Contractions/Preterm Labor Question

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Contractions/Preterm Labor Question

I started having contractions last night and they continued for several hours. They were completely different from BH. They were uncomfortable & painful. My back & right side kept hurting. I could time them. They were ranging 4-6 min apart but the frequency didn't increase to the labor contractions I had with DD. I've been monitoring my pee color & I appear hydrated. I drank a ton more water last night and attempted to "sleep" it off... although I didn't get much sleep.

I didn't call my OB because they would've told me to go to the ER since they can't diagnose over the phone. I was operating on the basis that if they got bad enough then I would call &/or go to the ER to be checked. I was not looking to be in the ER on a holiday plus I don't want to pay the $100 copay to go either unless it is absolutely necessary... KWIM?

So far this morning, I've only had some BH on & off. But my right side still hurts. It isn't a strong pain but more of a constant light pain that is annoying.

I'm guessing I overdid it this weekend. If you've read any of my posts in the chat thread, you know that I've been whining about having to do so much this weekend.

So... here's my question(s)... How concerned should I be about these contractions? When do you cross the bridge to preterm labor?

What do you think?

Dylemma's picture
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If I had any contractions at all that I was convinced were not BH I would at least be calling my OB to check. My motto is better safe than sorry.

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I agree with Emma - I know they're going to tell you to go into the ER, but maybe you should.. or wait until tomorrow and call your OB. Pre-term labor is serious, and if you have/had any symptoms, I'd be sure to tell them.

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Either way, sit your behind down and dont move! Even if they have stopped for now you dont want to over-do-it again and get them started up again. And yes, keep drinking! GL and KUP!

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I would definately go see your doctor and get checked out. You should not be having ANY contractions that are painful or pain in general. Sometimes contractions will start with an infection or something else going on with your body. Whereabouts on your right side do you have pain? Is it close to your appendix or lower down? You could be having round ligament pain, it had me up quite a bit last night and gave me an hour of painful contractions. I find with each pregnancy the RLP has become worse! Please keep us posted and take it easy!

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"CanadianaSally" wrote:

I would definately go see your doctor and get checked out. You should not be having ANY contractions that are painful or pain in general. Sometimes contractions will start with an infection or something else going on with your body. Whereabouts on your right side do you have pain? Is it close to your appendix or lower down? You could be having round ligament pain, it had me up quite a bit last night and gave me an hour of painful contractions. I find with each pregnancy the RLP has become worse! Please keep us posted and take it easy!

The pain is almost directly on my side, just inside the top of my pelvis. Almost feels like when I had a cyst on my ovary. Definitely not near my appendix. I don't have any signs of an obvious infection. I know I did too much this weekend. I've been resting & drinking lots of water today.

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It's very possible it's round ligament pain.

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I would definetly go get checked out, even if the hospital is the last place anyone wants to be on a holiday weekend. Far better safe than sorry.

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Yikes! I'm glad they slowed down for you! I think they consider it preterm labor and not BH when the contractions are changing your cervix... which only your Dr could tell you LOL. I've always had a lot of BH contractions, sometimes they're really painful, and they seem to start earlier with every baby. But they never change my cervix. So I know now not to be too concerned when it happens, I just over did it and my body is letting me know!

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I was having them last time I went to the OB and I asked her and their rule of thumb is 5-6 contractions an hour for more than 2 hours and it's time to call. If you get them rest with your feet up and drink lots of water and then if they don't stop after a couple hours you need to call.

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"scotty620" wrote:

I was having them last time I went to the OB and I asked her and their rule of thumb is 5-6 contractions an hour for more than 2 hours and it's time to call. If you get them rest with your feet up and drink lots of water and then if they don't stop after a couple hours you need to call.

I talked to th OB this morning. Their rule is very similar. Obviously, I should've called since they lasted longer than 2 hours. I will definitely call if it happens again... even if it means a trip to the ER.

They did tell me to come by to 'pee in a cup' so they can check me for a kidney infection. So, I will do that too.

I'm feeling much better but I'm still having the pain on my right side. And, my pee frequency is up... which is hard to deciper since I've tried to drink more water. I'm still having BH but they have slowed down too.

I appreciate all the well wishes & advice. Thank you! Smile