Had a bit of a scare last night...

I've been having some Braxton-Hicks contractions for the past few/several weeks, but they were never frequent or painful. Last night, I found myself having a lot of contractions that were painful. They were not coming at regular intervals and were not excruciatingly painful, but painful enough that I had to breathe through them. I did not have any other signs of labor (bloody show or anything else).

The contractions continued through the night, making it nearly impossible for me to get to sleep because (1) they were painful and it was hard to get comfortable and (2) because my mind was racing with worry because I am NOT mentally prepared to have this baby yet. Luckily, I was able to get a little bit of sleep and the contractions haven't continued into the morning. I've had a couple of painless B-H, but nothing like last night.

I called the doctor's office anyway this morning just to err on the side of caution, and the nurse said I should drink a lot more water (I told her I'd been drinking 6-8 glasses per day), take it easy, and call her at 12:00 with an update.

As freaked out as I still am about the idea of going early, this has definitely encouraged me to try to get my ducks in order and mentally prepare myself for the possibility.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I'm glad everything is okay now. Next time, call your doctor during the night. Don't wait.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
I am glad everything is okay. I agree, next time, call when it's happening.

The water thing is good, and rest too!!!

Next time, call your doctor during the night. Don't wait.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Yeah, I probably should have done that. I think I was kind of in denial because I don't feel ready, so I just kept telling myself "it is NOT labor, it is NOT labor." I figured if I had any bloody show or if the contractions got extremely painful, then I would call.

But, I do feel a ton better today. I'm definitely going to try to get the house ready for baby and buy the stuff that I absolutely must have before going to the hospital, so at least I'll feel semi-prepared and not so freaked out if it happens again.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
(((HUGS!!!))) I bet that was really scary! I'm glad everything is ok.
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Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
I just got reprimanded by the doctor for not calling when I had a similar sitiuation.

((HUGS)) glad everything is ok!

Pixie, I'm glad everything's ok!

Next time, call as soon as you feel like something might be wrong. If you don't want to call your doctor's office, are there any hospitals with 24 hour nurses' lines? I don't want to scare you, but sometimes medical emergencies in pregnancy present with only small signs, and getting medical attention promptly can make all the difference for you and your baby. Don't take the risk of waiting till morning.

The same thing happened to me on vacation. I was 34 weeks and thought I was in labor (lower back pain, painful contractions, thigh camps and diarrhea). I called the midwife and was told to drink lots of water and rest. It worked.

Keep up your water intake and don't over exert yourself in the heat.

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