The Irritable Uterus During Pregnancy

I have an irritable uterus. Not only is it irritable, but it’s irritating.

I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant with my 7th child and it’s doing its thing once again, just like it did during all my other pregnancies.

I had no idea what an irritable uterus was during my first 4 pregnancies. My doctor didn’t tell me or anything–I had to discover it for myself through research.

An irritable uterus is pretty much just that–a uterus that is irritated during pregnancy. It isn’t happy & calm…it’s just the opposite and pitches its fit by contracting.

You’ve probably heard of the term “Braxton Hicks” contractions. These contractions are just practice contractions that happen every so often. They don’t hurt, however they can be rather uncomfortable at times and many women mistaken them for the real thing.

Contractions from an irritable uterus are not Braxton Hicks contractions and they aren’t labor contractions. They don’t occur just every once in a while, and they can definitely be mistaken for the real thing because of their frequency. I’ve gone to the hospital multiple times each pregnancy because of the fear that I was possibly in real labor. And this, my dear readers, can get very irritating.

During the 25th week of my third pregnancy, I started noticing that my stomach would get very hard like all of the time. I would contract over and over again without ceasing…50+ times every day.

(I kept a pregnancy journal…)

I mentioned it to my doctor during my 28 week check up (3rd pregnancy) & he was concerned. He said I shouldn’t have been having more than 3 or 4 contractions an hour–and not every hour at all–so after some tests and ultrasounds, I was put on bed rest. I could go into detail about the tests & ultrasounds–and I will–but I really need to devote the two to another post, which will be coming very soon.

I was put on bed rest, but contractions really never settled down.

I ended up being put in the hospital at 30 weeks after about a week & 1/2 of non-stop contractions & an effaced cervix (75% thinned) and was given Magnesium Sulfate, “the evil drug”, as my nurses called it. (That post is coming soon, as well.) I was 30 weeks at this point and Magnesium did put an end to my contractions for a few weeks. I was almost 33 weeks when they started up again, however I did not go into labor because of them. I delivered a healthy baby boy at 38 weeks after being induced.

That was 8 years ago. Since 2010, I’ve been pregnant 4 more times and I’ve experienced the same thing during every pregnancy, including this one. I’ve never delivered a premature baby, despite my constant contractions, and I’ve never had any more treatment since my 3rd pregnancy.

This is just my NORMAL. My irritable uterus is my normal. It’s nothing I can prevent. It’s nothing I need to worry about, however I do need to listen to my body & slow down when contractions start to get intense.

There are things that can set off an irritable uterus, so if you are experiencing crazy contractions, you may want to consider these possible situations…

  • Dehydration can cause an irritable uterus to act up. You really need to drink a lot of water during pregnancy. For those with an irritable uterus, they need to drink even more. If you start having symptoms, lay down & drink drink drink.
  • Overworking yourself can irritate your uterus. I notice it most when I am up vacuuming, which I am obsessive about. I am constantly cleaning up with 6 kids, 3 cats, & a dog inside my house. My laundry never ever ceases and I cook almost every meal. We have horses, goats, & chickens. I over-do just about everything and I usually won’t stop until I’m satisfied, which is pretty stupid in my situation. Slow down & don’t be like me. I just keep going cause the irritable uterus thing no longer scares me like it used to.
  • Stress can cause an irritable uterus. Okay, there. Enough said. This may be my main culprit.
  • A full bladder, constipation, standing to quickly, staying on your feet for too long…etc…these are symptoms I’ve read other women talk about, so they may very well be reasons for your uterus to get its panties in a wad, but I’ve been on full bed rest with non-stop contractions, so they are really just situations other pregnant women have found themselves in. This may or may not be you.
  • An irritable uterus is an irritable uterus…sometimes it just is what it is. Most women don’t experience a true irritable uterus. I mean, after being pregnant as many times as I’ve been pregnant, with the internet at my fingertips for the last five, I would have surely read more on the subject during my fears if it were a regular occurrence among most pregnant women.
  • If you are just starting to have symptoms, the first thing I would do is take Naproxen (Aleve), lay down on your left side, and drink two full glasses of water within an hour and 1/2. This may quiet your uterus, however, if it does not, call your doctor or head to the office or emergency room just in case there really is something wrong…and especially if this is your first baby.
  • If this is not your first rodeo, and you experienced all the classic irritable uterus symptoms with your previous pregnancy and delivered full term, it is very likely that you will have an irritable uterus with every pregnancy thereafter. Unless you purchase a new uterus in between pregnancies or something. 🙄 So what I’m saying is this: your uterus is either irritable or not. It probably won’t have multiple personalities throughout its life.
  • Sometimes there is nothing you can do to ease an irritable uterus. There are times that nothing you do will help calm things down. I have had contractions 1-2 minutes apart for hours and hours…it’s just how it is sometimes. They stop when they’re ready to stop & start up again when they wish.

Here is a picture where I timed them during my 2nd pregnancy.So, if you are dealing with the stress of an irritable uterus, I sympathize with you completely. It’s no fun and it can scare you out of your mind. Your doctor will more than likely want to be overly cautious, which is obviously smart, but sometimes nothing can really be done if all you own is a uterus that gets irritated at the drop of a hat.

As irritating as an irritable uterus is, your baby is worth it, so hang in there, mama! The ride will be over soon enough.

Lisa

And the Winner of the Broody Chick’s First Giveaway is…………

It’s November!!!  Finally.  If I see one more Halloween decoration that I forgot to put away, I may lose my mind.

Ahhhhh……so.  Before I get right to the winner of my very first giveaway, I just wanted to say that I’ve missed you.  I have not looked at my blog in a week because we had a very unexpected and uninvited guest show up at our house last Tuesday.  Her name?  Mrs. Stomach Virus.  And she decided to spend about 5 days with us.  She was the worse house guest imaginable.

And no, people……we didn’t get the virus because we no longer vaccinate.  I’m sure someone will snicker about that one.  😉

Alright.  Down to business!!

I have written all the names down on a piece of paper and they are all folded up.  I know, I know….I’m doing it old school.

Okay.   Drum roll please……………………………..

And the winner is….

LEAH ELLIOTT !!!!

Congratulations, Leah!  Thank you so much for reading my blog and entering the giveaway!!!  You’ll be getting an email from me soon!  🙂

And I also want to thank everyone who entered and/or has supported me as started this new journey as the broody chick.  Your love and support means so much.

Oh, and if you’re quite sore because you didn’t win this time, don’t blame me.  Rooster was the name drawer.

Lisa

The Broody Chick’s Very First Giveaway!

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So, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit.  I’m having my very first giveaway!

All you have to do to be entered, is comment on this blog post and enter your email so I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner, but I do want some specific information from you…

I’m wanting to know what you’d like me to write more about.  I am very passionate about pregnancy, birth, and being a wife and mother of lots of kids, but perhaps there are other specific areas related to these topics that you’d like to read more about.  I don’t want to write all about pregnancy or newborn complications if it’s nothing you’re interested in.  Hopefully that makes sense.

So what’s in it for you?  Well, Rooster and I have decided that we’re going to let the winner choose the gift they’d like best.  You will have 3 options to pick from….

The first is a $25.00 gift card to Starbucks, for all you caffeine addicts out there, like me and Maddie Wallace.

Starbucks coffee

By the way, did you know there’s a secret off menu item that you can order called a Unicorn Frappuccino?  Neither did I.

The second option is a $25.00 gift card to Toys R Us/Babies R Us.  Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, y’all.

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And the third option is a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart.   Save $25, live better.

Walmart

The random drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, and I will be posting the winner that afternoon…..with a drum roll…..

So, you know the rules, you know the prizes.  All you need to do now, is enter.  Easy Peasy, people….easy peasy.  Good luck!  🙂

Lisa

Restless Leg During Pregnancy-What Finally Worked For Me

Restless leg syndrome at any time just stinks. All you want to do is sleep, but your legs won’t let you! Restless leg during pregnancy is even worse because it’s just one more thing to add to all the other things that stink. So, it double-stinks.

During my last pregnancy I was SO desperate to find a remedy that would help my poor legs. I looked on Pinterest for hours and I read that certain essential oils could help. I’m a huge fan of essential oils, but they didn’t help me very much. They do work for some people, though, so you may want to check them out.

Another “home remedy” I tried, and I’m very embarrassed to admit this, is the “Put a Bar of Soap Under Your Sheets” remedy… (insert silence here)…..

Ummmmm……….

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