Thursday, April 12, 2012

37w4d: Is that a real contraction?

Yesterday's post, if you can call it that, was posted from Mr. Jem's Kindle.Fire. I was able only to post the title, no text for some weird reason. At least you all knew that I'm still alive, Baby Jem still in utero. She could come any day now, and has significantly less room to wiggle around in. She has not yet dropped.

That said, my Braxon-Hicks contractions have intensified and are no longer localized like previously. Instead my whole belly gets very hard and I can feel a menstrual-like pain from my diaphragm to my cervix. It took my breath away, but didn't HURT that much. 

Is this the mysterious labor contraction I hear speak of?

The nurse and my doula both say that when I have a "real" contraction, I will know it.

The Doula recommended that I take a relaxing bath, which I will do shortly. I did also take a short walk, which helped.

I have so much to catch you all up on. I have not written much, as my MIL has been visiting. There's been some drama, mostly related to the hateful SIL, but really Mr. Jem being stressed out by MIL's visit and SIL's sneakiness getting $$ out of the MIL, who is losing her memory and feel she has to buy SIL's love. Sigh.

I really don't need that drama right now for F's sake.

I promise to write more later... especially how and why we selected a doula.



Mrs. Gamgee said...

Glad to hear all is well... even tho there is some drama going on.

My BH have always been my whole belly, but in no way menstrual, so you might be having the start of the real deal. And I honestly can't remember what the 'real' contractions felt like last time because I was so focused on the hip pain I was having (silly Ginny was bashing her head into my hip bone with every contraction).

Hoping that resting and a nice warm bath will do the trick for you. :)

ASP said...

Thinking of you and hoping for a speedy labor and delivery! You're soooo there now! ;)

Sooz said...

OMG! I've been having those, too, but mine have been occurring for a few weeks now. They're pretty painful, but since I'm only having them maybe 2-3X per day, I haven't been too concerned.

Congrats on making to 37+ weeks! It's only a matter of time before the little one makes her appearance.

Rebecca said...

Exciting one way or another!!