31 weeks And Our First Pregnancy Scare.

Yesterday was an eventful day. Actually the past few days have been a bit hectic and stressful and I had noticed some increased Braxton Hicks. I always get them one or four or five right after another when I’ve been lifting a kid too much. Thankfully until the baby is born I’m down to watching only one kid once a week, but he’s small enough I still have to lift him a bit.

Anyway, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings I had been experiencing a lot of Braxton Hicks, but they seemed to go away when I drank water and then just went to sleep for the evening. Thursday morning I woke up was feeling pretty good, but around 11:30 my Braxton Hicks picked up. So the first thing they tell you to do is sit or lay down and drink some water. So I grabbed my water and sat down on the couch with J and watched a movie thinking sure enough these contractions would go away. They didn’t I was chugging the water and I had counted about 13 in an hour and 15 minutes. I told my husband that I was contracting a ton and he told me to call my doctor. For some reason I thought that was silly. After all they weren’t painful, I only need to call when they are painful right? I do remember my OB telling me that if I had 4 or more in an hour to call her. But I still thought, “Nah! I don’t need to bother her with this”. I fought with my husband over instant messenger for about 3 hours before he finally convinced me to give my OB a call. I argued with him and told him, well they are just going to send me to L&D, I’ll get there, the contractions will stop, or I”ll look like an overly worried fool and they will send me home. I was so ready to say I told you so and I  was so mad and pissed off at the same time. So when they said um “13 in an hour, go to L&D”. I said “See Hunky Hubs, now all we are going to have is an unnecessary medical expense”.
I call my sister in law to come over and watch J myster because I had just laid him down for a nap, and then I head over to L&D. I get there and I say to the nurses, “I know this is silly for me to be here, I’m having Braxton Hicks quite frequently, but really they don’t hurt at all and I probably shouldn’t be here.” They said “well its better to be safe then sorry” and sent me to pee in a cup before they hooked me up to the contraction band.

Sure enough my contractions were every 2 to 3 minutes. My husband who had joined me by that time was now looking over with the “I told you so” face.  While they weren’t intense contractions they were definitely noticeable with a quickening of baby brother’s heartbeat thru each contraction and enough for nurses to say ok, its time for some terbutaline.
They also checked my cervix since I had said it been happening off and on for several days and they checked me for pre-term labor. Thankfully I’m in the clear. I’m only 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced and the test for pre-term labor came back negative. I also was well hydrated, so the contractions weren’t induced by dehydration. I’m hoping its not hypertension though, because I have had a low grade headache for a few days, and I had hypertension/ pre-eclampsia with my son, but that didn’t arrive until 38 weeks with my son. I’m only 31 weeks along with this baby.

So moral of the story is, when your Husband tells you to go to L&D, he’s not always wrong! 😉  It was a good thing I went and hopefully the terbutaline helped to scare off the contractions and I won’t have anymore until baby is fully baked. I’m not on bed rest yet, but if they return, that might be in my future…and if that happens, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to do blog stuff and schedule posts and such for my maternity leave.

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11 thoughts on “31 weeks And Our First Pregnancy Scare.

  1. Hi landed from MBS…great post! I have been in that situation myself, glad that everything is okay…btw, am following you now on Networked blog and twitter (request sent)..would love it if you follow me back too..come visit on http://cutecoconut.com, grabbed your button too and put it in my button collection page 🙂

  2. I never had many Braxton started to get them on my due date, it turned out to be the real thing! Glad to hear things are going well… and that I’m not the only one worried about unnecessary medical expenses. Ugh!

  3. I am just stopping by from The 99% exposure blog hop and this post caught my eye because I have been down this road 2 times before. You always feel stupid going in for what seems like nothing. Be careful and maybe talk to your doctor about a shot of steriods to help develope the lungs. With my first son I was on bed rest from 32-38 weeks then had him and he was fine and my second one I never went on bedrest but got the shots of steriods and he was born at 36 weeks and weighed a whopping 7lb6oz and went home only 2 days later. Keep us posted!
    Excited to start following this blog too!
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

  4. Hi Robyn,

    Thanks for stopping by. Definitely if I have any more scares, that steroid shot will be a must for us. I carried pretty much to term with my first son, but I had an office job at the time. With this guy I’ve been doing child care, and lifting kids, bending to pick up toys and things all day long is definitely more difficult and I think its caused in increase in Braxton Hicks/Contractions. Thankfully though, the contractions I were having didn’t progress me much at all to be on bed rest. (yet) 😉

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