I'm 38+6 today with my first baby and for the last couple of days have felt that the baby is about to come. I don't know why I've had no show, have had braxton hicks, back ache and period pains but I know all of these can go on for weeks. I also know most first babies are late, so am wondering whether everyone feels like this when the time gets close?
My body knew, it tried to tell me but I just wouldn't listen! I didn't have any pains but... During the night before my waters broke I woke up and was in floods of tears about a trip we were planning to make the following week (I was 37 weeks) saying I didn't want to go. That morning when dh was leaving for work I cried again saying I didn't want him to go to work (i wasn't usually at crier at all). 11am my waters broke
Both my babies so far have been bang on due date, so don't think you're destined to be late!!
Another symptom I always get just before labour kicks off is an upset tummy / more frequent & runny bowel movements. No idea why - perhaps hormonal, perhaps due to baby pressing down in that general area.
Oh I don't know! My waters broke (more trickling than gush) at 11 am then nothing happened until the middle of the night when I was contracting then it all stopped again by the morning. Luckily I was booked in to be induced then (because of waters going). I was 2-3 cm though when I went in so even though everything had stopped I had made a bit of progress which meant I avoided the pessary bit of induction and went straight to the drip.
So basically, you may have made a bit of progress even if everything has stopped now. My advice would be go out for a walk (if you feel up to it) twiddle your nipples (yes, literally) and basically keep moving, hopefully everything will start up again.
Good luck and keep us updated when you can <supportive punch on the arm because at this stage in the proceedings I didn't want to be hugged >
With my first I just had a feeling I was going to be early. From what I remember I had one period-type pain about an hour after I went to bed that made me think "ooh, I wonder if i'll have another of those soon", and then my waters went! I was 37+3.
This time, I've been in hospital with "false labour" (had a whole night of contraction-type pain that then petered off last week) and am still getting regular-ish pains that I think are just Braxton Hicks. (I've got a thread going about it!) I'm 37 weeks today.
Your symptoms do sound promising. Although it is pretty common for first babies to be late, there are a lot that are early too, so I'll keeo my fingers crossed for you