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but now I'm home, thank goodness.<br>
I posted on the chat thread about the contractions I was having Friday night, then yesterday I had quite a few Braxton-Hicks, but only a few crampy, painful feelings. Then this morning I was cramping so bad I couldn't even sit still and read the paper, but I couldn't figure out if they were real contractions or just cramps. My stomach doesn't seem upset, and I'm...ahem..."regular," so I can't imagine what it would have been besides contractions, but who knows. I was hoping they'd just go away again, I lay down for a while, was on MDC for a while, drank a bunch of water. Finally I felt like I should just call my doctor already, and of course she sent me to the hospital for monitoring. As Murphy's Law would have it, the pains totally stopped on the way to the hospital and I didn't have a single one while I was there. They monitored me and baby for an hour, and he looked good and I had zero contractions, so they just sent me home. They also checked my cervix, and it's still high and hard and completely closed, so even if it's been contractions, they haven't been doing anything, which makes me feel a lot better.<br>
I wish I'd had the cramps while I was there, just so I didn't feel like I went in for nothing, but I'm glad they stopped on their own. And I'm glad I got checked, because not being dilated gave me some peace of mind.<br>
Now I'm just home and trying to relax. Wanted to share my worries with my DDC buddies...
 

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It's better to be safe then sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am glad your contractions stopped and you are not dilated. i heard some women have BH contractions from 20 weeks on!
 

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Sorry to hear you've been through this. Have you been having quite a hectic lifestyle lately? I think I read somewhere that lots of Braxton Hicks can be a sign to slow down? I've been getting quite a few lately too but not enough to concern me. Hope you don't get any more pains.... be good to yourself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I've had cramping like that and have been monitored during them. For me, it was just my uterus expanding or something...no contractions at all.<br><br>
Very scary and I'm glad you're back home.
 

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I'm glad they stopped, and that you weren't dilating. I've learned to check dilation at home -- sometimes I do dilate a tiny bit (to what's normal for a woman who's had two kids already) when I've been having contractions, but, somewhat shortly after they stop, my cervix closes back up.<br><br>
If it happens again, you might try a warm bath, maybe even a little beer or wine? So far, water and baths work for me, but I remember Ina May used to have moms who were having preterm contractions drink vodka!<br><br>
Calcium may help, also? Hydrate and rest!
 

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Glad that it turned out to be nothing, and hope they don't come back!
 

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Glad to hear everything is fine now!<br><br>
I had BH contractions awhile back for almost 6 hours. I talked to my midwife about it and she said as long as they don't 'peak' like real contractions, it's not a big deal. The cramping would have freaked me out too though.
 

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Thanks for the support guys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you been having quite a hectic lifestyle lately? I think I read somewhere that lots of Braxton Hicks can be a sign to slow down?</div>
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Maybe. I had a great and fun week, but it involved driving 600 miles with my 3 year old, visiting friends in two different cities, and sleeping in two different places. The scary pains on Friday night started when I was about 20 miles from home, at the end of our trip. I didn't feel stressed, and I took pretty good care of myself on the trip, but I guess you can be happy and overexerted at the same time. No more big excursions planned for me this pregnancy.<br><br>
Aramat, I tried checking myself at home, actually, but my cervix was too high to reach. That's probably a good sign, actually. And I am totally unopposed to a little glass o' something, but this pregnancy having even half a glass of wine gives me such bad heartburn I can't sleep. It took me three social evenings a month or so ago, one drag on the asthma inhaler (I misdiagnosed, interpreting the heartburn pain as lung tightness) and a couple sleepless nights to figure that one out. Ugh!<br><br>
Zevy, that's good to hear about you being monitored during a similar experience.<br><br>
Now I'm just pledging to have a boring, easy week!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't feel stressed, and I took pretty good care of myself on the trip, but I guess you can be happy and overexerted at the same time.</div>
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Yes!! So hopefully that's all it was. Now you're back home, and I hope this week is totally boring for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I've been having BH off and on from close to 20 weeks. I definitely think they were from overexertion and dehydration. I've been concentrating on hydration, especially when I start to feel crampy. It usually happens at the end of the day, when I've been going all day long and haven't been drinking (or eating) as much as I should for a few hours. And just getting off my feet has helped. I've had a glass of wine a couple of times, but it's been more to relax my mind than to physically stop the ctx.<br><br>
Glad you're okay though, and got some peace out of the visit. Try not to worry about feeling silly for going in. You'll never see those people again. If it helped ease your mind, that's all that matters.
 
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