I'm at 30 weeks, and I started having frequent contractions five days ago. It's not progressing to labor, though. The contractions were getting more and more intense and beginning to be slightly uncomfortable, though not painful. Last night I started taking 15 drops of cramp bark tincture every two hours, and the tincture has helped mellow out the contractions. They're no longer uncomfortable, and I'm not having them every time I move now. I'm still having them several times an hour, but they've slowed down, which eases my mind.
Did you dilate or efface before you delivered, or were the early contractions totally non-progressive?
I've been having frequent contractions all day and all night for almost two weeks now. It's been going on long enough that I've finally been able to see how much the slightest dehydration makes the contractions worse. I had really severe contractions after drinking coffee (caffeine is a diuretic, so it can dehydrate you), whenever I left the house for more than about 40 minutes (because I wasn't drinking constantly while out of the house), or when I got overheated (and didn't drink constantly). In the last few days, I've been sipping water all day, and the contractions haven't been as frequent or as intense. They still happen if I'm too active, but the water is really helping. I'm peeing every 15 minutes, though... I've traded one discomfort for another! But it's a small thing compared to the discomfort of the contractions.
I know they can happen for a variety of reasons. If you've ruled out infections, etc, maybe guzzling water will help you, too. The theory behind drinking water is that when you get dehydrated, the hormones in your blood get a little more concentrated, which leads to increased contractions. I'm guessing that those of us who have these preterm contractions are perhaps more sensitive to the hormones in the first place, so keeping them dilute helps a little bit.
The Dr's never gave me a word for it, but that sounds like what I had. At 32 weeks I was hospitalized for a week with preterm contractions. Even on the maximum dose of medication to stop contractions I was still having 9/hr. So they sent me to another hospital That had a NICU by ambulance...the contractions never did go away and because of the sideeffects the meds caused I was off them by the 3rd day. Luckily the contractions weren't doing anything so they let me go home on restricted activity. Our daughter was born at just over 36 weeks and was healthy. I'm wondering if this baby will be much the same, I find with this pregnancy I am going through the stages I went through with the first pregnancy sooner...the bones shifting and causing pain is the most noticable right now. I am also carrying lower and am bigger at this stage of pregnancy than I was with the first. Trying to decide how long I will work up to, to try and avoid the preterm labor thing again...I was curious to know if anyone had repeat irritable uterus pregnancies that made them deliver before term?