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Old Mar 27th, 2017, 06:25 AM   1
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Risk of pre-term labour


I'm 29 weeks pregnant with my 3rd. I have an irritable uterus, so I've been experiencing intense irregular tightenings for a good few weeks. I have sometimes up to 20 in an hour, even when lying down. The baby had been head down since before 20 weeks. The last couple of weeks this baby has become extremely low. I can't even wee properly because of the pressure, I feel like i can feel like baby lowering downwhen I'm on the toilet.
The past few days I've wondered if I'm leaking extra discharge, urine or discharge. I have thin pads in every day, even when I'm lying down I can feel it leaking, what ever it is. It's not enough to trickle but enough to feel extra 'wetness' (sorry for tmi)
Both my other boys were born early (ish) because of the irritable uterus. my first was 37+5 (now nearly 5) and my second was born at 37 weeks exactly (now nearly 3).
Has anyone ever experienced anything similar or have any advice. Don't really know what to do. Or just to carry on like normal.
Thanks in advance. Xx



 
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Old Mar 27th, 2017, 08:06 AM   2
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I have an irritable uterus and have been hospitalized twice this pregnancy to stop consistent contractions. The best thing you can do is go in, explain what is happening. Have them measure the amniotic fluid in your uterus via ultrasound, as well the thickness of your cervix.

Ask about getting the Celestone shot. It is a series of two shots 24 hours apart that help develop the baby's lungs early. That way if you do happen to go into pre-term labour, it gives your baby the best chance at breathing on their own at birth.

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Old Mar 27th, 2017, 08:47 AM   3
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Thank you for your reply.
What do your contractions feel like? Strong Braxton hicks or actual contractions.
This baby has been very active recently and it sets off the tightenings.



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2017, 03:02 AM   4
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I have exactly the same problem.

In my last pregnancy, the tightenings started at 27 weeks. I went to the hospital as I thought labour was starting again (I delivered at 27 weeks in my first pregnancy), had the preterm labour test and it was negative, so was discharged home again.
The tightenings continued every day until I eventually delivered at 37+4.

This time (third pregnancy), the tightenings started at 24 weeks. I was seen about them a few days ago (27 weeks again) because that particular day, they were more painful than usual. Had the test again, which was negative, and was sent home.

They carry on every day and I just kind-of accept now that it's one of those things that I'm just going to have every time I'm pregnant! I've been checked several times for UTI's as they can cause an irritable uterus, and they always come back that I don't have one.
Even though the pains regular, painful, frequent, etc (NOT just 'normal' braxton Hicks!) - they never seem to amount to anything (i.e.: labour) and I feel silly keep going to the hospital... so I just try to carry on as normal as much as possible...

I also have increased discharge where I have to use liners (otherwise my underwear would be wet!) so I don't know if they're linked, but I've had a few swabs done to check for infections and they've always come back clear.



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2017, 22:29 PM   5
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This is my 3rd baby, and I have had lots of BH throughout (I did get them with previous pregnancies, but not to this extent). I have never mentioned them to the midwife (mainly because this has been a very complicated pregnancy, and I normally have so much else to talk about).
I know they are BH, because they don't build up, peak and ease off. They sort of tighten (to the point of discomfort), stays tight for a while, and then eases off. They seem to be set off by me tightening my muscles, for example if I sit up / lay down / cough / sneeze, and sometimes they just happen when I am sitting still doing nothing.
A few times I have been a bit worried about them, but I have poked my (clean) finger around my cervix, and it still feels closed (well as closed as expected given this is my 3rd), but it may be a little bit effaced (short), but I think that can be normalish.
As far as wetness is concerned, I am definitely leaking, but mine is definitely wee!! Seriously, I never had this in previous pregnancies, but I cough or sneeze (and I have a cold at the moment) and a dribble definitely comes out. I am wearing a pad, but my husband keeps laughing at me because I keep standing with my legs crossed every time I feel a sneeze coming.
With my 2nd, my waters went (without contractions) at 36 weeks, and the week before I was checked out at the maternity assessment unit, because I was having mild but constant contractions.



 
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Old Mar 29th, 2017, 09:22 AM   6
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I've had all of my babies before 37 weeks due to PPROM and the dr says it's highly likely to happen again. She isn't worried as long as I make it close to 37 weeks. (Delivered at 36 and 6 and 35 and 3) Of course I worry it will be much sooner.
I agree with the others to go get checked out at least. Any time you think you're leaking. With my twins I experienced frequent Braxton hicks and one night they just wouldn't stop and I went in and was dilated to a 3. They stopped labor for 2 weeks until my water broke. They felt exactly the same as all the other times, painless tightening. It never hurts to get checked out if you're worried!



 
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Old Mar 29th, 2017, 09:23 AM   7
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Also the difference the night that my contractions were causing dilation was that they wouldn't stop even after a bath, drinking a ton of water, laying, sitting, etc,



 
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Old Mar 29th, 2017, 11:37 AM   8
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Thank you for replying
Still plodding on just the same.
Today I've had a real burning sensation in my pubic bone I'm wondering what it is! Doesn't get any easier or I don't get any wiser just because I've done it twice before.
I've looked up about the burning sensation and a lot of it is saying it happens when D-day is nearing from the hormone relaxin. How close to d-day does it mean? Hurts like helllll!!
I've become so bloody emotional. Damn hormones! ��

Another thing is when I go for a wee, although I'm busting, I struggle as it trickles out. I try to lift bump up to help but the pressure of feeling like something is dropping down is intense!!

I have had a feel for my cervix and I can feel it..... I think! It's really soft but not sure what one feeling for. How do you know if it's effaced or even dilating? Xxx



 
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Old Mar 29th, 2017, 12:06 PM   9
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I personally would stay away from your cervix and not try to check it at all. You can irritate it and cause preterm labor. That's why they don't start checking it until the very end.
With my twins my baby girl was engaged and soooo low for at least 6 weeks, I had the same problem trying to pee.



 
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Old Mar 29th, 2017, 16:34 PM   10
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I have had a poke around my cervix if I am worried, but I wouldn't recommend doing it too much. I often bleed a bit after sex, so you can see just how sensitive it is.

I guess to be able to tell a difference you would need to know what your cervix feels like normally. I am certainly no expert, but my understanding is, first your cervix will efface, this means get shorter and basically flatten out into the ceiling of your vagina. This happens in pregnancy, don't really know when, but not necessarily a sign of impending labour.

Then your cervix will start to dilate, which means open up ready for baby to exit. If you have had a baby before, it is quite normal for your cervix to already feel slightly open. Dilation is measured in cm's. And it is equivalent to how many fingers you can poke inside (I have never tried to poke fingers in my cervix, and I wouldn't suggest anyone else does). But active labour is classed as 4cm dilated I think.



 
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