Monday, June 06, 2005

False Alarm Trip to the Hospital

We thought we might have the baby today, but it wasn't to be! I was having regular contractions that were 5 minutes apart and so I told David that we ought to go to the hospital. When we got there, they hooked me up to the monitor and noted that I was having contractions, but the nurse called them "irregular-regular" contractions. Isn't that an oxy moron? Anyway, it was really frustrating.
I was told to walk for about 40 minutes and then they would check me again to see if I dialated anymore than 1 cm. I didn't and so the nurse called the doctor and he said to send me home. I was really disappointed and at the time was really embarrassed that I wasn't in labor after all.
I discovered later though that this happens to a lot of women, especially in their first pregnancy. I also found out it happened to my mom as well with my brother Brent. I just had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions and it was hard not to wonder if they were real or not every time they started becoming regular. We started about 10 "contraction spreadsheets" on the computer to track them, but to no avail. So...I had to wait just a few weeks longer!

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