Could it be the beginning of the end?

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Could it be the beginning of the end?
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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 12:28am

I was at the hospital having an NST today and the nurses were, first of all, having some trouble consistently tracking the heartbeat because of all the extra fluid, then noticing a number of contractions, and also the baby was very active. I wasn't feeling the contractions that strongly, but on the way home and tonight they've included some cramping, which I didn't previously have with Braxton-Hicks, and I even felt one in my back. Not sure if this is just the feeling of the Braxton-Hicks changing, or a sign I could go into full-blown labor soon.

Although I really wouldn't mind him a few weeks early (and it might mean avoiding a c-section later), I'm not quite prepared for him yet. My baby shower is this Wednesday and I don't even have a bassinet for him yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will hold out for two more weeks so I can be more ready for him, but don't think it's any more up to him than it is to me.

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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 7:19pm

First of all, sorry if the title of this thread seems not to fit. I meant the end of my pregnancy and, actually, a new beginning with my baby.

I'm feeling a little less worried today that contractions, even those in my back, may be a sign he's on his way within a few days. I'm told there are other signs, such as feeling him settle into my pelvis, and I don't think he's there yet (though the doc said this week he is head down now). Again, I won't complain a bit if he's here by the end of July-- anytime after the next two weeks would be ideal. I just hope all this fluid building up doesn't cause or isn't a sign of major complications.

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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 9:27pm
I'm glad you're feeling better today. I swear, for the last three or four weeks of my pregnancy I thought it was at the beginning of the end of it. Even though it was my third pregnancy, I never went into labor naturally so I didn't know if what I was experiencing were signs of labor... You're so close to your due date that everything you feel will be exaggerated compared to what you've felt up until now. I kept telling myself that unless I had consistent contractions at regular intervals, I wasn't in labor (that's based on everything I read and what my doc told me). So I tried to dismiss every cramp, Braxton Hicks contraction, frequent and loose bowel movements (sorry if TMI), etc., etc., as just a sign that labor would be here "soon". The only problem was no one -- and especially not me -- knew when "soon" would be, LOL! Hang in there, I'm sure you'll know when it's time. Best wishes to you and please keep us posted.
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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 10:36am

You could be close, did they check your cervix at all to see if the contractions are doing anything? I was having contractions at my NST on Friday too, but my cervix is still high and closed (I had to have the GBS swab done, so she checked for me.)

I hope the fluid doesn;t cause too much trouble for you! I know that you must be uncomfortable. I am also measuring about 4 weeks ahead, but I have had big babies, so that is no surprise. From your pictures on the Aug EC board, you look great!

Have fun at your shower!

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Carol, mom to 7

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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 4:11pm

Thanks, Carol. Think it's highly likely this guy will be here before the due date, one way or another. I haven't had my cervix checked for dilation yet. The contractions haven't been as strong yesterday or today as Friday, but when I go in for my appointments this week, especially if the nurses are still noting a lot of contractions, I'll ask about this. I'm worried about the extra fluid, but all I can do now is hang in there and hope for the best. I do feel he'll come through fine in the end-- I'm just so mentally ready to have this baby boy here now (even though I'm really not completely ready yet).

Good luck with the home stretch. You're a pro at this, so you should be just fine.

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