Quoting stfubeeouch:" Thank you for replying. I don't feel alone now. I'm trying so hard to tough it out without being miserable ... [snip!] ... about the end of it all. Hope I comes easy and bless your heart. I'm also having back labo and hem rods to top it all off."
By day three I was a mess. My midwife just kept saying "You aren't in labor, you aren't in labor". I almost punched her. I was like, THEN WHY THE SmUrf AM I HAVING CONTRACTIONS EVERY FIVE MINUTES?! But they don't count it as "labor" until you're three cm apparently. Took me 5 days and about 6 sweeps to get there. By day four (the thursday) I was a sobbing, writhing mess, I couldn't concentrate on anything, and turned up at the birthing unit at 4 in the morning wanting pain relief lol. Ugh that sounds completely awful, back pain AND hemorrhoids
Can they give you pethidine (although I think it's called something different) to help you sleep? It's an intense drug but sleep makes all the difference, I dilated a cm in the hour and a half I was asleep. Not sure whether that's related or not. What are they going to do if you don't progress, just break your waters?