Well last night turned out to be a bit more dramatic than one would hope.
I watched my friends 16 month old for a few hours last night when I started noticing some Braxton Hicks contractions. A few now and then are not unusual for me so I didn’t think much of it. Walking around the grocery store afterwards, though, I was having more. So I came home, drank some water and laid down for an hour. Unfortunately that didn’t help either and I ended up having on average 6 an hour over those last two hours. My doc had said to call if I had more than 6 an hour, so to be on the safe side I did. It was 10pm on a Saturday because these things never happen during normal working hours.
The on call doc recommended getting checked because of the risk of premature labor with twins and the possibility that my cervix could have begun to dilate. So off to the hospital we went.
Of course I couldn’t have expected this pregnancy to be drama free.
By the time we got there and got settled they had calmed down (naturally). It took them forever to find the babies heartbeats – not because they couldn’t find them but because they were moving around so much they didn’t stay in one place for very long. 🙂 Then they started monitoring for contractions.
I had a few more Braxton Hicks but not at the frequency as before. Still, the doc came in and checked my cervix which, thankfully, was not dilated and asked us some questions. One of which was “have you (ahem) “danced” today?”.
“Yes”, I replied. “Why?”
Apparently this can cause BH contractions in women who are sensitive to it, and it appears that I may be one of them. Fabulous. I was given a shot of Terbutaline to stop the BH contractions and sent home with instructions to avoid dancing for the next week (though realistically we’ll probably wait until at least the next OB check up to see what her thoughts are), take it easy, find a place at work to lay down and put my feet up at some point during the day and get myself a support belt (apparently my uterus was sitting a bit low).
On the way home Bryan and I joked that that was probably the most expensive dance ever.
For now though, things are fine. The babies are fine and I’m still on regular activity, though I’m definitely on higher alert and will be taking it easier the next few days.
Please let this be just a small snag in the larger picture.