Would you like to be a member of our research panel? Join here - there's (nearly) always a great incentive offered for your views.

32 weeks - preterm labour experiences?

(40 Posts)
SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 27-Jan-13 18:22:13

Hi, have posted this in Premature Birth as well.

I'm 32 weeks exactly, and been having very strong BH since about 24/25 weeks. In the last week I've had stronger contractions that feel like the real thing (already have DD - 2yrs so I remember what they feel like!) but not regularly enough to get my midwife concerned. I also lost my plug on Monday. I'm having lower back pain on and off, and intense pressure on my pelvis - sometimes it feels like his head is pushing out!

Am I just being a bit paranoid? I don't want to waste time if I am, but just wondering if anyone else has gone into labour at about this time with similar symptoms?

Thanks.

Whatshappenedtous Sun 03-Feb-13 07:27:30

Should of said my waters went at 29 weeks had steroids etc discharged myself and even changed hospital after a hormonal rage!

Whatshappenedtous Sun 03-Feb-13 07:26:32

I went into labour with strong tightening pains at 33 weeks after 60 hours of on off BH contractions I had my DD by EMCS as heart stopped. Don't over do it I wish I had listened to the dr's

SayCoolNowSayWhip Fri 01-Feb-13 08:53:50

blush Yes, Mum.....

Naughty! You must take it easy! <stern face>

SayCoolNowSayWhip Thu 31-Jan-13 16:31:25

Ok thanks - nice to sleep in my own bed last night!

Knackered though. Been out and about today and might have overdone it slightly.... blush

How's everything today, saycool?

sundaesundae Wed 30-Jan-13 16:30:16

hehe, and my vanilla slice was for the same reason. I was only kidding about scaring me, don't worry. Hoping yours stays in a bit longer, I heat alcohol relaxed uterine contractions. 32 weeks and having had steroids you're in a great position smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 16:28:06

Sorry Sundae! You'll be fine. I'm actually on the sofa having a very small glass of wine - for medicinal purposes, you understand.... wink

sundaesundae Wed 30-Jan-13 15:51:55

Don't stress about it, they wouldn't have offered you to go home if they thought it was risky. Feet up lots of rest and keep cooking that bump smile You are due the day before me I think so, stop frightening me ;)

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 12:55:38

I self-discharged.... Against all advice I know. But to be honest what I really need is some rest and there's no way I'll get that in hospital. It's only a 15 minute drive if anything does happen and I do feel much better.

So, are you staying in or has grumpy midwife discharged you?

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 10:49:56

Thanks all. Not what I wanted to hear but I know you're right hmm

To compound things, my doctor just phoned to say that a wee sample I had tested last week was positive for a uti bug (klebsiella?? (Sp) ) and when I told her I was at the hospital she wanted to speak to the midwife. The midwife had just brought my discharge forms and was actually, IMO, quite rude. She said 'well I can't do anything about it, does she want to speak to the doctor here?' So she went off and had a word with the dr who then relayed back that they would deal with it here. And the midwife grumpy sod stomped off with my discharge notes!

So now I have no idea what's going on!

I hope your little ones stay put Marjorie and Twitchy.

Yes those steroid shots hurt like hell! And really stingy for ages afterwards!

This little guy is proper active so I guess maybe he's irritated my uterus as well?

<sigh> Thanks for all your replies though, you're really helping smile thanks

Hi OP. I had a positive 'actim partus' test (the swab they do with the speculum) with contractions at 27 weeks. I was admitted for 4 days, then again at 29 weeks for 5 days, when I actually got to 2cm dilated. Fingers crossed everything has settled down a bit now, I am 31 + 2 now and still holding on, though I have had to start my mat leave much earlier than I was anticipating. I had the steroids at 27 weeks and bloody hell they hurt!

I have a very active baby and my symptoms were described as 'irritable uterus' which can be caused simply by all the wriggling setting off tightenings. I am still getting lots and lots of BH contractions, and proper ones overnight but I only need to go back in if they get much stronger.

My DS was born at 33 weeks with no prior warning that it might happen. He is a boisterous 3yo now. You're in the right place if you do deliver so I would hold on. Best of luck.

Stay. Sorry, I know you don't want to hear that but if you are going to labour when the nifedipine wears off, it could happen quickly and be a short labour so best to be in hospital until 48 hours after last steroid injection. Also, you never get to stay in hospital taking up a bed unless they think you really should so the doc clearly thinks it is best to stay put for a short while. You may find that once the nifedipine starts wearing off that you will get a lot of niggly pains that are brought on by just about anything (having a wee, not having a wee. Standing up, sitting down etc). At any point these niggles can turn into the real thing and baby isn't out of the danger zone for respiratory problems until 48 hours past the last steroid dose.

Sorry!

TwitchyTail Wed 30-Jan-13 09:58:58

Glad things are settling down SayCool. I was admitted for steroid shots at 29 weeks (YOW those things hurt - or am I just a wuss?) and baby is still safely tucked up inside at almost 33 weeks now. Hope yours goes the same way! smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 09:56:54

Just had the doctor round and he said they want to keep me in for 48 hours but that I could discharge myself if I really wanted to.
I really want to go home. I feel fine now and almost like I'm wasting their time!
DH thinks I should stay.
What do you think?

That's really good smile hope everything settles down and you get to go home soon!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 06:54:27

Oh and had a few BH tightenings but nothing major. Back was giving me jip but touch wood that's a lot better too. I think my little man is staying put for now, thank goodness. smile

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 06:52:59

Morning!

Well, between the snoring, and the four o'clock steroid shot, and the 6.30 nifedipine round, I maybe snatched an hour or so..... wink But luckily no one else has been admitted. I expect Snoring Lady is just as annoyed at me for having 4am med calls as I am at her for snoring.

How old are your other DCs? Does the oldest understand that you're not well? I was very sick with this pg, but not in the league of HG, and I know how rubbish I felt so you must be really going through it. Sending anti-sick vibes!

Unborn DS says hi too.... does the little blighter ever sleep??

I want to say thankyou for talking to me and keeping me sane thanks

Morning! I'm hoping that baby is still nicely cosy and you are sleeping! How have the contractions been over night? Did you end up with anyone being admitted during the night just to keep you awake that little bit longer?

Yes, I've had several different meds for HG and a hospital admission for severe dehydration. I hoped that it would be going by now, but no it's still hanging around. I've just woken up to take my ondansetron before the kids wake up. It is no fun for the other 3 DC because mummy can't do much.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 30-Jan-13 00:27:47

There is only one other lady on my ward.... And yes, she's a prolific snorer. Joy! So much for any 'rest'.

Whinge whinge.....

Do you know, apparently a glass of wine can help to relax uterine contractions? Wish they'd offered that instead of nefedemine... wink

Poor you room, hope your HG gets better soon. Have they given you any meds for it? How are you coping with your other three DCs?? wine

Yup, he is and always has been a wriggler. We call him fidgetbottom grin

Hope you've not got any snorers in tonight! They did my nut. Room we had a lady in overnight one night who was 1cm dilated, and 24 hrs later was just about 2cm - she just moaned and moaned and moaned. They kicked her out in the end, I felt a bit bad for her, but was glad to see her go!

An active baby is a very good thing if extremely annoying when you want to sleep. I'm 16 weeks pg with DC4 and not too keen to start feeling movement just yet. I've got HG which is enough of a reminder that I'm pg and disrupts my sleep without any help from a fidgety baby!

I know what you mean about getting bored as well. I just wanted to know what was going to happen one way or another. I got bored of hearing other women in labour. I wasn't very understanding about the women who were trying to get into labour and moaning about the pain that they were getting from their prostaglandin pessary blush

SayCoolNowSayWhip Tue 29-Jan-13 22:22:57

3 weeks! Wow, you poor thing. Is your DS an active baby outside the womb? I have a feeling mine will be a handful!

Hahaha DS was like that too. I almost got annoyed with him for being so jolly and active in there while I was stuck on the ward for 3 weeks!

I know how dull and lonely it is on the ward, so keep chatting to us here, and feel free to pm me if you would like to chat 1-to-1 or ask anything smile

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now