Post # 1
I am 37 weeks today, 1/2 cm dilated, and feeling tons of pressure to the point where walking is difficult. But no braxton hicks contractions!
Does this mean I have a long way to go?
ETA: SO SORRY! I always do this!!! Could someone please move this to “pregnancy” for me??? Thanks!!!
Post # 3
You won’t like this but a couple of teaspoons of castor oil and a walk will usually get the ball rolling. But don’t go to far you will need a bathroom. Sex can also get it going or at least orgasims.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry. My friend felt the same with her 2nd baby. She climbed flights of stairs for about 45 minutes and had her baby about 3 days later. I’m sure that wasn’t the sole reason she went into labor, but I know it helped. I think baby is too comfy in there. Don’t worry, the eviction notice will be coming soon. 🙂
Post # 5
37 weeks is still considered early. Don’t try any of the “tricks” to go into labor yet. you can walk around at 4-5 cm dilated for months. The little one will come when he or she is ready. If you’re concered about the pressure go to the ER or labor and delivery of your hospital. Sperm does help soften the cervix, and will help with labor. but it’s safe to go 41wks. Good luck,
Post # 6
Wow- this came around so fast! I remember you annoucing it… seems like it was just a bit ago! But yes, it does seem like forever those last couple weeks.
Post # 7
@firefly7: Agreed. No reason to force the baby at 37 weeks. Speak with your doctor before you do anything that people are suggesting. Little one will come when they are ready. Your little one is obviously not ready yet!
Post # 8
@heathaah: Believe me, I completely understand. I used to have BH often and I haven’t had any for awhile. I don’t know how dilated I am and I have tons of pressure and shooting cervical/vag pains. The only “natural” thing we’re doing right now is sex. Our due dates will be here before we know it!
Post # 9
Ah so nice to see Im not the only one who feels like I’m going to be pregnant forever!! I’m in the same boat. I was having steady BH every evening until 37 weeks. Now I’m 39 weeks, and feeling tremendous pressure down there. It does get worse when I walk. I don’t know understand how real contractions are supposed to start if I’m not even having BH anymore! I’ve been trying sex, red rasberry leaf tea, and bouncing on my exercise ball to try and speed things up. Oh and taking walks no matter how uncomfortable they get. Bouncing on the exercise ball seems to give me the most results as far as more cervix pressure. I just want him to be out already! This is the hardest thing EVER to wait for!!! A few more days and I might be desperate enough to drink castor oil…
Post # 10
Everyone has told me that taking lots of baths and relaxing are the best things. Stress is never good.
Im 39+3… My pelvic pain is SO bad. It makes me really grouchy.
Post # 11
Hate to break it to you, but I was the same at 37 weeks…. I didn’t have the baby until I was 9 days overdue. Hope that’s not the case for you, though! (And yes, I totally know the pressure feeling – almost like someone is kicking you down there!) Good luck!
Post # 12
Meh, I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m having a ton of BH contractions, but my doctor still doesn’t think the baby is coming yet. I’m 28+3, and at my appointment today the only change from last week is that I’m ever so slightly more effaced. Yet I wake up with crampy painful BH contractions every night. I’d be all for BH contractions if they were doing anything, but they appear not to be doing much…
Post # 13
When I was pregnant with my daughter I went until one day before she was due. I was 80% thinned and 4cm dilated at my last checkup, one week before she was born. I never had braxton hicks either.
None of those home remedies to get the baby out sooner worked either, haha. Once I was 39 weeks we tried having sex, I ate spicy stuff, we drove over rail road tracks, I took walks….nothing. She wasn’t coming until she was ready at 39 weeks 6 days.
Just let it happen. The whole thing goes by so quickly [pregnancy, labor, and then your kid growing up]. Try to enjoy all of it, no matter how miserable you feel now. I bet in a year you’ll look back fondly on this time.
Post # 14
Ok, I am not a doctor so this is NOT medical advice!
I was so tired of being pregnant (I was 37 weeks, but they figured out later than I was actually 42 weeks!!!) that I drank a whole bunch of coffee before my OBGYN appointment. My blood pressure of course was really high, so my doctor decided to send me in to be induced.
Also, I don’t remember getting Braxton Hicks with either of the girls!!!!
Just try and take it easy. Lots of walking and moving around will hopefully help things progress!
Post # 15
For what it’s worth, with #1 I had very little progress at Week 39. I did have some BH later in my pregnancy but not any more closer to the end. I ended up going into labor on my own 2 days before my due date. Hang in there! I think reaching the point where you’re sick of being pregnant is nature’s way of making you ready for labor. 🙂