Thursday, July 31, 2008

Update from below...

So since I'd been up since 3:15 a.m. I thought I should probably nap in case something else started up. So I laid down at 3:30 p.m. and low and behold 15 minutes later contractions were right back at it. They came every 5-10 minutes, lasted 1-2 minutes long and kept up until 6:30pm. This marks the time when I decided to get up off the bed and walk around and wham, no more consistant contractions. They're now coming about every 30 minutes or so.

Well what in the world? So I called my midwife to see what I was supposed to do, lay there and let myself contract or get up and walk around, slowing/stopping the contractions. Her suggestion was to not lay there as those are just pre-labor contractions and I'm unnecessarily wearing my body out. She said (and this I have never heard of) that once the sun goes down my daytime hormones (what?!) will lessen and my nighttime hormones will take over (m-kay). Then my contractions will more than likely become steady, closer together and be considered "real" contractions. She said that right now I should be relaxing but obviously that can't be done laying down so I should read a book, take a shower, get a massage (my favorite option) or do anything that will conserve my energy and relax me. She also said try to eat something small even if I don't feel like it. I had a fruit salad and a little snack cracker type thing.

I also asked her, "so am I going to have this baby tonight do you think?" and ding! ding! ding! ding! ding! She came up with the winning million dollar answer... "more than likely, yes, not many women take two days once they start out the way you did this morning." Did you see that "yes" in there? I sure did!

So... there you go. My July 21st baby will probably be an August 1st baby which is way way better than an August 8th baby!

Oh and by the way, the contractions are way different that I ever thought they would be. And that's not necessarily a good thing. I've already said to myself and Marco, yes, I can totally see why women get an epidural. LOL Oh wish me strength!

6 comments:

Kirsten said...

Your joy practically leaps off the screen. Get ready to feel even more joy than ever. Enjoy the birth!

becklette said...

thank GOD. i was about to swim across the ocean and have a TALK with miss sadie.

(now would be a good time to either pack your laptop or teach marco how to blog.)

and, um, wth? daytime hormones? nighttime hormones? are you sure something hasn't been lost in translation??

Ellen said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! Sending awesome birthing thoughts and energy your way today! I'm sitting here at work just beaming :) :)

MommytoA said...

Pop that baby out already S ! The anticipation is killing me.

Tasha

Sarah L said...

I'm so excited for you all! It is fascinating to watch how differently pregnancy is treated outside the US. I'm not sure you could have escaped induction at this point here--which probably means a c-section. Our system is so broken!

Holly said...

Congratulations and welcome Sadie! So happy for you guys. Enjoy your little bundle of joy. All the best.