I had quite the scare yesterday. Of course, DH doesn't believe that I was having contractions .
I had a pretty busy and stressful morning and early afternoon with Zoe. I got her down to nap and was exhausted, so I sat down here for about an hour. Tried to get up to do the dishes and felt so tired. Like every muscle in my body was worn out. So I laid down (by this time Zoe was up from her nap). I decided not to try and cook dinner, but did get up to attempt the mountain of dishes.
As I was doing the dishes, I began getting BH contractions. Then they got stronger and were lasting longer. I would have one that would last about 30 seconds, it would subside for about 30 seconds, and it would tighten up again. I actually had to stop the dishes a couple times and just hold on to the counter. It didn't "hurt" like period cramps, just intense tightening.
Then I began feeling "off." Kinda dizzy/lightheaded, hot and cold, a little queasy. Then I had 2 loose stools over the course of the next hour or so. I asked Zoe to play in the living room and let Mommy have some rest. She was very good about this and played until DH got home (about 40 mins). A few times I felt like I might throw up, but didn't. I made the mistake of reading a childbirth book while on the toilet and saw that I had all the signs of early labor. I was pretty scared. I just continued to breathe and walk around the room and tell the baby he wasn't ready to come out yet.
By the time DH got home, I was still unsure of what was going on. I thought maybe I caught another stomach flu on the plane last weekend. I was too zoned in on my breathing to talk or call the doctor, but the BH were beginning to subside. After about 3 or 4 hours, I felt significantly better. Just exhausted and a little hungry (I hadn't eaten in about 6 hours).
Maybe I've been too busy lately? I am just doing normal activities (housework, light exercise/walks, shopping). I had nothing like this during my pg with Zoe.
That is scary! I think you did the right thing and took it easy. I would watch and see if it happens again and if it does call your doctor. I hope it was just a one time thing.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Ooh girl! I would get some needed rest and if they keep up call your OB or midwife. My BFF had BHs just a few days ago at 23 weeks, and they got so bad she had to go to her doc. They ran some tests and found a bacterial infection. Don't want to scare you, but hope you get some rest and they subside.
So far no BH today. DH wants me to call the doctor today and tell her what happened. He's one of those people who believes nothing unless a medical "expert" (i.e. MD since he also distrust all other practitioners) says so. That way if it happens again, we will know if and when to head to the hospital. My bff's cousin was due the same day as I am and ended up going into unstoppable labor 4 weeks ago. The baby had lots of problems (none that were found on her 20 wk u/s) and did not survive. Ugh....that's obviously every mother's worst nightmare. I know Liam has 4 more weeks of development, but it is still very early and would be touch and go at this point.
Yea, I would try to take it easier. I know BH are a lot more common or noticeable during 2nd pregnancies. I had them pretty bad from about 33 weeks on, couldn't even unload & load the dishwasher without getting ctx.
My OB had said not to worry unless I was having 6-8 an hour despite resting & drinking fluids. It still scared the poop out of me the first few times & I took it easy from there on out.
I would call for some reassurance & so DH can believe you were having ctx. Men
Upping my fluids REALLY helped. I was drinking a gallon of water a day...
It is common for the uterus to be a little hyperactive during a second pregnancy. Make sure you are staying hydrated and call your doctor if you are worried.
I noticed BH with my second pregnancy where I didn't even notice them for my first. I'm glad to hear things seem better today, hope they stay away! Take it easy!