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#1 of 6 Old 12-13-2011, 09:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So, I had my 37 week appointment yesterday and was told I am 90% effaced and 3 cm dilated....baby is also head down and still very low. After my appointment, I started having cramping. Then, it progressed to contractions that came every 5 minutes like clockwork. DH called the doctor, as I stubbornly wanted to wait and see at home (it had been 5 hours since it all started), and we were told to come to the hospital to get checked. Sure enough, I was having strong contractions every 4 minutes by then, so they waited to see if I dilated any further...after an hour, nothing changed and so I was sent home. After trying to sleep through the rest of the night, my contractions seem to be completely gone now....which is nice, because this is still a bit on the early side...but on the other hand, I feel bad for getting everyone worked up and almost wish I hadn't said anything to DH as he seems disappointed...especially since he is so worried that this baby is going to be a Christmas baby (which he does not want because he worries that his relatives will just lump his birthday under Christmas). 

 

So here I am just waiting to see what happens...37 weeks certainly came with a bang, so to speak! 

 

On another note, I am rather annoyed with my doctor's nurse (again). She once again gave us the wrong information - I did not test positive for GBS and thus made us worry for nothing. She did the same thing with my glucose test, where she insisted that I must have gestational diabetes and thus had no other option other than either take the 3 hr test again or go to a specialist. My doctor, on the other hand, simply has me check my blood sugar at home and bring in my results for my appointments...although he believes that it is perfectly normal for pregnant women to have blood sugar levels that get out of whack and thinks that a healthy diet will prevent most issues with this. I feel bad, but because of the false info (which she also claims is from the doctor himself when in reality she never consulted him), judgmental comments, and snippy attitude I get from my doctor's nurse, I don't think I will be going back to this doctor again...it has just made this pregnancy way more stressful than it should be...especially with this nurse telling me that I probably have the worst case scenario and that I have no other options other than medical intervention...

 

Just had to rant a little...

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cervical exams can cause prodromal contractions like that - they don't give you any useful information so you might want to consider declining them from now on until labor comes for real.

 

good news on the gbs thing though!

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Ick, that nurse sounds terrible.  Sorry that you have to deal with her.

 

BUT, how exciting to be "out of the woods" and able to meet baby whenever he or she is ready!  My 37 week appt is thursday and I can't wait!  My husband is also getting really excited and has mentioned that he would like the baby already.  I would too, but I'm also happy to be pregnant a while longer.

 

I'm so excited to see more of the birth announcements come rolling in.

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Did the dr strip your membranes? A lot of them will do it during vaginal exams, often without consent.  And that can definitely cause hours of contractions that don't really go anywhere. It just means your body isn't quite ready yet. Soon, though. smile.gif


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Did the dr strip your membranes? A lot of them will do it during vaginal exams, often without consent.  And that can definitely cause hours of contractions that don't really go anywhere. It just means your body isn't quite ready yet. Soon, though. smile.gif



I don't think so. He checked just long enough to say "Yep, you're 90% effaced and 3 cm dilated" and was done...of course, this is my first time, so I don't have experience with having my membranes stripped.

 

On the other hand, the nurse in the hospital birthing center triage was much more rough (of course, maybe it was more painful because I was already irritated down there) when checking to see if I was labor...I had globs of blood coming out afterwards...it was not fun...in fact, my contractions suddenly got very, very strong after she checked to see if I was dilating...it got to the point where I did not want to be touched or talked to during each contraction...

 

I'm still contracting, but fortunately not as often or strong...and now I have a constant flow of brown discharge that just randomly started...it feels like I have my period...very annoying...but still trying hard to be patient. 

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From what I've heard, stripping often feels like a really rough vaginal exam. So the nurse might have done it, if nothing else.

 

Hopefully the bleeding will stop soon & the contractions will either stop or turn into labour.


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