Thursday, December 10, 2009

Irritable Uterus

I woke up around 5am this morning to use the restroom when I felt a weird pressure on the left side of my uterus. It was a pressure, almost like a menstrual cramp but only on my left side. After a few moments, it went away. I fell back asleep. In the morning when I awoke I felt it again, on and off while I roused from sleep. Maybe its the baby, I thought, so I put on the doppler, but he was on the complete right side of my uterus, dancing up a storm, but decidedly not on the right side. It kept happening all day. A few times an hour. Then on a trip to the bathroom I noticed some slight brown spotting. Nothing major, nothing that made me panic, but I figured it was time to ask the doctor if I should be worried.

The nurse just called me back and said it sounds like an irritable uterus. Even though the sensation of cramping is only on one side she said it could be I'm only feeling it on the left side but the entire uterus could be contracting. She said its nothing scary but to stay off my feet, drink water like a fish, and call if the spotting worsens/persists, and if the cramping persists.

I've eaten a bowlful of honeydew (high water content) and on my second glass of water. It seems to be better so hopefully it will just go away.

Memo to Uterus: Yes, I know the little boy likes to dance, and I agree I think he's building a jungle gym and a pool deck in there, but you let him do what he wants, and keep your trap shut. Understood? Mmmkay?


  1. Oh no, I'm sorry. That's not what you need. I'm glad the nurse said it was no biggie and it sounds like you were able to stay very calm. Water water water - best thing on earth! Keep at it mama!

  2. Ooooh, bummer! I'm glad you are able to rest up and drink lots of water. I hope it goes away quickly!

  3. C'mon, uterus! Play nice!

    I'm sorry for your scare, but relieved to know that it's nothing serious. Keep drinking that water!

  4. God, that sucks - I hate the scares of pregnancy. To your son: yes, little one - stay put!!!

  5. Ugh. I've had this same thing with both of my pregnancies and it's the worst. Drinking tons of water is definitely helpful and resting on your left side. Thinking of you. ((hugs))

  6. I've had this since 16w2d (was never painful, just tight). Upped my progesterone, cut back on work, then was off work entirely from 21-27 weeks. Now I'm finally back.
    They should really check your urine to be sure you don't have a UTI that's precipitating this. They've also done vaginal swabs for me to check for infections (like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection) that might stir things up. If it keeps up, maybe you could call and ask to be seen?
    Hope it all settles down for you. I've had irritability for over 11 weeks now, and so far so good.

  7. I am so sorry! Yes, drink LOTS of water. I ended up drinking 5-6 32-ounce pitchers of water every day just to try and keep it at bay. It was a nightmare.