In the 3 weeks since my uterus was officially designated as irritable, I have done a lot of self-discovery. Also a lot of contracting. When the contractions aren’t painful, it’s not such a big deal and I can go on about my day without difficulty. However, when they start to get uglier, it’s hard to do anything but breathe and curse. It’s probably great that I work with kids all day every day, huh?
When my doctor first suggested that I start identifying what irritated my uterus I laughed because I already knew the answer: EVERYTHING. But with a few weeks behind me now, I have actually been able to figure out some things that seem to make a big difference. Of course, there are times where the contractions truly seem to start for no reason, but those are fewer and farther between since I started paying closer attention.
Just in case you’re in the same irritable uterus nightmare that I am, here are 9 things I’ve found that irritate my uterus and how I try to manage them day-to-day.
For any of my other fellow pre-term contractors, what causes your contractions and what has helped you reduce them?