Post # 1
So I am 35 weeks 1 day by ovulation date, 36 weeks by LMP/early measurements. Anyways, I have been getting braxton hicks contractions for like…ever I think (seriously, since before 3rd tri started I would get like 2 or 3 a day). I don’t think I have ever had more than 5 or 6 in a day, however, tonight, I think I have had 5 or 6 in the last hour and a half, and they are somewhat uncomfortable…more so than they have ever been before and I can feel them all the way down into my cervix (I think), and they were painful enough to kind of make me have to breathe a little through them.
Is this normal? I better not be going into labor, I am 3 hours from home & from my doctor and hospital and not even full term yet! I am in complete denial, but as I am typing this right after I just had the strongest BH contraction ever and the 5th or 6th one in the last 1.5 hours I am getting a little nervous. No loss of mucus plug that I know of, but I have had loose stools today and a milky-ish discharge (where as it was always clear before). Baby has also been moving around like crazy tonight, I wonder if that can cause some irritation and more contractions?
I am telling myself this is normal and going to bed. I hope the contractions stop, there is no way jose I am ready for this baby to come out yet! That would be just my luck and bad karma that I “planned” on him not coming until at least 38 weeks when I will be officially home from doing my rotation for school 3 hours from home. I am probably getting excited over nothing but I am also hoping to reverse jinx myself by writing this all out and OF COURSE it will end up being nothing, right??? :-
Post # 3
@cowgirlace: You need to call your doctor love. *hugs*
Post # 4
Call your doctor. I was told to go to the hospital if I have more then 6 in one day. I know it’s not what you want to hear..
Also they recommend drinking tonssss of water and lying down and relaxing. So maybe drink like 24oz of water and relax and see if you continue.. But I would call at least.
Good luck! Keep us posted On what you do!!
Post # 5
I just went into the hospital yesterday because I had contractions–7 big ones in 45 minutes–that were so strong they made me feel sick. Turned out to be nothing, just BH, but if you’re at all nervous I’d just keep track and then call the maternity unit or your OB to run it by them. They may ask you to come in for a checkup (with me, they did bp/urine tests, hooked me up and monitored the babies’ hearts and my uterine activity for about 45 minutes, and did a cervical exam to check for dilation and swab for infection), but the peace of mind will be good for you. It’s helped me to relax knowing that the babies are fine, my cervix is still long-ish, and my membranes are intact! You don’t have to go all freak-out-ninja on them, just explain what’s been happening and ask if it’s normal at this stage in your pregnancy.
The girls are also super active, by the way, and the midwife said yesterday that movement is a really good sign–one that they’d use above other indicators to get a feel for how the baby is doing. I was getting worried because they were thrashing about so much, but she just said that the movement is a really good sign.
Post # 6
I would say they are strong BH but my doc said that if they are so strong that you are having to breathe through them then you need to call the doc. Just call to get peace of mind. Hope your LO still cooks a little bit longer Sept momma! Keep us informed!
Post # 7
I didn’t have anymore last night for over an hour so I just went to bed. I think sitting out in the heat last evening must have got to me, even though I was drinking a lot of water. I didn’t want to go to the hospital because the closest one that does maternity is 45 min away and I had a feeling it was just nothing…if they would have kept up I definitely would have gone in. I have an appointment next Monday and they will check my cervix to see if it even did anything. Keep cooking little man! Haha
Post # 8
@cowgirlace: glad to hear they stopped. Take care of yourself and take it easy!
Post # 9
@cowgirlace: Glad they stopped! I had BH 3-4 minutes apart while getting an NST on Sunday and they sent me home and told me to come back/call them when they started getting to where it was difficult to talk through them. Of course, they told me I could always come in for reassurance if needed!
Post # 10
@cowgirlace: Usually if you change whatever it is you are doing i.e. get up and walk around if you are lying down, get some water, etc and they stop than they are BH. I didn’t have BH with DD but have had them like crazy with this LO. Yesterday morning were the worst by far, but I’m 40 weeks! They started mid 2nd trimester. The real deal is definitely lower and more painful than the squeezing/tightening feeling of BH. Hang in there they are good for your body and baby!