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So on Wednesday Dr. G told me if I started having contractions any more frequently I should call immediately. I was then having contractions about 2-3 times per hour for several hours at a time. On Saturday, I was having a steady 3 contractions per hour for several hours at a time, but I wasn’t sure if that counted as more frequent or not, so I didn’t call. Today, on my way home from Baltimore, where I’d gone out for dinner with S, J, and a friend, figuring it’s probably the last time I’m going to be allowed out for a LONG TIME, I had at least four contractions on the 45 minute drive home. I came home, drank some water and laid down on my left side for 45 minutes, during which time I had another 3 contractions. And so I paged the doctor on call.

She agreed that 3-4 contractions per hour was worth paying attention to and said that if it persisted I should head over to L&D, but agreed that if I can sleep through them, they probably aren’t that worrisome. So, since I have a 10am appointment at the office tomorrow for a cervix check anyway, and since I really don’t want to be in L&D all night, I asked if it’s a rotten strategy to just try and sleep. She said no, and recommended benadryl. But, she cautioned, if the contractions are strong enough and frequent enough to wake me through the benadryl, I should go in, and I should also be sure to push fluids as much as possible.

This is creating quite the catch-22. The fluids, I mean. Because at one of my early appointments, Dr. P. warned me that a really full bladder can trigger contractions, and I’m pretty sure he’s right. So I’m peeing a lot, which is keeping me awake, but I’m also thirsty as hell, because, well, I’m peeing a lot, which is creating a vicious cycle. And I’m having a few contractions, but I don’t think it’s quite 4 per hour, but I couldn’t really tell you because I’m so tired and loopy I can hardly keep track. I’m guessing I should think about writing them down. They’re not comfortable, but I wouldn’t call them painful either. Suffice it to say, I’m guessing the next 10 weeks or so are going to be oh-so-fun-filled. If I make it that far. I hope I do.

Anywhozit, I do think the contractions have slowed down and I’ve decided not to worry about this until morning when I go see the doctor anyway. The one doctor I haven’t met and am not particularly interested in meeting, but I suppose it can’t hurt. I wish I were seeing Dr. G. Or Dr. P. Or Dr. M. Le Sigh. I guess a girl can’t have everything.

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So on Wednesday Dr. G told me if I started having contractions any more frequently I should call immediately. I was then having contractions about 2-3 times per hour for several hours at a time. On Saturday, I was having a steady 3 contractions per hour for several hours at a time, but I wasn't sure if that counted as more frequent or not, so I didn't call. Today, on my way home from Baltimore, where I'd gone out for dinner with S, J, and a friend, figuring it's probably the last time I'm going to be allowed out for a LONG TIME, I had at least four contractions on the 45 minute drive home. I came home, drank some water and laid down on my left side for 45 minutes, during which time I had another 3 contractions. And so I paged the doctor on call.

She agreed that 3-4 contractions per hour was worth paying attention to and said that if it persisted I should head over to L&D, but agreed that if I can sleep through them, they probably aren't that worrisome. So, since I have a 10am appointment at the office tomorrow for a cervix check anyway, and since I really don't want to be in L&D all night, I asked if it's a rotten strategy to just try and sleep. She said no, and recommended benadryl. But, she cautioned, if the contractions are strong enough and frequent enough to wake me through the benadryl, I should go in, and I should also be sure to push fluids as much as possible.

This is creating quite the catch-22. The fluids, I mean. Because at one of my early appointments, Dr. P. warned me that a really full bladder can trigger contractions, and I'm pretty sure he's right. So I'm peeing a lot, which is keeping me awake, but I'm also thirsty as hell, because, well, I'm peeing a lot, which is creating a vicious cycle. And I'm having a few contractions, but I don't think it's quite 4 per hour, but I couldn't really tell you because I'm so tired and loopy I can hardly keep track. I'm guessing I should think about writing them down. They're not comfortable, but I wouldn't call them painful either. Suffice it to say, I'm guessing the next 10 weeks or so are going to be oh-so-fun-filled. If I make it that far. I hope I do.

Anywhozit, I do think the contractions have slowed down and I've decided not to worry about this until morning when I go see the doctor anyway. The one doctor I haven't met and am not particularly interested in meeting, but I suppose it can't hurt. I wish I were seeing Dr. G. Or Dr. P. Or Dr. M. Le Sigh. I guess a girl can't have everything.

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