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MayimBialik Mon 22-Oct-12 06:02:57

I know there is a last week or two of pregnancy thread but it's got to the super long stage making it hard to get into hence me starting this thread.

Currently 38+1 weeks pregnant with my first DC and DESPERATE to meet my baby now. Actually I'm probably not desperate - I think I will truly understand the meaning of that word if I go overdue. But I really don't want that to happen!

Trying to keep active and walking loads plus swimming when I get the opportunity. Bouncing on my ball occasionally and taking raspberry leaf capsules to limber up the old uterus. These seem to be giving me Braxton Hicks though as I've noticed them a lot in the last couple of days since I've been taking the capsules.

Struggling to sleep, feeling very achey in pelvis and getting period like pains (have been for a week or so now, but very mild!)

How's everyone else at this stage doing?

LittleBlackDress Mon 22-Oct-12 06:21:57

I'm 38 weeks today and beginning to get quite impatient! I've got some on and off period type pains, backache and the occasional set of mild, irregular contractions. So frustrating to think it could be any time in the next four weeks. A bit of a clue as to when it will all kick off would be nice....!

MayimBialik Mon 22-Oct-12 06:45:54

I know exactly what you mean LittleBlackDress! Your symptoms also sound very similar to mine. Would be sooooo nice not to make it to due date but I guess as this is my first that's not likely to happen sad

Is this your first?

flutterbynight Mon 22-Oct-12 07:10:47

I'm 38+4 today and know how you ladies feel! Since going on maternity leave my mind has gone into overdrive wondering when baby will put in his appearance - I'm doing my head in!

Even though he's not due yet I keep hoping he'll arrive soon, then feeling guilty for wishing him out before he might be ready! I've been having period cramps on and off for the past couple of weeks and back ache that comes and goes, but nothing that points to labour anytime soon. I'm paranoid that I'm going to have to be induced, I really hope not.

I feel like I should be making the most of these last days/weeks before baby comes, just wish there was a simple way to stop overthinking and switch off the symptom
spotting! smile

Nice to know I'm not on my own in this!

horseylady Mon 22-Oct-12 07:33:43

38+4 too.!!!!

Have decides hes not going to arrive for at least another two weeks so to carry on as normal......well as normal as I can!!

flutterbynight Mon 22-Oct-12 16:54:57

Sounds like a sensible approach horsey, is it working?

I've had a nice, relaxed day - managed to keep the symptom spotting to a minimum but then had a couple of [TMI warning] globby bits of discharge, so wondering if that's the plug starting to come away... Could still be weeks even if it is but at least it feels a bit more like things are gearing up! Hope I'm not still saying that in 3 weeks' time! blush

iloveholidays Mon 22-Oct-12 17:01:52

Can I join? 38 on Friday with DD3 but DD1 came at 36+2 and DD2 came at 37+4 so starting to go a little crazy now. Been having all pre labour signs for the last 10 days or so and still nothing!!!

Braxton hicks are so uncomfortable but they've definitely got worse with each pregnancy for me.

Boop33 Mon 22-Oct-12 17:06:22

Hi all ,

I'm 38 + 1 today and so so desperate to might my lil bundle . All the way through i have had the feeling DC will come early ....around 39 weeks so will be interesting to see :-) . However as that time gets closer I am becoming less sure of this !! ( plus DH has lots of work on at the minute which means later rather than sooner would be better ..............).

I have had lots of period type pains and backache for a few days now plus quite painful in the groin area, been emptying bowels a lot more and bump has noticeably dropped .

Do not think i could cope with going overdue though and now starting to panic that i should not venture too far 'just in case...........'


glendathegoodwitch Mon 22-Oct-12 20:24:54

Hiya ladies
Can I join the tense wait? I'm 37+2 and have had enough with bad headaches and spd!!!

I'm taking raspberry leaf capsules and have upped them to 6 a day, I can start strong BH's with nipple stimulation but they stop after 20 mins of me stopping twiddling lol - need to get jiggy to see if that works but headache is putting me off lol

Hope we all meet our babies soon!!!

debbie1412 Mon 22-Oct-12 20:32:50

I'm 38.6, sooo impatient and uncomfortable and massive. Feel like a walking time bomb. I will say my 1st dc came at 39.4 I had no signs or twinges or anything like that. I actually felt I had ages left. Who knows what will be in the nxt 2 weeks or so but are time is coming ladies be sure of that :-)

LittleBlackDress Mon 22-Oct-12 21:08:37

Mayim - it's my second. First was 5 days early - would be happy with that again. I didn't notice any twinges or anything in the build up - labour just suddenly started out of the blue.

Yours might be a few days early, too??

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Mon 22-Oct-12 21:22:58

I'm 38+ 5 with ds3.

Ds1 was dead on due date.
Ds2 (last summer) was 12 days late sad
And back to back.

Ds3 is back to back again so bouncing on birthing ball and walking as much as possible.

Strong, regular bh which I never had with the other 2 boys.

For those having your first, enjoy the peace and quiet and rest!!

Just anxious about labour as I assume most mums are at this stage-but then I know what to expect!!

Good luck ladies!

flutterbynight Mon 22-Oct-12 22:16:58

I do feel like a bit of a fraud wondering each day whether baby will come when I'm not even at my due date yet - it's since being on maternity leave, too much time for me to overthink things! At the same time I'm trying to enjoy the peace and quiet while I can, I just find it hard when it feels a bit like I'm a ticking time bomb! Maybe I can use the next however many days to learn to be patient smile Never gonna happen!

Hope you ladies are doing okay and managing to stay distracted/relaxed etc!

MayimBialik Mon 22-Oct-12 23:20:30

Been having lots more Braxton Hicks today. They're definitely getting more periody painy. I've also been getting a lot more CM and some quite thick. I must stop symptom spotting though.

I'm on my phone so can't see names but, wow! to whoever it was that said they can bring on BH with nipple tweaking, impressive!

I actually tested out my breast pump the other day and I think that gave me BH. And shocked me when I managed to get colostrum! Bit much mind but having never seen the stuff before I was quite shocked blush

CardiCorgi Tue 23-Oct-12 09:44:05

This looks like the place for me. 37+6 and desperately racing the clock to clear my desk. I'm providing much amusement to my colleagues (good to know I can still do something).
I don't remember the Braxton Hicks being that bad last time round, but I'm getting them quite a bit now.

Gingerbreadlatte Tue 23-Oct-12 09:48:34

Hello everyone- can I join you?

I am 38+3 and waiting waiting waiting for DC2. Not in massive rush but would quite like to get on with it.

Corgi- I dont envy you still working. When do you stop? My BHs are worse this time and definitely worse when overdoing things.

Gingerbreadlatte Tue 23-Oct-12 09:50:47

sorry Cardi, I read your names as Corgi Cardi not CardiCorgi!

flutterbynight Tue 23-Oct-12 10:12:23

Hello everyone smile

Mayim - I've got a breast pump and am tempted to have a little go, haven't been leaking or anything so am curious to see what the colostrum looks like! Think I might just wait though...

Cardi - I can't imagine still working at this stage, though in some ways it might provide a useful distraction! How are you finding it?

Gingerbread - I love your name, could go for a ginger bread latte right now, mmmm grin

I've been losing more of what I think must be my mucus plug today, again taking this as a good sign but trying not to get carried away with myself. I don't feel like labour is about to start anytime soon. For those on DC2 or more - did you get a feeling/sense of things beginning to happen before things really kicked off or was it only once the contractions became regular?

horseylady Tue 23-Oct-12 10:17:41

I think it's working?!

Had really strong bh last night but that's after I tried my tens machine out!!

Seeing mw tomorrow so will see what she says!!

Gingerbreadlatte Tue 23-Oct-12 11:05:35


Flutter smile I will get a GBL sent over to you! Show sounds very encouraging... Once I had that with DC1 it was only a couple of days to labour. Fingers crossed.

Sounds good Horsey, I think I will make plans for every day this week and next now! smile

flutterbynight Tue 23-Oct-12 13:02:47

Thanks Ginger - might have to have some cake to go with it too smile Does it count as a show when it's bits of plug rather than the whole thing?

That's exciting horsey, let us know what the midwife says.

What's everyone doing with their days (those on mat leave that is, and probably more a question for the first time mums as I imagine those with other DCs are being kept quite busy!)? After a busy couple of weeks I've been enjoying a couple of days pottering about at home. Currently contemplating a walk into town to get a few bits and bobs but don't know if I can be bothered! Still, it's a good 30 minute walk, so if I walk both ways that might encourage things along?? Or perhaps that's more wishful thinking!

Gingerbreadlatte Tue 23-Oct-12 14:32:56

Cake on its way too flutterby.

I think bits definitely counts as a part of show at least. Is it bloody?

First time round i had pinky 'snot' stuff (sorry tmi) for a couple of days then got the real show during labour and that was like a massive bloody blob, not dissimilar to a slug! I was kind of freaked out by how grim it was!

LittleBlackDress Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:18

I've been having strong cramps for the last three hours, but the timing is very irregular - between 4 and 12 mins apart. They are painful cramps, but couldn't really class them as contractions, I don't think. Also had backache for most of the day. Is this the build up or am I still weeks away?!

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Tue 23-Oct-12 20:31:28

Ooh little- get some rest.

You never know you could have your baby tonight/tomorrow!

debbie1412 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:40:25

Very well could be the start, take some paracetamol eat some porridge and get some rest. Exciting.

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