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|Sat, 07-31-2010 - 8:44pm|
Hey Ladies- ***warning: long post, forgive me.....***
I have been up since 7am yesterday morning. I will be going to bed shortly, but I wanted to send out a prayer request if possible. I have just been through the scariest thing I have ever experienced, and for a moment, believed that I was losing my twins.
Last night around midnight, I started having sharp cramping pains in my very low pelvic area, right at my hairline. It came and went a few times, and at first I thought it might just be some round ligament pains. After about 20 mins, DH suggested that maybe I should try and have a bowel movement. When I went into the bathroom and sat down, I realized I had a large amount of fluid in my undies, and for a moment, thought I had wet myself. I called for DH and showed him, and he asked if I thought I was having contractions. The thought hadn't crossed my mind-- I've never had contractions, and at 17w3d, it's way too early. We decided to head to the hospital and page our triage nurse on the way. Better safe than sorry, he said.
We got to the hospital closest to our house at about 12:45am, and after 9 hours of testing, ultrasound, fluids and pain meds, the doctor told me I was having a "Probable Miscarriage" and gave me some paperwork with at home instructions on how to deal until I could get ahold of my OB. We weren't even to the parking lot when I hysterically paged the oncall nurse with the news. She immediately told me to head to "my" hospital-- the hospital we would be delivering at that is about 45 mins away. (We hadn't gone there originally because my contractions were so close together and the nurse didn't want to risk us having a major emergency on the side of the freeway.) My group practice wanted to see what the other hospital had done and get more info directly. She also said that if what I was told was correct, she would feel more comfortable if I went through the process as inpatient, instead of at home. We got to the second hospital a little after 11am, and were taken directly to OB triage. They hooked me up to EVERY machine known to man. After about 45 minutes and several exams (pevlic, u/s, etc) the doctor smiled and told me to take a deep breath-- my twins were healthy and strong and I was not going miscarry them.
I just sat there and sobbed silently....I didn't have the energy to do anything else. He explained to me that technically, yes, I was having contractions. But no, I was not in preterm labor and my cervix was high and tight, just as it should be. He explained to me that what is happening is my ligaments and muscles are doing so much adjusting that the ligaments have become inflamed, and it is causing my muscles to spasm....including my uterus and pelvic floor muscles- the same that contract for labor. They gave me a really big shot of an anti-inflammatory and within an couple hours, my pain was almost gone and the contractions had gone from being every 5-6 minutes to about one an hour. He also explained that I will probably be dealing with these on and off for the remainder of my pregnancy, but as long as my cervix stays where it is, we should be fine. The goal is to limit the inflammation of the ligaments so the muscles will relax and the contractions will stop. I asked if they concider this to be BH contractions, and he said no, that my contractions are literally just muscle spasms and not the "natural practice" that BH provides.
I am currently on bedrest until my appointment on Thursday, and I have to keep counts of my contractions. If they end up less than 15 minutes apart or if I have more than 4 an hour, I am supposed to call the triage nurse and go back in. They will now be keeping an even closer eye on the 3 of us....not that I mind, concidering.
I have lived through what I would call every pregnant woman's worst nightmare. For those of you who have survived any loss (or several)-- I have so much more sympathy and respect for you. I saw, for a few short hours, how painful that experience is. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Those of you who have survived a loss, I believe, are stronger women than I am-- I wouldn't have survived a loss like this.
I am going to get some rest now, I apologize for the long post. Please keep myself, my twins, and each other in your prayers and positive thoughts...I learned today how "delicate" our conditions really are.