I’ve noticed a lot of posts in my feed of people wondering about what type of contractions they’re getting, so I thought I would post about it since I’ve recently been dealing with the same thing. Over the last few weeks I’ve been having a lot of real and braxton hicks contractions. When I was getting real contractions, I went to the hospital, was given medication to make them stop, and was then put on bed rest for a week. Now I’ve just been getting a whole lot of bh.
When I went to the hospital, my doctor told me that I need to come in if I’m getting more than 4 contractions an hour, the contractions come at regular intervals, they are getting closer together, they are getting stronger, if they do not go away by changing positions or relaxing and drinking some water, if there is an increase vaginal pressure, if there is any gush of fluid, if there is a change in discharge, if the baby is not moving at least 10 times in one hour (not counting hiccups), or if I have any bleeding at all (even spotting) accompanied by pain.
She also said that I should not hesitate to come in, even if I just need to ease my mind. The doctors, midwives, and nurses are there to help you and will not make you feel stupid for coming in, even if it ends up just being really bad gas. She said it happens ALL the time. Sometimes it’s gas or braxton hicks, but it can also be an infection or actual labor. In my case it was two different infections causing me to have actual contractions (and way too early). I’m so glad I went in because they were able to give me antibiotics, which cleared up the infections, and then the contractions stopped.
Oh, and another helpful tip… I notice if I have to pee and don’t go I get braxton hicks contractions. So yeah, don’t hold your pee in =)
Anyhoo, hopefully this can be of some help to someone. Bottom line… If something just doesn’t feel right, go in. Nobody knows your body better then you do.
Anonymous asked: If your doctor thinks you've put on too much weight, then you must have been tiny before you got pregnant! You look terrific, most beautiful pregnant woman. You look all baby, no fat. Your doctor is foolish.
Awwe, thank you so much! That is such a nice compliment. You are my first Anonymous ask, and I’m so glad it was something so nice. I’ve seen some people say some really nasty things to each other on here. I think my doctor is a little foolish too, I don’t think doctors should be shaming pregnant women into restricting themselves. I worry about how I look enough on my own thank you very much.
My husband had his follow up today from his trip to the ER last Saturday, and we found out he’s having surgery tomorrow. He’s getting 10 screws and a 10” metal plate placed in his ankle and leg, permanently. These next few weeks are going to be hell. The doctor said he will be on crutches and can’t put any weight on it for the next 8 weeks. Sooo, basically, I’ll be on my own for the first 3 weeks of our sons life.
I feel awful for the pain my husband is in, and is about to go through, and I know he’s sad about the fact that he can’t be as interactive with the baby a he wants to be. I’m also feeling a little sorry for myself to. I feel like I’m getting robbed of part of the experience of being pregnant. I can’t just chill on the couch because I have to take care of him and do everything else around the house. There’s nobody to run out and get me whatever I’m craving. He can’t help with the baby when he gets here, or even participate as much in the labor. I’m bitter because he hurt himself joining a football league that I begged him not to join in the first place.
I know, I’m a horrible bitch. I shouldn’t be focusing on myself, I should be focusing on him and his recovery, which I am, just, grrrr…..ok I’ll stop, I know I sound horrible. Shit happens and I need to get used to the fact that things aren’t always going to go as planned. I’m just venting.