On Tuesday, I woke up in the middle of the night with very strong cramping. Reminded me of my worst premenstrual cramps ever multiplied by 10! They kept going and going and then would stop for an hour and start back up without seeming to stop. By about 7 a.m., I read one of my many pregnancy sheets from the doctor, and it recommended calling the doctor if contractions lasted longer than two minutes.
I didn't want to be the girl who cried wolf. However, when I had another one of the long, painful contractions, I thought I better call. Luckily a nurse called me right back and said I better go into the office. Frantically I finished packing up my hospital bag - this could be it - and threw it in the car! The baby is finally on its way!
After the midwife checked me and baby out, all seemed fine, but I was not ready to deliver. I am still dilated at 1 cm and now am effaced about 75%, which is pretty far! The baby is also VERY low and facing up, which apparently makes delivery harder so I'm doing lots of cat/cows to try to flip the baby around.
So false alarm... guess it was Braxton Hicks. But now I feel sooooooooooooo impatient for the baby's arrival. I just want it to happen. I truly understand why women late in the pregnancy just want it done. It's not like I'm in that much discomfort or pain, but I'm just sick of the wait. Let's get this show on the road.
I'll probably be eating these words after the baby is truly here, and I'm so exhausted I'll hardly be able to type.
In honor of my false labor, here's an online article I found on 10 Ways to comfort a woman in labor.
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