Post # 1
For first time moms, what were your (non conventional) symptoms about a week before labor started?
im 37 weeks and Dr says I can go at any point from now until my due date…some weird symptoms I’ve been having lately (past week) are
waking up every 20mins to pee
Bone pain around pubic bone/pelvic area
stopped craving egg omelettes everyday that I’ve wanted my whole pregnancy
Major swamp ass sweating..when I wake up I have to check whether my water broke or if it’s sweat
extreme fatigue..I can sleep all day..haven’t had fatigue during whole pregnancy
baby has been moving ALOT past week
Slight cramping same like I would get before my period was about to start then it goes away
nesting/cleaning/organizing trying to get things done I’ve been procrastinating
Pooping (sorry tmi) 2-3 times per day
brain fog can’t make up mind about anything
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…………..