Braxton Hicks, or contractions? I swear sometimes it can be nearly impossible to tell.
I definitely thought with what I went through during Holden’s pregnancy that I would for sure know the difference this time around.. and i’ve done pretty well so far. Have managed to not overreact and have kept myself out of going to unnecessary doctors appointments and ridiculously long and pointless trips to L&D, but there have been a few times that have made me wonder.
Usually a braxton hicks contraction, while painful and very uncomfortable, doesn’t last long.. and doesn’t make you lose your breath from the amount of pain it causes. They can even be regular just like contractions. This causes a TON of confusion for a lot of women, and much like my first pregnancy, a lot of worry and running to the doctor when absolutely nothing is happening in the cervix area.
I can’t really say that I truely know what a ‘beginning of labor’ contraction feels like, because I never experienced that. Pitocin made my labor come on in full swing instantly, there was no working up from the bottom.. if that even happens, I honestly don’t know.
Tonight, for about an hour, I thought maybe I might actually be in early labor. I had a lot of uterine tightening, much like a contraction or braxton hicks.. but a LOT more painful than my normal braxton hicks are. Along with that, I had pressure in my hoo-ha area. That was the most concerning part to me. Instead of just being uncomfortable, the pain was sharp. So sharp that at times it felt like my right hip would give out. PLUS, baby was being more active than usual and it seriously felt like he was taking his sharp pointy little baby nails and trying to dig his way out of my cervix. THAT is always a fun feeling.
I’m wondering if i’m going to be dilated at all at my next appointment. I’m pretty sure that’s when the fantastic cervix checks begin. I know i’m getting my butthole swabbed.. totally looking forward to that.
My bet, and i’d put money on it.. is that I am closed up tight. It would figure that all this pain and cervix scratching isn’t doing anything.
I’ll end up in active labor one of these days and only getting to the hospital soon enough to push this kid out in the hallway with baffled nurses standing around yelling at me NOT to push, because i’ll have NO idea that i’m actually in labor until it’s too late.
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