Ah!! Contractions and it's 4 am . . . waaaa

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Ah!! Contractions and it's 4 am . . . waaaa
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Tue, 10-12-2010 - 4:13am

I woke up maybe an hour ago to go pee, but then I couldn't fall back asleep.

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Registered: 04-13-2008

OMG! I'd definitely call the midwife now and have her check you out, just to be on the safe side. I guess one other pointer would be if the contractions increase in strength/painfulness - if not, it *might* just be BH, although at that frequency and regularity I'm not so sure...

You might be in labour, girl!

Well either way I hope all goes well, do ring your MW sooner rather than later just so you (and she) know what's going on. Good luck and keep us posted!

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I agree w/ Anna, I would call the MW.

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Thanks guys! Well I woke James up at 6:30, and we timed them for like an hour, and they were coming like every 3-5 mins for a min to a min and a half. So we called the midwife. She is out of town with another Mom in labor, but she said that if they aren't painful and don't seem to be increasing in intensity that this probably is not *really* it. But that we should keep in touch with her today and that she would call in a few hours. She advised me to take it easy and try not to pay any attention to the contractions and just try to ignore them and distract myself. I think part of this advice is that I'm so early--I'm sure I would be getting different advice if I were 41 weeks or something, hehe. So I guess we'll just see how things go today! DH went to work about a half hour ago--I feel bad because he was really late. I have an appt tomorrow so she'll probably check me then if not sooner. I'll KUP!
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"She advised me to take it easy and try not to pay any attention to the contractions and just try to ignore them and distract myself."

That has been the advice I've heard repeated over and over again by my midwife, birth class instructor, and other moms. Clock watching just makes it all the more uncomfortable, since your focus is totally on that.

Have you tried taking a warm bath to see if that helps? Or taking a tylenol + gravol and having a nap? Try to do something that relaxes you and try your best to ignore the contractions.

KUP!!




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Registered: 10-11-2005

Adrienne if it makes you feel better I had prodromal labor (real contrations, not Braxton Hicks, but relatively painless) for over 4 weeks with both Desmond and Eloise and trust me contractions every 5 minutes or so for a minute for 4 weeks sucks, but neither of them were early, Eloise was 2 days before her due date and Desmond was induced 4 days before his due date.

On the other hand I think I would rather go into labor and get it over with then deal with them for 4+ weeks again, even if they were painless, they were really annoying.

Good luck either way for you.




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Alyssa--I was trying to relax the whole time (including taking a shower/bath), but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. After getting that advice from my midwife, though, I just tried to ignore them and watched a movie and then ended up falling asleep from like 10 am until 12 pm (yay!).

Now since waking up, I am still feeling some contractions but it seems like they aren't as frequent as they were.

Sarah--The contractions seemed like BH (just tightening) from 3-6 am, but then they changed and between 6 and 9 or so they definitely seemed more like "real" contractions--having a beginning and a peak and causing some interesting sensations in what I guess is my cervix--I guess I felt like they were "doing something"--they still weren't really painful, but I was having more pressure and feeling some pain in my back and sciatica . . .

I think I might just be like you (and I've heard of other women like this) who have periods of (sometimes strong) contractions for up to a month before the baby is born. I REALLY hope it isn't as constant as yours were, though, that does NOT sound fun!

Anyway, I just want to know that he is head down and then ideally make it at LEAST one more week. I know its better for him to stay in right up until 40 weeks but in one more week we'll be able to deliver at home and I'll have everything ready for him. That was the main stress I was feeling this morning is not having everything set . . .

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Registered: 08-24-2005
So??? Any news???

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Registered: 04-29-2008

Wow! That is crazy--I'm glad the contractions calmed down and you were able to get some rest!

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I had pretty regular contractions like you're describing for the week before James was born. I would have them all day and then at night time they would go away. They didn't really hurt though. I think that's the key, when you're actually in labor the pain is awful. (at least for me it was...) Hopefully you won't have to deal with this until James comes, but if you're able to ignore them, I would definitely try to do that, and hopefully it's just a fluke and they go away, and James will take his time to finish baking. KUP!
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Registered: 04-22-2006
I'm glad you were able to get some sleep and that the contractions have seemed to subside. Hopefully little James will hang in there for another week (and hopefully longer!), although I hope you don't have to deal with constant contractions until he comes either.




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