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start of contractions???

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Hanifah Thu 22-Feb-07 19:31:55

Im 37 wks preg and have been having what i think are braxton hicks for ages now...babys head has been engaged for weeks and I feel like Im gona pop BUT today...less than an hour ago I got a stabbing pain in my tummy that lasted more than a few secs,no idea how was really sore and all over (not like pains ive been getting from baby kicking me sumwhere)I was almost asleep and had to get up in agony and drop to the floor, then after awhile it im waiting to see will I get another...cud this be labor starting, really slow? I cnt think what else it could be unless false labor!?!?!Havent had a show r passed mucous plug, hoping it is labor. Has anyones started like this!?!

tia2 Thu 22-Feb-07 19:44:35


Hanifah Thu 22-Feb-07 19:54:14

hey thanks for the reply,dont have a midwife,wud have to ring council of midwives and leave message,dey dnt get back to u til next day...ive been feeling periody and aching for days but mayb just pressure from baby being down. How far apart do ur contractions start?its been nearly an hour and hasnt happend again so like u said doesnt seem like labor

lulumama Thu 22-Feb-07 20:00:44

labour can stop and start before it really gets going..

my second labour (first was induced ) started with a contraction every hour for 4 hours , and a few little ones in between, then once it got going, they were every 20 mins, then 15, then 12, then 10 etc...went to hospital when they were abut 3 -4 mins apart.

it might be the start, but you'll know if it is or not!

have a bath, relax and wait...regular contractions, that increase in intesntiy as the time between them diminishes is a good indication of labour

should try to hang on at home until contracting every 5 mins, or 3 if you can as more chance of being in established labour and making good progress when you get there

might go full term

Hanifah Thu 22-Feb-07 20:05:31

thanks, hopefully Ill get another one least id knw i might be starting, sum1 told me 2 take 2 paracetemol and go to bed until they are really strong and regular - then they said i wont b able to sleep.If nothing else happens tonight should i take it that it was nothing or could it be contractions preparing me for the real thing? I feel like im going mad but it felt so real and its like i imagined it

lulumama Thu 22-Feb-07 20:13:07


you are 37 weeks....chances are , you are not in labour, but hey, what do i know?

take 2 paracetomal, have a bath , a drink of raspberry leaf tea if you have it. and wait. if you sleep and you wake up in labour , great ! if you don;t then at least you will be rested.

Hanifah Thu 22-Feb-07 20:14:23

haha thanks yeah we'll see...i doubt ill b dat lucky to go now but il keep ya posted

lulumama Thu 22-Feb-07 20:15:03

okey doke x

tia2 Thu 22-Feb-07 21:06:54

just relax hun you dont want to go into labour too early enjoy the rest while you still can

Hanifah Fri 23-Feb-07 00:18:11

thanks i know i wish i cud im just in agony all d time with backpain and cramping. Havent had another pain like earlier, have tried bath and everything but cnt sleep as usual, lucky dh snoring his head off...I really thought it might be it this time but looks like I cud have another few weeks left like this! Oh well...i suppose itll be over soon...I wish my friends and family would stop telling me I'll go early tho lol

lulumama Fri 23-Feb-07 10:14:45

well, if it is agony, and it is regular pain, you never know x

Hanifah Fri 23-Feb-07 16:11:17

hey...well it obviously wasnt labor bcos after dat was just like a normal nite of backache and no sleep but nothing different to the past couple weeks.Thanks anyway guys

Mistiek Fri 23-Feb-07 21:29:00

Hello Hanifah, Its Mistiek, Sorry I did not reply to you message on my thread. I have just been so hectic with funeral arrangements etc. The funeral is on Monday .

When I saw this thread I got all excited for you as I know how fed up you are. You are 37 weeks so things must be starting to happen but dont want to get you hopes up high as it may still take weeks (here is holding thumbs for you that you wont go over due)

I have decided to have the C-sec and the consultant did move it up by 1 week so I only have 4 more weeks to go.... like you I just cant wait for it all to be over now...
Good luck and keep me posted. I wont be around from Sunday to Monday but will keep an eye out when I can to see if anyhting more is happening. Im thinking of you

lulumama Fri 23-Feb-07 21:30:17

very sorry to hear of your bereavement mistieK

Mistiek Fri 23-Feb-07 21:32:57

thank you Lulu....

Hanifah Fri 23-Feb-07 23:10:44

Hi mistiek, thanks for thinking of me when u already have so much going on in your own. I hope the funeral isnt too traumatic for you,give my sympathies to all your family. Thats brilliant news about the c-section, just four weeks, its great u know now when its gona happen, now u can relax and prepare for the big day. Hope ur coping ok, try to take it easy dont do too much "nesting" incase u bring baby before your booked,lol. Hopefulluy not long left for either of us

Hanifah Sun 25-Feb-07 07:49:06

I know ive written here again but I just have to ask lulumama, anyone....THIS CANT B NORMAL! ok for last few wks i dont sleep,maybe an hour here r there and cnt get comfy,back pain etc,what do u expect BUT every nite its gettn worse and TONIGHT(isay tonight cos i havent slept eventho its now morning)ive had the most unbearable excruciating pain in my back and legs, have been feeling periody for days but this is ridiculous,my legs feel like ive run a marathon and my lower back has that horrible internal pain dat only comes once a month...have tried hot bath, hot water bottle...nothing works..its not leg cramps or backache...its torture...I dont possibly see how I can go on like there some light at the end of the tunnel?Can I be going into labor?Im not due to see my midwife til monday week when im almost 39 wks...Im just in so much agony I wonder should I see the gp?but I know he wont do anything r have a clue.Baby is still moving like a psycho but no pains in tummy besides that and kind of aching low down. Someone pls advise me is there anything i can do bcos Im finding it hard to manage and have slept a few hrs in the past few days. Thanks

kittywaitsfornumber6 Sun 25-Feb-07 08:44:03

Hanifah, it doesn't sound like the start of labour to me, but it does sound like a woman at the end of her preg!!
It's so uncomfortable at the very end, everything hurts, the baby's lying on all sorts of nerves which causes all sort of pain. I would suggest gathering as many pillows as you possibly can and put them under your hips and behind your back so that theree is less pressure on you hips and you can sleep in a semi upright position.
I also get as many duvets and blankets as I can , put them under the bed sheet. It makes a HUGE difference to how comfy you can get at night because it supports your heavy body and stops pressure points from not being able to change positon very much.
It taken me many pregs top get to this understanding .
Good luck, I'm sure you won't have long to wait now

detoxdiva Sun 25-Feb-07 09:03:21

Hanifah - I agree, you're probably not in labour yet, but you sound just like I did from about 37 - I couldn't even manage a walk down to the village shop without being in excruciating pain!

I would just try and sleep when you can - make yourself comfy on the sofa for the day and nod off when you feel like it Have you got a dh/dp or family who can make you your lunch??

Relax as much as you can. Take it easy for the next couple of weeks - everyone said to me 'oh, you'll know when you're in labour', and they were right . I remember how fed up I was before dd was born, but make the most of the time now as you'll need your energy for the birth and with your new baby

lulumama Sun 25-Feb-07 09:05:59

i'm afraid it is par for the course in late pregnancy ! deteox and kitty have given you some words of wisdom there ! if you are concerned, see if you can see the midwife ASAP for some reassurance and a check up x

Hanifah Sun 25-Feb-07 11:14:38

thanks everybody!just when i thot it cudnt get any worse lol...have been sleeping with5 pillows, a maternity pillow and sumtimes cushions usually gets me an hour here r there...but wow last nite was unreal...obviously u guys were right it wasnt eventually at 8 o'clock i nodded off to sleep after 2 paracetemol(i just lay stiff and embraced the pain nsteada tryna get comfy)I dont know if it was the tabs(ive been reluctant to take anything before)or sheer exhaustion but I got 3 full hours sleep,feel bit better, dh is making me brekkie now, he does practically everything for me at the mo, I dont even like2walk to the shop either...but I cant stop myself cleaning up and making dinner...maybe its time to give it a rest. My mums coming over soon to stay, inlaws wanted us to stay but I dont think id make a great impression right now. Thank you all, this site is so helpful! I REALLY do hope ive not long left,people without kids just dont understand lol

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