I'm 38+3 today. No real signs except and on-and-off again mild ache low down where I'd get period pain. I don't even get braxton hicks. I have no idea if the baby has dropped or not - every time I wake in the night he seems to have crawled up my body and nestled under my ribs!
So - is it possible to have labour start without the traditional signs? Please say yes!
Yes. I went to work the morning ds1 was born at 38 weeks. Few twinges at 2pm but felt fine, left work at 6pm as usual, 7.30-8pm lots if tightness and craps, 9pm hospital but still felt like I had days if not weeks left. 10.34pm ds1 was born
Yes! Had no idea I was in labour with Dd. Had what I thought was simply braxton hicks and a crazy urge to poo at one point but couldn't. DM (nurse) phoned to see how I was and plans for the weekend. Told her didn't sleep great and all the rest and exclaims that I am in labour. Tell her no quite firmly and that I am going back to bed. She convinces me to let her come round and take me to hospital. We get there at 12:43pm and Dd was born at 13:31pm
I realised after that I must have a high pain threshold!!
Yes, I had had a couple of sweeps and a bit of show, but nothing impressive. I just assumed I'd be keeping my induction appointment a few days later. I woke up at 2am with regular contractions and that day DS was born!
Another one who had 3dc without any signs pre contractions starting. No braxton hicks, no show, no waters breaking, nothing until contractions. All 3 labours were then pretty quick and straightforward. Good luck for when your DC does decide to put in an appearance.