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Old 07-16-2008, 02:07 PM
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Braxton-Hicks Contractions...

I am having a lot of braxton hicks contractions. The doctor said I need to come in because I am having more than they are comfortable with. I am headed to the doc now

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Old 07-16-2008, 02:12 PM
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Please update us as soon as you can. Hope everything is okay.
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:15 PM
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Oh no, Liz I hope everything goes well

OT, but what does a contraction feel like anyway? I've always been curious (and please don't equate them with a menstrual cramp because I don't get cramps and have no clue what those feel like either). Are they sharp, someone-kicked-me-in-my-pelvis pains or are they slow throbbing pains?? contractions are part of the reason pregnancy and childbirth scare me
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:24 PM
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OMG, I hope everything is fine!
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:39 PM
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Liz, I hope (and am pretty sure) that everything is OK. It's probably dehydration, since it's sauna-like weather outside. I am sure once they hydrate you (it's very easy to be dehydrated in pregnancy), the contractions will stop. Keep us posted.

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Oh no, Liz I hope everything goes well

OT, but what does a contraction feel like anyway? I've always been curious (and please don't equate them with a menstrual cramp because I don't get cramps and have no clue what those feel like either). Are they sharp, someone-kicked-me-in-my-pelvis pains or are they slow throbbing pains?? contractions are part of the reason pregnancy and childbirth scare me
Anna, a contraction is like nothing else you have ever felt. I have menstrual cramps, but real contractions don't feel like that at all (to me, at least). The uterus just tightens up (when it's a braxton-hicks), but doesn't hurt. When labor contractions start, they hurt...it's like a wave of pain that starts, builds to maximum strength, then lessens. They're bearable until the end stages of labor...then they hurt bad. Don't be scared; if it was that bad, would I do it 6 times?
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:45 PM
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Liz, I hope all goes well, you are in my thoughts!!

Dojo - thank you for the explanation. I, too, have always wondered!
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liz, i hope everything is ok. let us know what happens!
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good luck liz - i am sure it will be fine!
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Good luck Liz, keep us posted!!! Hopefully everything goes well!
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:58 PM
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Good luck! Hope you'll feel better by the time you get home!
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:50 PM
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So I am back. They monitored the baby and my contractions then checked my cervix by ultrasound. I am not in any preterm labor danger. She said I need to be less active and drink more water. I need to keep track of the contractions and am going back next week to be rechecked. So I am fine, the baby is fine. She is head down now, so that is good to know! Thanks for all your concern!
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:56 PM
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That's good news!

I figured it was nothing, but didn't want to trivialize it because I know how scary things like that can be, especially during your first pregnancy.

Hope everything goes smoothly for you from now on!
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:10 PM
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Oh, I am so glad to see you both are okay. I remember having almost constant BHC and after the third hospital admittence, my OB realized it was just the way I was. I know dehydration and too much activity sure can set them off. Glad to hear you are all right again and I can't believe you are so close!!!!
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Eek, I just saw this. I'm glad you are okay. Were you working out a lot when they started?
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Im glad ur both ok!!
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Liz, ya scared me. Yes, drink a lot of water! I would get major braxton hicks about 28wks-full term. We traveled to the Reno (mountains-elevation) on vacation at 36 weeks and I had one after another for an hour straight. I drank a ton of water and they lessened. You live in CO, so it may be more common to have more.
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I'm so glad all is well, Liz. I get tons of BH contractions in all my pregnancies, so I know how concerning they can be. Tons of water helps a lot, and definitely take it easy.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:59 AM
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Glad to hear all is well. I can't believe you only have about 10 weeks left!!
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:44 AM
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The next 10 weeks cannot go fast enough. I am ready to get it done! I am glad to hear I am not the only one who gets a lot of these contractions... and that I am not doomed for pre-term labor! I have been keeping track of them and assaulting my body with water intake... so far I had one at 7:36am and one at 8:11. It's 8:40 now so they have slowed to 2 per hour which is OK. It seems like the more I move around the more contractions I get so the doctor told me no more exercise, which makes me sad... But in 10 weeks when I give birth to a healthy full term baby it will be worth it.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:46 AM
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^ Yes it will

By any chance did they run a fetal fibronectin test on you yesterday? That is a very helpful test for those who contract a lot.

Here's some info about it:

Fetal Fibronectin (fFN): A Test for Preterm Delivery - March of Dimes
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:09 AM
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Glad to hear everything was ok Liz. Everyone gave good advice. I had lots of braxton hicks from about 25 weeks on. Especially when i did too much. They happened alot at work! I just had to sit down for a few minutes put my feet up and drink lots of water. Just keep a close eye on them but agree w/ the water and taking it easy advice.
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Happy to hear that you are okay. I get lots of BH too especially when I am too active, overheated and dehydrated. Doc says to relax, drink lots of water and try to cool off and see if they stop on their own. Luckily, this has always worked for me.
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^ Yes it will

By any chance did they run a fetal fibronectin test on you yesterday? That is a very helpful test for those who contract a lot.

Here's some info about it:

Fetal Fibronectin (fFN): A Test for Preterm Delivery - March of Dimes
She took the sample for it and then did an US to look at my cervix which was over 4 cm long meaning I am in no way getting ready for labor. They look for at least 2.5cm.
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