Hi, I’ve done so much reading and have asked my midwife on my last appointment - but still not sure what is normal! I’m almost 37 weeks pregnant and the last two days have had really bad lower back pain only on right side (like a sciatica pain). Lots of hiccups from baby and Braxton Hicks during the evenings and really bad sleep up every hour. Also the last day I’m waddling not walking anymore and can’t bend down at all. I went swimming earlier as thought would help the aching which it did and was relaxing! Then as I was walking a few hours later I felt like water was coming out but was just a small amount. Now this evening the Braxton Hicks are getting tighter and more regular but more painful like cramps. Also I need the toilet all the time 2/3 times an hour. . Can this be slow labour or is this due to be baby just moving lower? As it’s my first so hard to know! Don’t want to worry but feel really different today. Any previous experience or advice would be greatly appreciated xx
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I have been like this for a couple of weeks and still no sign I thought I had water come out but they tested me by checking the cervix and using a swab to see but it turned out it was just more discharge but if I was you I’d ring your midwife or hospital and tell them what’s happening and say to them you want checking over Hun it’s what they are there for xxx
If you suspect your waters are leaking you should go to hospital. Broken waters for more than 24h without actual delivery increases yours and baby's risk of getting infection. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Hi yes movements and strong ones that make me jump a bit sometimes! What are back waters? She said nothing to be concerned was not my waters and as not had contractions nothing to worry about. My bump definately dropped which is so exciting!!! Getting really vivid dreams now too (when I manage to sleep) lol x
Really sorry to hear that must have been such a difficult time.
And three daughters wow! You are blessed with them next week and will be over 38 weeks by then I had just left a job and started this one in October as was an amazing opportunity for my career and then found out I was pregnant wasn’t trying and have been on the pill the last 16 years which is mad. I considered it a blessing though as always wanted a baby as challenging as it has been with the new job as involves lots of travel and I had the worst morning sickness which I thought was due to stress and being run down! Did you stop work before and after having your girls? Xx
Hi Hun well I always consider myself blessed and last year wasn’t meant to be but there always with me my sleeping angels 👼!! My girls are great they are 15,13,3 years old ! I’ve always worked until about 38 weeks, I worked in a bank with my eldest and went back to work when she was 8 weeks old with my mum caring for her part time then my 13 year old worked for a maintenance company til I was 37 weeks then I wanted a job change so when she was 6 months went into a nursery and worked there , then I went into a support work department for women’s aid of domestic violence and children then went on maternity at 38.5 weeks I was part time I had a year out now I’m training again lol 😂!! I was 20 when I had my first I’m 35 now so hopefully this is my time now ! Gosh so you have a lot of running around to do with the sickness and aches and pains !! I bet you can’t await to finish xx
That’s good I think keeping busy during pregnancy is important! 3 more days of work can’t wait then will feel I can relax properly at the moment my mind is in overdrive! Is that normal? Also did you or anyone get bad sciatica pain on one side due to the baby’s position and if so anything apart from an exercise ball to help? Xx
Just got back from my midwife appointment I have under 3 weeks to go now! She said his back is pressing down on my right side which explains the sciatic pains and sleep issues - going to buy a gym/birth ball she said will help if I sit forward or rock slowly on it! Please let us know how many weeks if you know? Such great news what a blessing 😁 xxxx
It’s a blessing and meant to be. Take it easy! I know I can’t wait to relax. Having a day of pamper today nails and hair and pedicure as last time I want to be driving about in town before he is here! Getting all his clothes washed and dried later too so all ready in the nursery! keeping busy in a relaxing way so my mind doesn’t go into overdrive! x