I have gone to L&D for contractions once already.. around 33 weeks I think. It turned out I wasn't really having contractions (well not as many as I thought I was having at least) so this time I wanted to make sure I was going for a reason. I started having contractions 2am on Saturday morning and they continued all day. Around 8pm sat night they started coming regularly and much more intense. I was having 16-20 contractions an hour and was unable to walk or talk through them. I finally called the answering service at my OB's office and the on call doc called me back and told me to go to L&D right away.
Now.. at my drs appt on Friday my dr told me that if my contractions kept up the way they had been that we would go ahead and do the c-section this weekend (I'm scheduled for next thursday). She wasn't on call but said she would tell whoever was to let her know if I went in to the hospital.
I get to L&D and the hook me up to the monitors. My stomach was tightening so much that you could actually see it raise and lower with each contraction. They started coming more and more till they were a minute apart and over a minute long and very painful! The nurses told me they were going to give me and IV with fluids and some pain meds to help while they monitored me. They gave me demerol and phenergen and it completely knocked me out. I would wake up every once in a while though and notice that I according to the monitor I was still having contractions. The finally woke me up at 8am sunday morning and told me they were sending me home. Um what?? I was still having contractions like crazy! The nurse told me because I wasn't dilating, these were real contractions just BH. Then told me to go home and if I kept having them, to take a tylenol PM and sleep through it. They never called my doctor and the on call doctor didn't see me either.
Is this normal? Has anyone ever heard that unless you are dilating they aren't real contractions?? The whole thing just sounded so off to me. Anyone else have an experience like this? I just don't know how I'm supposed to know if I'm having the real deal or not now. It's not like I can check my cervix myself! Help please!!