38 Weeks: Contraction Confusion

I have been having contractions for a while now and I know they aren’t the real thing because they come and go and they ease when I lie down.

Well, this morning I didn’t know what to think.  I went to bed with mild contractions last night. They’re a combination of intense menstrual like cramps and severe lower back pain.  I woke up and still had back pain. Then the cramps returned on my way into work around 3.  I had a hard time walking up the stairs because now it feels like Skittles is planted about as far as he can go without coming out all together.

The pain came and went and then got really intense during the show.

As John and I were tossing to a reporter’s story around 5:15  this morning I almost burst into tears…here is the moment.

You can see the veins popping out of my arms because I am pressing down trying not to lose it.

I broke during the story and then some how got it together to read a quick 10 second story on camera.

Okay…so at this point my producer asks if I am going to be okay. I say “Yes, I don’t know, it just hurts.”

I kept going.  They continued to come every 15 minutes.  Now it just feels like the baby is stretching and pushing my insides down.  I’m confused. Is this the beginning of the real deal? Or is this just what I can expect for the next two weeks? It’s weird I want it to be the real thing and I don’t. I want to see his face but I’m also scared..This is all so unreal.

I keep thinking of the episode of  “A Baby Story” I watched yesterday with a woman in mega pain for 12 hours before she was even close enough to go to the hospital.  Of course I was sobbing by the end. Good tears.

Oh! My sister in law Christy is going to be induced Tuesday. She says her gut is telling her that I will go before her or on the same day. She is usually right about everything.  So who knows…

It’s 8:25 AM and as of now my back still hurts and the cramps continue to come and go but they aren’t worse. I hear if they don’t get worse they aren’t the real deal…..Let me know what you think.  I PROMISE  I will update this if there is breaking news!

Virginia Kerr is a morning news anchor on News 4. You can watch her Monday – Friday from 5AM to 7AM.


  1. Virginia, just keep in mind, the reward at the end of labor is amazing! Once you meet Skittles in person, you totally forget about any discomfort you experienced during labor and delivery. Best of luck to you, your husband and Skttles!

  2. Ooooh, I am so not the one to comment on this because with my second, I was in labor for days… but only because I probably wasn’t in real labor! It stopped and started for a long time. Talk about being disconnected from my body!

    Hang in there. You’re such a trooper. I’m so impressed that you’re still getting on camera even with the discomfort.


  3. All you can know is what you are feeling and what your intuition tells you. It seems harder to know the first time because you’re thinking “What am I supposed to feel?!?!?” “Is this IT??!!!”, etc, etc. But I am here to tell you, it’s not always easier tyhe second or third tuime around, so maybe that will comfort you a bit to know. 😉

    I would say, just be with it. BE WITH IT! If your intuition tells you it’s something to worry about, ask or see a doctor. If your intuition tells you it’s staying the same, then sleep on it and see what happens tomorrow.

    I had three different nights where I went to bed KNOWING the twins would be waking me in the middle of the night and we would be off to the hospital for delivery… and each time I went to sleep the contractions lessened and then subsided by morning. And this was aftyer having delivered twice before. The message I’m sending is to relax and know that nobody really knows… till you KNOW. And you will. they will get stronger and closer. You won’t miss it, I promise.

    My guess is that your body is “warming up”… but then I’m not you. I always go with a mama’s intuition… I am excited though to hear your body is moving in the beautiful direction of BIRTH! I’m thinking of you mama and sending LOVE and LIGHT to surround you even now and DEFINITELY as you move into delivering your sweet skittles.

    May you know peace and love like never before in those first few precious moments that FIRST you and your hubby be-hold your babe.

  4. ps: i saw you this morning near the end of your segment and was a little concerned… nothing you did or said but I just felt it, ya know? You are amazing being able to be on live TV in these last weeks. That must be challenging and you do it sooooooo well.

  5. HEY! I just wanted you guys to know that after going home and sleeping…I feel soooo much better. FALSE ALARM!
    Zen Mommy, your comment made me feel so much better. I don’t want to be the girl who cried wolf but I don’t want to ignore legit signs either.
    My intuition told me it wasn’t real…but you just feel so confused and knowing that you are caring for another human makes you paranoid!
    My goal is to work until next Friday…I would be a week out then.. Let’s see if Skittles wants to do this morning tv gig that much longer.
    I can’t wait to be blogging about that “moment” when I meet my little boy for the first time. Everytime you remind me of that, I get tears in my eyes!

  6. Oh goodness! So sorry you had endure that during those early-early morning new casts!! Hang in there. 🙂

    Echoing and agreeing w/ Zen Mommy–GO with your instinct. And she’s so right: you won’t miss it when your body moves into active labor! When I teach birthworks prenatal classes, when we talk about the process of labor, I have what I call, “Emotional Signposts.” The biggest emotional signpost, by far, to indicate when a mama moves into active labor is SERIOUSNESS. Your body becomes more serious about the process of labor and therefore you become more serious as your listen to your body.

    Another thought, too: are you drinking enough water? Mild dehydration is notorious for causing uterine cramping/contractions prior to labor.

    Also, it might be a good idea to stay away from “A Baby Story” right now! 😉

  7. So, did your sister-in-law have her baby? What did she have?