Post # 1
Of course I was talking trash at work about how I was going to go run a marathon to make sure BabyMighty was born at a “reasonable” weight. (She’s a fat, big baby!) So it shouldn’t have surprised me that night when I started feeling contractions. Like painful contractions. And cramps. And back pain. And I’m thinking…it’s only 33 weeks…she’s too early! I didn’t freak out per se, because I’m confident that she would be fine after a couple of weeks in the NICU, but I still was thinking “This is WAY too early!!” I contacted my on-call OB, but naturally the contractions stopped before he got back to me. So then I felt stupid for calling. But I did spend ALL NIGHT with those darn painful contractions and I was exhausted. I guess the point of my post is that I hope I don’t have to go through more episodes of that! Does anyone know how common it is to have five or six hours of painful false labor?? Will I have to go through that again?
Post # 3
aw bummer! What a tease for you!
Aren’t they called Braxton-Hicks or something? I’m drawing on my knowledge of a Friends episode….just don’t forget your undies in the dr office like Rachel did =]
Post # 4
Wow, Mighty! I would have been the same way. I am hoping we can stick it out as close to 40 weeks as we can.
Like ejs has mentioned, have you experienced Braxton-Hicks yet? I am semi worried about them too. Pretty much everyone I know has had them.
Post # 5
I’m not very medically oriented at all BUT I think I remember that Braxton Hicks are actually good for you, and prepare you for the process of labor, maybe even make it less painful. Sorry you dealt with the pain last night, though! I would have called the doc, too.
Post # 6
Sorry you had to feel the pain, how exciting to know youre almost there though!!
Post # 7
Aww, Mighty I’m sorry, that would have scared the crap out of me too! I’ve read on some of the baby boards that it’s not too uncommon to start having labor-like contractions towards the end. I’ve been having BH contractions since around 18 weeks and unlike labor contractions, they aren’t supposed to hurt, they’re more just uncomfortable. I’m glad you’re feeling better now and hopefully you’ll have a chance to talk to your doc today.
Post # 8
Went to see my OB today. I asked him if what I had was “common.” He said “It happens. It’s definitely not common, but it happens.” LOL Leave it to me to have yet another totally random and very uncommon complication.
I’ve been having BH contractions since week 20. They’re totally painless, I just feel my uterus clamp down and tighten. But what I went through was false labor. Pain like it’s labor, but no cervical dialation or thinning. Fun! LOL. So all of the hurt and none of the benefits of labor (like a really cute baby!). Lucky for me, my doc gave me a Rx for if it happens again. He said I should try all the same techniques I did the first time (laying down on my left side, drinking a TON of water, and breathing), but if I have 5 or more contraction in an hour, to take a pill. (I’m officially calling them my Chill Pills.) If the contractions don’t stop after I take that, then I should call him. Oh and he gave me props for having the mental sanity to not run to the hospital right away, and for timing them and everything first to see if they progressed.
So yeah, don’t worry pregger-bees! Apparently you probably WON’T have to deal with that until ACTUAL LABOR.