Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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My Weekend With Pre-Labor Contractions

I don’t mind going up to Naval for my OB appointments during the week, but I DO mind spending portions of my weekend in the Labor and Delivery ward of the hospital.  On Friday (the 28th) I hit my 33 week mark, but the day before that I started having a lot of contractions.

Blake and I were in the last day of our Baby Bootcamp program when I started to feel an excessive amount of contractions, so we decided to call Naval when we got done with the class.  We would have called during our lunch break but I wanted to wait and drink a lot of water first and see if they persisted.  They didn’t subside and after Naval asked me how many contractions I had in the past 2 hours they wanted me to come in… I responded that I was having about 6-8 every hour since around 10 a.m. till present (which was about 3 p.m.).

When I got there I did a UA, they did vaginal swab cultures, gave me more water to drink and checked my cervix twice.  I was there for 4 hours hooked up to a monitor that showed Levi as active but okay and the contractions as 7-9 per hour.  Because my cervix wasn’t dilating they had no choice but to send me home, but they did tell me that in between each contraction the monitor showed my uterus as very irritable.  I needed to pretty much be on bed rest and stay hydrated, but if they persisted to come back in.  I should have just scheduled an appointment for the following day because I was there again on Blake’s orders.

I was rested, hydrated and stress-free but the contractions didn’t stop ALL night and Blake wanted to make sure everything was still okay.  Even though we hadn’t given my uterus a fair chance to calm down, the contractions and cramps were getting worse.  We called Naval again, explained we were there the previous night and everything that went on and they told us to come in again, so we did.  Hello again monitor, hello again cervical checks, good to see you again…

I’m home again, resting and hydrating with doctor’s orders.  As long as I’m sitting down the contractions don’t occur, but as soon as I get up they start again and last for a while, even after I sit back down.  The cramps, meaning my uterus is irritated, somewhat remind me of what it feels like to have a menstrual cycle again.  Even though there’s no bleeding, the cramps still feel the same.  Levi needs to stop trying to come out so early because he’s still got 7 weeks left of growing in-womb before his expected due-date.  Now all I can do is sit and keep my legs closed and hope that keeps him in long enough for my 36 week appointment!

Did you experience preterm labor contractions this frequently?  Braxton Hicks contractions are completely normal, but more than 4 in an hour for 2 consecutive hours means a trip to the hospital for monitoring, and it’s nerve racking.

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5 Comments on “My Weekend With Pre-Labor Contractions”

  • Breanna Sykes January 31st, 2011 9:23 am

    I’m sorry you had to go through that. When I called with the same problem they told me to drink a liter of water as fast as I could and then lay on my left side for an hour. That took them away for me. But not for good. I’ve had to do that at least once a week for the past 3 weeks or so.

    I hope everything is ok!

  • Jessica Brown Jessica Brown January 31st, 2011 2:38 pm

    Thanks, Breanna! I’ve come to the conclusion that when they told me to rest they mean stay off my feet unless I’m going to the bathroom, not just slow my routine down. I’m having the contractions again right now, but I havent’ had enough water yet either because of the Walmart trip I had to make… I’m tired so luckily Lamaze class is tonight and we’re learning about the breathing finally!

    How far were you when you started having the frequent contractions too?

  • Breanna sykes January 31st, 2011 3:44 pm

    They started getting bad last week but started at 33 weeks I think. Maybe 32

  • Alexis Schulman January 31st, 2011 4:33 pm

    I’ve been having some cramp like contractions at 26 weeks. scary.

  • Kim April 9th, 2013 12:31 am

    Your story sounds EXACTLY like mine! My OB put me on Procardia to try and calm my uterus down. I’m 32 weeks tomorrow. I’ve had two babies at 35 weeks. I’m hoping this little guy decided to stay in for the long haul.

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