Thursday, March 9, 2006

A false alarm?

This morning I was woken up slightly before 4am by pains in the belly. I was having some serious menses like pain together with some contractions. As I have been having contractions in the nights, I thought it would go away and tried to go back to sleep. After a couple of minutes, I realised that the pain was getting stronger and the contractions seems to be quite frequent. There was no way I was getting back to sleep. I decided that maybe I should time the contractions and low and behold, it was one almost every 3 - 4 mins! And it was rather strong. I timed the contractions for at least half an hour before I started wondering if I should get up and maybe prepare myself for getting to the hospital. However, I also remember that if this is the first stage, I have maybe another 12 hours to go. There was no need to rush it. I decided to do some breathing exercises and maybe get some sleep before deciding in the morning if it is indeed time to go. Finally, I managed to soothe myself back to sleep.

I got up around 9am this morning with some contractions but they are no longer as strong nor as frequent. I guess it was a false alarm. Good practice for me though. I think I have a better idea of what to expect and how I can deal with the pain. If it's up to me, I would prefer that Laetitia choose to make her appearance around 15-18 March so that there is enough time for me to get everything out of the way (e.g. complete the nursery, wash all her stuff etc).

I wonder if the contractions had anything to do with the fact that I ate some pineapples last night after dinner. Hmmmm......

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