Sunday, December 30, 2007

STILL pregnant, day 256

Around midnight, I timed my contractions and realized that they were 5 minutes apart, lasting 30 to 45 seconds. I tried to sleep for a few hours, gave up, got back in the bath, and called my doula.

For the rest of the day I breathed my way through contractions that would have been excruciating if not for my doula's encouragement and instructions. at some points they were 4 minutes apart, lasting 1 to 2 minutes. But a change of position or activity would also change the pattern.

Finally, after 15 hours of contractions and no change in sight, we went down to L&D. Lumpy's fine, says the monitor. I'm also fine. I am contracting. But after 15 hours of hard work I'm only 1 cm dilated, 30% effaced, and really nowhere near the point at which they would admit me or even offer anything for the pain. What the fuck?

Apparently this is called "pre-labour". Excuse me, but nobody ever mentioned 15 hours of constant contractions *before* actual labor begins. Did I miss something? And how the fuck is this fair? I haven't slept in two days and may not sleep tonight, because we've been sent home without so much as a tylenol.

We've been warned that Lumpy may not come tomorrow, or anytime until his/her due date. I just hope these contractions don't continue until then.


Elizabeth said...

Sorry about the discomfort,I hope things go better tonight.

Aurelia said...

Sigh....sorry, many women I know don't get the painful part, just some very mild cramping, but yes, this is a possibility.

As for sleep, I suggest tylenol or benadryl. At this point it won't do any harm, and you really do need some sleep. You won't sleep through really serious contractions but you will sleep through these pre-labour ones with some medicated help.

Good news is that if this happens again closer to your due date or when you are overdue, they will keep you and you will get some induction drugs if you ask for them. But no, not yet.

Take care hon, and tell your hubby to call me the sec you do go into serious labour! I want to meet this baby ASAP!

ms. c said...

I hope Lumpy arrives soon... I can't wait!
I wish I could make all this "pre-labour" go away, and get you right to the real, baby revealing labour!
Keep us posted... I hope you got some zzz's.

Anonymous said...

Pre-labour? You poor thing. I hope Lumpy gets this show on the road soon. I am waiting patiently.

I hope the next few hours/day/weeks aren't painful.