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Last week or two of pregnancy

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squidkid Sun 16-Sep-12 13:44:27

Just a place for advice/suggestions or a place to chat for those of us in the last couple weeks of pregnancy. I am on a brilliant antenatal thread but my due date is the first there and I don't want to bore them all with nonsense about braxton hicks and how to fill my days when lots of them are still at work... and I think they would prefer their babies to stay inside for now! I'm not quite at the "get it out of me" stage yet... but I'm definitely at the "if you came now you'd be very welcome" stage.... smile

I am 38+5 today and this is first baby. I know most first babies come late, so I've been trying to tell myself I'll be late throughout the pregnancy, but now I'm term it's hard not to be excited. In the last three or four days I've had long periods of continuous mild period-like pain, and some painful tightenings (sometimes very close together, but then they stop). Are these imminent signs, do these mean nothing... I don't really know. I haven't had a show.

Baby has been engaged since 34 weeks (uncomfortable!) I'm pretty sure his/her back is on the left side at the front (all the kicks are upper right hand side) which I think is ideal. I'm a little obsessive about keeping baby in a good position - I spend time on all fours, make sure I get plenty of walking/standing, sit on a gym ball when I'm on the computer, sleep on my side, I don't lie back on the sofa. I'm probably overthinking this.

I am doing pretty ok for late pregnancy - still walking at least a few miles a day, or swimming, or walking into town every day. I actually did a charity night hike last night! (Boyfriend carried maternity notes in his backpack through the woods - it was a bit stupid really!) I am slow, but I thought I'd be a lot heavier and more immobile by this stage to be honest. I stopped work a while back - a very busy, stressful, physically and emotionally demanding job - so I've had a lot of time to relax, nest, exercise, see almost all my friends, sort my flat out. Everything is neat and sorted and stocked and ready.

I'm grateful that I've had a troublefree pregnancy and hoping the birth will go fine too. Feeling positive and relaxed about it, just impatient!

How are other people doing? Staying busy, getting anxious, waiting, over-analysing every tiny sign!? Any suggestions for good things to do in the last week or two? Please no one tell me to 'get lots of sleep' as this is the one thing I am completely incapable of at the moment - up every 30-60 mins through the night...

milli2512 Sun 28-Oct-12 08:45:15


After my waters broke last Saturday night things never properly got going so induction was started on Monday morning. To cut long story short I developed a temp and had to have IV antibiotics, baby found to be in awkward position and starting to show signs of distress so was taken for emergency caesarean - DS born at 11:16 Tuesday morning weighing 9lb2oz. Got back from hospital on Friday night. He's worth every minute and I can't describe the overwhelming rush of love I feel when I look at him, but my god I feel as if I've been run over. Really wasn't what I envisaged his entry into the world to be like but hey you never can tell.

Massive congratulations thanks to everyone else who has had their babies. Catch up with you on postnatal no doubt and probably at some ungodly hour. x

GanglyGiraffe Sun 28-Oct-12 07:46:00

Hello, quick update.

After a slow four day labour DD was finally born at 4.37pm on Thursday, weighing 8.2oz.

She was worth every minute and is even more beautiful and wonderful than I imagined. smile

Will try to track everyone down on the post-natal threads when I get a chance. Hope you are all well.

CitrusyOne Wed 24-Oct-12 13:07:04

Congratulations and well done!

mummy2benji Wed 24-Oct-12 10:41:56

Hi ladies. Wanted to let you know that dd was born at 05.25 this morning, weighing 6lb 11oz, after a 3 and a half hour labour! After nothing happening whatsoever yesterday, I started with contractions at 1.45am, which quickly became every 4 minutes. They were much stronger than my previous tightenings so I was sure it was all kicking off! Plus I had an upset stomach and felt really shaky. I used a TENS machine which really helped, and arrived on the labour ward at 3am after getting my neighbour to come over to look after ds. I just used gas and air, although my contractions were stronger than my first pregnancy as it was such a short labour. The pushing stage was less than 15 minutes then baby was out. I had a second degree tear as she had her hand up by her face when she came out, so I needed stitches. Can't believe it's all over and she is now sleeping on my hospital bed in front of me...

I didn't have any warning symptoms yesterday that labour would come on overnight, so I hope things get started soon for those of you still waiting, even if it seems like nothing is happening. Sounds good gangly hope all goes well!

I'll pop on when I can to keep up to date with you all and look forward to hearing your baby news when it happens smile It will happen! X x

seabuckthorn Wed 24-Oct-12 08:09:04

Hope it all kicks off orenishii fingers crossed the walk works!
Hurray gangly hope the contractions kick off.
It all kicked off here having strong period pains and back pains. Annoyingly my DC decided this was great time to wake up and not go back to sleep what with DP moaning too. I ended up contracting whilst cuddling a toddler.
Needless to say it all blinking died down. I'm really annoyed. Maybe he was pushing further down, I don't know but this is my second false start. <woe>

Hope you all have a good day, the midwife is coming today!

Orenishii Wed 24-Oct-12 07:47:08

Thanks mummy I'm struggling a bit with thinking my body isn't working feels very strange to get to 41 weeks and not even be slightly close, and to be honest - it's completely thrown me. I keep thinking it's all going to end so badly but most of all I'm annoyed with the MW's - they haven't tried to prepare me for an induction with giving me any information about the stages of induction, and it's scary.

Right now I'm on strict instructions to go for a two hour walk, to start really believing my body will work and bring on this birth by itself and just give it a bit more time. I don't know if it's relevant but today was my original due date, until they brought it forward by 8 days smile

Congratulations gangly, that's awesome! Here's to happy contracting and a baby very soon!

GanglyGiraffe Wed 24-Oct-12 02:56:29

Was all prepared to come on and tell you all about my failed sweep and that induction had been booked for Thursday, but... My waters have broken!! It happened about midnight, we called the hospital and told to come in for assessment. I wasn't sure at first because I was expected a big 'gush' but it was just a trickle! I thought I was just slowly wetting myself blush

I went into hospital, the midwife examined me and listened to the heart beat etc. Baby is fine so have been sent back home to wait for contractions to start! (I am barely even 1cm atm) Have been booked in for induction tomorrow if nothing happens.

Waters are horrible, going through so many pads and it's very hard to sleep now. Will send DP out to stock up on some more tomorrow!

Will keep you updated! Night x

mummy2benji Tue 23-Oct-12 19:42:57

Ohh hugs orenishii. How frustrating for you sad The cake sounds like an excellent idea... drooling at the thought of it... It doesn't take long for the cervix to soften so hopefully by friday it will have changed lots. Are you taking evening primrose oil? Might be worth a try, you can take 3-4 500mg capsules a day after 38 weeks to help soften the cervix. Hope the cake makes you feel better smile

Nowt happening here except the loss of my patience - largely connected with ds being up half the night and lack of sleep, I suspect. Over 3 days since the loss of my show now, so I have decided that a show can mean diddly squat! I never had one with ds, presumably passed it during labour itself although I wasn't aware of it (maybe my midwife saw it - ugh!)

I think you should cut the cake and hand the slices round... grin

Orenishii Tue 23-Oct-12 18:23:24

Had my sweep - cervix is too high up and she couldn't do it. Have another one booked for Friday. She put me under loads of pressure to be induced, and I cried lots sad

Then I came home and made a chocolate coconut cake, which was better smile

mummy2benji Tue 23-Oct-12 14:54:28

Welcome cupcake! We are all doing our best to get our little bubs out now smile passes the fresh pineapple

cupcake19992110436247 Tue 23-Oct-12 12:29:21

Hello, i'm 39 weeks in 2 days. Cant wait till he is put smile xxxx

mummy2benji Tue 23-Oct-12 12:25:05

I just wore jogging bottoms and cotton knickers (with a panty liner) for my sweeps orenishii - they are the only thing that are comfy now. If my waters break all over them I have no idea what I'll wear to the hospital! Pyjamas?!

I'm all for sweeps gangly - the more you have the greater the odds of one working! My midwife is going to give me a third one on thursday if baby not popped out by then. Sounds like you're close - hopefully a sweep will tip you into labour proper smile

Good luck with the castor oil anne. I can't be bothered with anything today, so tired. Ds has been making me play trains this morning and I have tried to muster up some energy and not done very well. Off now to take him to nursery... See you later ladies!

GanglyGiraffe Tue 23-Oct-12 11:46:51

Hello everyone <waves>

Congratulations Citrusy

Sorry I've been a bit quiet- unfortunately it's not because I have been busy having a baby. sad been having horrible contractions, sometimes regularly, sometimes not, since Sunday night now and nothing is happening. I'm exhausted because they're keeping me up at night and so painful! I've really had enough.

I'm off to see the Midwife shortly to book my induction. Not sure if I should have another sweep or not? Orenshii I wore a dress for mine last week and I'm wearing one again today, but yes they do give you something to cover yourself so not to worry. smile

Good luck with your oil capsules Anne confused grin

Will report back after my appointment xx

CitrusyOne Tue 23-Oct-12 11:31:29

Thanks all for congrats - we've been blessed- she's beautiful!

Orenishii Tue 23-Oct-12 10:59:02

Hahahaha, sorry Ann that's just so funny! Castor oil capsules? Even better! Research online suggested 4 teaspoons worth, which was about 2 fl ounces so I guess measure out the capsules?

Orenishii Tue 23-Oct-12 10:57:58

I have my sweep today and I'm not sure what to wear. I've mostly been living in various pairs of maternity yoga pants - I guess the MW will put a sheet over me and not expose my (temporary) thunder thighs??

Ann if you have a little blender or electric whisk, blend it like that - it will taste and go down a lot better! It took about an hour to kick in but was very gentle all day. I would definitely recommend it for even just being bunged up!

AnneH656 Tue 23-Oct-12 10:56:33

Hmm. Managed to buy capsules by accident. Hoping just makes it easier to take.

I am shit at this.

AnneH656 Tue 23-Oct-12 10:29:15

Congrats citrusy!!! Short stay in this thread is the dream :-)

I concur re middle if night think in the day I am ok bumbling about and don't expect anything.

Got the caster oil thus morning. Big letters on it that it's not for pregnant women but suspect was written by a man so giving it a whirl now..

Orenishii Tue 23-Oct-12 09:06:45

Congratulations citrusy!! Wonderful news and very glad to hear it's all good! Welcome to the world, littlecitrusy!

Mummy I know what you mean about birth starting in the middle of the night...there's something about feeling like you're the only one awake in the middle of the night, awake and in some discomfort. Yesterday I really thought the castor oil had done it - I was getting regular tightening sensations and I honestly thought, this is it! Then it all tailed off and by 7pm I was wishing and hoping for a good night's sleep smile

mummy2benji Tue 23-Oct-12 07:47:47

Many congrats citrusy! thanks Lovely news and impressive baby size! Hope you're both doing well.

Well if Murphy's law is operating I should go into labour today as been up allll night with ds who has chosen these past few nights to sleep terribly, so feeling utterly knackered and not at all like I could push a baby out. sad

Hope the rest of you are closer to having baby in your arms... x

CitrusyOne Tue 23-Oct-12 07:10:28

Hi all, sorry I came and went-no sooner had I started to moan my waters broke! 12 hours later after emcs my baby girl was born. 9lb 11oz. Beautiful!! Good luck to the rest of you for imminent and stress free births smile

mummy2benji Mon 22-Oct-12 22:47:58

Ah... a lot of smile in that post... hmm

mummy2benji Mon 22-Oct-12 22:47:30

That was nice of him smile Pat on back to your dp. Not many sweep effects as yet... have had a few painful contractions - the closest I've got to the real thing so far - but they have literally been an hour apart. The odd BH other than that. I did enjoy my chicken biryani and ton of poppadoms and chutneys for dinner though smile I then ate half a pineapple which I think was overdoing it a tad and gave me reflux. Given up on wishing for baby action tonight now, tired and wanting sleep - just polishing off a comforting hot chocolate then bed for me I think. I always feel more anxious about labour at this time of night - something about the quiet and the dark? I am much more relaxed about it during the daytime. Strange. Night night all smile

AnneH656 Mon 22-Oct-12 20:52:02

Oh I could do a big glass of vino!! Biscuits good too though...

Feel lots better. Dp moisturised my feet this eve :-)

Any sweep effects mummy2 ??

mummy2benji Mon 22-Oct-12 17:29:39

Aww anne shouldn't really offer you wine so here is a biscuit! Hope that helps! wink And orenishii - hope you're both feeling better. I had a few wobbly moments over the weekend and will probably have another if this sweep doesn't get things going soon! x

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