Help!! I'm sure it's not possible, but can someone help me out here? I woke up this morning with the gut from hell, and had what I thought was stomach ache related to that for a couple of hours afterwards.
However, the pain is now a little more intense, and coming at something like 5 minute intervals for about 30 seconds at a time. Not exactly though, some more frequently, some less. However, I'm not in agony, and to be honest, it still feels more like gut pain than anything happening in the uterus department. I can easily talk through the pain (if there was anyone to talk to in the house), but it is slightly catching my breath.
Should I get DP home from work? Call MW? Or sit on the toilet for a bit longer and see if my gut produces anything? It's possible I poisoned myself with excess chorizo and chilli pizza last night, so don't want to hassle anyone unnecessarily!!
Oh, and haven't had a single BH or anything throughout this pregnancy, so no idea what kind of sensation I ought to get. No signs of any waters going, no show or anything like that...
Phone the midwife! I had this conversation with my midwife recently and she told me that if I had any concerns then I should phone as they were very happy to do a consultation over the phone and either put my mind at rest or let me know that I should get ready for the final push (sorry!). Good luck.
Mine is my second pregnancy, by the way, so in theory I should know what I'm doing - but the midwife was still fine for me to phone up. I'm booked in with the MLU at the hospital, so that where I'll phone. The community midwife isn't usually a good bet for labour chats, as they are often with other patients and you can't really wait for hours until their clinic has finished.
hi, yeah have to agree with the above comments. Does sound like early labour though. I had a mild belly ache all day, went shopping etc, by 4pm started to get a bit worse and by night I had started to get mild pain. Will probably take a while but get DP to stay on alert just incase x good luck x
Grrrr - the best way to ease any pain or discomfort is clearly to post about it! Been suffering since 6am, and as soon as I post the pain starts to ease a bit. Still uncomfortable, still coming regularly, but not as bad.
Hopefully, they have probably eased as you are distracted and more relaxed. The more you concentrate on them and tense up the worse they will feel.
You could try sitting somewhere comfy, supported by lots of pillows or cushions, close your eyes and do some deep breathing concentrating on each breath. You can also download tracks from the web to coach you in breathing exercises. If you get really relaxed you might even fall asleep and you'll need all your energy later if this is the real thing.
With DD I had what I thought was stomach ache at 36 weeks. Dh went to work, I had a bath. Didn't feel much better. A hour or so later decided to go to hospital to get checked out but really didn't think was in labour- no show, waters etc(didn't take a bag etc). To cut a long story short, was actually 6cm dilated and DD was born 6 hours later.
MNing is the best form of labour pain relief I find I still wasn't having regular contractions when I arrived in hospital - MW told me she would leave me as she had people further on. Pressed the button when I had my next contraction - she examined me and I was 9cm! So personally I don't put much store in contractions being regular