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Thursday at my 37w1d appt the baby's heartbeat kept dropping. Like down to 72. After being sent to the hospital for monitoring, it was determined that she will not tolerate my lying on my back. Which I never do, except at appointments to be measured and sono's. Anyways...
Saturday night I was in so much pain. Hip pain, cramping pain, vag pain. I had to get on my hands and knees in bed and rock to make it feel better. Ryan asked if I thought I was in labor, but I've never done this before, so I have no idea. Finally, I felt good enough to get some sleep. The cramping feeling went away. It came back sunday morning. Not as bad, but still kinda hurt. I've been under the impression that since "you'll know when you're in labor", I'd KNOW. But I have no clue. It's not bad enough that I can't talk through it. It sucks, yes, but I'm not like crying in pain. And I do not want to be one of those women who call the dr at every little ache and pain.
So I guess my question is, when do I call? Should I wait until I'm crying and can barely function because of the pain? Or should I err on the side of caution? I think I'll call the office this morning, they may want me to come in to be checked. Which, I'd love to know if I'm making any progress or not.
It's annoying because it consumes my entire life right now...all I think about is calling Ryan to leave work and come to the hospital, and I feel bad about that. Calling my dad to come take care the dogs, and make sure the cats are fed and watered, and I feel bad about that too. I shouldn't, I know. But I've always been very independent "no I don't need help" kind of person. Oh, the stress!
We had "the talk" @ my oB last week about when to go in. I was told that if I have contractions for an hour and they won't stop no matter what I do.... Regardless of 3 min apart or 10 min apart, to come in and get monitored.
Her reasoning being that you never know how the BAbY is tolerating those contractions and if something is wrong you might not even know it.
After hearing that explanation I'll go in when I get to that point. I always worried I would be the bothersome mom too.
Yeah, if something feels off and you're stressed and you can't get the pressure/pain/whatever to let up then I'd at very least call to get their opinion. That's what they're there for. (And I am the worst one to follow my own advice, I know.) Glad you went in, hope everything is okay.
Drink tons of water, change positions, tylenol (if u want), and attempt to sleep. If those things wouldn't fix the pain, I'd go in.
But we always recommend people come in for peace of mind if they call on the phone wondering what they should do, so if you think you should go, dont hesitate to get checked out! only you know your body.
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