The ultrasound went pretty well. Baby is still measuring about a week and a half "behind", but everything else looks good... including my cervix. Yay! They also did a NST on me. The results were acceptable, but not great. I think she said it was reassuring, not reactive. And apparently reactive is what they're looking for? They'd like me to come back in again to have another done just to make sure everything is okay.
As for the contractions, they think my interstitial cystitis is causing me to have an irritable uterus, so I'm either having more BHs than average, or else I'm feeling them more than average. The painful ones I had Wednesday night were probably caused when baby moved into head-down position (yay, no more transverse baby!). Apparently it's not uncommon for that to happen?
So all things considered, a pretty good appointment. They're still keeping an eye on possible IUGR, but otherwise everything looks normal!
So as you might remember, I've been having episodes where I had regular contractions every 4-5 minutes for about 2 hours or so. I was taking a magnesium supplement for them, and since about a week into starting the magnesium they had been milder, less regular, and lasting for shorter periods of time. Also, the contractions only came after a day when I'd really overdone it. I really thought we had it under control.
Yesterday I didn't even come close to overdoing it. It was just a regular day. But at church last night I started having these weird pains in my belly. I thought maybe it meant that he was pushing on my ribs (DD never did that, so I don't know how it feels), though it could also have been a contraction. It was very painful and making me catch my breath. By the time we got home from church I was starting to have semi-painful contractions, though not super close together. Maybe 6-7 minutes apart? I took my magnesium with a cup of water, and lay down to rest, hoping I could just ignore them and go to sleep. By 10:30 I could no longer ignore them.
I'm not going to call the contractions I felt last night Braxton-Hicks because that just wouldn't do them justice. They were way too painful, intense, and regular to just pass them off as BH. Ouch. They started off every 5 minutes, then got more intense and every 4 minutes. Then more painful and intense and 3 minutes apart. They weren't just in the front, either. They would start in the front but I would quickly start feeling it in my lower back. These felt very crampy, like the bad sort of AF cramps. There was one in particular that I was having to gasp through it was so painful. I was all ready to call the on-call midwife and go to the hospital.
... and then all of a sudden they started spacing out. They were coming every 6 minutes, and not so intense. I was finally able to fall asleep, sort of. I still feel really crampy, even now, and that kept me waking up several times last night. But since they weren't contractions, I tried not to worry and to go back to sleep.
I suppose I need to call my midwife this morning, don't I, to let her know about it? It's so frustrating. It's obviously false labor because it stopped all on its own, but it does seem awfully intense for this early on.
And it got me thinking, just how many of us on this board are going to wind up having our babies before November?? :-/
Last edited by harmonybear; 09-21-2012 at 08:07 PM.
I would call and just mention it. 32 weeks is a bit early to have it be that intense, but not un heard of. If anything, she may want to check you just to be sure that things arent changing too much. It sounds like we had a very similar night My contractions were coming every 3 to 5 min for a while there. I finally called DH in from the garage (he was out there working on organizing the boxes we have packed) and let him know what was going on. He got me a glass of water and made me lay down (I had been sitting, working on going through some boxes we had in our storage closet). I know for me, this is just what my body does. As long as I can get them stopped with in an hour or so with laying down, drinking water, and what not, I know I'm good. I also took a Tylonal PM to help me last night since I was sore after the contraction episode. I am noticing more liquidy discharge this morning... I doubt its my water, but a noticeable difference than what I have been having. I too am going to call my doc just to let her know whats up
Hang in there, and take it easy as much as you can. As long as you are listening to your body, doing what you need to do to get things stopped when they get like that, baby is still moving around like he should be, and you arent leaking, you should be fine... but, I would def. still mention it to your midwife, just so shes aware of what is going on.
I'm afraid this is the way it's going to be with me, too, even though it wasn't this way with DD. And you have your babies premature, don't you? Hopefully we'll both be able to keep them in there for a good long while!I know for me, this is just what my body does. As long as I can get them stopped with in an hour or so with laying down, drinking water, and what not, I know I'm good.
The frustrating part is that this was everything a Braxton-Hicks is not supposed to be:
*Regular, timeable contractions getting slightly closer together each time
*Getting more and more intense with each contraction
*Hurts all over, not just in the front (they were starting up top and then moving down and into my back)
*Really crampy feeling contractions
So according to everything you read online this is something to worry about. But it's happened so much recently that I just don't know when to call anymore. It seems like a waste to call them in the middle of the night over something that is probably going to stop after an hour or two anyway. But what if it doesn't? At the same time, what can they do? They'll just tell me to do the things I was already doing - drink water, lie down, etc. All the stuff you read on the internet. And then they'll tell me to come into the ER, and the contractions will just stop on the way there. It seems so pointless to me.
I did end up calling them this morning, but I just left a message with the nurse. We'll see what they have to say when they get back to me. And of course, I have an ultrasound already scheduled for tomorrow so I'll at least get to see if the contractions changed my cervix at all by tomorrow.
I also know mine arent bh's just because of how they feel, that they are timeable, and I have done this before. I also dont feel that I need to go in everytime because like you said whats the point? The only other thing they would do that I cant do here is check me, and give me meds. Which, I dont want unless I absolutely need them. I say go with your gut. If you feel like they are way different than what you have been having, or just dont feel right, go in. If you feel that its jusy the same old same old, and you can handle getting them to stop on your own and letting your midwife know at your appts is enough, then im sure you are right about that too
Sounds like early labor to me. It can come and go for some moms for a bit before actual having the baby labor starts. I hope you called and talked to your midwife. If nothing else for them to document these and to take anything new that happens seriously.
I did have contractions wrapping around my back with DS due to his position, so that could be the reason for the different feeling contractions - baby's position. Some early contractions are there just to help rotate and move the baby into better position - which means later they'r more productive.
I hope your U/S shows no change to your cervix! (((hugs))) KUP!
Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
KUP on what happens. Hopefully your cervix is doing fine!
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