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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Braxton Hicks

I don't personally know Braxton Hicks, or if Braxton is a real person, but I'd like to murder him. Hmmph!

I slept from 8ish last night until 10:30 this morning. That's a lot of sleep. I no longer feel drugged, though I still feel physically fatigued, sore, and weepy. But at least I can think clearly for the first time since Wednesday night.

I'm taking it really easy today. Really easy. I get up to make food and go to the bathroom. (I'm waiting until Alan gets home to take a bath, because I'm scared I'm still weak enough to slip and fall.) But, everytime I get up, I contract.

I understand that BH contractions are mostly nothing to worry about and nonproductive. But since they are really strong and close together...and since I'm getting more today than yesterday, HOW THE HECK DO I KNOW IF I AM REALLY IN LABOR?!? If was 36 or more weeks pregnant, I wouldn't freak out. More contractions? Well, so what if they make me start dialating? But right now, I want them stopped, in case they are real, so the baby doesn't come early. And all those on-line checklists to tell the difference? USELESS. Mine sound like real contractions, per the checklist, but are nonproductive, which you can only tell once you get a cervix check in the hospital.

BH sucks.



Miss-buggy said...

I agree that BH suck!! But they also help your body to be ready for labor but I would HATE to have it as early as you have it. I am sure I would be so nervous that I would be freaking out.
I think you have a lot going on in your life and all the worry about the baby but still trying to function can be exhausting I assume.
I really hope these stop and don't come back until the end. I am still praying for you. HUGS

Lacey Tackett said...

I had BH with Bryan from week 25 until my c/s. With Bradley they began at 24 weeks I think and lasted until delivery. My doctor said they would be more intense, come earlier, and more often with every baby. I know with a previous NICU baby, this probably does little to ease your mind, but I figured I would throw it out there. As a mom who has never experienced actual labor pain( real contractions) I would not know a real contraction if it came and sat on my head. I had BH so intense I fell when they occurred with Bradley. I mean, I would literally fall down when they hit. And these happened when I was 32 weeks. I had 10 an hour for 4 hours, and wasn't even a fingertip dilated!! Hope the baby you are baking stays put!!

missyc said...

I don't think I would know the difference between a BH and real contraction either... With my first my water broke and I had my epidural before I ever had a contraction.