You know what the difference between pre-term contractions and pre-term labor is? Pre-term labor means the baby is coming. It’s productive. pre-term contractions are just painful with nothing to show at the end of the day but…a cranky mood and uber-tender pelvis.
Yesterday I had Braxton-Hicks all day long. Not one or two an hour, but consistently all day long, worse in the afternoon. I had an OB appt scheduled at 4 and thought it wasn’t a big deal so didn’t call my OB (or husband) and didn’t say anything until I arrived at the doctor’s office. Evidently, I should have called them. A couple contractions at this stage (just shy of 30 weeks) are okay, but all day long could present a problem. They did an exam and I’m not dilating so it’s not pre-term labor, just good ole’ Braxton-Hicks. Or “uterine practice” as my mom called it last night.
I was told to drink more water (I already guzzle 1/2 – 1 gals/day), NOT lift or carry Sam AT ALL UNTIL 6 WEEKS AFTER DELIVERY, and “rest more.” ie: take it easy. If I have occasional contractions that’s fine, but anything more than 4/hr and I have to call the doc again and go in to be checked. If I have consistent contractions I may have to be placed on bedrest which I DO NOT WANT, so I’m going to do my best to be as lazy as humanly possible for the next 8-10 weeks.
This morning Mimi is kicking and punching (her arms are finally big and strong enough) frequently but I’ve only had 3-4 contractions since 7 am so this is much better. Hopefully this was a 1 time thing and we’ll make it til the end.
I tell Mimi all the time that she just has to make it ’til 37 weeks. That’s my goal. Full term. Once she’s there she can (1) hurry up and be born or (2) stay and cook for another couple weeks. Completely her choice.
So — now I know what contractions feel like. They suck. I feel badly for anyone who has (1) a long labor (2) a natural childbirth (3) inadequate drug coverage during labor. Let me tell you, that “preemptive” epidural I have to have? Sounds pretty darn good right about now.