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Old 06-28-2006, 10:11 PM   #1
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Okay.. today I am 39 weeks and 2 days along--so I had another doctor's appointment. We did a cervix check (still chillin' at 2 CM... BUT I'm now 75% thinned out) and then I asked my doctor about a membrane scrape because I haven't had a single contraction at all. Well. He did it all right. He scrapped away.

Now, the doctor warned me that I might have some spotting--which I've had a little bit of (more like a rust-yellow color when I wipe.. sorry.. TMI!) but more importantly... I think I started having contractions??

Okay.. this is what it feels like: Most of the time there's a low, dull pain around my lower back... sometimes the sensation like I need to go #2. Then, every now and again I'll have what feels like a menstral cramp--I don't think it's "regular"...and it's not terribly painful or anything... but when you're on "contraction watch" if there's ANY weird feelings you sit up and take notice!

I WAS thinking that this could have been from the exam itself. Last week when I had an exam it was a bit painful... but the pain went away after only about an hour and there certainly was no cramping. It's now been over 6 hours since my exam today... and the "pain" (it really isn't horrible) has been steady, even with lying down for a while... but I can sleep through it.

Sooooooo... what do you all think?? Everyone always says "You'll know a contraction when you have one"... but I like some reassurance. I'm trying not to get my hopes up tooooo high in case it still might be pain from the exam.. but it's been a good, long while now.

Oh yes.. and in birthing class they said that we needed to time our contractions... but when do you start timing and when do you finish to say count 1 contraction? Right now these feelings (if they are indeed contractions) are so subdle that I don't think I COULD time them... like I said, one pain is constant and low, one is more sharp and "crampy".

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Old 06-28-2006, 10:35 PM   #2
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yippee!!! Start timing from the start to of one cntx to the next. You will feel the "pain" and then the relief of it (usualy) but I will tell you stripping of the membranes is VERY effective in starting labor

Time from the start of a cntx to the saart of the next cntx.
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Membrane stripping is very effective for some, not so much for others. It could just be that you're feeling your cervix thinning out more, it could be contractions. Try timing and see if there's any regularity. Being your first, you're not likely to have real contractions without it being labor.
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Like I said.. right now there isn't a whole heap of pain to time... they almost feel more like a pinch of a cramp.. maybe a LITTLE longer than a pinch... but we're talking just seconds of pain. They've kept up all night though!

And I totally agree that stripping works for some and not others. We've done everything short of cohesh (is that how it's spelled?) to get this kiddo kickstarted.. but nothing but one thin cervix. So when we went today I just told my doctor we wanted to take that gamble of stripping working or not working--the "worst" thing that could happen is.. nothing!... but whoa.. these feelings are a whole lot different than anything I've felt before during pregnancy.. so happy thoughts!
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Cohosh.
Yeah, it sounds more like just more ripening and perhaps a little more dilation going on, but probably not labor. That's ok though! The more work you do now, the less you have to do when the time comes! That may mean you'll have a nice short labor (or not )! At least something's going on!
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I think its just really really early labor, maybe just some dialation. So i would stay hydrated. Walk alot but dont get fatigued. Sit on a birth ball, from what ive learned this helps open the pelvis a bit. Try some relaxtion methods and dont get overly anious, if they peter out dont worry, your body is just getting ready.
So, it sounds like this is a good start. Way to go! Have you tried evening primrose oil? Also, be sure to drink up some red raspberry leaf tea. Very nourishing to the placenta and uterus. It will be so beneficial for you and labor.

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It's SO hard to tell!! I had my membranes stripped 3 times when I was pregnant with Meghan and I had constant contractions like that.. I went to the L&D and few times where she did it again, she called it "irritable uterus" I swear I thought I was in labor that one time but they gave me 2 ambien and sent me home.. I ended up being induced at 42 weeks when I was 3 cm dialated.. I had a great easy labor however..

Anyways, I dont want to get your hopes up! Some women get theirs stripped and go into labor that next day some its weeks! You look like you are so ready to go so I pray that is happens NOW! lol
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Sounds positive Amanda!

Sweeping membranes irritates the area and can get contractions going. Whether they stay going or not depends upon if your baby is ready to come out to greet the world. I've had it done and it worked for one but not the other.

But the best of luck to you and I cannot wait to meet you and your new baby after our move!

Oh, remember to RELAX RELAX RELAX! It will NOT be as painful or as long if you can maintain relaxing! I cannot stress that out enough! It will go faster and easier if you can just relax and let your body do the work, do not work against your body by tensing up.
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Don't worry; these babies all come out sooner or later. Most women definitely know that they're in labor when it happens, though a few have just a few "menstrual cramps," then, out pops baby. Me, I tend to have long, slow labors; I hope yours will go easily.

It doesn't matter whether it's "officially" labor or not, anyway. Every bit, whether a part of a strong labor, or an easier "prelabor" feeling" is part of the process.

Do you really get a lot of people assuming you're miserable? I get asked, "Are you still here?" a lot, but nobody's saying "you poor thing." Must be a regional thing...

I'm glad to have your "company" here. All my DDB's on the other board I spend time at have had their babies -- either induction or c/s. I'm holding out for the natural way as long as I can.
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I know the feeling of everyone watching you and waiting. DH was the WORST the day he was due he asked me like every 5 min if I was having a contraction and how I felt. I should not have taken him with me to the MW appt where she told me I was 3 could streatch me to 4 and 100% effaced and she would be surpriesed if I made it until that evening (that was 5 days before he was born). However, I did at that point start taking the cohosh per her instructions, and doing nipple stimulation with a pump, however baby still wasn't ready...no matter how much I was. Hope the membrane stripping works for you, and you start having regular contractions very soon!
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