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#1 of 7 Old 09-26-2005, 11:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mamas, I'm hoping someone can offer me a little advice.

I'm 24 weeks along today, and I've periodically had some Braxton-Hicks contractions in the past few weeks. This morning, however, I started getting some kind of intense contractions. Not enough to really hurt, but enough that my back and lower abdomen felt realy crampy. They were coming one after the other, though somewhat irregularly. I called the L/D dept. of the hospital and the nursee I spoke to advised drinking lots of water and staying off my feet.

Here's the thing: I'm still feeling crampy and although the contractions are very infrequent now (within the normal 4 or so per hour), I'm nervous. I'm still nursing my 18 month old dd, but I'm no longer producing anything but the tiniest drops of milk. She only nurses a couple times a day, yet I'm now afraid that her nursing could be stimulating contractions. Should I stop nursing? And how much should I stay off my feet?

I have an appointment with my midwife (who oversees my care and delivered my first dc) on Thursday--assuming I don't have another episode, should I just go about my normal business until then?

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That happened to me, too. I'm 36 weeks now and still pregnant. I'd keep nursing unless there's a clear correlation and the contractions are causing your cervix to change. But definitley try to arrange for a few quiet days and do drink more water than you can possibly believe you're drinking. You might also try taking magnesium and red raspberry leaf. Both have helped tremendously to calm my contractions since about that same point in pregnancy.

Hang in there!
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Thanks, Rachel. I'll give those a try. The sensible side of me thinks everything will be just fine, but there's that little hysterical voice that can only think of the worst case scenario. Blah! I'm sure the pregancy "hormones" don't help things, either!

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No, I know I was really anxious, too. Just try to go as easy as you can. The other thing to take is lots of vitamin C, which will help your bag of waters stay strong. Chances are excellent that this will all be okay.
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Also, if you are worried, you can request a fetal fibronectin test (although I think some insurance may not cover it). If it comes back negative, you can be pretty sure that it's just practice contractions and not true pre-term labor (at least for the 2 weeks following the test). Be prepared for them to offer terbutaline anyway though if you are having lots of contractions...it's not necessary, but for some reason many places feel they should treat contractions even if the test indicates it's not PTL.

Do put a call in to the midwife even if you are feeling better now...I should have called mine a few weeks ago for some cramping in my legs and thighs and didn't b/c I had an appt later in the week.

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Things have settled down much more today. I haven't had another episode of the repeating contractions (just a few odd ones here and there). I feel pretty worn out, mentally, but I'm doing my best to take it easy. It's so helpful to have the advice and support of other moms!

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Glad things have settled down. I agree that it is very important to drink, drink, drink as much water as possible. ALso, make sure that you are eating enough, and often enough, and getting loads of protein.

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