First of all no form of labor is "false" the pain is VERY real!... so i'll just refer to it as "pre labor" and if one more person tells me it's just Braxton Hicks I'll scream! In all my research and conversation with clients and hearing everyone's pregnancy and birth stories this time of limbo between false and real labor was never explained to me and it kinda blind sided me this last 5 days. Starting this last thur. I developed a high fever i was having hot and cold chills and achey all over, shivering and wanting to bundle up (yes even with the heat) and then sweating sooo bad and wanting a cold shower! I started contracting in 5 min. intervals that eventually by sunday developed into contractions every 2 or 3 min. for 60-75 sec. The doctor on call suggested that i take tylenol to get to the fever to come down and let them know if anything came up. I wasn't exactly looking for the "take 2 tylenol and call me in the morning" answer but the tylenol did work and eventually my fever came down, however i continued contracting regularly through mon. until my apt mon. At my apt. my doctor told me i hadn't softened @ all!!!! i told him... but i haven't slept for 3 days! he sympathyzed with my pain (as much as he could) told me i'm experiencing pre labor and the contractions were most likely brought on from the high fever, and that b/c i'm just 38 weeks and this is my first pregnancy he would prefer not to induce me to prevent other complications and cause a long labor for me and then suggested tylenol p.m. to sleep!!! Let me just tell you i had the car seat and our bags in the car hoping he would send us straight over to the hospital! I could not have been more wrong... or dissapointed or frustrated...or sore! So still in lots of pain, exhausted as ever i popped 2 tylenol p.m. last night hit the bed and only woke up twice last night and slept in all morning! This morning no more regular contractions a few "braxton hicks" this morning but NOTHING compared to the last weekend! just feeling sooo sad i don't have a baby yet!!! I'm just relieved to have the contractions settled especially if I may go 2 more weeks! So with no more work I guess i'll just go get a pedicure, clean my house for the hundredth time, and watch all the shows I have on the dvr and just WAIT! Hopefully i'll have good news to report sooner then later!
here i am @ 38 weeks or so and still VERY pregnant!!!