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Please indulge me by telling me your early labour signs

(47 Posts)
DitaVonCheese Wed 20-Jul-11 09:55:14

Last time for me it was two days of period style pains and a bit of pinky mucus but no idea whether to expect the same this time. 40+2 today, give me things to obsess over look for grin

ShowOfHands Wed 20-Jul-11 09:57:27

My waters broke. grin

DitaVonCheese Wed 20-Jul-11 10:14:25

Ooh actually my waters went last time as well but it was 48 hours before contractions started so I don't really count that as a sign! blush

ShowOfHands Wed 20-Jul-11 10:17:23

I was sitting on the sofa eating rice and watching Kill Bill, no labour signs, no niggles, nothing when whoooooooosh. Contractions started within seconds. And 2 short days later, dd was hauled out the sunroof. I had no signs whatsoever and it all kicked off within a minute. And then went on. And on. And on...

BuckBuckMcFate Wed 20-Jul-11 10:17:33

Having contractions in the school play yard, trying to carry on talking to the other parents and being unable to speak and one of them walking me home with a look of panic on their face smile

Are you at the desperate for anything to be a sign stage?

DitaVonCheese Wed 20-Jul-11 11:31:57

Actually tomorrow would be more convenient than today (I'm cleaning - unusual for me blush - is that a good sign?) grin but I just hate not bloody knowing when it's going to happen. Have MW appt this pm so hoping she'll be able to report back on the state of my cervix for me.

DitaVonCheese Wed 20-Jul-11 11:32:19

PS love the sunroof grin

cockle84 Wed 20-Jul-11 22:30:06

Felt different during the day and a very very very small amount of what could have been a bit of a show, didn't think too much of it as midwife had told me I wouldn't go into labour naturally and would need to be induced. That night started getting back pain every 10 mins and diarrhea. 42hrs later she arrived !!

nomorelego Wed 20-Jul-11 22:33:48

I thought I could get in behind my fridge to clean the floor the day before DS came - I couldn't even get in there not pregnant!! But apart from the hindsight that that was a sign there was nothing until 4 hours before he came.

I was in the park with DD 6 hours before he arrived laughing with friends about the fact it was my due date! Thought I'd have a couple more weeks smile

woowa Wed 20-Jul-11 22:37:21

show, then about 10 hours later i mention to DH that the braxton-hicks had started hurting. He said "um, i think that's labour!". Think I had diarrhoea shortly before the contractions too, which is a sign of body evacuating all unnecessary material which is in the way of the baby!

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 09:31:50

Love trying to get behind the fridge grin Even nesting yesterday I was still being slatternly and ignoring the bits I couldn't see blush

I've had loose bum for a couple of weeks (but same last time so not counting on that) and now lots of cramps/lower back ache and part of plug came away this morning, but had sweep yesterday so assuming it's all down to that rather than anything actually happening as such.

Mumble grumble ...

Tamashii Thu 21-Jul-11 13:45:05

I felt generally unwell for a couple of weeks before giving birth. Definitely had the loose bowels situation for the week before and even quite bad nausea with vomitting in the days before labour. I also had major back pain, cramp and Braxton Hicks for 3 days before which I woke one morning to find were getting more and more intense followed by a pink show then period like bleeding and contractions. OH took AN AGE to get home from work to get us to hospital (probs took him an hour and a half to get home as he was finishing off some stuff at work!!! shock ) then by the time we got to the hospital I was ready to pop!

Pussinglads Thu 21-Jul-11 13:56:10

Woke up with what felt like really bad period pain at 7.30 (hollow laugh. Five months later, that seems like a lie-in). This stopped, and I spent the day nesting and going to a cafe. That evening at 10pm it started up again, and got more and more intense. Didn't get regular so the hospital wouldn't admit me. When they finally did, I was fully dilated and ready to pop. Baby born less than 2 hrs later.

GruffaloMama Thu 21-Jul-11 17:07:23

Hiya Dita - hope it's going okay and tomorrow works out for you. I'm obsessing today too. Am 39+5. Had a show this morning. Was pre-menstrual and a bit crampy for the last couple of days (but mostly put it down to being v moody and enormous). Getting increasingly crampy now - and baby is doing some very odd wiggles. Just got a rollicking from my DH for taking the car out and going shopping - was obsessed with getting some ready meals in. Which we never normally eat and we don't have room in the fridge for. Is that nesting, d'ya think?

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 17:29:35

Thanks! smile I am sooooo grumpy today sad I've been a really bad mum to poor DD (though did try baking with her to redeem myself). Was grumpy last time as well but that was because we went 12 days overdue so hard to tell what was that and what was labour hormones.

Am still losing bits of plug and feeling pretty crampy but for every post on MN saying that this meant labour was imminent there's someone else who felt that way for weeks.

Thank god today is nearly over and DH will be home soon <sigh>

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 17:30:05

PS yours sounds very promising!

WinterLover Thu 21-Jul-11 17:49:08

I'm 36w tomoro and I lost my plug on tuesday.. Now I'm getting period cramps low down and have all energy zapped from me...

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 18:48:46

Hey lady - there's a queue here you know! wink

WinterLover Thu 21-Jul-11 19:00:02

Im sorry, shall I take a number and sit down in the waiting room wink

GruffaloMama Thu 21-Jul-11 19:22:43

[grabs ticket and a three-year old copy of Country Living]

Fingers' crossed... Just made a massive mug of raspberry leaf tea. Mind you, I've probably jinxed it by emailing our childcare back up (my best mate) to let them know they might be needed tomorrow or over the weekend...

WinterLover Thu 21-Jul-11 19:25:33

Im blaming raspberry leaf capsules... was taking them for 2 days before I lost my plug wink

Im not a betting woman but I would say il have baby by weekend. Got my mum on standby, and I have a feeling i wont be coming home after my consultant appointment in the morning.

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 19:58:22

I've heard the capsules aren't as effective as the bloody tea and am on three mugs a day sad

WinterLover Thu 21-Jul-11 20:41:36

From what ive read the capsules are stronger than the tea.... who knows grin

WinterLover Thu 21-Jul-11 20:43:42

Was going to say ive actually stopped taking them today as I dont want to create more issues with BH until Ive had my scan in the morning.

DitaVonCheese Thu 21-Jul-11 21:03:55

You mean I've been drinking that foul brew for nowt? <cries> <gives internet a dirty look>

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