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I am normally not concerned about BH at all....I get them all the time and have since 26 weeks or so. However, starting this morning I've been having them every few minutes and I cannot get anything done!
I've drank a ton of water, tried lying down for a while, nothing is making them go away and I am really getting PO'ed.
I read that if you have more than four contractions in an hour, whether they hurt or not, to call your doctor....does anyone know why that is? Can contractions that don't hurt but are just uncomfortable cause dilation?
I really don't want to call my doc, get told to come in and get hooked up to a monitor unless there is a possibility of some real risk.
My dr said call/come in if I have 6 an hour or more.......
but I know how you feel...I had 2 right in a row last night that was accompanied by sharp stabbing pain in my stomach and back--it was so bad it woke me up!! I don't think they are actually doing anything unless they are crampy-but just a tightening of the belly
The reason is because Preterm labor contractions don't hurt either. The Preterm Labor contractions CAN cause dilation. So that is why the doctors usually say to call after having so many in an hour. I've already had 2 preterm labor scares but I'm not dilated at all. Also, BH contractions aren't timeable. If you can time your contractions they are preterm labor contractions. Sometimes the preterm labor will stop on it's own and sometimes they won't. So if you are still having contractions, just call your doctor and see if they want to check you out. Better to be safe than sorry.
Dr. told me today that if they were 5 min. apart to go to triage. She said that BHs would go away with water, rest, warm bath, etc. She said if I couldn't get them to stop, I needed to go to the hospital to be monitored.
I had several in a row yesterday afternoon. And they hurt, but they stopped. I have had a few throughout today, but not like yesterday. I was starting to panic. And yes you can have painless contractions that cause dilation. I did with my youngest (at 35 and 36 weeks).