Pre-term Labor???

Updated on December 02, 2009
J.G. asks from Sturgis, SD
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This is my second pregnancy. My first pregnancy was twins & I went into pre-term labor at 32 weeks. They were able to stop the contractions & I was on bed rest for a month. I had the boys at 36 weeks. So this time I'm pregnant with just one (33 weeks along) and thought I wouldn't have to worry about pre-term labor... but I started having Braxton Hicks contractions at 24 weeks. They wern't anything to worry about but about 5 days ago they started getting stronger feeling and I was having more. I've been trying to watch them & make sure I'm not having more that 4 an hour for more than an hour. When it gets to that point I can get them to go down if I lay down & relax for a few hours, or go to bed. For the last few days I've been having a lot of low pelvic pain and lower back pain. I tryed to get a hold of my doctor & Nurse but they were in the ER until tomorrow. I feel like I can wait until tomorrow to talk to them or should I be more concerned & try to do something tonight?

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Thank you for responses. I got in to see my doctor the next day. They hocked me up to monitor my contractions & babies heart rate. My contractions were 3-7 min. apart and pretty strong. So they gave me a shot to stop the contractions and it worked. Since it was so easy to stop them, I was able to just get put on a medication and not go to the hospital. My doctor checked me and my cervix was still pretty thick, so no bedrest... just a lot of rest. So far this baby is staying in for awhile longer. We're hoping until 2010!

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answers from Janesville-Beloit on

I was so worried with both of my pregnancies that I wouldn't know when I was going into real labor, even with the second one..and I knew what real labor felt like from the first. I read that if they go away when you change positions, then it is not real labor. Start timing the pains. If you notice you are getting them at regular intervals that are increasing.. every 10 minutes then every 5 minutes.. and changing position doesn't make them go away a little, I'd call the hospital to talk to a nurse to get advice. When they are 3 minutes apart and really strong, I'd go in.



answers from Duluth on

You probably should check with them; I don't know whether preterm labor is something that tends to happen again and again. But...I had some serious contractions with my first that were definitely more frequent than 4 an hour WAY before I went into actual labor and with my second, I had tons of contractions that didn't signal actual labor. I've heard that is the case for a lot of women; second and subsequent babies tend to bring on more frequent Braxton Hicks, it seems.



answers from Milwaukee on

Are you hydrated enough? I have 3 boys and I noticed with each pregnancy, I needed more and more fluid (a ridiculous amount actually) My Dr. actually told me I should consume at least 2 liters of water a day. A friend of mine went into pre-term labor (which they were able stop) because she was dehydrated. Whenever I felt bad pelvic pains, or contractions, I stopped immediately and drank a bunch of water. The relief was instant. Good luck.



answers from Lincoln on

I had such horrible braxton hicks with my last two pregnancies, that it felt like real labor. I was in such pain sometimes, that I could hardly walk anywhere. If they are going away when you lay down, then it's probably not real labor, but since you've had one pre-term pregnancy already, that does increase your chances of having another. Good luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

I would probably go in just to be checked and make sure everything is okay. It doesn't hurt to be safe. Good luck and congratulations.



answers from Texarkana on

When you can't reach your doctor the best advice is to call directly to the labor and delivery dept in your hospital and they will answer your questions and tell you if you need to come in to them and get checked. good luck and congragulations. I am having my second in feb. so i know how nerve wracking it can be when things like this happen

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