I had loads of contractions at 16 weeks and that's when I was told to stop swimming and otherwise exercising. Later, the contractions were pretty well under control and I really only got them if I did too much exercise like walking around a Home Depot. I have now been back at work for three days and coincidentally have had a lot of contractions for three days. I called to ask the nurse at my doctor's office how else I can limit the contractions. It turns out you can't say "contractions" if you're having twins. They put me on hold for like 15 seconds and then came back to tell me that my paperwork had already been sent over and I needed to get to labor and delivery? "What?! I'm not in labor. But, but, but ... gah." There was no excuse working and I went down there saying, "Hi. I'm not in labor." They attempted to monitor the babies but they were wiggling too much so they just monitored my contractions. "Yup, you're having contractions." My cervix is fine, just like I knew it was from my appointment just a few days ago, and I was annoyed to still be there. "Ok, go back to work. No exercise. No sex." Nothing new but a waste of time!
Ugh!! How horribly frustrating....sheesh, I would be having several trips to L & D a week if that was the case with my OB office!! I was told that it depended on frequency (more than every 10 minutes) and regularity and if I could get them to stop---with resting, drinking water, etc.
I, too, went back to work 1/2 time and my contractions increased in frequency, as did my back pain, so my OB took me back out of work after less than 2 weeks. I felt like a wimp, but I am going to keep these LO's baking as long as possible.
Oh my God. Someone who understands! I keep hearing stuff about how it's great to get it checked out and they have to for liability blah blah blah ... I would just like to be able to ask a freakin' question. The only thing they succeeded in doing today was making me more hesitant in calling for clarification.
I've been lucky in the fact I haven't had to visit L&D too often and the contractions are few and far between lately. If you look at it another way, they could have not cared and told you you were over reacting and there might have actually been something wrong. I guess its better to be over cautious
I went to L & D almost every 2 weeks from 28 to 38 weeks. It was so frustrating! I knew they would hook me up, I'd sit for hours, and they'd send me home. It was such a waste of time, but I know it was necessary. Every NST I would be having contractions so they'd send me to the hospital. I never even went into labor or dilated or anything! I ended up having a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks because nothing was happening and baby A was breech.
Sean and Emma 10/24/06
Ok so I know it is a super annoying thing to have to do BUT I know the other side of it-my contractions were real and even though they weren't regular and not dilated if I had not gone to L&D "just to make sure" then I am sure I would've lost these babies. I had gone into L&D before and like you said, was super annoyed, sat there for hours, it had happened before so I knew I wasn't in labor, knew it was just a precaution, blah, blah, blah. BUT then this time all of a sudden while being monitored, next thing I knew I had a bulging bag. So it is annoying and sometimes you might feel like their idiots to even suggest going but please go! My girls were born at 25 weeks. Just another side to look at! Better safe then sorry! Keep em baking momma!