This week has been the pits. I’ll be honest, I’ve been having contractions all week. Rather consistently in fact. Stronger than Braxton Hicks contractions but not strong enough to be active labor. However, enough that I can’t sleep through them. So when you see these pictures and wonder why the hell I look like I’m about to die, it’s because I haven’t slept since Monday.
I went to my appointment this week and I’ve dilated to 3 centimeters, 80% effaced and having contractions. You’d think that would mean something but it’s been dragging along for so many days now that I’m pretty much discouraged. I keep forgetting that he WILL actually come sometime soon and get into the mindset that it won’t ever happen. I honestly thought I’d be having this guy on Wednesday! I gained almost a pound and I consider that a bonus so at least that’s some good news. haha
So I’m terribly sorry about my lack of keeping up with everyone but I’ve been pretty much just trying to get rest so that eventually when I start real labor I won’t be completely unprepared physically. My midwife suggested I take benadryl before bed since it doesn’t affect labor coming or not and would allow me to sleep so that I can handle labor when it comes. However, like so many other drugs benadryl is listed as a ‘B’ on the pregnancy drug chart and I seriously don’t even use Tums, so I’m a little paranoid. We’ll see.
Now, I’ll leave you all to try the many tips and tricks other pregnant women all over the world have tried to accelerate labor from ‘early’ to ‘active’.
Question: Did any of you moms out there have long early labor that made it impossible to sleep or work? I need advice!