Question about CONTRACTIONS. For moms who have 3 or more kids....
Did your Braxton Hicks contractions start sooner with each pregnancy? I am just wondering because I am 19 weeks with my 5th baby and yesterday afternoon (after walking on the treadmill) I started to have some tightening, cramping and my belly was getting really hard.... contractions. So I tried to rest, drank more water, waited an hour and then I called my OB's office because they still hadn't stopped. They told me if they didn't ease up in an hour or so, go in to the ER to get checked out. So by 7 pm, it still wasn't any better so I went to the ER.That was a waste of time. The doctor didn't even touch me... didn't feel my belly or anything. He ordered an ultrasound (not vaginal) and did blood work and urine tests. Everything came back good. BUT they never checked my cervix and they didn't do a vaginal ultrasound... so how can they say EVERYTHING is fine. I could have been starting to dilate or something and they wouldn't know. So then today I followed up at my OB's office.
I saw a different doctor than I normally do because my regular doc was delivering babies, one of the others was out of town and the other was on vacation. So there were only 2 in the office ... an OB and a PA. So I had to see the only available OB, who I don't really like. He said he could check my cervix if I wanted to just to make sure but he said that it was most likely BH contractions and perfectly normal. I was still having them all throughout the day today. That doesn't seem normal to me.... BH for a continuous 24 hours?! I thought they might do a vaginal ultrasound to check cervical length but he didn't mention it and I didn't ask. And I didn't let him check my cervix because that can get things irritated even more and he didn't seem too concerned so I didn't think it was necessary. He really only offered to do it to give me peace of mind, I think.
So anyway... at that point they had let up quite a bit. So I went to the store, picked my oldest up at school, came home and started making dinner and what do you know.... THEY'RE BACK! Cramping and tightening again. This SUCKS. I am so worried ... yet if I go to the ER or call my OB, they're just gonna tell me everything is fine. When I was at the doctor's office earlier, he said if they came back and progressively got WORSE, to call them. And he said something like it's not REAL contractions unless they are 5 minutes apart ... blah blah blah. But ... correct me if I'm wrong... if I start having them 5 minutes apart, isn't it kind of late to do anything at that point?! I would think they would have done a vaginal ultrasound to check my cervix. I don't understand why they didn't. When I was pregnant with my twins, they did that quite often because I have a history of pre-term labor.
So what do you all think? I don't wanna keep bugging them for nothing... but I can't stop worrying about it. I've never had BH this early. Not even with the twins.
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