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When to go to the Hospital

(sigh) You would think with this being my 3rd one I wouldn't really need to ask this question LOL.

Okay, so Sunday morning I had bloody show. (lol I was irritated because I had 5 loads of laundry lol) Anyway I have never had bloody show with my girls. I never even remember the mucus plug with them. It's all new to me! I called L&D to see what they said and they wanted me to come in just to get checked just in case because it's my 3rd baby. They hooked me up and apparently I was having a lot of contractions because they were really surprised I didn't say anything. I told them I hadn't noticed and honestly didn't feel them! Everything checked out, I was just a little more dilated (still considered a 2 though) and they sent me home.

Since then I have been having contractions off and on. Sometimes they're painful, sometimes just discomfort. Sunday night I was having painful ones but they'd last about 10 seconds and they were about every 2-3 minutes. However, after taking a warm bath a few hours later they seemed to calm down. Yesterday I had noticeable ones in the afternoon for about an hour but again they weren't lasting anymore than about 20 seconds long.

This morning I am laying here and I can feel them, and they're painful in my back (which the drs don't want me to have since I have a wiggly baby...they said it would make delivery difficult) and they're more in my lower pelvis. Every now and then I have to take a few breaths to get through them, other times I don't. Part of me is worried that because I wasn't feeling the contractions at L&D maybe these are actually stronger than what they appear to be. These are coming every few minutes (maybe 5?) and they again only last a short while (20 seconds at the most).

I also don't want to go to L&D again and be checked just to be sent home. Ha don't we all hate that?! If I call I'm sure they'll tell me to come in since it's my 3rd baby. What do you ladies think?

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You don't want to hear this but, I'd call and get checked. KUP!

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When is your next appt? I would say if laying down, drinking water, and relaxing makes them disappear then I wouldn't be too worried. Is it getting worse or better? Are they timeable?

With Zayne my contractions were NOT at all painful at first but were timeable...every 2-3 minutes. Within an hour they were closer together and HURT. I had called my doctor when they were timeable but not painful and he said to wait but I probably should have gone in because we JUST made it to the hospital.

So, if they are going away and you're going to see your doc in the next couple days I would just drink lots of water and try to relax. Keep your feet up and if at all possible lay on your left side. I'm right there with you in not wanting to go in just to be sent back home!

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I usually lay on my side just to see and they never go away. Walking doesn't do anything...doesn't make them stronger or make them go away. Ha. I can ignore them at times when I'm doing something (for example putting clothes away). They don't seem to get stronger or weaker at all.

Last night when it happened I drank water and laid down and they did slow down, but not completely stop. The past few days/nights I didn't time them time them, I just looked at the DVR and saw that a few minutes had gone by before the next one.

Gah, I guess if they keep this up after I take DD1 to school than I'll call. Ha I don't want to go back and come home empty handed LOL!

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I am not one to answer this since I have been going thru the same thing since Saturday and have yet to call the ob. Since they keep coming and going I feel that it isn't anything to worry about.... eeek but who knows. I just hate being the one to go to L&D for nothing and take up a room and then just be sent home.

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Ah I forgot, I don't have another appt until the 14th.

But I agree, Kelly. I hate going and them just sending me home and taking up space that could be used for someone else. But it concerns me since there's been so many in such a short period of time that are painful. Gah I dunno.

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I also have read that any more than 4-5 "braxton hicks" in one hour is ok... maybe count how many you are having???

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*Lurker from March*

I have been going throught the same thing since last monday (Minus the bloody show) (8 days now). It is a little frusterating, as my stomach feels like I have done over a million sit ups. For about 2 hours every night, mine are 10 minutes apart. but by the time I have a warm bath they have slowed down. I see my Dr tomorrow, so maybe she can provide some more insite.

Good Luck!

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How did labor progress with your last 2? You can have ctx for a long time that you don't necessarily feel. Or like with me, I had BH tightening and releasing feelings for a month and half before having my babies. They would have showed on the monitor but they were nowhere near active labor. When you are active your cervical mucus is going to keep coming, and the ctx are going to get more intense. Honestly, at 36+ weeks I would not worry too much about it. If you pick up to the point that you cannot walk or talk through them, then I would go in and have a baby! Chances are that at over 36 weeks, they won't stop labor anyways.

But that being said, if you are concerned you can always call your provider and ask for their advice.

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"krazykat" wrote:

When you are active your cervical mucus is going to keep coming, and the ctx are going to get more intense. Honestly, at 36+ weeks I would not worry too much about it. If you pick up to the point that you cannot walk or talk through them, then I would go in and have a baby! Chances are that at over 36 weeks, they won't stop labor anyways.

But that being said, if you are concerned you can always call your provider and ask for their advice.

This.

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I have been having a lot of mucus come out. Some runnier than others. With my first one she came right one her due date and I remember having contractions the night before and that was the only time. My water ended up breaking as I was walking out the door to the hospital (it broke on top which the drs thought was weird.

With my 2nd one my bag was leaking so I had to be induced. With her I didn't really have many contractions before hand. Just the night before I went in when my water was already leaking.

They have calmed down for the most part again. I'm still getting them, and actually they seem to pick up when I lay on my left side (weird huh?) but they're not too painful for the most part (there was a few times today where I had to kind of waddle to get to where I was going because it hurt lol).

I guess if they get bad again tonight like they've been doing at night I may go in and get checked.

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I finally called my OB because my sinus infection isn't better and I asked him while I was on the phone with him when or what am I suppose to look for to come in and he said that since I am 34 weeks they will not stop me so unless the contractions are 5 mins apart there is no need to come in.... So I guess you can check with your ob and see what there policy is as to when you are suppose to come in & get checked. I hope they calm down some for you.

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Barring anything unusual (water breaking, etc), I follow the 5-1-1 rule, which they taught us in Bradley Method w/my first pregnancy. You don't go to the hospital until your contractions are 5 minutes apart, lasting one minute, and this pattern continues for 1 hour. I fudged the last "1" a bit with my daughter because we lived 30 minutes from the hospital and didn't want to get into any situations, so we left the house at 5-1-30 (mins). Of course, turned out that despite being in INTENSELY painful active labor at that point, I still had 7 hours til the big arrival! Oy. Anyway, you must keep us posted! I'm a little surprised that they won't try to stop labor at only 34 weeks.... I'd think they'd want you to be safely to 36 before letting things progress, but what do I know??

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"fittoac" wrote:

I'm a little surprised that they won't try to stop labor at only 34 weeks.... I'd think they'd want you to be safely to 36 before letting things progress, but what do I know??

Me too actually! They said that at 34 weeks at this hospital they don't stop you. He did say that the first thing they would do was give you a steroid shot... The only other hospital in our town try to push every single intervention they can possibly push on you. I delivered there with my daughter and do not want to go back.

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anymore cxn? given that you're 36+ I think if you're able to get them to slow down even a bit then it's not "real" labour and ok to wait. Like others said they wont stop

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I actually thought I was going to go in tonight because of how painful they started becoming. They lasted a few hours but stopped around the time my kids went to sleep. I'm still having mild ones off and on though.

They have been getting closer together and lasting longer when they do happen. Oh also, it's never fun trying to drive through contractions lol.

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"KET_2010" wrote:

I actually thought I was going to go in tonight because of how painful they started becoming. They lasted a few hours but stopped around the time my kids went to sleep. I'm still having mild ones off and on though.

They have been getting closer together and lasting longer when they do happen. Oh also, it's never fun trying to drive through contractions lol.

Glad they slowed down. If your little ones are like mine they aren't the easiest to get into bed. I have really hard strong contractions every night around bed time. I wonder if it is from the stress of trying to get the kids to bed?

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"AleyFamily08" wrote:

Glad they slowed down. If your little ones are like mine they aren't the easiest to get into bed. I have really hard strong contractions every night around bed time. I wonder if it is from the stress of trying to get the kids to bed?

They're actually been real easy this week ha ha. although it might be from stress because DH has been pretty sick this whole week and then I'm still wanting to get the house in order but DH hasn't been able to help because he goes to work at 5 AM and gets home about 645 PM and then since he's been so sick he hasn't been able to do much because of how tired he is. However, he's getting better so hopefully this weekend we can knock that out.

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Woo Hoo Katie 3 more days and you will be FULL TERM!!!!

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"KET_2010" wrote:

They're actually been real easy this week ha ha. although it might be from stress because DH has been pretty sick this whole week and then I'm still wanting to get the house in order but DH hasn't been able to help because he goes to work at 5 AM and gets home about 645 PM and then since he's been so sick he hasn't been able to do much because of how tired he is. However, he's getting better so hopefully this weekend we can knock that out.

This. My DH is getting in his last "man time" before I forbid him to make plans after baby is born. Between DH getting to goof off and my work being ridiculous, this week I've had painful BH in the middle of the night when stress makes me an insomniac.

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This. My DH is getting in his last "man time" before I forbid him to make plans after baby is born. Between DH getting to goof off and my work being ridiculous, this week I've had painful BH in the middle of the night when stress makes me an insomniac.

Lol DH got man time before we moved. He's military so he doesn't get to goof off at work like he wishes lol. They're beginning their build up before the next deployment so he's been dead tired after not hardly sleeping and being sick.

But before we moved, when he came home he'd play video games until like 11 PM (he'd still help with the kids, but he would rather do that than pack ha)! Lol. I told him he's not allowed to hook up his systems until the house is in order lol. I've got a lot of it set up already. We just need to hang pics in order to get DS's room in order and I need to unpack the rest of the boxes (there's 10-15 of them).

I've been having a lot of contractions though and then when I decide "Ok I'm going to go to L&D if they don't stop soon" they seem to immediately stop lol. If only I could just push my belly button to eject him out would everything be better LOL!

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"KET_2010" wrote:

I've been having a lot of contractions though and then when I decide "Ok I'm going to go to L&D if they don't stop soon" they seem to immediately stop lol. If only I could just push my belly button to eject him out would everything be better LOL!

I have seen a few kids that think that is how baby's are born LoL

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"KET_2010" wrote:

If only I could just push my belly button to eject him out would everything be better LOL!

If only it was that easy!

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Since this is my third, but I've never actually been through labor process *at all*, I'm feeling like a total newbie again. This is my first pregnancy where I'm actually having braxton-hicks.. and WOW do I feel them!!

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With my first one I only had contractions when I went into labor! I was lucky I guess lol. With my 2nd I only had a few contractions probably a few days before. And even then they weren't that bad. I do remember RLP with her though lol. This one on the other hand enjoys just putting me through pain I think HA HA! I swear I thought I was in labor earlier because DH and I were at the playground with the girls and I was sitting there for about 45 minutes having contractions lasting about 60-90 seconds and they were every 2-5 minutes. But by the time I stood up and started walking back to the car they immediately stopped! I was like WHY! Lol!

I also feel like wiener with this one because my first two pregnancies were so easy! Everything with this one is so new to me lol. From all the horrible RLPs to the BH contractions and the possibly preterm labor earlier and GAH! Lol sorry I had to go off on a rant lol.

I'm really hoping this little guy either comes this weekend or waits until next weekend (or later) because DH is going out into the field next week and I don't want to have to scramble to try and get him back in time for baby lol. Plus...I don't want to have to pack him a pair of clothes along with mine and DS's and all our other stuff in my hospital bag since he gets real sandy/dirty out there LOL!

Oh and I brought out my exercise ball to bounce on to help DS lower more and DD2 decided she needed to sit on it with me and bounce LOL! That was interesting!

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I'm 33 weeks and I've been having daily contractions now for weeks, this week they have definitely been more intense and they can last for hours a at a time. I really hate it when the pain radiates in my back, but I expect that too since my baby is sunny side up! I don't really worry unless I can't talk/walk or if there is a lot of pressure. I just lay down, drink my water and wait it out -- if they don't intensify or if the pattern is erratic, I just ignore it. I did however have the same experience with my other two so for me this is pretty normal.

I am actually having a pretty strong contraction right now. It's VERY ANNOYING!

I have not lost any parts of my plug so far (just a little mucous here and there but no blood) but with my other I do recall losing it in pieces over several weeks and it was always pink tinged and then one huge disgusting glob two days before my water broke.

Since you're 37 weeks now I'd say just go with the flow cause it sounds like your body is totally doing it's thing Smile KUP!