Post # 1
Is it just me or is the last TWW before your due date more stressful that the first TWW before your missed period? I’m wondering if every little ache is signaling the onset of labor…
What were your “symptoms” right before labor began?
Post # 3
Ugh I hated that part. I completely remember how stressful it was. I was 4 days past my due date and I had 2 false labors and lots of “symptoms” that led to nothing for weeks. The day I went into labor was no different than any other day. I went to the Dr. and he said I hadn’t changed- still 1cm and 50% effaced as I had been for 2-3 weeks. I went shopping, had lunch with my mom and cooked. At about 4pm I had a HUGE, painful contraction but then nothing for an hour. Then a few more, very far apart (an hour or two) and not consistent. Then at about 8pm they started coming every 10-15 minutes, then 8 minutes, then 4, then 3 and then we went to the hospital. 🙂
Sorry you are stuck in the holding pattern, but it does end eventually. Good luck!
Post # 4
This probably isn’t helpful at all…
I started losing my mucus plug a week or so before but I didn’t really have any noticeable Braxton Hicks or other obvious signs. I will say, I was very antsy the night before I went into labor and had a really hard time sleeping. Then late the following afternoon my water broke, and contractions started an hour later.
Post # 5
I had been having BH cx for over a month. My only real “symptoms” before labor were desperation, irritation, and hopelessness. I knew I was NEVER going into labor. I was 8 days past due 🙁 In fact, about a week or so before I finally went into labor I had a few nights of contractions every 7-10 minutes that lasted for over 2 hours before going away.
At the behest of my midwives, I did a castor oil concoction as a last resort. I was 41 weeks and not even dilated. I took the castor oil in the morning on a Friday. I had contractions all day, increasingly uncomfortable but completely manageable. I went for a few walks, I bounced on my yoga ball, I walked some more, bounced some more, you get the picture. I did have some bloody mucous that evening, and contractions that were still very manageable and approaching 5 minute intervals. I finally went to bed around midnight assuming this was just another one of those things that would go away uneventfully.
I woke up at 3:30am with more intense contractions and they stayed about 5 minutes apart until after 8am, at which point we went to the hospital. I was bound and determined NOT to go in until I was SURE I was in real labor. I had the baby at 2:34 that afternoon!
Post # 6
My water broke before I went into labour BUT I thought it was going to happen soon because babys head felt so low he might fall out (clearly not but thats the only way I can describe it)
Post # 7
My water broke on the kitchen floor. To the hospital I went 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for your input! Symptom searching is the worst. I don’t think I would be so anxious but I just can’t stand being at work anymore. I hate dealing with people and actually being expected to perform as well as I did in my “non-pregnant” state.
I’ve been pooping ALOT recently. Like 1 big ol poop every morning. And this type of activity is NOT normal for me.
I’ve been going for frequent walks lately and I always have the BH contractions when I’m walking. Not sure what that’s about.
Post # 9
I had no symptoms! Went for a check up a few days before my due date turns out dd was breach. They scheduled my csection for that monday (it was friday). Sunday night before I started “leaking” & my water broke. Had one contraction as they were taking me back for my epidural. This time around the schedule my csection a few days early to avoid the water break! Definitely keep walking! Good luck.
Post # 10
@kelly105: It’s common to feel some contractions when walking if you’re VERY pregnant, it’s just putting strain on the body to have the baby bouncing gently as you walk, and if your LO is low in the uterus they could be bouncing a little on your cervix as well. It’s unlikely to get you into labor, but it will help you feel better to stay mobile 🙂
Everyone is different, but it sounds like you have some of the “getting ready” signs (pooping a lot is one). I would say the biggest indicator is timing of your contractions. There are some nice apps for phones that help you time contractions – way easier than using a stopwatch and notepad IMO. Since my contractions didn’t hurt at all for the first six hours, and then only hurt a little for the next two, it was helpful to have the app to keep track so I could give a heads up to my midwife and doula.
As for being at work, you could fake contractions off and on, that might get people to back off. Just put your hand over your stomach, bend over a little, and take some deep breaths for 10-15 seconds. Nobody wants a woman going in to labor on their watch, at least that’s how people were around me when I was past due 😉
Post # 11
What’s TWW? I hate acronyms!!!
Post # 12
TWW = two week wait
I had no symptoms before going into labour and almost no BH contractions. First contraction started at 3 AM and were about 3-5 minutes apart from the beginning. DD was born 6 hours later.
Post # 13
@kelly105: geez, is that how it is in the US? You work right until you go into labour? Crazy. I’ll be off work for at least a month before my EDD. it’s time to rest and nest and be ready for baby.