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Contractions at 29 weeks Emmy's Mom 1 child; Indiana 1831 posts
24th Sep '11

I spent my morning yesterday in labor and delivery because my OB was concerned I was getting too dehydrated from having the flu. It all started out pretty routine, she just wanted me to go in and get an IV so that she knew for certain my body was getting all the fluid it needed. I go in, get hooked up, and my husband and I are just enjoying the baby's heartbeat, when the RN comes flying into our room telling me I'm having contractions, and shes going to have to do an exam.



It turns out I had been having contractions for probably the last three days, and never knew. She said they weren't contractions that were making any difference in my cervix, but that they were still strong enough they could have. I got a shot to stop them, had to do a stress test on the baby, and got my IV, and several hours later they let me go because they had stopped.



Now I'm freaking out, I left with instructions to come back if I start having contractions again, but how I am suppose to do that when I didn't even know I was having them in the first place. Has anyone ever had anything like this happen, and was it only a one time deal? They think the contractions were brought on from me being dehydrated, but they aren't positive. So I'm just curious to hear if anyone else has been through something similar. I'm terrified I'm going to have a baby long before I'm suppose to.

Luis Jr. & Logan's Mommy. 18 kids; Florida 573 posts
24th Sep '11

I have an incompetent cervix..and don't feel my contractions until its already late in the game. With my second son I went in for an u/s at 24 weeks and was sent directly to the hospital , because they seen contractions on the u/s..but I never felt them but my cervix wasn't dilated or anything. They stopped them and I went home three days later. At 32 weeks I ended up back at the hospital because I started feeling my contractions. When I got to the hospital I was already 3 cms dilated. They tried to stop my labor..and it did hours later..they talked about sending me home and as soon as they talked my labor picked back up.. I had a healthy baby boy that night. Any questions feel free to ask.

Emmy's Mom 1 child; Indiana 1831 posts
24th Sep '11

Well I can say it makes me feel so much better that you delivered at 32 weeks and had a healthy baby boy. She didn't seem to think it was strange that I couldn't feel my contractions, she just said it happens to a lot of women. The thing that freaks me out the most is, she told me multiple times that being proactive is the best course. If I have contractions, the earlier I come in, the better my chances of stopping them. At the time I was blinded by the word contractions, so only later after I had left did it start to make me wonder how I was suppose to come in when I might not even know. So now I'm worried about every ache and pain, but don't want to turn into one of those women who spends every afternoon in labor and delivery for no reason.



I did have a swab done, though, that I had never in my life heard about. Its suppose to tell you if labor is going to happen in the next two weeks, and that came back negative, so I guess that's some good news. I'm just so worried this baby is going to come soon rather than later.

Luis Jr. & Logan's Mommy. 18 kids; Florida 573 posts
26th Sep '11
Quoting Jenna Stanley:" Well I can say it makes me feel so much better that you delivered at 32 weeks and had a healthy baby ... [snip!] ... came back negative, so I guess that's some good news. I'm just so worried this baby is going to come soon rather than later."


The best thing you can do is stayed relaxed. If you are having pains, off and on, then go in, but if you think it's just pregnancy pains(and we do have them ) then, just stay calm and see if they go away. If your test came back negative, then I wouldn't worry too much. I had the same test down at 24 weeks, and it was negative, and I didn't have my baby for another 8 weeks. And, like I said he's healthy as can be. Thriving, and a busy boy. Every day you get in your pregnancy, is like two days less in the nicu. You can always PT, and message me if you want. I am a good listener, if you need someone to talk to. But, honestly I wouldn't worry too much. Just take it easy. Instead of pushing yourself, take a breath, sit down and watch a movie. Household crap can get done later.