Well this is baby #5 so I know my body just knows what to do and it is sure going to do it. But I have never had this many braxton hicks with previous pregnancies nor have they been this intense at such an early stage (31+1 today). I mean intense enough to wake me from my sleep. Last night I could have sworn I was in labor. I am not the sort of person who times contractions or keeps track of things like that. I have had so many kids that I just kind of wait until it's unbearable and then go have a baby. I am definitely not the boy who cried wolf when it comes to labor. When L&D sees me it's because I am about to have a baby. But the pain associated with the braxton hicks I have been having in the past week leads me to feel I must be having cervical changes. This is how I felt with my last child. I had about a week and a half of severe braxton hicks and then one day she said I'm coming out and it all happened so damned fast she was moments away from being born in front seat of my SUV.
When I began feeling these changes in my braxton hicks I did a cervical check to make sure all was well and it was. Nothing to worry about. A few days later I knew something had to have changed and sure enough it had. Cervix was slightly open. On a good day I would say it was 1cm. So not a lot, but enough. So here I am at 31 weeks wondering if I am going into preterm labor. If my body is doing what it did last time then I will continue to have these contractions for a few weeks and all of a sudden be in the throws of labor. I don't want to check myself again because I don't want to agitate anything down there any further but I am not sure if I should raise a stink or if this is may be pretty normal.
I sincerely hate going into my OB. I have been to maybe 3 appointments this entire pregnancy I hate going in so bad.
But I know if things are moving along at this point then it is just way too early.
So ladies, do you guys think it may be just normal since I have had so many children? Anyone else going through something similar? I drink a crap ton of water. Probably an abnormal amount since it's all I crave. Ice water all day long. So dehydration is probably not a factor. I have been under a tremendous amount of stress though the past few weeks. Uncontrollable crying and depression which I believe is hormonal. DH is away until mid august and so I have been pretty sad about it. Go figure I can handle deployment after deployment, but one month away for training and I may need to be admitted. I have completely lost my appetite and although I drink a few glasses of ice water every hour or so I still feel an insane amount of thirst and a need for ice, and my bowels have been emptying. Which is weird for me. I am a do it every 3 days or so kind of gal and the past few days I have gone so many times I wonder where the heck it's coming from since I don't eat very much. And I have been having morning sickness again. Only way worse than it was in the 1st tri. So those are my symptoms.