Am 39+6 today, had a sweep yesterday morning and have been having what I think may be contractions since about 11.30pm last night. They feel like period painy tightenings and have been happening all night roughly every 9 mins, BUT they are fairly low down whereas I thought the tightenings would be higher up to push the baby down?? Also what makes me dubious is that they are completely manageable (at the moment), and they only last about 40-50 secs
Can anyone tell me whether this is the real thing, or just stronger, frequent braxton hicks?
Hi, thanks FickleFairy. 4 days?! Damn. Now I don't know what to do as I am supposed to be going to a wedding today (an hour and a half away) - do I go?! The fact that I'm considering it shows how manageable they are but I've been in bed and am wondering whether moving about will make them stronger..
Yip sounds like early labour to me too. I also had this for 4 days before being admitted to hospital with my DD. Pre-labour can be a grind as you may not be making any progress but still have contractions every 10 mins (I was knackered before I even got started properly).
Try and get some rest as actual labour may not kick in for a while yet but if my experiences are anything to go by, you'll know ALL about it when it does.
little period pains is how mine started.straight after a sweep,thought it was just the pain from that,but they never went! then progressed.had the sweep on thurs pm...dd was born 7.30 am on sat...2nd time they felt again like little period pains again,on and off,for days! very annoying.Then when when they bacame more intense,i knew it was def labour..had a few contractions..then they completely stopped. it's a very frustrating business y'know!they eventualluy came back thick and fast on the tue am about 11 am...ds was born 3.30 pm just about made it to the labout suite!!!!
if they're every 9 mins , it sounds like things are getting ready to happen...it could take a long time to get down to 5 mins though!!good luck!!!!
I've been having this for about 2.5 weeks now! Hopefully your labour will come along a bit quicker. This is my second....believe others when they say that you WILL know all about it when it's really time. Not a shadow of a doubt. x
"believe others when they say that you WILL know all about it when it's really time. Not a shadow of a doubt. "
Well I didn't - and it was my 3rd baby (2nd labour - 1st was a CS, second was induced). DS3 I went into labour on my own and still didn't believe I was actually in labour until I got to the hospital "just to see what was happening".
i agree with fickle fairy.have some nice long baths..it may be your lat chance for a bit of 'you time' for oooh,18 years or so?!! i took advantage of the stopping and starting by, putting a treatment on my hair,then shaving my legs (use conditioner..makes them silky smooth!)and tidying the lady garden,if you've got to have several strangers peering up your lulu...make sure it's presentable!!
I was thinking of insisting they put the section back til maybe the monday to give me a bit more time. Booked in for one as had c-section (breech baby) with DD and they don't want to let me go too overdue nor induce me
well, it was the real thing - went to the wedding on sat still having regular contractions but nothing too bad, and had to leave before dessert (gutted!) as they were 5-6 mins apart. Went home, changed out of wedding clothes, off to hospital and little migoletta was born on sunday morning!