Just a little update.
Thursday night I began having contractions. They lasted all day Friday, but I kept busy to ignore them as best as I could. Friday night I was up having them very sporadically. Every 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 2 minutes… I went from the tub, to the floor, to the couch, to the shower to the bed and managed to sleep about 2 hours.
Saturday we spent the day at my Mother in Laws and my contractions began to be more regular. I called the midwife and explained what was going on. She told me that labor has a pattern and mine was too irregular, so I needed to slow down labor. She had me begin taking magnesium to help my uterus relax. As the day went on, the contractions were happening every 5 minutes, then within an hour jumped to two to three minutes. I called her again and at about 9 she met us at the birth center (which conveniently is only a mile or two down the road). She examined me and pointed out that I was only 70% effaced and not dilated at all. Gavin’s head isn’t in proper placement so there is no pressure on my cervix to help out.
She sent us home with some Tylenol PM and just said to try to rest. The night was a good repeat of Friday with the addition of much more frequent and intense contractions. I slept close to 2 hours, or 3.
Now, its Sunday at 10 am. My contractions are closer to 7 minutes apart and I am trying to rest. I did want to type this up while it was fresh in my head so I wouldn’t forget our “birth story.” At noon, if I am still contracting, we will head back to the Birth Center to have them check to see if he has moved into place and if I have begun to dilate.
Hopefully, last night was magical and we are 1/2 way there to a wonderful birth…we shall see.