Last night after dinner I was experiencing the worst cramping I’d ever felt, it was almost like lightening pains in my stomach which then also caused my bump to tighten. This was happening for at least 2 hours every 5-10 minutes. I decided to be safe than sorry and called my labour ward. I discussed my symptoms with a midwife and she urged me to come in to get checked over. So Freddie and I jumped in a cab and headed down to the ward. In the waiting area, it was quite over whelming seeing all these men coming and going with worried, happy, stressed faces and a few women in active labour pacing up and down in their dressing gowns. It really hit home to me that this was going to be me soon.
We were called into a private room and I was hocked up to this machine thing to monitor the baby’s heart rate, I was also given a handheld buzzer device to click every time the baby moved. Freddie took this little snap of the results coming through, as you can see the baby was awake and having a full on kicking attack!
The midwife then felt my bump, took a urine sample and my blood pressure. My urine test came back with a little protein which the midwife said was perfectly normal she then asked if It was okay to call the doctor to conduct an internal examination to see if my cervix was dilating etc. Luckily the test came back negative and what I was experiencing was painful braxton hicks or as Freddie likes to call them Toni Braxton’s lol. We were monitored for another 30 minutes then told it was okay to leave.
That was one of the most scary moments of my pregnancy, the thought that I could have been going into pre term labour at 32 weeks. Luckily baby de Metz is happy and tucked up still inside my womb where he or she should be!