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Yes it's been pretty solid the closest they've gotten is 45 minutes. I was at the hospital today for fluid and NST and everything looked good. I did have two contractions that showed up while I was hooked up. The doc (not mine) said not to worry, that it can go on like that for weeks with a first baby???? They are painful...couldn't talk on the phone through them but I can walk through them. The things you all have said about period cramps seem to be true, it feels like I'm pulling apart.
Sorry such a long reply...the answer is just yes
Wow that sounds pretty serious. I never got any contractions with my first baby, just the random tightenings and uncomfortable pregnancy feelings. But never anything I could time or that hurt like that. I wouldn't discount them as being the real deal. I would think that would be something that could go on for weeks with a second baby more likely than a first...since your body already knows what to do.
Make sure you have somebody home with you today! My advice, anyway!
PS did they check you to see if you're dilating at all/effaced?
I was 1cm and 50% (I think) last week. I have my "Michelle" support group on call. I didn't expect any of this but here we are. They seemed so nonchalant about it at the hospital I was a little aggravated, but the did go over all the when to come in steps.
Wait...so you were having contractions but they didn't check you today? I would have been kinda PO'ed too.
Doctors sometimes ignore labor if it doesn't fit their "every 5 minutes lasting at least 1 minute for at least 1 hour" before they get excited. But not every labor fits that bill--I would pay attention to your body and be assertive with the L&D ward even if you aren't "textbook".
Hm. Given all the contractions I have (all throughout the day, with cramping about half of the time, for 2+ weeks now), I can't say I would be particularly worried. My doctor gave the advice of every 5-7 min for at least two hours for going into the hospital (or if my water broke, obvs). She checked my progress last week, but I won't have her check again this week. She made the point that very few babies are born at home because a mom didn't make it to the hospital on time.
I say this from the standpoint of a person who only sees doctors/goes to hospitals if it's an absolute emergency.
Last edited by rheaimedved; April 22nd, 2013 at 04:41 PM.
I'm kinda in the same boat...been having tons of BH's for a few weeks now. I'm sure I'm in "labor" just not active by the book labor. I wish I would have forced them to check me today in retrospect. I know if this continues the way it is ill wait until Thursdays appointment but if it changes ill run in to see my OB.
I think that sounds like a good plan, Mrs. B...keep in mind that even contractions that aren't super close together can still be making some changes on your cervix, so listen to your body (which is kind of a duh thing anyway).
I wouldn't feel bad about not insisting they check out your cervix today. If your water hasn't broken and you aren't having more regular, closer contractions, there isn't really anything they can do. Especially since you have an appointment later in the week anyway.