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False Alarm

Well at about 6ish last night I started getting sick to my stomach. Then around 7:30 the contractions started, they were probably 10 minutes apart. I decided to lay down and try to sleep, but they hurt pretty badly.
At about 8:45 I told Will, well warned would be a better word. I took a shower and again tried to rest.
They started getting closer together and more painful.
I called my midwife at about 11:30, and told her what was going on. She came over about midnight and checked me and checked the baby. Everything was good, I was 2 cm and 50% effaced. Baby's heartrate was perfect and her head is still down (although still fairly high.)
We talked a bit.
Rhayn woke up and hung out on the couch with us while we sat through some more.
Midwife had me eat some yogurt, drink some water and try to rest. I sent Will upstairs around 2 am with Rhayn to try to get some rest. If this was it, it would be a while and them being tired wouldn't be much help.
At 3 am, the contractions had pretty much stopped, and I had actually fallen asleep for a while. The midwife checked the baby's heartrate again and went home.
I climbed the stairs and snuggled into bed next to Will. I think I had a couple of pretty bad contractions right before I fell asleep.
This morning, we all slept in until 8:30.
I lost my mucous plug sometime midmorning (no idea when because I have been dozing on and off all morning. I am so tired!)

The midwife said that she has done this with every one of her pregnancies, had 2-3 false starts. Its like priming the cervix for actual labor. I just really hope the next time is IT, because I don't want a few more nights like that. Then again- it could be another week, too. I am going to try to go for a walk later this evening, lets hope it gets labor started and that we have this baby soon!

15 comments:

tif-do said...

sounds like everything is moving along, it won't be long now! How exciting- keep us updated.

leaner said...

yes, we can hope, huh? I will probably post on here when I am in real labor- or I will have Will do it. It would give him something to do and I know how hard all of this is for him. He wants to help but there really isn't much to do.

tif-do said...

I know what you mean. Men like being in control. And our pregnancies are so out of their control. It always freaked Kenneth out, that's why were done, so he doesn't die of a heartattack worrying about me.

leaner said...

He's hands on also, and wasn't there for Rhayn's birth. He is so out of his element.
I know Will is getting close to "heart attack" time. He is really starting to worry- about me about the baby about the whole thing. Us doing it at home is more relaxing to ME, but he is worrying about it more. I think that when we were in the hospital the other day- for the version, he felt more comfortable, but I don't understand why- well I do in a way, its the "norm."
I just wanted out of there. I wanted away from their drugs, and monitors!
Birth is so out of our control.

Pen-nut said...

How exciting that everything is getting going. Not long now until you have a little baby in your arms.

hairball said...

Push her out. Shove her out. Waaayyy out!!!

TLC said...

All the 'fasle alarms' are not all for naught. they are squeezing her down into the perfect birthing position - making it hard for her to turn head up again! I will pray for a quick easy labor for you just like Jill!!! Also, that the midwives make it - cause I'm talking quick birth! I hope Will can relax and enjoy the birthing experience that is about to take place instead of white knuckling the whole thing. He will be a proud husband and father after the birth - they all are (especially homebirthers! the dads are so proud of that fact they tell everyone they talk to "We had her at home" with a big smile on their face like "top that"- I've seen it a million times - okay maybe just 100) I will be tuning into your blog often to hear of anything new brewing! Happy birthing!

leaner said...

thanks tlc! I am really hoping he is proud of having her at home. Right now, everytime we mention it-its "WHy would you do that? Do they give DRUGS at home?" Ugh. The nurses and techs at the hospital during the version were very interested in why we would choose that. I didn't even havea clue how to explain the decision. It was harder trying to "justify" it with the Midwife and WIll right there... but I don't know why.
The Midwife said she has her head lodged in there pretty well now. So if anything that 7 hours of pain did that, and she shouldn't be able to wiggle herself back out.

TLC said...

what kind of drugs is Will talking about? pain meds? having him being a calm/loving and supportive hubby will be all the pain meds you need. I don't know about what kind of meds your midwife carries around. I know a few midwives here that would NOT practice if they didn't have pitocin on them. If they can't get bleeding under control w/ herbs and massage then it's the big guns for them w/ pit. Others refuse to carry that around and will do a transport if necessary. I'm sure your midwife has explained all that to him. You should have told the nurses that you wanted a nice gentle birth with kindred souls present instead of strange nurses and doctors rushing around like you are causing them grief. I'm always wondering if I should go to school to become a labor nurse and be the kind gentle person these momma's need to see when they come in. okay - i've gone on too long on a comment!

leaner said...

No- not him saying stuff about drugs. Its the others- the people who don't understand or would never even contemplate doing even a drug-free birth. I mean some people have asked if the midwife has a monitor to watch the contrax/heartrate when you are at home. Others want to know if you can get an epidural at home.
Will has only really talked to Pam 2 times so he hasn't had a lot of time to ask her questions. I have assured him that she is good, one of the most praised midwives in the valley. He is trusting me in the choice of my care during this pregnancy, because he knows ultimatly it is up to me.
From what I have heard about labor nurses- you can start off with the best of intentions, but after years of the crap you have to deal with- well you just get tired of it. Its hard to stand up for your morals and ideals when bombarded with that sort of pressure every day! (I would love to be a labor/delivery nurse- however I am NOT a nurturing person- my personality is not cut out for that type of work!)

tif-do said...

just to add a thought from a hospital loving woman, I think TLC would do great in that enviroment, With Kasey I really lucked out with some great nurses. They were really kind and supportive and let me do pretty much whatever I needed to do under the circumstances. (I spent a lot of time rocking, rocking, rocking) If there were more nurses like that it would be a good thing. TLC has just the right commpasion for that. Anyway, good luck to you leaner I hope it goes the way you want it too!

leaner said...

I think she would do well, but she would have to keep an open mind, because although most of it is up to the nurses- the drs can be quite set in there ways. But I know I would love having anurse like tlc, because she is so caring. You feel like you can tell her anything, huh?
There is nothing wrong with hospitals- or hospital births... just not what I wanted this time.

tif-do said...
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tif-do said...

Oh, I totally admire you for wanting a home birth, I think it's awesome. I honestly hope that it goes the way you dreamt it would.

TLC said...

you both are so sweet in your comments - i will be shocking you with my next blog entry! i've been meaning to write this and have had a draft of it since saturday but good thing i was interrupted before I posted it...

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