13 04:32:27

Period type pain could well be labour starting.

You're very generous not having a shower because DP has work! I wouldn't be as charitable.

If you think your waters might be leaking, do keep a close eye on this. If you lie down for a bit, do you get a bit if a gush when you stand up?

Good luck!

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 05:04:43

Hey in ok just went back to bed to try and sleep but my back is killing too much. And getting sharp pains still so going to ring the hospital just to let them know really.

I'm ised to back pain as I suffer from it on a daily basis but I can't even sleep through this so it's defiantly something!

stillenacht Tue 17-Dec-13 05:23:22

Good luck Storm, sounds like something is going onsmile How exciting!smile

octopusinasantasack Tue 17-Dec-13 05:30:35

Good luck!

AngryBeaver Tue 17-Dec-13 05:39:23

I'd say things were starting up! smile

But, just so you know, I was in slow labour (after a sweep) for a few days with my first baby.
Had the sweep on weds pm and she was born 7am on sat.

It was really fri at around 11pm that things got urgent!

The Mdwf told me that she knew I wasn't in labour because I could still converse.

If you start getting regular pains, time them.

If they get to around mins between each pain, go in.

But, if you are scared and would like to be checked, I'm sure the hospital wouldn't mind.

It's really not so bad when you look back.

You really do forget it all anyway when you hold your little one in your arms and she grips your finger smile

Hey, it can't be THAT scary, I'm due number 4 in 18 weeks! smile

So, be strong and keep your eyes on the prize!
You'll be absolutely fine.

All the very best of luck xxx

Mogz Tue 17-Dec-13 05:45:32

Hey Stom have you been able to get any rest? And are you able to time the pains yet? Once they get regular give your DP a nudge to let him know you might need him to be awake soon.
My contractions went from achey pains to 4mins apart lasting for 1min within two hours and I had to wake my DH up really quickly, he was quite funny in his sleepy panic.
Sending you lots of positive birthing vibes, be strong, remember you're in charge and ask for what you need when you need it. Hopefully we'll have another December baby before the day is out.

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 05:55:21

Dp is awake I woke him up he's going to take the day off as I don't want to be alone.
I rang the hospital and spoke to a nice mw she aays I'm definately in early labour and reckons I'll be in before the day is out!!
Got constant back ache with the odd pain going from my lower tummy through to my back then back to full ache that every 20 -30 mins at the mo so still early

Fingers crossed x

purplemurple1 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:01:48


How's it going?
My first started similar - period pains back ache etc - took about 12hrs in total and I was still chatting at 4cm before getting pain relief hopefully yours is similar.

Good luck - so exciting ro be meeting your baby soon!

purplemurple1 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:03:34

Have you got a hot water bottle that really helped me early on with back pains

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:10:01

Excited and scared lol
Yea I've got one at the mo they're amazing x

purplemurple1 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:34:55

Oh good, loved mine

Don't be too strict on waiting for regular contractions as you may not get them. Go in when you think you need to worse case they send you home or to eat pizza

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:42:21

Dp wants to get my Xmas present which is a bracelet but need my size so we are going into town later to get it. Cos I think walkin will help and we will be nearer the hospital that way.

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 06:45:53

Yeh midwife said to just ring and let them know when I feel I need to go in. She was lovely x

everythinghippie29 Tue 17-Dec-13 07:01:36

Ooh so jealous (over due by 11 days today and booked in for induction with my first tomorrow!sad ) Good Luck! grin.

How exciting!

Hannahwillo88 Tue 17-Dec-13 07:15:03

Try getting on it knees and leaning over u ball to relieve the back pain helped me in labour wen my first was back to back gd luck

1974rach Tue 17-Dec-13 07:37:12

good luck! looking forward to hearing the next installment


QueenElizabethTheZygon Tue 17-Dec-13 07:39:53

Just popping in to say good luck, love the name, I have an Amelia Rose. smile

extracrunchy Tue 17-Dec-13 07:44:44

Ooh Stom so pleased things are finally happening for you grin

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 09:12:30

Came back to bed at 7 managed to sleep for 2 hours pains are back now I'm awake.
It's a weird feeling - really achey periody pains and stabby pains and also feel like I could eat a horse lol starving!

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 12:34:40

Do you think cos I've Been leaking since yesterday If my actual waters haven't broken or I'm still in this limbo stage I should call the hospital cos a midwife said if I'm leakin and my water don't break naturally in 24-48 hrs they will induce me. I don't want baby to run out of water lol

1974rach Tue 17-Dec-13 12:45:51

can't hurt to ring and ask.


"a midwife said if I'm leakin and my water don't break naturally in 24-48 hrs they will induce me"

no, they won't - they cannot say they will do something. they can advise you to be induced, but they can't just do it without your consent.
FWIW NICE says that you can have 96 hours after your waters have broken before you need to think about induction. (it does vary from trust to trust, but NICE wouldn't give timings that were dangerous or unrealistic)

It's very normal for your waters to leak out like that rather than go in a flush, and it's highly unlikely that your baby will run out of water smile

Santasaysno Tue 17-Dec-13 13:10:00

I was starving with Ds walked to the shop and bought curry

Ds Was born 8 hours later

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 13:15:06

Haha Santa that's awesome. I hope she comes soon getting fed up of just back ache and the odd tightening.

Dp took the day off cos it was so painful this morning. Now he's just annoying me lolx

Shellywelly1973 Tue 17-Dec-13 13:27:59

Good luck Storm!

send him off to get some food. grin

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 14:05:22

Haha we are going to go for a walk and get some luck try get this baby moving x

Doctorbrownbear Tue 17-Dec-13 16:16:34

There is an increased risk of infection once your waters have gone. I would request antibiotics after 24 hours if nothing has happened. My niece had an infection when she came after my SILs waters went and they didn't admit her or intervene for nearly 5 days.

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 16:49:33

Hey. Yeh I hat called them as it's been just over 24 hrs they want me to go in and get checked out and to check baby and to check my waters have definitely gone and if they have they are going to talking about inducing me tomorrow

I didn't want to be induced but if I have to I have to better safe than sorry xx

yes, better safe than sorry, but practise this phrase "what might happen if we wait such-and-such length of time?" (eg, an hour, two hours, threee hours etc)
you don't "have" to be induced, it doesn't guarantee a safe outcome, and it can havea knock-on effect to more intervention.

don't want to sound scary, but you know your own body, see what you can cope with and how you want to deal with it.
(if you don't want to be induced, then stick with that as your main priority)

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 17:39:37

Yeh only Because I'm hypermobile. The more intervention the worse it is for my hypermobility
And I heard induction hurts more. I'm hoping they just give me a pessary that way I can still have a water birth

Clargo55 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:52

Good luck Storm x

Clargo55 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:12:36

Stom* thanks

hope it all goes nice and naturally then.

water is definitely your friend (apparently - i wouldn't have a bath because i didn't want to get wet...)

birdbrain21 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:35:33

wow good luck storm this all sounds so exciting! I was induced when I went overdue and my platelet levels suddenly dropped so all I experienced was losing my plug never had to judge when was the right time to go into hospital hmm but this sounds like what I had for early labour when I was induced. I had a pessary for induction by the way and it was my first so don't have anything to compare to but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be after all the scare stories people tell you about being induced!!
have some cake and try to rest up whilst you can! I have a 8 month old dd and have to say having a little girl is amazing keep focused on the end result when the pain get going smile x

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:42:02

Thanks all. Currently in hosp having baby heartbeat monitored for 20 mins then they are going to check my waters have gone then do a plan of action for induction for tomorrow. I want a water birth so will talk about have a pessary first.
But hopefully I'll go into labour naturally tonight.

Being here in hosp though is scary I don't wana be in labour now hahah. I'm scared of the pain as I don't what sort of pain it is or how I'll cope ect.
I'm more scared of the unknown I guess

Thanks for the good lucks it means a lot.
I hope I have news for you soon!

1974rach Tue 17-Dec-13 20:01:49

Exciting times hon. Hope all goes well, looking forward to hearing your lovely news very soon.


Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 20:41:10

Thanks dp is excited. I'm nervous haha.
It's so surreal at the moment xx

do they know about your hypermobility?

just tell them no.
you're not overdue and you don't need intervention.

DramaAlpaca Tue 17-Dec-13 21:27:30

Good luck Stom hope it all goes well.

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 22:16:35

Yeh. Anyway... They made me wait 4 hours before they decided to actually check my waters ... 3 mw said they had gone. Then someone actually checked and they haven't it's just watery discharge
I'm so upset and disappointed and pissed off.
I was in so much pain last night I was convicted something was happening. I'm so used to pain that when it stops me sleeping I know something is up...
So my waters having gone
I'm back to square one

All I want to do is cry I'm so fed up of being pregnant.

leavesalmondoutofit Tue 17-Dec-13 22:49:24

Been watching in the background. So sorry things are not moving for you. I did cry when it was me a very long time ago, so you are doing really well. If you are still sore take some paracetamol. Use your hot shower on your back. Go to bed with your hot water bottle. I would have a huge glass of something alcohol related but I don't know your viewpoint on that. I hate drinking during pregnancy but you are probably sooo tired at the moment that you need to very kind to yourself. I hope you get some sleep tonight and feel better tomorrow. Hugs.

Stom91 Tue 17-Dec-13 23:14:25

Got myself a big tin of roses lol

DramaAlpaca Tue 17-Dec-13 23:20:04

Poor you, it's so frustrating waiting for labour to get going - especially when it's your first & you just want to get on with it. Try to relax, enjoy your tin of Roses & get some sleep while you can!!

Naomilouise1992 Wed 18-Dec-13 01:22:15

Oh so sorry they haven't gone!! Sounds like ur not far off tho?! Sex is apparently best to bring it on. I'm scared of not knowing what to expect.

Keep us updated xxx

princesscupcakemummyb Wed 18-Dec-13 10:12:43

good luck op

extracrunchy Wed 18-Dec-13 15:01:25

How's it going, Stom?

but at least they won't induce you grin

get yourself some chocolate, crisps, pizza and everything else you wnat smile

Stom91 Wed 18-Dec-13 16:53:09

Still got the awful back ache and low tummy ache. Think it's going to be a long process.... Mw at the hospital weren't very helpful - didn't help there were 3 different opinions.

But I'm seeing my community one tomorrow so in going to ask her to have a look and see if anything is going on. I'm hoping that I'm starting to dilate or something cos this is horrible. Feel like I'm in pain and not going anywhere.

And I'm so tired! All I want to do is sleep!

woodhj Wed 18-Dec-13 17:48:11

Ohh this is good!! im going to keep checking your posts.
So excited for you. I had a curry a couple of hours before ds was born, seemed to do the trick........not sure the mw appreciated it tho!!

1974rach Wed 18-Dec-13 17:56:16

sleep as much as you can. looking forward to the next installment. a new baby for Christmas...can't think of a nicer present grin

Stom91 Wed 18-Dec-13 18:06:56

I honestly hope it's the start of something cos right now I don't feel like it lol. So far everytime we've got to hospital is been pouring with rain (the kind that's hard to drive in) and it's been like that everyday this week so far so hopefully that's a sign too hahah

1974rach Wed 18-Dec-13 20:01:31

The weather is bloody awful! Keep that babe of yours tucked up in your tummy grin

Far too cold to be born tonight.

I've got an idea...book something special to do tomorrow night. bubs is bound to make an appearance x

Stom91 Wed 18-Dec-13 20:48:47

Noo she needs to come out!!
I've tried that and curry and sex haha she's comfy! Just had enough now.
Mw tomorrow so hopefully she can do something

1974rach Wed 18-Dec-13 21:36:29


she'll be here soon. have you tried that raspberry leaf tea? my cousin also swore by having reflexology - apparently there is a special point on your foot that can trigger labour.

Stom91 Wed 18-Dec-13 21:47:52

Yea I don't like it lol.
I've had reflexology too nothing happened lol

Clargo55 Thu 19-Dec-13 19:05:36

How are you doing today Stom?

Stom91 Fri 20-Dec-13 12:57:54

Not much happening sad just keep getting bad periody pain on and off. It's so frustrating!!

Going to waddle into the village to get my hair cut so hopefully the wall will start something!! Really had enough xx

everythinghippie29 Fri 20-Dec-13 13:42:17

Good luck Stom!

Hopefully things will progress soon! thanks

1974rach Sat 21-Dec-13 07:50:47

I cut my friends hair when she was in labour. She didn't say a thing in case I stopped cutting halfway through. shock

Sending you a big hug and sorry you're a bit fed up - will qll be worth it when baby stom arrives


1974rach Sun 22-Dec-13 19:47:34

ooooh stom....are you quiet because baby stom is putting in an appearance? xx

Stom91 Mon 23-Dec-13 10:03:50

Unfortunately not. 2 days over due. Tried everything baby stom doesn't want to meet Me. sad

birdbrain21 Mon 23-Dec-13 11:23:08

aww don't worry they have to come out eventually!! Totally sympathise I was a week and a half overdue when I had my dd last april and I hated every second of being overdue! I know everyone has probably told you this but it'll be worth the wait wink in the mean time try and relax just chill out with a good dvd and some chocolate, the more relaxed you are the more likely something will happen stress is really not helpful for labour!

Hope we hear good news from you soon x

Stom91 Mon 23-Dec-13 11:24:53

I think if I'm much more relaxed I'll be a heap on the floor lol.

1974rach Mon 23-Dec-13 11:38:26

Awww she does want to meet yousmile

She's just comfy and cosy. She'll be the best Christmas present ever xx

Stom91 Mon 23-Dec-13 11:53:23

I've given her 2 options lol she either comes today or she waits til after Boxing Day lol xx

1974rach Mon 23-Dec-13 14:19:59

fx she's listened to her mummy smile I hope you've got your feet up and that you're enjoying the crap Christmas telly xx

Stom91 Mon 23-Dec-13 15:12:24

Yup much if my way through the tub of celebrations and Doritos and watching the Santa clause movie , toy story is about to start too. I'm living the high life !! Lol

Stom91 Mon 23-Dec-13 15:12:51

Munching *

strom, go through childbirth topic and look for my live birth threadS.
there were 4 in the end and they ended up having nealy 4000 on the lat one!
DD was 16 days late in the end. trust me, you won't beat that! grin

Stom91 Mon 23-Dec-13 19:41:20

Omg how come they let you go to 16 days over!? I though you're not allowed past 14?
God I can't wait that long lol

Cariad007 Mon 23-Dec-13 19:45:20

I'm not sure it's a matter of "letting". The hospital can't exactly strap you down and induce you by force - my yoga instructor's oldest daughter was 4 weeks late!

that's the point I was makjng earlier - THEY don't "let" you/me do anything. it's my body and I make the decisions.
they can give ne suggestions based on their experience, but I'm also using research and WHO and NICE guidelines to make my decisions
they say that you're not classed as overdue until 42 weeks and you can choose whether to be induced or go for "expectant management" (which basically means monitoring) after that.

your body, your decision.
you might find it worthwhile to read my threads. you can find it by doing an advanced search for nickelbabe live birth thread (the first one is called "I'm booking this thread early..."

1974rach Tue 24-Dec-13 07:51:45

Happy Christmas eve Stom. Sounds like we did exactly the same yesterday afternoon! Same films on in our house too. Have a good day, feet up for you missy, and more Christmas telly. Baby Stom Is on her way smile xx

Stom91 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:41:40

You too rach I actually feel asleep through toy story! Lol then spent all night awake as I wasn't tired!! Lol

Off to asda when mum finishes work to get the veg for tomorrow... Had some sticky clear jelly like stuff come out this morning (bit of plug maybe?) and a couple BH but that's it nothing else really so I think she is staying out for now.
Tbh she can stay in now til I've at least had my Xmas dinner lol
I have a sweep booked for the 27th
Hope you have a nice Christmas smile

Stom91 Tue 24-Dec-13 12:42:34

Staying put**

I think the plug is gooey and bloody.

and a sweep won't work if your cervix isn't favourable, but at least the vaginal exam will tell you if you're on your way fgrin

just relax and enjoy christmas.
don't you dare lift a fingr - make them all wait on you hand and foot.
and eat as much chocolate as you can handle fgrin

birdbrain21 Tue 24-Dec-13 17:08:22

My plug wasn't bloody just a massive lump of gunk! It got dosloged by the midwife examining before she induced me so I guess the same thing could happen by a sweep...

Stom91 Tue 24-Dec-13 17:13:28

Yeh I've had some come out before it was clear and sticky bit like jelly. Midwife said that could be just a small bit of it.
Haven't had any I the mucus-y stuff yet.

Vegging on the couch tonight. Guna peel the spuds later the rest of the Veg we got is already prepared as I'm lazy this yeah so that all in the fridge so jut a matter of putting in the turkey and the veg so won't take long. Mum will be here to help so all good smile
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas smile

Clargo55 Tue 24-Dec-13 19:53:21

Hope you have a lovely Christmas Stom and LO here by the end of this year thanks

Stom91 Tue 24-Dec-13 20:09:16

Thanks smile

1974rach Wed 25-Dec-13 11:06:05

Happy Christmas Stom. Have a lovely day.


Just realised we haven't heard from Stom for a couple of days - either that means she's enjoying christmas as has forgotten, or she's having/had a baby.

c'mon Stom, what's happening?

1974rach Sat 28-Dec-13 20:34:35

think baby stom has arrived smile smile

looking forward to hearing the story x

I don't know - i've just looked on the december thread and she was still pg. on her last post

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