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Anyone else due this week WAITING & keen to get going ?!!

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Artyparty Thu 19-Dec-13 09:42:51

I'm due Christmas Day; saw the MW on Friday who said head was eng and cervix favourable. She did a sweep to help matters along (early, due to borderline age- I'm 39).
She predicted it would be before Xmas & I've had the show over the last few days. Had cramps on Monday & thought it was kicking off but nothing since. I got my hopes up grin
Now in weird parallel universe of anticipation!!
Anyone else waiting it out?

AFergie Thu 19-Dec-13 11:56:45

Yes me ArtyParty ! Have my sweep booked later on today, sooo want it to work Im so over this. Im so swollen and want to meet my baby so bad..
Do you know what you are having? Is this your first?
Its my second smile

I started a thread about sweeps and if they really worked and considering all the answers Im thinking of not getting mine if my cervix is not favourable. Head has been 2/5 engaged for weeks now and I dont feel like its dropped at all so Im not feeling very positive about it sad

The only thing that really did something recently was sex. Had so many contractions that night, but then everything stopped. But at least its better than nothing.

Have you had any contractions?

Artyparty Thu 19-Dec-13 13:47:13

Hi AFergie
Is my 2nd too- do you know boy or girl? It will be a surprise for us.
Thought contractions might be starting on Monday but think it was just the cervix 'effacing' because the MW checked & said it was very soft & thin... (Tmi?) grin This got my hopes up but have only had BH since then.
I'm a lot more mentally prepared this time but I do just want to get going & don't see why I'm not, seeing as the cervix is ready!!!
I was also 2/5 eng last Friday which I thought meant things were imminent with a second child.... But obv not. sad
I've done all my jobs and am just wandering about randomly cleaning the house & checking mumsnet!!
Let me know how your sweep goes... May not work but worth a go I think x

AFergie Thu 19-Dec-13 19:16:13

Hey !!

Yes its a surprise for us too! I cant wait to know. We have a 3 year old little boy already, what do you have?

Sweep was ok. Not as painful than with my son. She said my cervix was very soft but still quite long! Bother !! I just went for a power walk, Im having a curry, then sex (god !) and if nothing happens Ill just stop trying. Im too swollen to try !

Head was 2/5 engaged with me too! And BH have slowed down too..

I just have a feeling its going to be another 2 weeks...boooo! How are you feeling?!

3peasinapod Thu 19-Dec-13 21:15:42

Can I join in ladies...

My due date would be Sunday, hospital date is 31st hmm this will also be no4 for us. Have been sick with a virus on top of trying to get the last few bits done. I'm so ready to get this baby out though. Hospital don't want to see me again till after the new year, which I am worried about as my last baby was 9lb. So I'm really hoping baby will come any day.

Artyparty Thu 19-Dec-13 21:18:50

Glad MW could do the sweep AFergie. At least it feels like something is happening; have you had the show?
I have a 3yo girl! Would be funny to have a boy but really i don't mind either way... Have you got a preference?
I had a 2 week wait last time which is why I'm so keen to avoid it.... wink
I had acupuncture yesterday which could be a load of cobblers but was very relaxing. I'm only going to do things I like this time.... Last time I was eating curry and pineapple for a week & I can't face it again!!!
Were you overdue last time ? X
At least we still have a few days till the due date; it's when it goes over it's really hard fsad

Artyparty Thu 19-Dec-13 21:21:28

Ahhhh welcome 3peasinapod
You are the voice of experience.... Did you go overdue with your other three DCs or just frustrated with 'the wait'!? X

3peasinapod Thu 19-Dec-13 21:31:07

Went over with 1&2 and induced with both. With dd3 I went naturally but I was over by a few days. Mine are never in any hurry to come! I also had sweeps done with 1&2 and never came to anything.
Have all girls, so unless its a girl thing to be fashionable late grin. I just hope it doesn't all kick off and I miss Xmas morning!!!

mollysmummy1970 Fri 20-Dec-13 08:52:58

Hey can I join? I'm due on Monday with my first, having a wee boy grin

I feel like I'm in a complete limbo at the moment, I keep getting woke up in the night with painful BH and thinking this is it, but then they die off! I'm desperate for him to come now confused

I have a sweep booked for Monday morning so I'm hoping it works, baby's head is 4/5 engaged so that's good, and I do feel like I'm on the brink of it happening but obviously don't have anything to compare it to as it's my first so could be a load of rubbish!

AFergie Fri 20-Dec-13 09:28:56

Hi mollysmummy1970 and 3peasinapod !! Welcome to the thread !!!

3peas I feel for you I had an awful bronchitis for 10 days a week ago, and it was the worst. Coughing with that bump ugh ! Do you manage to rest with 3 little ones? Do you know what you are having??

mollysmummy you sound close ! I had contractions a week ago all night and then nothing. Its soo frustrating! Have you had a show?

So I had my sweep yesterday afternoon, then 35 mntes power walk, then hot curry, then sex... and Im still pregnant ! I must have drank half a bottle gaviscon during the night and peed 9x. I think my next move will be to accept the baby wont come before christmas..or ever. Hopefully the lack of hope will bring labour on!!!!

If any of you has something exciting to report, please do !! I need positive stories !!!! xxxx

mollysmummy1970 Fri 20-Dec-13 09:42:40

Thanks AFergie!

Nope no show, just the pains, it's so disheartening isn't it? I desperately want him to be here soon. My dad works away, he came back last nightand is due to fly back on the 2nd of January, so the quicker this happens the more time he will get to see him sad

I'm in agony with my back aswell, turning over In bed in a hefty task, Think DP is going to crack up soon!

Have you had a show yet?

Artyparty Fri 20-Dec-13 10:32:02

Welcome mollysmummy!!
Well I've had quite a night. Got BH from about 7 when I was doing the washing up. Thought nothing of it as have them a lot but they got stronger. By the time I was in bed I had mild contractions quite close together. grin
That went on for 3 hours so went downstairs to get on the birth ball (DH none the wiser as he has had bronchitis too afergie and 3peas and is dosed up).
Got an hour or so sleep on the sofa at abt 3am. Then awake again with slower & gentler contractions.... Now just feels like bad period pain with the odd surge... A bit frustrating but at least something is happening ....

AFergie Fri 20-Dec-13 11:52:06

Oh Arty Im so happy for you ( / jealous haha ) it sounds like something is happening! Try and stay active ! Its good they came back in the morning.. gosh you might be holding your little baby very soon !

Keep us updated !!

Molly no show, no pains nothing. I really understand about your dad, my mum leave son the 26th... she is so upset when I come downstairs every morning still pregnant ! Lets keep faith ladies !!

BlackholesAndRevelations Fri 20-Dec-13 13:16:45

Sounds promising arty!

Can I join you ladies? Due today with number three! Few contractions today but nothing too promising sad

mollysmummy1970 Fri 20-Dec-13 14:06:24

That does sound promising! Maybe it will happen tonight! grin

That's a shame, I feel I wouldn't be as bothered if it wasn't for him, because after this I probably won't see him until Easter.... sad

AFergie Fri 20-Dec-13 14:16:56

Hi blackholes ! number 3 thats amazing ! At least you are having a few contractions... think positive smile !

Artyparty still contracting??

Molly I feel for you. it probably will happen before the leaves, january is a while away smile

On my side NOTHING. Even braxton hicks have stopped, Ive had them from 20 weeks regularly but now nothing ! UGH !!!! xxxx

Artyparty Fri 20-Dec-13 14:41:55

Hi Blackholes
Still very gentle contractions... Am on the birth ball now.
When I went overdue before it all came on suddenly & was over in 24 hours, so this is strange..!
It must be an extra pressure to have parents who are only around for a short time... fsad
Also the pressure of Christmas Day... We didn't factor that in did we ladies!! X

mollysmummy1970 Fri 20-Dec-13 15:07:42

No we certainly didn't! Ha ha! Although I suppose it's always a given my dads here over Xmas, but not convenient for anybody else.

Oooo I'm getting excited for us all!

Artyparty Fri 20-Dec-13 16:37:45

Just found this:

Reassuring but disheartening that the latent phase can go on for days & stopping & starting is normal. Bah! Just period pain & twinging now so trying to rest in case it's another sleepless night- phew stamina needed. fgrin
Had the first show last Saturday & remembered the nct teacher saying that could mean 24 hours before contractions ... Poppycock!!!
We're all so near, yet so far.....,

Artyparty Fri 20-Dec-13 16:39:18

Don't know if that link worked:

AFergie Fri 20-Dec-13 20:05:45

Ive been getting strong BH for the last 2 hours. They are approx. 7 mins apart. I cant help but think its just going to stop and be negative !

How are you getting on Molly?

AFergie Fri 20-Dec-13 20:06:18

Sorry Arty not molly!!

Artyparty Fri 20-Dec-13 20:13:41

Oooh exciting Afergie
Let's hope they keep going. Have you got someone on standby to babysit if it all happens overnight?
That's my main worry as nearest relative is 1.45 hours away....
Mine have stopped fsad
Read that if they stop you should use as an opportunity to sleep and eat which I've done.
Am on the birth ball again...... wink

AFergie Fri 20-Dec-13 20:24:09

Yes my mum is here.
1h45 away that sucks! If baby doesnt come before the 26 then its my husbands mum who will look after the baby and she lives 1.45 away too.

Do you not have a friend nearby that could be on standby until your back up arrives to put your mind at ease?

So annoying contractions have stopped!! Mine arent as strong as 2 hours ago... How long was your first labour?
Mine was 40 hours/ pitocin/episiotomy. Im booked in for a waterbirth this time...

Artyparty Fri 20-Dec-13 22:00:13

Keep the faith fergie
First one was nearly 2 weeks overdue; waters broke & contractions started but hospital insisted on prostoglandin (?) pessary to ensure I delivered within 24 hours due to waters breaking... think it was 18hours start to finish... But only 5 hours active labour.
I also had an episiotomy angry which wouldn't have had if they hadn't insisted I delivered on my back angry angry
Different hospital & lovely ethos this time - also hoping for a waterbirth...
Neighbours & friends on standby but all have young kids or babies so would feel awful getting them out of bed.
How are your contractions now?
Mine have gone. fsad

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