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How did you feel the few days/hours before going into labour?

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Jellybabie3 Fri 08-Sep-17 18:49:40

I'm just wondering. I am now 38 weeks and have been feeling progressively like i am getting a cold through the day. Googled it and some people think its a sign labour will start in the next 1-2 weeks (sounds wishy washy to me). What did you feel like? Anything different?

TiramisuQueenoftheFaeries Fri 08-Sep-17 18:51:29

At 39 weeks I suddenly flipped from "totally fine" to "get this baby out get it out GET IT OUT". I also had a slight increase in Braxton Hicks in that week before I went into labour on my due date. Otherwise felt exactly the same though.

NotTheCoolMum Fri 08-Sep-17 18:54:48

Totally normal. Then my waters broke grin

RiseToday Fri 08-Sep-17 18:54:51

Angrier. I was a week over and was a miserable cow for most of the pregnancy but the final weeks were something else!

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Fri 08-Sep-17 18:57:28

I was in slow labour for a fortnight. I felt knackered all the time until the night before, then I went out dancing to try and shake him loose (he was 3 days overdue). I went in to have him the following night.

Treborextrastrong38 Fri 08-Sep-17 20:49:51

I became hugely bloated around the face a few days before all 3 births, together with an upset tummy (diarrhoea) and period cramps.

koalab Fri 08-Sep-17 20:52:07

Not a single sign of labour until my waters broke in the night. Then contractions started.

Jellybabie3 Fri 08-Sep-17 20:53:04

Ah ok thanks all

trev1983 Fri 08-Sep-17 21:00:04


By which I mean properly vile.

Friday night we nearly divorced over a chicken pie being left out overnight.

Had the baby by saturday lunchtime.

InDubiousBattle Fri 08-Sep-17 21:40:47

First baby was just like Notthe, I had resigned myself to going over my due date and was making a shopping list in my head after waking up early, stood up and waters went!

Second baby was just like trev! I'd had 3 solid weeks of false starts and Braxton hicks, been too hot and constantly uncomfortable and tired from looking after 19 month old ds. I was the devil incarnate!

supersop60 Sun 10-Sep-17 17:51:32

Ist baby - nothing. 2nd - had strong Braxton Hicks all day before (not painful)

Saracen Mon 11-Sep-17 07:12:12

Nesting. "Must reorganise the books in the bookcase NOW at 2am. It cannot wait."

Also totally distracted, on another planet. I decided to go home from an event early because I figured that meant I was about to have the baby. I should have got someone else to drive me home, as I wasn't safe to drive. I was making every effort to concentrate on driving, but finding it very hard to remember who had priority at each roundabout!

Jellybabie3 Mon 11-Sep-17 07:28:14

So interesting how different people felt. My head is all over the place at the mo. I thought symptom spotting for a bfp was bad.....blush

Persephone31 Tue 12-Sep-17 21:17:26

I felt very grumpy and fed up and lacking in energy, having been very restless and in "nesting" mode previously. Then at around 10pm I had a very loose bowel movement. Went into labour at 2am, just a few hours later

YouCantArgueWithStupid Tue 12-Sep-17 21:28:44

The 3 days before I could've happily of attacked anyone who dared look at me, smile at me, talk to me even BREATHE in the same room as me!

Esspee Wed 13-Sep-17 08:57:47

First baby I started tidying (believe it is called nesting), second just tired then waters broke.

LookImAHooman Wed 13-Sep-17 09:12:50

Bored. Bored bored bored bored bored. In terms of actual symptoms, not a jot. Knew things were imminent because I lost my plug in stages over 24 hours on the two days before going into labour. Otherwise wouldn't have had a clue anything was looming.

ElizabethShaw Wed 13-Sep-17 09:16:59

I felt fine, just an increase of BH from due date onwards. Then in the 24 hours before labour started I had period pain/backache, bloody show and loose bowels.

At due date now with #3 and no signs yet!

Jellybabie3 Wed 13-Sep-17 09:19:31

Ah ok thanks. I am 38+4 and i am abit bored. Have been having period like pains and lots of BH since Saturday. Got all excited but am now thinking its nothing.....its like symptom spotting for the BFP all over again!!

Ava50x Thu 14-Sep-17 14:17:42

Had period-like cramps the whole day before contractions starting, with increasing backache. Then had very loose bowel movements and contractions slowly started...

Adelie0404 Fri 15-Sep-17 13:55:24

Like Ava50x I had a mild low period-like pain the day before for both, and contractions within 24 hrs. For second child, I knew what it was and was able to get DD1 for sleepover at friends, though they didn't believe me when i went round and was absolutely fine! Baby born just before 7 am.

Shortbutsosweet Fri 15-Sep-17 20:00:11

I vomited.
I also had an urge to pee and couldn't, and contractions

4thtime Fri 15-Sep-17 21:05:33

1st I had my waters broke no "signs", 2nd nothing except waters breaking then contractions, 3rd slow labour for 4 days

Easilyflattered Fri 15-Sep-17 21:10:21

Murderous. Properly grumpy, PMT like.

ThursdayLastWeek Fri 15-Sep-17 21:12:38

Absolutely as normal as anyone is at 38 weeks.

Well, 41 weeks with DS1. Which means I was bored of being bloody pregnant.

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