Yesterday was my 31st birthday. It was a lovely relaxing day, nothing special planned. DH spoiled me with beautiful silver earrings, the full set of digital versions of the Harry Potter books and a gorgeous bunch of roses. I spoiled myself with chocolate Squishy spent the day bouncing around in my belly and I got it on video:
Had a bit of a rough week. Huge fight with DH. Some scary pains on the weekend. Struggling with the fact that Squishy sits so low down. Had a day last week when Squishy kicked and I felt it way down "there", not in the front or in the belly but "down there" between my legs. Made me a little worried about preterm labour....But doc checked me out on Wednesday and everything is fine. Cervix is long, closed and "no funnelling" (quote from the doc even though I don't understand the significance). No risk for preterm labour just yet, but doc wants to see me in 2 weeks instead of the usual 4. Also waiting on the results of my 1-hr glucose test. And now today i went for my quarterly skin melanoma check and the doc decided to remove another mole, so now I'm waiting on those results too.
Earlier this week I started wondering how to tell the difference between braxton hicks contractions and whole body movement by the baby because my belly gets super hard really often. I started paying closer attention to whether it made only one section harder, how long it lasted, stuff like that. I noticed a distinct increase in pressure to a peak and then it would subside, and this would happen over about a minute which to me seemed like too long to be body movement.
Conclusion: braxton hicks. Complication: it happened OFTEN...
So I kept an eye on it the whole of wednesday, noting the frequency and duration: 5 times in 1 hour in the morning, 16 times in 90min in the evening! It seemed to let up in the late evening and i didnt notice anything more the next morning (yesterday). Then i started noticing contractions around 4.30pm yesterday and they did not let up the whole time I was out walking the dog so around 5.45pm I called my OB and he sent me off to the hospital. I unfortunately messed up my DH's night because we were supposed to go to a concert last night to see his favourite rock guitarist perform but we got stuck in the L&D ward at the hospital for 6 hours.
They hooked me up to some monitors and could see that the contractions were very regular and fairly significant (albeit painless). The whole time I was hooked up the contractions never let up. In fact they didn't stop until I fell asleep around 3am.
Squishy did not like the things strapped to my belly. She tried to kick them off often!
Around 9pm the resident doc came in with an attending to say that although there was no dilation or cervix softening and that all the tests they did say I probably won't go into active labor in at least the next 2 weeks they wanted to keep me for observation for a few more hours just because the contractions were so regular. I sent DH home to take the dog out and to (try) get some rest as he had a big meeting this morning.
Around 11.30pm the resident doc came in to say that there was no change in my cervix or the contractions and so they needed to consult with my OB to find out if he wanted to book me in for steroid treatment for her lungs in case of preterm delivery. That worried me but thankfully my doc decided it wasn't necessary right at that time. So they sent me home around midnight.
The contractions continued and kept me awake most of the night.
I felt them start up again around 7.30am as I was taking the dog to the park for her morning romp. They're not as intense as they were yesterday afternoon or last night, and not as often, but yesterday they only started up in the late afternoon. I'm off to see the OB for a check up and he will give me a better idea of what we're facing.
Based on all of this it turns out that what I thought was pressure from the baby sitting so low down when I walk has actually been contractions the whole time. So I've been having them since about 19 weeks, but yesterday was the most noticeable.
DH is a bit freaked out at the prospect of a preemie.....
Doc checked me out again this afternoon and says everything is still fine. My cervix is still long and closed so he's only wants to see me in 2 weeks.
He did an ultrasound and did some measurements on the baby: she's weighing around 3 lb 4 oz and is measuring around 29/30 weeks. But all in all she is growing nicely.
Still having them regularly but no increase in intensity so I'm not worried. Doc said I should only worry if they get sore, or if they move into my back.
Amazingly this whole time I have never thought that she was trying come come early. It's always felt like it was only my belly giving me issues. To me she seems happy to be there and bounce around her little kingdom.
On a better note: got the results of my mole biopsy and although there were abnormal cells present they got a nice clean margin in this excision and they don't have to cut more out. Dermatologist only wants to see me in 6 months.
Had a scare this morning when I took my FurBaby to the dog park: I was sitting on the bench to throw her ball for her instead of having to bend down all the time and before I realised what was happening her ball had bounced through the fence and she had gone after it. Normally she will wait for me to go fetch it for her but I think she knows that I'm not so fast on my feet any more and that I'm struggling to do things nowadays because she just slipped through a gap by the closed inner gate and out under the outer gate right into the street. She was in the middle of the street within 15 secs of the ball bouncing over the fence. All I can say is THANKFULLY it is a very quiet street, and THANKFULLY all she wanted was her ball, not to run away. As soon as she had retrieved her ball she came trotting back to the park, proud as punch.
Unfortunately the shock of all this gave me some belly cramps so I lay down for a couple hours. It didn't turn into full-on contractions but it was rather sore. Squishy was also very agitated from the stress.
On a lighter note, I think I felt her having hiccups last week
Today has been a tough day. Actually been a tough week so far. I'm still not feeling great since ending up in the hospital. And I can't stop wondering if this is all means that she's coming early. And if so, when? Is it going to be weeks of this? Is it going to be next week? Is there any way to tell?
Every symptom I feel gets me wondering all over again.
The contractions are still going. Tonight I've had 8 in one hour so far since I started counting. But I know I've been having them all day on and off, just as I have been all along. Now I've also had mild diarrhea for 2 days. If I still have it tomorrow I'll have to call the doc. Belly has been achy as well, feels a little bruised.