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Does this sound promising for labour?

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comeonbabyboo Tue 24-Apr-18 01:39:33

I'm 39+5 today (Tuesday)
Had some bloody show on Sunday night, and again Monday morning.
Started getting quite strong period type pains at about 8/9pm, and overall bump tightening too. I would say they're coming every 8-10 minutes (haven't timed them as so far I'm managing to snooze between them...)

Do I get up and walk around? Keep trying to sleep?! Baby is still having a good old wriggle in there.

Waddlelikeapenguin Tue 24-Apr-18 01:44:58

Sleep. If you can sleep, sleep!!
Your body is preparing to do some heavy lifting so rest up if you are able.
flowers ELVs

comeonbabyboo Tue 24-Apr-18 01:47:54

@Waddlelikeapenguin thanks for the advice! Will keep trying to snooze between tightenings smile had a feeling I should be up and about trying to get things moving... I guess if it's a false alarm then it won't make any difference anyway

Flyingchimps Tue 24-Apr-18 01:51:03

Good luck!! ❤️

comeonbabyboo Tue 24-Apr-18 01:52:06

Thank you @Flyingchimps smile hopefully this time it will amount to something!

moofeatures Tue 24-Apr-18 02:08:58

MW here smile

Sleep (ideally on your left side), eat and drink lots of high energy food, stock up on isotonic sports drink, eat chocolate/have a cuddle/watch a Disney film (anything to release oxytocin). Distraction therapy works wonders. If you're planning to BF, try some hand expressing - if nothing else it'll make some oxytocin, and you may even get a tiny bit of milk to use whilst BF establishes.

And most importantly, do some bulk cooking and stick it in the freeezer!

moofeatures Tue 24-Apr-18 02:17:13

Oh, and good luck!

comeonbabyboo Tue 24-Apr-18 02:24:00

Thanks @moofeatures smile
Struggling to get comfortable in bed, might take myself off to the couch shortly and see if I can get in a better position there without DH all over my side grin

swingsandmusic Tue 24-Apr-18 13:36:49

How are you? I hope you are away having a good, not too painful birth. Good luck

Waddlelikeapenguin Tue 24-Apr-18 17:16:01

Ooh no updates! Hope you are busy cuddling flowers

ferntwist Tue 24-Apr-18 18:00:36

How exciting, hope all has gone well?

comeonbabyboo Wed 25-Apr-18 07:32:28

Update - baby girl born last night smile 'not too bad' of a labour, just gas and air/waterbirth. But needed stitching after for a third degree tear 😫 if anyone has any tips on how to help with recovery for that they'll be gratefully received!

Emma198 Wed 25-Apr-18 07:35:30

Aw congratulations ❤

comeonbabyboo Wed 25-Apr-18 07:53:12

Thank you smile

Mrsramsayscat Wed 25-Apr-18 07:56:18

Congratulations. Really well done.
Sit in a rubber ring or soft cushion for a few days.

sparklepops123 Wed 25-Apr-18 08:00:36

Lovely news, congratulations 💐

lmx0 Wed 25-Apr-18 08:09:43

@comeonbabyboo congrats!!!

Waddlelikeapenguin Wed 25-Apr-18 09:05:09

Congratulations flowerscake

Take all the stool softeners & careful with the codine

Flyingchimps Wed 25-Apr-18 09:40:46

Congratulations 😍 enjoy the cuddles

MamOfFrankie Wed 25-Apr-18 12:39:12

Mothercare sell specific ice packs for lady bits. They were a lifesaver when I had an episiotomy with DD1!

FranticallyPeaceful Wed 25-Apr-18 12:42:28

Pee in the bath or shower, drink A LOT of water to water it down! smile Congratulations flowers

FranticallyPeaceful Wed 25-Apr-18 12:43:00

And get your OH to make you a tonne of fruit smoothies

Bluebirdsky Wed 25-Apr-18 20:11:25

Congratulations @comeonbabyboo make sure that you are doing your pelvic floor exercises as often as you can as this encourages the blood supply to the area which speed up the healing process.

comeonbabyboo Wed 25-Apr-18 20:32:07

Oh thank you all so much for your congratulations and tips smile
Have felt down over my tear today wondering if I'll ever feel 'normal' again, you're all giving me hope!

octoberfarm Thu 26-Apr-18 12:00:38

You can drench sanitary pads in I think some sort of diluted aloe Vera or witch hazel mixture (google should be able to give better instructions, try googling "padsicles") and freeze them - this should give you some much needed relief if you can't find the mothercare ones. Also a spray bottle filled with warm water for when you pee, and I managed to find something that was like a mild anesthetic spray which if used intermittently can be super helpful with numbing down there as needed in the very early days - the hospital recommended it for me. Congrats on your little one!!

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