Pre labor symptoms for FTM's?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I had slight cramping in the weeks prior. Everything else (pelvic pain, sweating, etc.) I had in the final months of my pregnancy. 

Really, I didn’t have any symptoms that alerted me. My water just broke one morning at 1 a.m. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

So this is probably tmi but three days before my labor started, I thought my water broke. Looking back I think it was some sort of mucus plug but not the kind I was reading about. It wasn’t a gush but it was a constant heavy flow of just clear fluid, a little thicker than water.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Nothing to really at all for me! I had irritable uterus so contracted frequently from week 31 on. No nesting urges, diarrhea etc. had a sweep with bulging bag of water 4cm at 38w, water broke next day and babe born 19 hours later!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I was pretty textbook. I lost my mucus plus and within hours contractions started. Trust me… I thought I had already lost it, but nope… no denying it then. The real big indicator for me was the morning prior to losing my mucus plus and labor beginning I woke up and was incredibly swollen. I had never even had my ankles swell. From what I read swelling up like that is your body’s way of trying to compensate for all the fluid you are about to lose.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Pretty much nothing. My weight hit a plateau, which my midwife said was a sign. I was a little crampy but in hindsight it was nothing, lol.

I was 8 days late and ended up getting induced. To be honest, I never thought that I would be late…I had a rough pregnancy and always expected to go before my due date. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

sunsetsky :  I started to REALLY swell a little less than a week before my water broke. It got so bad one day after work my Darling Husband told me I should work from home if that was how I would get. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am having several of these symptoms (esp fatigue, peeing, dreams, brain fog, period like cramping on occasion, a few other symptoms you did not mention like nausea, etc ) at 35w. My care provider said it’s all very typical for late in the third trimester. I don’t think they indicate labor is imminent. ACOG says  normal gestation is 39-42 weeks so you could be two weeks away or 5 weeks away. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

giaf1 :  Those sound like normal late third trimester symptoms to me as well, not signs of labor. First time moms are more likely to give birth after their due dates (usually just a few days) than before so I would prepare to be pregnant at least a few more weeks. The things I experienced in the day before I went into labor were random contractions, really intense Braxton Hicks, cramping, and feeling restless and irritable. I think the only really reliable signs would be your water breaking, regular contractions that are increasing in intensity/duration/frequency and maybe losing your mucous plug. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I had no symptoms at all. Went to a conference, went shopping at IKEA, came home and took a nap, then woke up in labor! I was 39+2 when I went into labor and my Dear Daughter was born the next morning.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I never went into labor. I was induced at 37 weeks and I was at work that morning, definitely not expecting a babe!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Nothing.  And then I was induced at 41 weeks.  Nothing with #2 and then I woke up around 5am at 40+5, had a very small trickle of fluid and started having (super light) contractions 30 min later.  I was actually planning on going into work that day the night before.

A lot of those just sound like normal 3rd trimester issues.  To save your sanity, just assume you are going to be late.  Then you can be happily surprised if it happens earlier.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I had nothing at all. Christmas morning I noticed I lost some (or all?) of my mucus plug when I went to the bathroom. I felt fine the rest of the day, but I was freakishly obsessed with putting away all presents, getting rid of all the wrapping paper, etc. Guess I must’ve been nesting. Christmas evening I was cooking dinner with Darling Husband when my water broke. I didn’t have any contractions or weirdness leading up to it….I really didn’t have a clue the end was near as I wasn’t due until 12/29, and didn’t expect to be early.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

They say to not focus on your due date but your “due month”. 50% of women go on or before their due date, the other 50% after. Average for FTM is like 40 weeks, 5 days.

I’m exactly 40 weeks today and have NO signs. I have an appointment and they did a non stress test and baby is fine. BUT I’m not even having contractions. I’ve never had Braxton Hicks (that I could feel) or light cramping. I haven’t lost mucous plug.

I’m trying not to focus on it but it’s tough…………..

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