Friday, January 27, 2006

No baby yet...

We have an OB appointment this afternoon, so hopefully we'll get a report on my progress. I'm sure hoping that I've progressed a bit further over the course of the week! And what a week this has been...I'm plum tuckered out.

Yesterday I had a few contractions that actually were a little painful. And last night, the pressure on my nether regions was just incredible.

What's with this pain? It feels like the baby has found some muscle down there and is plucking it like a guitar string. Dad says that it's probably just a muscle twitch from a nerve the baby's hitting. Still, it feels weird.

TC and I are ready to hear either "Head to the hospital" or "This could go on for two more weeks" from the OB. I'm not as optimistic that the baby's coming this weekend.

We'll see. And I'll update after the appointment.

5 comments:

Jen said...

Take heart, at least you know it's close. The baby will know when to make an appearance.

Carissa said...

I'm still betting on Sunday!

Do you do pelvic rocking? It might help with the discomfort you're having...could get baby off whatever nerve s/he is hitting.

http://www.naturalchildbirth.org/natural/resources/exercise/exercise03.htm

This site - http://www.spinningbabies.com/ - is a great one to help you get baby in a good position for labor. (I'm having trouble getting it to load today for some reason though!?)

Carissa said...

Ack! What's my problem with links today?

Here you go -

Pelvic rocking is one of the most effective exercises and provides several key benefits. Pelvic rocking strengthens the muscles of the abdomen and the lower back. It helps to relieve back pressure by moving the baby forward off of the mothers back temporarily. It also relieves pressure on the blood vessels in the area around the uterus, and relieves pressure on the mothers bladder. It will help the mother relax and will also improve the digestive process.

This is an exercise that the mother can easily do herself. To do it, the mother needs to get down onto the floor on her hands and knees as if she were going to crawl. When in this position, the mother's arms should be fully extended and straight. The floor, her legs, her back, and her arms need to form the four sides of a square. To start out, her back needs to be straight (not arched up or down) with her stomach pulled up. The next step is to slowly relax her lower back and allow her pelvis to tilt forward and comfortably. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then have her pull her back and pelvis back to a straight, level, and less relaxed position. This cycle should be repeated slowly in a regular motion. This exercise should only be using the muscles of the lower part of her body or else it isn't being done properly.

At first the mother should only do this up to twenty five times per day with part of the exercises done in the morning and part of them at night. As the weeks go by, she will grow stronger and eventually can work up to a total of seventy five per day spread out during the day. Getting into the relaxed pelvic rock position is also a good way to relieve stress during late pregnancy and can be a comfortable way to sit for a few minutes.

Sarah, Cayley and Maddie said...

When you didn't post yesterday I was sure that you were already in the hospital!

I have that exact same pain you mentioned--it really is just like she's found a nerve and is just plucking it like a guitar string--ouch!!!

I understand your anxiousness--I think the not knowing when this is all going to happen is the hardest part of these last few weeks. I hope your appt goes well this afternoon! You'll be holding your little one soon!

eyeball_715 said...

i'm still rooting for monday....then i'll never forget little pebble's birthday ('cause it's the same as mine...and C's favorite grandmother!)

love ya!