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er, whee?

Braxton-Hicks contractions, for those who don't know, are 'practice' contractions that prepare your uterus for labor. They start really early in pregnancy, but you don't generally notice them till the 5th month.

They're supposed to be painless to mildly uncomfortable.

Up till this week they have been. Now I seem to be getting one every other day that's approximately the pain level of a tattoo; easily manageable with focus and breathing, but when it hits me out of nowhere, there's a few seconds of HOLY HELL WTF until I adjust to what's going on.

On the plus side, I can definitely feel the workout when it's over; which, oddly, makes me feel much happier about my general state of uselessness, because at least I'm getting something done!

'Full term' is 37 weeks, and I'm within days of that mark. So, technically, I guess it could be any time now; but it's still (I gather) much more likely for these 'false labor' contractions to continue at a slooooowly increasing pace until I go into labor for real in 3-5 weeks.

I find myself feeling fascinated and excited. I will, no doubt, continue vacillating wildly between this and frustration/boredom.

I would do a dance of anticipation, but, er, ow.



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Aug. 6th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
woohoo! *waits* :) :)
Aug. 6th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it's so soon. You must be excited!
Aug. 7th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Don't try the cod liver oil thing.

I was in and out of labor, full on labor, for two weeks. Little man was stuck in the pelvis.

Wow, it was actually 3 years ago RIGHT NOW!! My due date was Aug. 2, Caleb was born Aug. 14, though my water broke on.. you guessed it... Aug. 12.
Aug. 7th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Don't try the cod liver oil thing.

If I may be so bold, do try the sex thing! :0) Gentle sex can help with the pain and encourage labor ;> Key word is gentle! :0)

It's a lucky Soul tha gets to incarnate with you and your hubby!
Aug. 7th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Painless? Ha ha ha ha ha!
It never ceases to amaze me how doctors and people who write books on pregnancy will lie to pregnant women.
Aug. 7th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I think it's more the medical industry at large than just pregnancy-related - it's right up there with the "ok, this shot will just be a slight pinch" that you get when you're a kid.

To me it's much more useful to look at it from the point of view of "well, of course it's going to hurt. the question is are you going to fight the pain or work with it?"
Aug. 7th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Christiane's water broke at 3 AM after she was 8 cm dialated before she even noticed she was in labor.

She "heard" her water bag POP and woke up from a light sleep just after we went to bed.

(Literally she asked me: "Did you hear that?")

About 9 hours later... Calliope!

Good luck Soror.
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
The contractions slowly increased for me over 2 weeks. First it was one a day, then 3 a day, then every 10 minutes, then they just kept comming till they were 3 minutes apart and I went to the hospital. This is just so exciting!
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