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This is THE first night of my entire pregnancy that I've been kept awake by discomfort. I have been doing Hynobabies since 28 weeks and it has helped me to sleep a lot. I've had an easy pregnancy and have felt well. But suddenly today I can't sleep because of pressure and discomfort.
Earlier in the day yesterday I had some diarrhea and gas. I actually had my 32-week appointment yesterday, and everything looked absolutely normal. I was going to mention the diarrhea to my doctor but by that time I was feeling better. Then this evening I started feeling abdominal pressure again, and changing position doesn't seem to help much (though laying down might be the worst). It doesn't feel like cramps, which is what a lot of people say labor feels like. It feels like bad gas- it doesn't extend to my back. It is true though that when it feels the worst my abdomen feels tighter to the touch, though it feels pretty tight in general. I feel baby moving normally. There is no discharge. Ugh, I just feel so full and so much pressure (not on my pelvic floor or anything like that, just in my general abdomen area).
I am sitting here trying to eat some prunes to see if that allows me to pass any gas. I am getting nervous- do these sound like preterm labor contractions to you? I haven't had any Braxton-Hicks so far, so I have nothing to compare these to...
I haven't had any diarrhea recently, that was much earlier in the day yesterday. I felt this uncomfortable pressure earlier in the day (though not as bad as now) and once I was able to poo a little and pass some gas I felt better (and went to my doctor's appt after that). My doctor is thorough and if my cervix was effaced or there were other prelabor symptoms I'm sure she would have noticed. I am still worried though...
The pressure is definitely more than 4 an hour. I am not sure if they are getting closer together or not, I'm going to go back and lay down in a minute and time them. They don't exactly feel like mountains, like you said- they don't really increase, peak and decrease, but it's more like my abdomen/bowels are seized by pressure and then it passes and I just feel somewhat uncomfortable again. I'm going to try to wait a bit more if things don't get worse and then head to the hospital- I'm in Korea and have never been to the ER before, would rather not find out what it's like!
Well, luckily when I tried to go back to sleep again I was finally able to get to sleep on my right side (which confirms for me that it's intestinal trouble, as the right side is supposed to be the side to lie on with stomach trouble). Every time I would try to turn to my left side (which I know is better for baby, and how I have generally been sleeping) it would get worse. I was able to sleep a few more hours before my right leg fell asleep (which has happened to me every time I have inadvertently turned to the right rather than the left during the night). My intestines have been known to tie themselves up in knots even when I'm not pregnant, and I guess the baby pushing on my intestines and maybe a combination of not digesting something properly led to this weird, disconcerting contraction feeling.
I'm gonna go to eat a bunch of bran cereal and hope this gets better over the course of the day and that I don't have a repeat tonight. Very happy I didn't have to go to the ER!