In my experience with pregnancy, labor signs have always been a negative thing. Labor signs meant the beginning of the end to us. Labor was something that we did everything in our power to avoid… bed rest, cerclage, progesterone shots, reduced activity, weekly cervical checks – you name it, we’ve tried it.
This time around, now that I am 5 days away from a full term pregnancy, labor signs are now a good thing. It’s really surreal experiencing this change. It hadn't dawned on me that I’d ever feel this way until last week at my OB appointment. There, I learned that I was 1cm dilated and 70% effaced! I was shocked to hear this and so, so, excited! My body is responding to pregnancy like it should be. The meaning of labor signs has just changed for us. It is now a positive thing! It’s now the beginning of a good thing, and I can’t wait!
With less than a month to go and my body already preparing for labor, it is really sinking in that I am going to have a baby SOON! Some people believe they are having a baby the moment they see that first positive pregnancy test. I, on the other hand, just started really believing this about 6 weeks ago. Prior to then, I was hopeful for a positive outcome, but was leery. I think anyone that has experienced a loss and/or preterm labor naturally has this kind of a defense mechanism.
I am so thankful to be experiencing a “normal” pregnancy, and look forward to the next month and meeting my little Taylor!