i know someone out there will be smart enough to answer my question. i was in the hospital at 31-1/2 weeks with regular contractions for which they gave me magnesium sulfate. my cervix was not dilated. the contractions did stop and they sent me home with some restrictions on my activity. i have followed the restrictions, but contractions have begun again as of 32-1/2 weeks and i don't know whether they are harmless or a sign that i need to spend more time in bed. they are: absent in the morning, seem to be worse the more activity i do during the day, not completely regular but they do occur in strings of 3-8 consecutive events. no discharge, and i wouldn't call them painful (pressure and tightening) but this is exactly how it felt while i was in the hospital on the fetal monitor for two days, and the doctor was trying to stop it then. they do get less frequent when i lie down and especially if i lie down flat on my side. they have been as close together as 5 minutes, but usually more like 10-15 minutes apart. someone had experience with this or know whether these are braxton-hicks? or do i need to get a subscription to netflix and start getting breakfast in bed. doctor's original orders were house arrest, avoid stairs, no laundry or lengthy cooking projects, don't drive unless it is absolutely necessary. thanks to any and all who can throw in their two cents.
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