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Tomorrow is week 36 for me and this is my first pregnancy. I'm scared about the labor part and how to determine real labor versus the B. Hick pains since I have confused those two before earlier in my pregnancy. Women that have had children before told me that it is like having period cramps x10 and when the time comes, I will know that I'm in labor. Anyone else close to the end of their pregnancy and scared?
Side note: I'm 24-years-old, engaged, and I'm due December 20th with a boy.
Nikriel I would like to say congrats first of all.. and secondly just relax and enjoy the end of your pregnancy. Each week do something special...0Maybe go to some movies (they will become a thing of the past soon), go to dinner (you wont be able to enjoy a meal without a baby soon.. you wll figure out what i mean), have a really great date nite and do something you have always wanted to do. As far as going into labor is concerned just relax.. Stressing out about it will only make you more nervos and make you think about things you need not worry about. That being said i would like to share something with you from the end of my pregnancy. I was having very bad BH pains and per my doctors advice i called the office to see if i should go in and get checked out. the nurse practicioner said that since i can talk through the pains i am most likely not in labor... She was RIGHT!!! Take that with a grain of salt though.. I say this because when i was induced i couldnt feel a single contraction until my water broke and they were strong enough for the nurses to come in and ask if i needed pain medication. Also for first pregnancies it is common to go into labor after your due date (That is not to say that this is the case with every first pregnancy). So the best advice i can give you right now is to relax and keep your mind off of labor. I know this is so hard when you havent ever experienced it and you are nervos and curious about it, but it really is the best thing you can do to relax. Next talk to your doctor about what you should do if you think you are in labor (mine said to call the office, since useually babies dont jsut sparatically pop out.. it usualy takes a while of being in labor before you are ready to deliver, again this isn't always the case). Trust your doctor and her team They know what they are doing. Make a birth plan (more like an idea of how you invision your labor and delivery going) and share that with your doctor so they can try to make it happen when the time comes... Keep an open mind since nothing ever goes perfectly to plan, so stay flexible so you dont have your heart broken and feel like you were robed of you vision of a perfect delivery. Anyway congrats again.. I hope you enjoy your last few weeks before your baby comes.
First of all congrats on your pregnancy, how exciting to be having a baby boy! I am not currently in the same situation but i can assure you that you will know just what to do when the time come and that you will have the strength as well as a good deal of serenity to get you through. Do keep us posted,
So exciting!! I have two little boys and they are so wonderful!! Some of the other ladies gave some good advice - labor is a different type of pain and once your contractions get going, it's pretty much impossible to talk through them. It requires a special kind of focus and concentration to get through them. Your body will feel a difference.
All that being said, labor and delivery nurses are used to moms coming in and being pretty nervous and scared. They are usually great coaches and able to help you with all aspects of labor. I hope you have a great experience and just don't be afraid to ask questions - they are there to help you!
Congratulations! I used to say that I wish our bellies came with turkey timers! When they popped out it meant you were ready! LOL!. That being said, it can be hard to distinguish real labor from false labor. If you are contracting and it is painful, you should go in to the hospital. Even if they send you home in false labor…no worries. Better to be safe than sorry. Don't worry about labor, you will get through it and the nurses and doctors are wonderful. You can also get an epidural or other medications to help with discomfort. Good luck and congrats!