I woke up this morning in so much pain that if I wouldn't already have had an appointment scheduled I would have been calling the doctor asking if I should be seen or needed to go to the hospital...
I wasn't having contractions, but was in constant pain. There was so much pressure in my pelvis, it felt like my hips were breaking.
I made it to the doctor... and the nurse who took my back said "I'm not going to even ask how you are, you look like you're in a lot of pain!"
The doctor came in and we talked for a minute and then she checked everything out.
Peyton has dropped down low into my pelvis, the word she used was "engaged." This mean the kiddo will stay head down until he comes out... so that's good... but it also means that I am going to have pain/pressure until he comes out.
She agreed that I'm not having contractions, but uterus just seems to be really tight and not relaxing. There's been a few times it has "relaxed" in the past couple hours and when that happens, I am comfortable and most of the pain goes away... and then it comes back...
She said that based on her exam and my past labor history, that I am in the early stages of labor. She said history could repeat itself and this could go on for a few weeks, or I could go into active labor any time.
At this point, they won't do anything to stop labor if I start to progress, but its recommend that I don't do anything to encourage it to progress for a couple more weeks. The goal is to make it to 37 weeks (December 29). My hope is to make it until 38 weeks (Jan 5th... the day after Brent gets back from winter camp with the teens).
She said that if I was still pregnant and miserable at 38 weeks, she could strip my membranes to try to help things along and if I made it to 39 weeks (Jan 12), she would happily induce me. She said we would talk about those options more if we get there.
She also gave me a prescription for a back brace for after I give birth. After I had Colby, I had major back pain where I broke my back. Wearing my back brace helped, but it was a pain to get on and off and I couldn't nurse in it. She recommended a specific durable medical supply place to go to and see what they would recommend. She wrote the prescription generic enough that I will be able to get whatever brace they recommend and hopefully we can avoid the back pain this time around.