21 weeks: Painless Contractions

18 August 2014

"Wow my back hurts!" I thought this with every step I took while I was out running errands with my mom on Saturday. I finally let her know I was hot and tired so we ended our day out with a frappucino and a full blast air conditioned ride home. Honestly my back hurts daily but with the stretching of my uterus and a new posture I didn't think much of it.

After getting home I showered and whined to my hubs about needing a backrub. We cuddled, while he rubbed my back. I went to sleep and then woke up to eat, by then my backache was gone. I had tons of energy but decided to lay back down because I had spent a lot of time on my feet. As I laid down I noticed some discomfort around my waist. It almost felt like I had eaten a full meal and my belt was on too tight. I tried to sleep but the weird sensation kept coming. This lasted for several hours before it began to worry me. The discomfort was so obvious - I paced back and forth while googling to figure out what on earth was going on. That's when it hit me. "Maybe I'm having contracfions?!" As I googled no descriptions came close to what I was feeling. I felt like I was being a hypochondriac so I laid down again. I still couldn't sleep, then I noticed my uterus got hard as rock and that never happens without a trigger. So I finally woke my hubby and said I wanted to go to the hospital. I told him what I was feeling and he of course googled for his own peace of mind while I got dressed. I felt bad for waking him because I still wasn't sure exactly what was going on.

When we got to the ER, I told the staff I was having contracfions. They took my info and told me to have seat. I was so annoyed thinking how dare they make me wait when I'm pregnant. They were actually sending for someone to pick me up. When my chariot arrived I was taken to Labor and Delivery. I was put in a private room and hooked up to monitors. The babies and their hearts were monitored as well as my uterus for contractions. They did see that I was having consistent contractions, thankfully not strong enough to dilate my cervix. 

After being tested for a UTI I had an ultrasound to check the babies. A few minutes later a male doctor came in because my OB doesn't have privileges at my local hospital. He asked me to map out my day for him from the time I woke up to the time I came to ER. He listened very carefully and the verdict was in that I hadn't consumed enough water for all that I had been up to on a hot and humid Florida day. He lectured me and made sure my hubby was on his team. Of course two men would agree that a woman needs rest when pregnant to stop her from shopping! I was advised that I couldn't spend tons of time in the blazing sun and that I need to keep walking down to a minimum. I also needed to drink a gallon or more of water per day.

So there you have it folks. I'm not on official bed rest but I have limited my time outdoors. I am taking it easy as the half day in the hospital was absolutely no fun. Thank you for prayers and texts. I am now enjoying a few quiet days during this pregnancy. Thank you God.

Baby Stats:

Baby A also known as Punchkin is 12oz and growing on track.

Baby B known as Munchkin is 13oz and measuring a week ahead.

Both babies kick up a storm and get stronger everyday.

We are enjoying our pregnancy and are not even thinking about what the doctors had to say a few weeks ago.

On another note, we did switch perinatologist and oh my - this one is a keeper. She's a believer and truly showed compassion, love, and grace to me. Our first appointment, the day after my ER stint ended with her giving me a hug and a kiss. I could truly feel God's peace and presence in that visit.

Please continue to pray for us, we feel so blessed and cared for.


  1. So glad all of you are doing well!!! A gallon of water?!!! I'd be peeing every 5 seconds!!

  2. Well that was scary. I'm glad you and the babies are resting and doing well.

  3. Oh Charity - so glad that you went in!!! Sounds like a busy day for sure, glad you are ok and getting some rest now (and drinking water). So glad you like your new doctor xoxox <3 Great hearing from you!

  4. Glad you went to the ER to get checked!
    praising God babies are still growing so well! :)
    Enjoy that best rest when you go on it full time - the last bit of rest you'll get for a LONG time :)

  5. I love the end of this post and so glad you and babies were ok! Drink up!

  6. I'm sososososo glad it wasn't anything worse. I got "scolded" by my midwife for not drinking enough water too. It's crazy the things our bodies can do when we're dehydrated. I'm praising God with you!

  7. I'm loving sharing your journey with you. You are about a month ahead of our IVF baby (only one) and I use your blog to tell my daughter when she has some of the same symptoms.

    God is so good, isn't He to put us where we need to be and with whom. Prayers continue. Take care of yourself. Yes, UTI can bring on many things. So glad you found out. Now do what the doc says:)

  8. SO glad you're doing well! Last Wednesday I had contractions exactly the same for about 36 hours! I know how it feels, and to know that all that tightening didn't do anything to bring on labor!

  9. I'm glad that visit turned out ok. I guess you might as well stay indoors more because with all that water, you'll need the shortest route to the bathroom. :-)

  10. Praise the Lord! I'm so glad to hear things are going well with your babes! Woo-hoo!

  11. Praise the Lord and forget not all His benefits!! Thank you sweet Jesus for protecting this Mama and her baby birds!! Love ya sugars!!!


  12. glad everything is okay!! and yeah for a new dr you love. praying for those babies!! :)

  13. I'm just catching up on my favourite bloggers. Glad to hear Munchkin and Punchkin (cute nicknames!) are still doing well. Rest up and take it easy. x


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