Pre-term labor scare :(

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Registered: 11-27-2007
Pre-term labor scare :(
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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 9:57am

At my OB appointment on Tuesday, I hadn't gained any weight in the last two weeks and was still having some unpleasant symptoms I had Monday (contractions, diarrhea, lower back pain, nausea, and dizziness). I was sent to labor and delivery for the FFN, monitoring, and Rhogam. When they monitored me, I was having regular contractions every 12-15 minutes. Initially the FFN came back negative, but they called back and said it was actually positive, which is bad. It means I have a 30% chance of delivering in the next 3 weeks. I'm only 28 weeks tomorrow, so we really don't want that! I was admitted overnight, put on more anti-contraction meds, and monitored all night. They gave me the steroid shots to help develop the baby's lungs in case she comes early. They also gave me the Rhogam (man, my butt feels like a pin-cushion). They did an ultrasound and my cervix is still long and closed, although slightly shorter than last week. They also discovered that while she is active and has a healthy heartbeat, she does have slightly low amniotic fluid, which I'm really worried about. I was told I need to "drink so much water I'll feel like I'm going to float away." They finally sent me home after the second steroid shot around 9pm last night. I was put on strict bed rest for at least this week, although it will probably last for the next 6 weeks (until I'm 34 weeks).

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 10:17am

I am so sorry for the labor scare.

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Registered: 02-19-2007
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 12:49pm
Sorry you are having such a rough road.
I hope she stays put for awhile longer!
*mindy*
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Registered: 12-13-2009
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 12:51pm

Oh no! I'm sorry about your scare Katie! I hope the extra fluids and the bed rest let your LO stay in as long as she needs to!

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Registered: 05-18-2007
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 3:18pm
I'm so sorry you're going through this scary time. :( Your mind must be racing with thoughts. It sounds like you've got a diligent medical team looking after you and baby, and that must be comforting. Plus, your cervix is holding down the fort, and that is great news! I know it's easier said than done, but just try to focus on getting rest and take it one day at a time. I hope your amniotic fluid comes back up to a healthier level soon. Please KUP.

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Registered: 11-27-2007
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 7:03pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words! I'm having a hard time with this emotionally, seeing as how I was feeling so good and felt like my freedoms and usefulness were taken away so suddenly. DH is being really great. I know he is really stressed trying to work as close to 40 hours a week as he can, taking over all the housework and errands, while making sure we have help lined up for the twins, and also worrying about my health and the new baby. He is such a sweet man and I love him so much for taking this on so willingly.