So I know this is a repeat of every other nearly full-term woman's post about what *could* be an early labour sign, but humour me, please! 36+2 today and amazed I've made it this far!
My tummy dropped nearly a week ago, very noticeably, nothing else came along with it except the usual hit and miss BH that have been on an off since about 23 weeks.
This morning I felt quite sore and had a few painful BH relatively close together, they eased and I went and napped. Since mid afternoon when I woke to now they're back along with lower back pain, period type pain radiating in to my legs and either BH or mild contractions (is there a difference at this point??) every 15-20 minutes or so.
Other symptoms: have been hot and cold, but no show, loss or anything.
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07-12-2014 20:50 #1
Early labour signs?
07-12-2014 21:12 #2
Sounds like pre labour type stuff to me I think there is still a difference between mild contractions and BH at this point, BH might be slightly uncomfortable as your belly goes so hard but there is no period type pain with them. Does what you have now ease when you rest/relax?
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07-12-2014 21:15 #3
I'm so happy for you that you've made it this far!!!! Can't wait for your birth announcement
What you're experiencing sounds a lot like what I had with DS. I had BH since 16 weeks and was convinced I'd go early. In the weeks leading up to his due date I thought I was at the beginning of labour quite a few times! I was getting regular 'contractions' but they'd always stop after a while. I also had lots of pressure/discomfort and generally felt like I was going to pop at any minute.
Despite all that, I ended up induced at 40+3 and I wasn't even 1cm dilated when they did the gel. Even with the gel and the drip my body refused to go into labour!! Luckily once we gave up on the induction and turned the drip off he finally decided to get his act together and join the party! I narrowly dodged a cs on that one.
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07-12-2014 21:27 #5Junior Member
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Good Luck any patterns with BH or contractions
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I am 39 weeks 4 days and have had so much pre-labour stuff since 36 weeks it's not funny. At 36 weeks I started to get a menstrual type cramp with my BH (have been having BH for months). I've had at least three instances when contractions got very consistent and regular for a period of hours but then just stopped. Yesterday I started to get a very achy lower back which has been accompanied by more painful BH, though they are irregular. I never had this with either of my previous two pregnancies, but given how long it has gone one for I'm just trying to chill and take things as they come with no expectations (and not obsess - easier said than done!!).
So I guess, for you, it absolutely could be a sign that things are happening, but for me it has just been almost four weeks of build up with no real labour as yet. I'm hoping it means a nice quick labour when it eventually happens!!
09-12-2014 09:52 #7
Thanks for everyone's replies! It is reassuring that they might stay this way without escalating for weeks, although not fun, it means baby stays put!!
They were consistently 15-20 mins apart for over 24 hours with brief periods of 10-15 minutes. My OB did an internal yesterday afternoon and said that my cervix isn't soft/ripe so he sent me home for the night and I'm back in today. He gave me celestone dose 1 yesterday and dose 2 I'll get today, because even without cervix softening/dilation my OB said there's a chance I'll deliver sooner rather than later if they become any stronger or more frequent as he can't risk them intensifying further because of my previous classical.
09-12-2014 10:37 #8
Early labour signs?
Pre labour for me was 4 hours of bh 20mins apart. Then labour starts when they are 5mins apart. I had a 6 hour labour
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