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15 weeks and having regular contraction-like pains, all day now.

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marthamay Mon 03-Oct-11 19:14:16

I have also posted this in the mc/loss forum but wasn't sure where it would be most appropriate - apologies if you are reading a second time!

I have to admit I am freaking out a bit now. I would really like to know if anyone has ever experienced this or has any advice to offer. I feel so helpless.

I am 15+3 pregnant, all was ok at my 12 week scan ( a real relief because my last pregnancy ended in a mmc) but yesterday I started having these really sharp back/abdominal cramps that came and went intermittently throughout the day. I thought perhaps I'd just been overdoing it, picking up my toddler etc. I became a bit confused though when they kept up quite regularly throughout the night even when I was just lying down still. In the morning I began to write down when they came and realised that it was nearly exactly every ten minutes regardless of what I was doing. I called my midwife group for a bit of advice and the woman I spoke to thought that it was likely I was just overdoing it but if it continued then to go to my GP. So later this morning I made an appointment with the GP and went to see her. She tried to listen for the heartbeat but could only hear the placenta so asked me to come in a bit later to see if a different doctor could hear the heartbeat. She also thought that the pain I was describing seemed to be too high up (it's about the level of my belly button) to be anything to worry about.
I went back later and another doctor had a listen and he found the heartbeat but only for a split second - but this was enough for both of them to think that I was fine. So, I'm figuring that if a midwife and two different doctors don't think I should worry then maybe I shouldn't?
BUT...... this is my third pregnancy, the only thing these pains feel like is contractions, nothing else. They are roughly 10 - 15 minutes apart. They are not getting more intense or changing in any particular way but it just does not feel good.
I am panicking. I don't know what to do.
I'd really appreciate any advice.


metalelephant Mon 03-Oct-11 19:23:13

Call the hospital and tell them your symptoms are persisting and you to be seen by an ob. A gp wouldn't be a specialist in this field, perhaps you will also need scan so the hospital is where you should go.

I hope it all goes well, good luck!

nametapes Mon 03-Oct-11 19:28:02

rest rest rest..... thats all i can suggest. So sorry to hear this.. I hope you are going to be alright. Take it very very easy, thats all you can do... and whatever happens , its not your fault.
Wishing you the very best of luck. xxx

metalelephant Mon 03-Oct-11 19:28:16

Sorry for missing words, I meant to say that you need to be seen by an ob. Also, check if you must go through A&E , in case the antenatal unit is closed. I would ask them
what's the likelihood of being seen by an ob tonight, you don't want to be stuck in a&e for hours...

Try to rest, have a little lie down and you may feel all better tomorrow. I would still call them tomorrow morning, just for peace of mind.


MrsHuxtable Mon 03-Oct-11 19:33:58

Call the hospital and insist on coming in to be checked out. A GP is not really a qualified to deal with these specific things.

marthamay Mon 03-Oct-11 19:37:50

Thanks for your responses. My DH is now home and able to take over looking after my son. I have been reading about how contractions can be brought on by fatigue and dehydration. I am now drinking loads of water and going to just lie down.
I don't think I could face going to the hospital tonight. I feel so tired and scared. Is it stupid to wait until morning?

metalelephant Mon 03-Oct-11 20:20:14

As long as you're able to relax, rest is probably the best thing. Of course it's not stupid to wait for the morning , let us know how you're feeling tomorrow x. smile

marthamay Mon 03-Oct-11 20:42:44

Thanks so much metalelephant smile. Fingers crossed that things calm down tonight.

CombineArvester Mon 03-Oct-11 20:53:19

If you go in the day you will at least get the chance to be seen by a more senior doc, it's all SHOs at night unless emergency.

Did they check for urine infection at the GPs. Have you had any problems weeing or any unusual discharge or any other symptoms at all?

The fact that they only found the heartbeat for a second isn't a prob in itself, they are bouncing all over the place at 15 weeks. I am not surprised you are worried by the contraction-like pains though.

Bear in mind that the hosp will probably not let you go to antenatal ward / obstetrics at 15 weeks, you will usually have to go through EPU. Could you ask GP to refer you to EPU or is it possible to self-refer to your local EPU? A&E will sometimes refer to EPU but bear in mind they might give you a scan appointment for the next day, and at your stage if they find the heartbeat they may refuse you a scan. I guess what I'm trying to say is you might have to push to get taken seriously, if what you think you need or want is a scan, you might have to push for it, especially seeing as you are not bleeding. Might be best to get a GP referral or a midwife referral. Also bear in mind the later in the day you go, the less likely you are to get a scan if you are not seen as being in immediate need i.e. no bleeding, heartbeat already heard.

Sorry you are going through this worry.

metalelephant Tue 04-Oct-11 09:25:17

How are you feeling today Marthamay?

CombineArvester Tue 04-Oct-11 17:02:10

Have been thinking of you today hope the pains stopped and all okay.

Spellcheck Tue 04-Oct-11 21:43:50

Marthamay your dates are the same as mine, and last week I had contractions (felt like Braxton Hicks), along with lower backache and some abdominal cramps. I went to A&E who didn't listen for a heartbeat, just sent me home, and a couple of days later I saw my GP who prodded my tummy, said it was probably a trapped pudendal nerve, and also sent me home.

I did start bleeding that afternoon, went back to A&E who referred me to the EPU, where I was told it was a threathened mc (had a mmc last December). Scan showed all well, and no cause of bleeding. Since then both bleeding and pain have eased off quite a lot though pain returned a bit today and bleeding is light and brown.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that during each of my visits, no-one seemed alarmed by my description of 'contractions'. Pains seem pretty standard apparently. They only really worry when it's all accompanied by bleeding.

I hope you are ok, please keep posting.

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