Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you have some fun plans with friends and family. Last year at this time, I was in FL at our condo on vacation. This year, however, we decided to stay local since I am so close to my due date. Turns out, we made a wise decision.
Yesterday I enjoyed a relaxing day at home with Emma. We ran a few errands, went to the park twice, and I did some web marketing work. Fridays are typically my rest days from workouts, so I took it easy and relaxed.
I had been to my OB/GYN on Monday, and remarked about how often I get Braxton Hicks (practice) contractions. She advised me to call if they lasted more than one hour and were closer than 10 minutes apart. Well … honestly they are almost always closer than 10 minutes apart when I am working out, dehydrated, or simply busy. However, last night, I was lounging around with the family and the Braxton Hicks were coming about every 5 minutes. Then they slowly started to increase in intensity and frequency until I was getting them every 3 minutes or so despite laying down and drinking water.
Even though I really didn’t want to spend the evening in the hospital, I called my doctor to report on my Braxton Hicks. Since I had already been getting them for 3 hours or so, she asked me to come in. Thankfully, my hospital is only a half-mile from the house, so I did my hair, put on a bit of make-up, and headed over. Brandon was already asleep when this was going on. I tried to wake him up four times with no luck. I flashed the lights, hit his leg, spoke loudly — nothing. LOL, so I let him stay home sound asleep with Emma.
By the time I got to the hospital, my contractions were coming every 1.5-3 minutes. The nurse checked my blood pressure, and it was high (150/100). She checked it four more times and it was high. I have a history of high blood pressure, so I wasn’t especially worried, but they did some blood work to ensure that I didn’t have protein in my blood. The blood work came back great, besides they did find out that I am anemic — hello — that explains why I am sooooo tired lately!
I was only 1.5 centimeters dilated, so after a few hours hooked up to monitor my BP (which finally got lower) and the babies HR, they sent me home. LOL, talk about an exhausting night. I honesty think baby Cole is simply ready to come out and meet me face to face. We did a little practice run for when I go into labor again! I am only 35.5 weeks, so I would like to get at least another 1 or 2 weeks under my belt before he comes, but if my water breaks, it’s a moot point!
I think the most ironic thing is — I didn’t even workout yesterday! I actually had a gym client at my house this morning and did a short run. Exercise is the last thing that induces labor for me. Apparently relaxing on the couch is what makes my contractions worse. Haha.