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Okay, I need some help here...<br>
For the past three or four days, I've been having contractions every 7-10 minutes. They are painful, but I can still walk and talk through them the majority of the time. I don't know if they get less painful or if I am just getting used to the pain.<br>
In checking myself, I seem to be mostly effaced and a soft 2-3. In my past labors (this is my 4th), I go very slowly until 4-5 and then I go VERY quickly after that. I usually hit 5cm and deliver about 15-20 minutes later.<br>
As for due date, my LMP was 2/12/02 (I've been pg and nursing since then, and have no clue as to when I got pg). I had a very early US (got my appendix out...they had to decide between appendix and ectopic) that would put me at 37wks. A later US would put me at 35 wks right now.<br>
Lots of mucousy discharge, some has a pink tinge, some doesn't (probably TMI, but it's a little greenish tinged).<br><br>
Okay...there's my history, here's my question...<br>
I am having very bad abdominal pain...right at the top of my belly/bottom of my boobs. All the way around, almost exactly where a bra would be if I could wear one that didn't cause excruciating pain. I also have a very sharp stabbing pain over my ribcage on the left side of my back. It's covering the whole left side of my ribcage.<br><br>
I am hoping very muchly for a UC at home...both just 'cause I want one and because the hospital here is horrible (military hosp). I see a MW on base for care, but she wouldn't be called unless I was ready to deliver. Until then, you can only be seen by residents whose main job is to keep the actual drs from having to be disturbed. These people scare the living daylights out of me, as does this hospital. Unfortunately, I live in a midwife/homebirth unfriendly state, so I'm stuck with this hosp or with a UC. The MW I see is very comfortable with my going UC. We have agreed that I would continue to see her for prenatal care, and I would come in if there were any problems.<br>
So that is my problem...is this pain a problem? Or is this a new normal I've never had in any of my other pregnancies? Unfortunately, you can't just call up there and ask a question, after hours you have to go up to L&D. For me, that will mean lots of poking and prodding and hooking up to machines and staying there for the next 700 years to make sure everything is okay.<br><br>
I REALLY hate not being able to call and ask a stinking question, so I came here!! Can you help?
 

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is the pain constant or intermittant? does it come and go with the contractions, or randomly? would you say its connected to your uterus, or more to the ribcage (there are tiny muscles between the ribs that can be stretched or torn... or even a rib dislocated).<br><br>
sharp or dull? does it ease with a warm bath or a glass of wine or lying down?<br><br>
if it's deep inside, could it be a challenged liver?<br><br>
i'm a little concerned about the "greenish" mucus... how green? do you think there's a chance your water has broken? do you know what meconium looks like?<br><br>
it doesn't sound like an emergency but i'd find a friendly midwife or RN to talk to pretty soon... pam? you there?<br><br>
good luck and let us know how you're doing!<br><br>
katje
 

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Any pain with urination? Fever? Do you have alot of pain in your mid-back? At this point, from what you have said, I'm strongly thinking a kidney infection. It would be a good idea to get some clarification on this, as a kidney infection can also cause contractions (contractions that don't do a whole lot to the cervix, but they're still there!).<br><br>
I would definitely call a mw if you can. Does she live close?<br><br>
Let us know what's up.
 

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One other thing to consider... does your baby kick you in one certain spot all the time? the same area that hurts? My first kicked me so hard, in the exact same spot that she apparently bruised my uterus. Then she kept kicking that same spot, making it hurt more and more.<br><br>
good luck! Let us know how it goes!
 

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I went ahead and went into L&D last night.<br>
They were most concerned with an abruption, but didn't find any signs. They did lab work, all fine. I was having cxs every 2-4 minutes while I was there, but yet again, they petered out overnight. She agreed with my dilation/effacement guesstimate.<br>
While I was there, my blood pressure dropped WAY low (it went from 114/73 to 50/19 (how many times do I have to tell these people not to put me on my left side??!!), so they kept me overnight. Couldn't figure out what happened, though. I have an appointment with the base MW Monday morning.<br>
They did an US (to check for abruption) and everything is fine. They still have me at just shy of 35 wks, so they literally told me to keep my legs together until at least next Friday.<br>
The good thing was that I found out that baby is officially head down (my last baby decided to turn breech towards the end) and that baby is already making good breathing movements.<br>
As for the pain, it is most likely the fact that the round ligament on the right side of my uterus is stretched so taught that "a hard cough will probably rip it in half". This baby (like his sister and brothers) all find my right side most appealing, and chose to never move from that half.<br><br>
Other than that, that's all I found out. Everything was fine overnight. All in all, it wasn't terrible, but I did have to fight a speculum exam!!! They wanted to do one to make sure my membranes hadn't ruptured. I swear, I've never seen drs so speculum happy in my entire life!!!!!!!<br><br>
So now I'm waiting again......
 

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thanks for letting us know what happened.... we'll keep tuned in for the next chapter, hopefully a wonderful birth story in a couple more weeks!<br><br>
best wishes,<br><br>
katje
 

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I'm so glad that things are ok. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I hope that you NEVER see that hospital while pregnant again! xxxoooo
 
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