Today was my due date by Drew‘s and my best calculations.
All day on Friday I kept telling Drew that I didn’t feel right, that I just felt odd somehow. We went to my father’s house that night and I decided to go swimming to “try to make the baby come”. Then at just after midnight on Saturday I started having contractions that were so uncomfortable that I was unable to talk through them so Drew started timing them. They were coming 2-4 minutes apart and lasting about 30-45 seconds. I got up and walked around, put a load of laundry in and took a hot shower, all the while assuming that the contractions would suddenly stop like they have so many times before. Well they didn’t quit but they didn’t really get more intense either. I finally tried to go to sleep at around 3:30 am but didn’t get much sleep because the contractions kept waking me up.
Drew went to work at 8 am and by 9 am I felt like I needed to call the doctor since the contractions weren’t stopping. I called Drew and he came home and took me to the hospital to get checked out. I was hooked up to the monitors and they verified that I was having contractions every 2-4 minutes (like I had any doubt) and that I was 4.5 cm dilated (I was 4 at my last dr. appt). Since I was progressing so slowly and my doctor doesn’t like to intervene, I was sent home to labor and told to come back when either my water broke or the pain became unbearable. So I went home and here I still am… on Sunday afternoon, still having contractions every 2-4 minutes.
I guess I’m starting to get worried…. is it normal to have these contractions for so long and them not get more intense? Half the time they are just small pains and I hardly notice them but the other half of the time they are so bad that I have to stop talking (or typing) and just concentrate on breathing. I feel like maybe because I have been having minor contractions for so long that that is keeping my body from dilating anymore or something. Is that possible? I have heard of women who had to have medication in order to dilate effectively. I am starting to get upset with my doctor too… I am a grown woman and at this point I feel like I should have some say in whether or not I have medication to help me dilate faster. I should be allowed to make that informed decision.
I have a doctor’s appointment at 9 am tomorrow and I’m hoping that I can convince the doctor to keep me and help me out a little. I am so so tired from lack of sleep that I don’t know that I could endure hard labor at this point anyway, not to mention poor Drew who is worried to death that I keep hurting. I just keep hoping that the pain will get unbearable so that I can get my epidural and get this baby out!
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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!