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Long story, going to try and make it short.<br><br>
Baby stopped moving on 6/03/08 randomly and freaked me out (because I swear he moves 24/7 and never sleeps), so I was told by my Doc to go to the laboring triage to get hooked up on the monitor. I did that. They hooked me up to the IV because I was oddly having contractions and baby was fine. After getting put on the monitor (he doesn't like that) he moved around a bit. The IV didn't stop the contractions like they had hoped, so they gave me this shot. This wiped them out. I didn't even know I was having contractions.<br><br>
Okay sooo almost exactly a month later, July 2nd I went to the doc for a regular checkup and my stomach felt tight and balled up when he went to get the heartbeat. He told me that was a contraction. Odd I thought... Cause I know I had been getting tons of them. With that said, two days later I started timing them. I was having 8 or more an hour! So doc said, do what I said before, force down 3 glasses of water and lay on your side for an hour. If the contractions continue, give me a call back and I will send you to the triage. Well I was still getting 6+ contractions.. so In I went. (way to spend my fourth of july) This time I was NOT dehydrated so no IV.<br><br>
I was having more than they'd like to see (nurse and doc) and said to give me another shot. If they didn't stop after that shot I was to get yet another shot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Luckily they stopped after the first shot. Then she checked my cervix. She said it is just starting to open (joy, but how come I don't feel any pain?) but it is far from anything. Again they released me and gave me a paper saying return if I have contractions every 10-15 mins or 4-6 in an hour or more.<br><br>
I get home that night... ALREADY having them again!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
And yesterday....<br><br>
And today.<br><br>
I can't keep going back to the hospital... so what am I supposed to do?<br><br>
Anybody else experiencing this? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Hmm. I get lots of tightening (sometimes several an hour), but they are just Braxton-Hicks contractions. I'm assuming yours are stronger since your doc seems to be freaking about them. I'm not a medpro, but if they aren't accomplishing dilation and baby is fine, I wouldn't worry. It honestly never occurred to me to call my midwife about these.
 

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I had and have had that a lot during my pregnancies. If they aren't painful then its probably BH, especially since you aren't dilated.<br><br>
I'd just stay home and rest. Drink lots of water. And call them back if the contractions become painful.
 

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I am having the same problem....if I went to the hospital everytime I had more then 6 contractions an hour I would be living there.<br>
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I'm sorry your doctor is freaking you out but what is happening is probably normal for you.<br><br>
These "contractions" sound just like braxton-hicks and just because you get them more than other people usually do doesn't mean crap because they aren't doing anything significant to your cervix.<br><br>
Cervices have a tendency to start dilating without pain at this part in the pregnancy, a lot of women walk around 3cm dilated (and they wouldn't know it if they weren't checked) for weeks before anything painful or significant happens.<br><br>
My contractions on occasion have actually been painful and got me a little worried. I have these painful contractions maybe 3-4 times a day in addition to the regular braxton-hicks. I honestly have no idea how many braxton-hicks I have because I don't pay attention to them. When I asked my midwife about it she said that it is completely normal and not to worry. She said basically that these contractions are nothing to worry about unless they are regular AND increasing in intensity.<br><br>
If I were you I wouldn't worry about them. Learn how to check your own cervix so you can give yourself reassurance that everything is OK without going to the doctor.
 

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Ah that's good, cause mine are definitely not painful... I can relax a little. I had heard people walk around a few CM dilated so I wasn't too concerned on that part. I just wondered why the docs where worried...<br><br>
I didn't know they were BH I thought they were telling me they were real contractions o_O But yeah until they are painful I am NOT going back in.
 

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I just wanted to back up what everyone else says: I, too, have lots and lots of contractions everyday. I think it's within the range of normal.
 

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Because it's their job to be overcautious and avoid lawsuits, I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
BTW, I am totally having a contraction right now that is making me nauseous and the baby has hiccups. Being pregnant isn't easy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Grrr. I went through this exact same thing with my first pregnancy. I was diagnosed with an "irritable uterus" - I suppose it matched my mood at the time, lol.<br><br>
Anyway, I asked the ob if this was just normal for me and I should carry on like everything is fine and she basically said "No" - that there was no way to know if or when the BH would start causing change in my cervix. When I had a mw with my 2nd baby, she said this was completely normal and no need for concern.<br><br>
So, there were a few things that helped. #1 - you can get what they inject you with in a pill form and just pop one when you feel the ctx are getting out of control (I'm assuming they gave you terbutaline?). This is not very appealing as terb completely sucks, IMO. #2 - Drink lots and lots and lots of water. Like, at least half of your body weight in water every. single. day. Especially now that it's hot it's so easy to become dehydrated. #3 - warm baths, a half glass of wine, etc may help to settle things down.<br><br>
It may also be worthwhile for you to learn to check your cervix yourself. If your cervix isn't changing significantly (it will probably start to soften and efface now, anyway) the ctx are not productive.<br><br>
FWIW my first baby (with all the ctx) was born 5 days past my edd - so all the preterm labor scares the ob group put me through were for nought.
 

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Ohh thanks, very good to know.<br><br>
I would check my own cervix but, I dunno if it's just me or what but getting it checked is the most painful thing ever. I dunno if that is for everyone, but it sucks and I'd like to avoid it lol.<br><br>
I try to drink lots, but man it is hard!
 
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