Saturday, August 23, 2008

And then there was....

NOTHING!  I will actually say the words.. Prodromal Labor (*cringe*).  

Note to self:  When trying to do a natural birth (including no induction) DO NOT get your cervix "checked."  It will only make you excited for something that may not happen immediately. 

It does not matter how far dilated your cervix is, even walking around at 5cm means nothing as far as sooner or later is concerned.  I had contractions last night starting around 7 p.m and they were coming on average 6 to 15 minutes apart for a couple of hours.  I went to bed and they lasted through the night, every 20 minutes and enough to wake me up with each one but fall asleep in between.  At 6:30 I had one that made me roll over and focus and breathe through.. then it was one every 30 minutes.  Which is where I am now at 2:30 this afternoon.  

So let me say this:  this is my first time I have not been induced.  I said I wanted the experience of a "natural birth" (not just unmedicated) so here is what I asked for.  My sister did the same thing too.  Runs in the family apparently.  ;-)

So the goal today is rest, rest, rest.  I took a nap this morning and am about to take another nap right now.  Eat well, nap frequently and try to keep my mind off of what is NOT happening.  I know it will be soon enough.. she can't stay in there forever.  

For those of you reading this and have experienced prodromal labor... you do not have to tell me how you went through the same thing for two weeks or five years... it won't help me.   The best thing I need is to be reminded that my body IS doing work, she will be here soon enough and that, hey, I'll already be done with 5 cm's!  Now that IS awesome!  Our next prayer is that I can get to the hospital fast enough once the real labor starts and gets to transition!  

You friends have a great day!   I will keep you posted if anything changes!  Believe Me!  lol 


Greta said...

Ok, I can NOT believe you were already at 5!!! That is stinkin' awesome. I can't wait to hear the rest of the story and especially see pictures of that sweet little baby girl you're housing :).

care-in said...

that's the part of being induced that I liked...knowing when to go in. So excited for you!

Anonymous said...

It isn't uncommon for women in prodromal labor to have babies in the posterior/acynclitic position. I *highly* encourage those women to practically live on hands and knees. It helps tremendously. Good luck!