I hate waiting for labor to begin. With all three pregnancies I have been dilated at least 3 cm at least a week before labor. With my first the doctor broke my water to help get labor started all most a week past my due date. I was dilated to 5 cm for several weeks before. Labor contractions began about four hours later and my son was born about five hours after the contractions started. I did not have any drug to induce the contractions or an epidural.
My second labor started on its own at 38 and 1/2 weeks. I was already dilated to 3 cm for several days before it started and it lasted less than four hours. I delivered in triage after only being at the hospital for 15 minutes. I changed into the hospital gown and got on the bed for the nurse to check me. She was asking if I wanted medication as she was checking and before I could answer she said, "never mind, you are already at 9 cm." I could not wait any longer. I had to push. Two or three pushes later the nurser was holding the baby. I am glad that there were no rooms available at my doctor's office at the time or I would have delivered in the doctor's office.
Now I am 39 weeks along with my third pregnancy and waiting and wondering if today is the day. I have had some cramping and contractions with little or no pain, but no real signs of labor. I was dilated between 3 and 4 cm at my last doctor's appointment. I can't sleep well and the only thing I can think about is when is this baby coming. My stomach feels so big it could explode. The doctors are estimating that she will be between 7 and 8 lbs, but she feels huge to me. My first was 8 pounds 2 ounces and my second was tiny only 5 pounds 13 ounces. I think that this baby is going to be really long. She has already dropped and her bottom is still in my ribs.
Here are my questions: How did you cope with the last few weeks of pregnancy?? and What was your first sign that labor was beginning?