I have been having contractions for several weeks now. What started out as just irritating have turned into downright painful. This happened with Johnny too and I was in and out of the hospital for weeks prior to his birth and officially on bedrest for my entire 3rd trimester. I was officially diagnosed with preterm labor with him but, thankfully, he was born at full-term.
I know that Braxton Hicks contractions are very common. Unfortunately, I have had BH contractions and these are not them. These are very strong (read: painful) and at times can be regular. I do have bouts of BH contractions too and welcome those even. When these bad ones start, it seems they go on for hours. I do what I am supposed to… drink lots of water, lay on my left side, relax (as much as possible).
The reality is that I can’t lay on the sofa or bed though. I have kids here all day every day. I can’t “relax” as so many suggest. For that reason alone, I have not told my doctor yet about these contractions. I am going to tell him at my appointment on Tuesday. I know what will follow though… internal checks, nonstress tests, frequent visits. With both of my previous pregnancies, I took meds to keep the contractions at bay. Since I have a new OB this time, I am not sure what his course of action will be and, frankly, that bothers me most.
I am most worried that he will put me on bedrest. I know that my cervix changing (or not) will be the biggest indicator of the necessity of bedrest, but he may feel that is safest. I have no idea what I will do if he suggests that. I have a 2 year old and 5 year old. I will need to be getting my son to and from school every morning in 3 short weeks. I have things to do and not because I want to, but because I have to.
So, think good thoughts for me… not for the contractions to stop because I don’t feel that will happen. Think good thoughts that my doctor who, up until this point has been very good at listening and working with me, will do the same and give me some options for how to deal with this new problem. Also on Tuesday, I will have my glucose tolerance test. Fun stuff there! Wish me luck!