Monday night I spent most of the night tossing and turning in bed. I felt sharp pains in my abdomen, coming and going. I was worried I had started early labor.
In the morning I watched the clock. About every 30 minutes I would get these pains. They didn’t feel like the labor pains I had before. But people say every pregnancy is different.
I consulted my pregnancy book and the internet. Perhaps it was Braxton-Hicks? I surely hoped it was that – I did not want to deliver this early.
The symptoms did not match for Braxton-Hicks. Braxton-Hicks, or false contractions. The book told me they are suppose to be painless. And although you may feel them on the front of your abdomen, they are suppose to be irregular.
Still these pains didn’t match labor either. They didn’t get more intense. They didn’t feel like menstrual cramps.
Luckily on Tuesday morning we had our appointment with the doctor.
I asked her about the pains. She said if they were not Braxton-Hicks it was probably gastrointestinal. Basically, I had a stomach bug. A huge relief!
To make me feel better, she check my cervix. I was about 1cm dilated, which she said was perfectly normal for someone who has had kids before and is carrying twins.
Then she suggested we schedule another growth ultrasound for 3 weeks from now. I was please to see I don’t need to start my weekly hospital visits yet!
Finally, I weighed in at 162 pounds. No weight gain for two weeks.