I'm showing DEFINITE signs of pre-labor...at 35 weeks and 5 days...*Update* at home...
Some of this is sure to be TMI, so, fair warning. :)
This is my 5th (for all intents and purposes) full-term baby. Of course none of my pregnancies have been the same, however, I never expected to experience some of the more "normal" labor symptoms this time around, just because I haven't before.
This is what's going on:
First of all, I've been on medication (Procardia) to stop my contractions since I was 30 weeks.
The contractions never completely stopped, though they did slow down and back off for a while.
At 34 weeks and 6 days I noticed that Riley dropped.
Since then I've been having a lot of contractions, although the majority are still irregular.
*TMI WARNING* Just yesterday I noticed discharge in my underwear when I went tot he bathroom. This is not something I have previously noticed duringany pregnancy. It was white, thick, and very sticky.
Shortly after that, (I finished going tot he bathroom, of course :P), I went to wipe and noticed that I am apparently losing my mucus plug. Ok...now it seems like my whole body has a cold. That stuff looks NASTY! lol
I haven't been gaining anymore weight.
My appetite isn't what it was even a week ago.
I have severe groin pain, and a lot of pressure down below.
Last night was the first night ever that my contractions didn't stop completely when I went to bed.
My heartburn, nausea, indigestion, and headaches (like the "cleave my head in two" one I woke up with this morning) have increased, and although Riley is still active, he's not as active as he was, and certainly slowing down when I'm having contractions.
I know it won't be long now, and as much as I would like to at least make it to 37 weeks, that's looking pretty slim, medication or not. As it is, My DH (John) will be putting his boss on standby as of today. He's also got permission to have his cell phone on him and at least on vibrate. Whether i reach his boss first or not, I will be calling John as soon as anything happens. Lucky for us, the diaper bag, Boppy pillow, and carseat are already in the car. All I'll have to do is pack our bag, and since we just did laundry yesterday, that should be easy. Again, I'm hoping it doesn't come to that for at least a week and 2 days, but if it does, we are prepared! :)
*UPDATE* After spending all day being monitored and having them try and stop my contractions, it was determined that, although I am leaking amniotic fluid, my water has not completely ruptured. My contractions are 2-4 minutes apart, and since Riley is so healthy and was looking so good on the monitors (they also did an ultrasound), I can labor until my water breaks completely FROM HOME. :D It's something I had mentioned to my doctor that was on par with my birth plan, and she remembered! She said, at the rate I'm going (I'm still taking the Procardia) there's a good chance I won't make it to my next appointment, but we're still hopeful. I'm just glad things didn't progress so far as to cause me to have my baby boy tonight. I'm so incrediblyrelieved that he's going to stay in a little longer! Thank you for all of your well-wishes! :)