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I have been having a lot of contractions, just like my first pregnancy. This was the time when I was put on medication for it last time, and I had a little worry in the back of my head it was happening again. Then I lost part of my mucus plug yesterday. This whole week I've felt a lot of pressure in my cervix, too. I am trying to run with the train of thought that this is just the way my body is.<br><br>
I had an appt today and my midwife felt more comfortable if rule out the other stuff so we can be sure that it's just my body's way of doing it. We did a UA and also tested for BV (but she said she thinks that will be negative) She doesn't do internal exams at all, even rarely in labor itself. But she did one today based on my symptoms. I had checked it myself recently and I knew the external os was open about 1-2 cm and I was somewhat effaced and soft. She confirmed that... about 1-2 cm, soft, and 50-60% effaced. I'm confident doing the exams myself now, so she won't be doing any more.<br><br>
From that, she basically said normal activities but NO LIFTING for the next 3 weeks or so. Even lifting DS is a big no-no because of the pressure it puts on my cervix. I don't know how the heck that's going to happen, we have stairs in front of our house and he can't quite climb them yet alone. Also our laundry is in the basement. Bah, I just can't depend on DH for all of this. She also wants me to up my magnesium intake to see if maybe that's what is causing it... we never tried that with my last pregnancy (we went straight to nifedipine) so maybe it will help.<br><br>
The worst part of the whole appt was the BV swab. She doesn't have an exam table or anything, just a futon type deal. So I laid back on that and she allowed me to hold myself open while she did it (I guess the tests are more accurate in her opinion if they are self guided?) But what ended up happening was the swab went into my freaking urethra. The pain was so horrible... and I am not bothered by internals or anything. It's really sore now and the first time I peed there was a ton of blood everywhere. I am sensitive there from my first birth anyway.... I had more issues with the pain from the catheter than I did with my tear. She felt terrible... I could see it in her face. That was an experience I do NOT ever want to have again.<br><br>
I also don't think I can bring DS with me anymore. An hour is just too long for him to keep busy, and it stresses me out too much. A friend offered to watch him, and I think I'll take her up on that.<br><br>
My midwife is such a great woman though. My God, I am so lucky to have found her. I trust her with every ounce of my being. So I could be a lot more worked up about this than I am, but at least I have a really great midwife standing behind me.<br><br>
Thanks for letting me vent. It isn't that big of deal in the long run but it was stress I wasn't expecting.
 

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Sticky vibes coming your way... and I'm sorry you had such a crappy experience with the swab--made me hurt just thinking about it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Sending sticky baby thoughts! Your experience with the swab made me cringe, ouch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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yeouch!!! after hearing that i'm really dreading my fFn test later today. i'm so sorry you had to go through that.<br><br>
hopefully your baby will stay put though until at least 37 weeks!!!<br><br>
i have tons of ctx too, so i feel your pain. and they have really picked up in the last week or so. ugh!! we don't want any june babies until at least the middle of may (and it better not be my baby as i'm not due until june 14th)!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> YEEEEOUCH!!!!<br><br>
Stick baby stick!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sticky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sticky"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sticky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sticky"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sticky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sticky"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:
 

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So sorry about the painful swab. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Ouch!<br><br>
I'll keep you in my prayers. Keep telling that baby to stay put! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sticky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sticky"><br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I know just how scary it is. If you ever need to talk to someone who has BTDT feel free to PM me anytime. I've been having lots of success with an Omega 3,6,9 supplement. I've also been taking acidopholus to ward off UTIs (major cause of PTL) and increased my vitamin C by 1,000 mg/day. My own MW suffers from PTL and has a ton of little "tricks" to try to calm an overactive uterus. Here is what she's told me to do when cntx start coming (in this exact order):<br><br>
Drink a ton of water<br><br>
Hop in a bath and relax<br><br>
Take cramp bark tincture to calm the uterus<br><br>
Have a tiny glass of wine (if you are not entirely against it, IMO wine is safer than terbutaline)<br><br>
If all else fails I am to take my oral terbutaline (brethane) to stop cntx. If contx do not stop after 3 doses of Terb then I need to get to the hospital. I got the prescription fro terb from an on-call OB about 10 weeks ago when I was having PTL issues.<br><br>
I hope your baby stays put <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Just a few more weeks until "safety zone".
 

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Thanks Jilian. I had this crap with my last pregnancy too so I've definately been through it before. I'll keep those ideas in mind. And I am NOT against a little wine, in fact I wish I had some tonight. LOL<br><br>
My midwife just called. We won't have the culture results back until late tomorrow or this weekend, but she did say that my urine had both bacteria AND yeast. I didn't even know urine could have yeast?! She said that for it to get that far means that the colonization is pretty high. So starting a ton of probiotics and eating a few cloves of garlic a week from here on out. The last thing I'd want is for the baby to have thrush! Probably good to do anyway since I don't plan to do IV abx if I test positive for GBS. What's interesting is I've had what I thought might be thrush on one of my nipples for a few weeks. Now I guess I know for sure.<br><br>
I'm SO DAMN SORE tonight from that little swab incident I can't hardly sit or stand because it puts too much pressure there. I'm having to stand in the shower and pee. (Sorry, TMI? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">: ) DH went and picked up some lidocaine from my midwife after work, but that hasn't even helped.<br><br>
Funny thing is she doubts BV now, but we tested for it because I've had it before.<br><br>
Thanks for letting me vent and for the support and sticky vibes, guys. What a crappy day.
 

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My MW gave me something called uri-care for UTI symptoms, you can take it along with acidopholus, it comes in liquid form and has worked well for me.<br><br>
I'm sorry you are in so much pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope you are feeling better soon. At least you now know what was probably causing the PTL so hopefully once it is treated the contractions stop.
 

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cranberry juice is good for urinary tract, especially with infection, but also to help keep away if you're prone to them. My ex MIL swears by the stuff.. and she generally DIVES for an excuse for "traditional" meds and RARELY goes for a natural fix.<br><br>
also sending many sticky vibes(saving a few for myself though hope ya dont mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )
 

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A note on the cranberry juice.<br><br>
It works for me every time! Yay!<br><br>
BUT, you must buy 100% PURE CRANBERRY JUICE. (Trader Joe's has the best price, I've found, but Whole Foods carries it and our regular grocery store has it in the "natural foods" section.) Something in the cranberry causes the lining of your urinary tract to get "slippery" so the bacteria can't keep hold, I believe. (Many people use the cranberry capsules. I've never tried those.)<br><br>
It also helps if you cut out as much sugar/white flour as possible. Sugar is delicious food for the yeast (and, I think, the UTI bacteria.)<br><br>
I also find cutting out coffee, if you are drinking any, keeps me from getting UTIs.<br><br>
My MIL, the homeopath/nutritionist, also swears by alkanizing the diet for yeast problems. Basically, many foods, not just obvious ones, cause a body to become acidic. Vinegar and citrus are obvious ones, but there are many others. If you can stand to do a week on a diet of mostly vegetables and proteins, those foods are generally more alkaline than acidic by her plan. (I'm not an expert on this. She gave me a book, "Alkanize and Energize", I think it was, that explains it better.) This COULD help, but is actually too hard for me to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The first two ideas are easier!<br><br>
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You've been in my thoughts. Hopefully you'll be feeling better soon and baby will stay put until full term!!
 

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Sending you sticky thoughts and prayers for the baby, and healing ones for the painful after-effects of the swab.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Oww! I hope you are feeling better today. Sending you some more sticky vibes!
 

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Well, I DON'T have a UTI. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> We got the culture results back. I'm actually sort of frustrated because that would be an easy solution, ya know? She said the count wasn't high enough to be considered an infection. But it's low enough that I could bring it back down to zero with just cranactin(sp) or cranberry juice.<br><br>
I have only had one my entire life, and this is also the first yeast infection I've had too. So something is off somewhere in my body and it's probably good to have figured it out.<br><br>
But it still doesn't explain the contractions or cervical change. Bah.<br><br>
ETA: I also forgot to mention that the swab was defective. It was missing the cotton piece on one section so the plastic itself was scraping around inside of there. It's still sore today but I'm feeling better and at least able to sit on the toliet and pee. Last night was a little rough!<br><br>
Thank you again for listening. It puts me somewhat at east to be able to vent this out. It really sucks when your low intervention pregnancy suddenly has you turning to interventions. Hopefully from here on out there will be nothing else invasive we have to do except maybe pee in a cup. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I know exactly what you mean. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Have the contractions stopped? I had 3 urine cultures done in a 4 day period before they showed an infection, so if the cntx continue try another urine culture. I hope you're feeling better today.
 

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Do you know an acupuncturist, or anyone who could refer you?<br><br>
Even if you don't have a raging infection, there could be a mild one, and I've cleared two sinus infections with acupuncture. It is also just so very balancing for me. Whatever is "off" in your body might get fixed.<br><br>
Take care of yourself. If I were you, I'd act like I had a UTI even without proof. Drinking juice and avoiding sugar will only help you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
--willo
 
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