False labor/Preterm labor

Leslie - posted on 06/02/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I keep having what i think are BH contractions but I can't tell for sure. My stomach gets tight and a little achy but I can't seem to time them. I am having lower back pain and period like cramping. (strong enough to wake me) This is my second pregnancy and with my first I went into to preterm labor at 31 weeks. I am 32 weeks 3 days and I keep thinking that its starting again. I don't want to go to L and D unless I have to as I have a toddler at home. With my first I never felt contractions, I had back labor. Its so hard to tell whats just aches and pains in the 3rd trimester and whats preterm labor. My fear is ignoring the warning signs and going in too late to prolong delivery. Anyone else experiencing this?

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Rachel - posted on 06/14/2012

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I've had preterm labor with now 3 of my 4 pregnancies. Currently on modified bed rest. I was told to get off my feet more, not exercise, pelvic rest etc. Also taking magnesium and making sure you are hydrated will help. Warm epsom salt bath will help it stop too. Good luck!

Whitney - posted on 06/12/2012

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I've gone in 4 times for contractions. I also have a toddler at home, so I understand you not wanting to go in...can you have someone come over? I drove myself twice, but this last time the contractions were bad and my sister had to come over so my husband could drive. I was full term with my first, but this one is feisty. I don't really call contractions BH contractions...they're all the same to me. Some hurt, some don't. I didn't contract with my first until the day my water broke, so this was new to me. I go in if they HURT...the last time, the pain wrapped around my lower back and went down my legs, as well as making me bend over and breathe hard. I could talk thru them, but they were still pretty high on the chart and close together. If you've had preterm labor before, I suggest you go in.

Louise - posted on 06/02/2012

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If I were you I would call your midwife and ask advice. She knows your history and if labour is starting there is a chance they can stop it. Better safe than sorry!

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