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  #1  
August 9th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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Okay ladies, I need your input here. My last baby came a tad early at 36.4 weeks. She had some issues, but we will never be sure if they were from coming early or from birth circumstances.

Either way, this time I am way more cautious. I am nearing 36 weeks, and both yesterday and today my braxton hicks have been AWFUL. I can't time them, as they don't come at regular intervals. They are short in duration, a matter of about 15 seconds. They do radiate from my back. (baby is posterior so that may be why) They are much worse when I am up and about. They are more than uncomfortable. I don't want to ignore them all together because of what happened last time. I want to be proactive and try to stop them for at least another 2 weeks.

I have been using catnip tincture 3x/day, Rescue Remedy for my nerves, (it stresses me out and once in awhile I break down and cry...) Warm bath twice now with lavender bath salts. Cammomile tea has been a constant. I know hydration can't be the issue since I have had 128 ounces of water today, not to mention the tea, 2 glasses of juice and a vitaminwater. I think I may have a beer with my dinner. None of this has helped in the long term. They ease up for awhile, but come back eventually.

What have I missed? (forgot to add, diet has been excellent, plenty of protein, etc...) Anyone have any other suggestions? If I continue this way tomorrow, I may ask my midwife to come check to see if they are doing anything, at least for my peace of mind. (she knows what's going on and thinks I am doing all the right things at the moment.)
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August 9th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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I think that beer or wine would be appropriate, as well as resting as much as possible. I hope it is just bh.. I would think your midwife would be willing to check you if you ask her. It could settle your mind, at least.
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August 10th, 2007, 08:18 AM
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I'm doing better this morning. Rest definetly slows it down so I am taking it easy today. Anita, I have some "Carry On" left from my first trimester, I didn't think to try that. Catnip tea really helped too. I just let someone in the Sept. DDC have it cause she's complaining that her dr. stopped her labor, she's one day ahead of me. Why don't people GET it??
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Mama to:
Nick, 18
Abby, 16
Gabe, 14
Isaac, 12
Mary-Kate, 11
Sam, 9
Henry, 8
Molly, 7
Mark, 5
Greta, 4
Cecilia,2
Josephine,1
Baby due Jan. 2014
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August 10th, 2007, 11:49 AM
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I'm in the same boat. DS was early, either 32 weeks or 34-35 weeks depending on who you ask and I'm determined to carry this one to term and get my home birth. My midwife has suggested wild yam, false unicorn root (although this is a bit controversial as FUR is an endangered species) and Black Haw. It sounds like you're already doing all the right things, diet, water, relaxation etc. I thankfully haven't needed to use them yet, but I do have my herbal tintures ready and waiting if it comes to that. Oh, also hops tea was recommened for calming the nerves and relaxing a bit. But that said, if I end up in a situation where I'm having more that 4 contractions in an hour before 37 weeks I will go into L&D and let them pump me full of nasty drugs if that can hold the little one off a while longer.

Please keep us posted.

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August 11th, 2007, 05:46 PM
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Lisa, how are you doing now?
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August 12th, 2007, 03:28 AM
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I'm doing okay. Contractions are almost a constant, but not regular or unmanageable. Dh checked my cervix and said he figured about a fingertip, so that's good. (Aren't grandmultips always a fingertip?! LOL!) I'm just doing LOTS of resting and more fluids than seems possable. I needed one dose of catnip yesterday and that really helped. Thanks for all the of thoughts!
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Mama to:
Nick, 18
Abby, 16
Gabe, 14
Isaac, 12
Mary-Kate, 11
Sam, 9
Henry, 8
Molly, 7
Mark, 5
Greta, 4
Cecilia,2
Josephine,1
Baby due Jan. 2014
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August 12th, 2007, 06:29 AM
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Well, you are in my prayers. Keep updating, okay?
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Robert: 18 Raechel: 17 Daniel: 14 Joseph: 12 Thomas: 10 Mary Mae: 6 Lucy Marie: 4 and John Anthony, 1!!

Always Missing our Angels: Hope (7-8-06 @36w) and Francis (7-4-12 @12w)


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