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November 1st, 2006, 11:23 AM
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Hello all...

I'm only 31 weeks and a few days but I've been lurking here for a while. My DD (now 6 and perfectly healthy) was born at 28 weeks so I know that pre-term labor is a very real possibility. This may also make me tend to be a worrier. This pregnancy has gone pretty well except for two incidents. One early on in which dehydration gave me irregular contractions and one about two weeks ago where I did start to have regular contractions and had to be given brethine shots. I was also given the pills but after about a week my doctor told me I could weene off of them and just take them if I started having any more regular contractions.

Anyway, since about 25 weeks I've had A LOT of trouble with getting pain and pressure when I walk very much at all. I've talked to my doctor about it and he says I'm carrying very low and just to sit down and rest when it happens. And resting has always eased it up until now. Yesterday for work I had to walk a paper to another building (less than a block) and by the time I got there I had to sit down because of pain and pressure and these weird pains in my cervix (which started about a week ago on and off). But again, it all eased up except for being a little sore from the pressure. Then, I took my kids trick or treating last night. I didn't go far...really, I didn't. By the time we got back the pressure was terrible. I knew i had overdone it a little so I went straight to bed and thought everything would be ok. Well, I peed like every 30 minutes last night which is a lot even for me being pregnant. Then this morning I woke up with a horrible crampy feeling (like I had when I had the contractions but I can't pick out any contractions) and INTENSE pain and pressure in my lower abs, back, and thighs. I can't even stand or sit up straight and I get those pains in my cervix if I keep my legs together too long. I'm also naseous, have some extra discharge (although not like a trickle of fluid) and have had 3 bowl movements (although not like diarrhea). So anyway, I know some of this can be signs that labor is drawing near (although not always), but I don't have any of the major warnings like any bleeding, leaking, or regular contractions. I know that if I was further along this wouldn't be cause for concern but being only 31 weeks or so, when should I start being concerned that I'm having some of the signs of labor (but not the biggies)? Also, if you are that low, can you actually cause your baby to drop or labor to start by too much walking or exertion?

Thanks for any input!

Sarah
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November 1st, 2006, 09:46 PM
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I don't know enough to give you an answer, but i didn't want to leave your post unanswered!!!
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November 2nd, 2006, 07:16 AM
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I was in the same boat as you. I had preterm labor at 27, 33, and 35 weeks. My daughter dropped and engaged at 27 weeks. I was almost 100% effaced by the time I hit 30 weeks. I started the brethine at 33 weeks and stayed on it even though the side effects were severe. I actually ended up going overdue. I think the best advice would be to go in and get checked just to be sure. While you're there talk to them about getting back on brethine and if you're effacing or dilating at all maybe you could get the steroid shots to help mature the lungs just to be safe. I think your doctor should be open to that since you had a previous preterm birth. My advice to you is to take it VERY easy, drink lots of water, and put your feet up as much as possible. I'm sure everything will be fine but please go get checked for your baby's sake and your peace of mind. GL!!

P.S. i didn't have any other signs of labor other than just feeling kind of "off", not sick really but just not myself. I got to the hospital for my induction and I was 5 cm and in full labor. Any sign of labor is a good reason to go get checked.
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