I know there are (probably multiple) Braxton Hicks threads but this is kind of specific and also a bit of a vent so hopefully nobody will mind! It's kind of a long story.
I'm 27 weeks 3 days and have been getting Braxton Hicks for quite a while now but starting Thursday morning, I started having them constantly, every few minutes. Some were quite strong. Never really "painful" but really uncomfortable. So because I was getting them so often, I called the nurse line Friday morning to see if I could anything to ease them at all. She told me to drink more water and rest then told me to time them for two hours and call back. I am a toddler teacher, with a classroom full of two and a half year olds so resting didn't really happen. I do a lot of bending, squatting, lifting, etc. I did notice that when I was able to sit down, I went longer with out having one. After two hours, I had about 15 of them ranging anywhere from 5 minutes apart to 15 minutes depending on how active I was. So I called back two hours later and left a message. I finally heard back about two and a half hours later and it was a different nurse. I filled her in on everything and she told me that because they calmed down when I rested then they were definitely Braxton hicks and not real contractions, which I was pretty certain of already. She told me to drink more water and to lay down and use heating pads when they get intense, try a belly band, etc. So I told her about my job and told her that I can try and sit when I can, but lying down during the work week really just isn't going to happen while I'm at work. I can't just leave my co-teacher alone with ten toddlers to go lay down somewhere. I asked if there was anything negative that could come from me continuing to work the way I do, because if it's just the discomfort I could deal with it. Then she said, "Well with how many you are having, it could throw you into real labor." I was not expecting her to say that. I went right to my director and of course, started crying when I was telling her. Another teacher overheard me and took me to go talk to her co-teacher who is a doula. She said that the nurse was wrong and that I wouldn't go into labor from Braxton Hicks. She said that a mom to be is more likely to go into early labor is nurses telling them things like that because of how scared and stressed I immediately felt. (Not sure how much she truly meant that, but I understand the point she was trying to make.) Of course I want to believe the doula over the nurse but it's hard to know who to listen to. I don't really want to just quit my job when I have 12 more weeks to go. I'd like to make as much extra money as I can! I'm resting this three day weekend as much as I can and then I have an appointment next week and I'll definitely talk to the doctor about it. But until then, I was just wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom/similar experiences to share with me?
Thanks so much, guys! I know I don't post much on here but I'm able to read and learn about so much from you all everyday!