Originally Posted by typebug
Thank you to all of you for the support! Husband is on the other side of the world right now so it's been far too easy to lie here and debate with myself. Hugs to Brambeberry and Odinsmama for all your suggestions. They were really helpful. I did the bath which slowed things down. I also drank lots of water, took electrolytes and magnesium and stayed in bed.
I used my contraction counter to monitor what was happening and was relieved to confirm that the contractions were still BH because they did slow down to once or twice an hour when I was in bed as opposed to every few minutes if I stood up. Lots of lower abdominal pain (which I'm calling ligament pain as it seems most likely). That pain didn't really improve with lying down and was pretty uncomfortable when I went to sleep that night.
Today I'm feeling a major shift. The abdominal aches are less and I was able to make breakfast without a single contraction but I'm being good and just staying right in my bed. Midwife said she's calling this a warning light that I was doing too much but she's not very worried because it didn't come along with any bleeding. That would have been the official signal to head into the hospital as far as she's concerned.
I have to go in to the hopital for our supporting Dr to check me on Monday. I fly out on Tuesday (13 hour flight!) so I guess it's good to just get that double check. Does anyone have a clue what a Dr is likely to want to check in this kind of case? I'm not a fan of medically unnessecery scans but if a scan tells them anything in this situation I'll allow it as that would seem like a logical application for it. Anything I should be wary about a hospital wanting to administer?
I've never had preterm labor, but I did have prodromal labor last time. One thing to remember is that just because contractions slow down, doesnt mean they were just BH. BH contractions do not move your body towards labor at all, and are not helping you to dilate or become effaced. The doctor will likely check to make sure the baby's station is still negative (that the baby is not engaged) and your cervical dilation and effacement.
Last time, around this time in pregnancy, I had a bout of contractions like this and when I went in to be checked, I was dilated to 2. So, they werent BH like I thought- they were real contractions, they just stopped. It happened several times again throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy, and I was dilated to 4 and 90% effaced at 37 weeks.
Lots of rest. Try not to be anxious :)