A Scare

A Scare

We had a scare yesterday afternoon/ evening. Contractions with cramps and backache began at about 1530. I drank two or three glasses of water and laid down on my left side (as instructed by my mid-wife at my last appointment), and tried to wait it out for the recommended hour. They did not subside. I thought that the “drink 24 oz. of water and lay down” instructions were particularly humorous…What I really did was drink the water, lay down, get up, go the bathroom, lay down, get up, go the bathroom, etc…for about three and a half hours. We finally decided to call in and get some advice at around 1930. The on-call doctor asked how the contractions were spaced. I told her they were about 20 minutes apart. She explained Braxton Hicks contractions to me. She told me that if there was no bleeding or uncommon discharge, that if I could rest/sleep, and that if the contractions were not more than six per hour, that all was normal. So, I am normal (in this department)!

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  1. I think (from someone who has no idea) that this is a GREAT description of BH. not that they FEEL like something that is OKAY and normal, but phew that you are okay and normal!!!

  2. Thank you for your words or encouragement, Jenny! I have been experiencing contraction (a tightening of the lower belly and the baby “balling up”) for a quite a few weeks now. Last night was different…This whole experience is different, really. I am filled with awe at the power within me.

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