i experienced t drop few weeks ago...but since yesterday i realised it had actually went way down....making me to urine quite often...plus plus how mths of constipation now im having soft stools back...for no apparent reason i develop a mild flu...which kindoff going away on its own...n today i started feeling my whole stomach like cramping n becoming too tight...something like menstrual...pain...but throughtout the whole stomach....since tis morning...n now its already night...sometimes it comes too strong...n sometimes mild...n sometimes it just vanished...i can still walk...talk...eat.......theres no leakage...or water break...sumhow i can feel my baby

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Sarah - posted on 02/15/2012

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Sobia, has your doctor checked your blood pressure lately? Pitting edema (the swelling you're describing in your legs) is a symptom of pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)/high blood pressure. This can happen in late pregnancy (I had it with my first, including the edema you're describing) and can be extremely dangerous for you and babe. Not that I'm trying to concern you, not at all, but if you haven't had your blood pressure checked, with your symptoms (the swelling, and the extra weight gain) you should. Even if it's borderline, it's worth keeping a close eye on. I went on to have a healthy baby but was induced at 38 weeks because of my blood pressure and the fact that it caused him to stop growing inside. The end of pregnancy can be tough and tiring regardless of whether you have complications or not, hang in there, you'll be holding your baby soon!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2012

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I had a vbac 4 years after my first one. Yes there is a slight chance of uteran rupture (like 2-4%) but doctors are quick to wield a knife. Just stand your ground as long as the baby is doing well. Truth be told, you don't want to wait too long after your due date because of the status of your placenta. But you are only 3 days late on an ESTIMATED date. So you may not be late at all.

Sobia - posted on 03/04/2012

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ok! i"m officially overdue now.3 days to be exactly.im pretty worried.this is my 3rd child and last check up the doc said i"ve not dilated at all.she also said that since i"ve had a c-section with my 2nd the risk of inducing is high ,it might rupture the old scar.

what i dont understand is its been 7 years i"ve had my second,so how is it possible the scar is not healed???I hate to think about the c-section & the pain afterwards...many however try to convince me 2nd time arouind would not be painful...but still going under the doc"s knife is giving me stress.So my question is , is my doc telling me the truth or she just want to get it done thru c-section,which just happened to be very famous here with the doc!...i have met many women who went thru normal delivery after their c-section....with no problem.the doc somehow gave me few more days hoping it would dilate by itself & the soften so that everything favours to normal delivery.i have tried everything...eating curry...walking even to the extend of speed walking ( i guess i was just feeling so frustrated...).....and also sex....any better ideas to speed up my labour n help to dilate?..thank god i still can feel my baby moving....& its way way down...that im constantly in pain of backach & swollen legs and hands.i feel the baby engaging in my abdomen but i dont understand why still its not dilating nor water breaking or even " the show"...the contraction i go thru sometimes quite hard but still bearable...i know i should just relax and let the nature takes its course but im just worried of the overdue....and frustrated what if not having a normal delivery.& worst i keep bumping into people who tells me ohh they had a wonderful smooth delivery & so on.....gosh it just add up on the frustration.!!

Tam - posted on 02/18/2012

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I don't know if it would help, but I have similar symptoms and my doctor has diagnosed me with irritable uterus. It normally feels like menstrual-like cramps, uterine contractions that aren't really TOO painful, but pretty uncomfortable. It's been going on with me for about a week but I'm no where near labor (I know, since I get a perinatal ultrasound 1-2 times a week and my cervix is happily shut.)



You might ask your doc about that. But hit the hospital if you think anything might be happening - no one will fault you for that.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/18/2012

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Um....well....I was sorta pushed into it for convenience I think. The heart rate would drop (like normal) after each push...but just dipped a bit low.....not dangerously low. She had many other patients on the floor that day, and only 1 of them was a natural birth. I wasn't given a choice. In fact, she did not even finish my surgery and ran into another c section halfway through mine. It was an assembly line of c sections.

Sobia - posted on 02/18/2012

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my 1st pregnancy i had the same problem....but somehow thank god i managed to deliver normal....i guess i just have to be positve & think positively . somehow if i walk or stand the aching pain seems to go away...or not so bad...its just when i sit for too long or lie down my legs swell up....i cant explain why nor there is no logic behind it..!doc said its common at the end of the term & i just have to be patience..at times my hands especially the right ones swell up to...sometimes just the palms sometimes the whole arm...and mostly in the morning waking up.why did you have to go for c-section....is it because you could not push it?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/18/2012

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Sobia, I also had pitted adema. i had it really bad to the point of not being able to be on my feet more than 5 minutes at a time. I am gonna warn you, I did have a c section (not saying you will by any means or saying it is correlated to the pitted adema) but this is the warning. I had about 25 lbs of water weight on me going into the hospital....leaving I had about 30-35lbs of water weight on me. I don't know why, but the delivery made my adema way worse. I had adema all the way up to my waist. It was very uncomfortable on top of the surgery. It took about a full month or more for it to get off my body. Just be prepared that may happen to you also.

Sobia - posted on 02/18/2012

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thanks sara.....yes i"ve been monitoring my blood pressure at home...so far so its between 110/68 to sumtimes reaching 132/80......but other than that everything seems to be normal...i have many times voice out my concern to the doc...n went thru some test like blood test for diabetics...but t doc says everything seems to be ok....they recently just monitored my baby"s heartbeat and the baby"s doing fine.but still im worried...i had the same issue with my 1st pregnancy and was told that i was having water retention...but tis time it seems to be a lot more with severe aching pain...that would only ease with massages...i feel my baby engaging down...is that why sometimes my tummy becomes tight?...at times can also feel the muscle stretching at my abdomen...im 38 weeks plus...and wondering if ill be going into the labour soon..yesterday i felt my whole stomach growling...n slight backache....at the both sides...my belly getting tight...and felt the baby pushing downwards...till i felt as though my my abdomen bulging out a bit...keep on urinating too....i realised i experience this more during nights...before going to bed...but tis morning everything was normal back except the baby pushing downwards....is this wat u call braxton hicks??....funnily i never experienced all this with both of my pregnancy...hmmm could be my age?...35 plus :)

Sobia - posted on 02/14/2012

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Im due on 2nd march.and yes i think it was Braxton Hicks.Ohh well so much for the suspense.:).Im still waiting anxiously though.Is this how it is at the end of the term? i keep telling myself,Sobia ,you have waited 9 months , another 16 days more wont hurt,...but dear baby if you decide to come out now , it will be okay too.! Its my swell body that i am finding it a struggle.Both my legs upto the knees are terribly swelled up that if you press your fingers into it it will create a " crater"....hahah..Another serious question though i have increased weight with this pregnancy.I still would be able to push through my baby in normal delivery right?I so want to go through with normal delivery of this baby.

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2012

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The body naturally tries to rid itself of waste (poop) before it goes into labour. Most women will experience frequent soft stools within hours or a day or so of labour starting. The water breaking doesn't always happen either. It broke with my son (but I was induced) and was a sudden gush, and it signaled the start of my labour for sure cause once it did the contractions were immediate and strong. With my daughter though, the nurse who delivered her (she came too quickly) asked me after when my water broke. I told her I didn't know. And even now I can't think of anything similar to when I had my son so I think it must've been a slow leak. Get a piece of paper and time the pains you're having. Do they have a set pattern (10 min, 12 min, etc.). They could be Braxton Hicks contractions or even labour starting. Good luck!

Isobel - posted on 02/04/2012

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When are you due? It sounds like it could be Braxton Hicks (false labour) but if you are due soon, it could be the beginning of labour.

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