19 June 2006

"There's an upside to prodromal labor"

Yeah! That's what my doula said! And what is the upside you might ask? Generally, a faster active labor.

Well, duh, when your body has been warming up for about 3 months! Ugh.

So, seriously - can this go on for very long? I'm just barely 37 weeks! Update: Friday she dropped. Like a bowling ball into my pelvis (posterior, I might gleefully add)! Thankfully I had an appointment for that afternoon and my OB said for sure I wouldn't make it a week. Oh, and we got to peek at her almost 7 lb. chubby self. :) Yesterday I had contractions every 9-13 minutes apart all day long (except for during my nap whent hey were 17ish min. apart), but they didn't get any closer together than that or stronger. By bedtime, though, my lower back was in a good knot and my inner thighs and butt sore from all the pressure. Today, eh, I'm alright... not as many contractions, but they have gotten stronger. I am totally exhausted.

Whine, grimace, pout!

28 comments:

kfk said...

She's a-comin' alright!

Oh, so very happy for you!

Valarie said...

That's kind of like saying there's an upside to having your jaw wired shut because you lose weight.

I hope this last stretch isn't too hard on you. Come on, Sasha!

smartmama said...

can't wait for the big arrival- you're almost done

Char said...

YAY! I can't wait!

Maine Mom said...

Exciting!
I just looked at the nursery pictures, it is so nice! Your bangs look fabulous :-)

Rachau said...

Rest up!I hope you get her in your arm in the next few days!

ShelahBooksIt said...

I hope she doesn't keep you in suspense (or pain) much longer!

Tigersue said...

Take some good baths. And drink lots of water. If they are irritable contractions because of the heat and being dehydrated that will help. As it is being hydrated wont hurt a thing for real labor to start.
Hoping for the best. I'm going to be gone Fri and Sat, so I hope I hear something before then. I'm sure you do too!

Julie said...

Hang in there!!

Cmommy said...

Smiling with fond memories!--I can't wait to hear the birth story!!

You get *snaps* for the toe polish! :-)C

QueenMeadow said...

Sounds like what happened with my last baby. Labor was a breeze though, compared to the early labor. Of course I got an epi before I really needed it though, tee hee.

I hope it doesn't last much longer!!

The Mother Load said...

I'm still in the stage that I remember the pain of the last few weeks quite vividly. My daughter is only 6 months old. She was my smallest baby and hardest. I was 5cm dilated for a month. It felt as though she would fall out when I would walk. And Tigersue is right, dehydration intensifies those braxton pains. I actually got into an accident at 8 months pregnant and went into labor due to stress they gave me an IV and it seemed to relieve some of it. Good Luck and hang in there!

utmommy said...

Good Luck!! I remember those days of labor, which I don't miss. However, I do miss holding those sweet tiny little babies. I'm so happy for you.

jessica said...

I was thinking along these lines just this weekend (thankfully mine hasn't dropped yet). With both my previous two I was dialated 2-3 cm starting at week 36 (that appointment's today for #3, so we'll see). But in effect that means I was in labor for over a month each time! It just makes you tired thinking about it. I think your doula might be a trying too hard to see the "up-side" through the clouds :) Here's hoping you're nearing the end of your long labor road. As for me, probably another month or so. Sigh.

Kristen said...

Ahhh...the end stages of pregnancy are so much fun. I had my first daughter at 37 weeks. It's considered full term! I'll bet she'll be here soon!

Allie said...

ooo, anytime soon! Can't wait to see her! I love that name Sasha...

Gabriela said...

Good luck!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Go, baby, go!!

"Prodormal"? Is this a word I should know? Or did I totally miss out, having all C-sections?

pamela said...

Oh yea!! I had prodromal labor since 20 weeks and had about an hour of real labor contractions before my baby was born.

Zoe said...

Oh I am sooooo excited for you!!! I can't wait!!!

PS My doctor sent me to labor and delivery the other day. I thought nothing of it but, they kept me there for 4 hours and did a million and one tests. They said that I have "irritable uterous". Isn't that what you have? So- no picking up the baby, no nothing. Yuck! I am only 32 weeks though so I have to wait a bit before I push it again.

Lei said...

Oh Zoe - I am so sorry! That is one of my problems... irritability sucks, because anything can set your contractions in motion.

Naddin - believe it or not, it's a real thing - and not fun. :( This si the second pg I've had it and last time I was fianlly induced at 6cm because my body jsut would not keep it going! I am SO hoping to avoid that this time by getting her into a good position (she favors psoterior,little stinker).

JD said...

Oh congrats!! I am so excited for you the nursery looks lovely!!

Stephanie said...

WaHoo!!! Honey, take some castor oil and get that baby OUT!!!

I hope everything goes well...wishing you a short labor and a healthy baby!

txmommy said...

She'll be here soon and it will all be worth it!

handiemom said...

I'm so excited for you! It won't be much longer now! And your nursery is sooooooo cute to put her in. What a lucky baby girl!

Nettie said...

Okay, okay, is Sasha here yet?!?! The suspense! Hoping you have a quick and EASY delivery!

Her nursery has come together so nicely, by the way!

aquamarine said...

You are sooooo close!!!

Amber said...

She has to be here by now! If not you need to blog so we know!! I hope it all goes (or went) well. I can't wait for pictures and the story!!