A childbirth prep class is a pre-requisite for every first time expectant couple. I was still feeling contractions. While some women may feel the pain of contractions, it is largely uncomfortable rather than painful. I went to the hospital, partially because it’s the smart thing to do once your water breaks and partially because it could have been incontinence… although I have never had that problem in either pregnancy.
Last Tuesday (32 weeks, 5 days) I found out I was in what the medical field calls Preterm labor. We weren’t out of the woods, but, for the first time in days, things were looking a little better. It was a good 3 weeks before I started to feel comfortable sleeping and moving around.
Within 5 days, I had no pain at all and we were going for a short walk around the local park. I kept having hard contractions throughout the day on September 22, 2014. Little did I know, because my instructions were to come in when I started having contractions. Every time I stand up I hope my water breaks or I start having consistent contractions.
The relief of pain by effective analgesia may allow release of the uterus from the constraints of the endogenous catecholamines and enhance progress in labor. I waited until I started having contractions 5-10 apart for an hour like my doctors instructed, which didn’t happen until 18 hours later.
Woke hubby, called doctor, timed the contractions, called mom. The contractions are real, but it’s Baby A that’s amplifying them. Soon after that, about 15 minutes, I was confirmed of my water breaking because liquid started pouring out, lol. I kept focusing on getting through the pain of the contractions.