If there’s one thing I’ve learned about giving birth to two children and soon a third, it’s labor is very unpredictable. I honestly can’t remember what the days leading up to both of my children’s birth was like but writing it down may have been helpful. Since I didn’t know when things would get going it never occured to me to pay attention to the little changes.
Mattison – I had an appointment with my OB the day of his due date. I was extremely uncoformtable but unwilling to do an induction. My doctor suggested she do a “membrane sweep”. Well, that didn’t sound so bad until she mentioned the phrase… “this is going to hurt”. Lovely. She went on to brag that over 50% of the patients she performed this little trick on went into labor the same day, claiming she was the best in her practice at it. I didn’t care, I was still thinking about the “this will hurt” part. Undressed, feet in stirups, this woman shoved what felt like her entire hand and forearm into my hoo-ha started moving things around…I’m still wondering if she dislodged a kidney after all of that. After what seemed like hours (but was probably only a minute) it was over…and so was my dignity. The reality of membrane stripping aka membrane sweeping is the doctor places a finger or two just inside your cervix and sweeps them around the uterus lining in an attempt to seperate the bag of waters from the walls, in turn stimulating contractions. Well….it worked. Seconds after walking out of her office I was having terrible cramping. It didn’t stop either. About 12 hours later I had my son in my arms.
Kaydence – With a new OB in hand this not so fun procedure was attempted yet again. Unfortunately, it didn’t do anything other than cause a few mild cramps and some bleeding. I was grumpy and very over due. My daughter proved to be stubborn arriving 3 days after her due date. The funny part of it all is that I was actually sleeping when labor started. I woke up to what felt like the worst Aunt Flo of my life shortly followed by my water breaking all over the bedroom floor as I was headed to the bathroom.
I suppose the moral of the story is that either a) I didn’t pay attention to what may have been signs that labor was coming or b) there were no signs
Well, this time I’m paying closer attention. Maybe it’s all in my head and nothing other than normal pregnancy woes or it could be that Emma is coming very shortly. So here’s what’s been going on, and don’t say I didn’t warn you…there’s a healthy dose of TOO MUCH INFORMATION coming….
- Contractions – I’ve been having them off and on for a few days now. Slightly painful but nothing regular.
- Discharge – I’m pretty sure the not-so-lovely mucus plug is gone. I’ve been leaking goo by the ton the last couple of days.
- The Other Discharge – Yep, gross I know, but my bowels are in overdrive. I’ve been constipated for weeks until the last 2 days.
- Hunger – I had a few days of wanting to eat like crazy, and now I can’t stand the sight of food. It’s like my body told me to build up a stock pile of energy.
- Ill Feeling – Strangely, I haven’t been feeling well. Nauseous, tired, just overall feeling cruddy but not in the virus kind of way.
So now I’m curious. What kind of changes did you notice, if any, in the days before you went into labor?