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Libelula264's Pregnancy

My Due Date: April 26, 2019
I have given birth!
Age: 39 years old
Location: Boston, United States

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By Libelula264 » Posted Jan. 30, 2019 9:34pm - 245 views - 2 comments

Almost 28 weeks along, which I am so grateful for! I simultaneously feel like I have a long way to go, and that I'm in the home stretch. I think the fact that I focus on each day only -- out of necessity -- is the cause. And... the solution? Lol. This is my brain on bedrest.

So to update from where I left off, last Wednesday I was having contractions 3 minutes apart, just like the week before when I was admitted to L&D. I went for a NST and appointment, where they confirmed I was actually contracting that often and that I still had not dilated (I was 1cm at the hospital and 1cm again last week). They prescribed me 48 hours of Indocin, which was what they'd given me at the hospital, and within an hour of starting the medication, the contractions backed off to around 15 minutes apart.

I tried to enjoy the "contraction holiday", fully expecting them to ramp back up to 3 mins within a few days of running out of the meds. I was not wrong, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the contractions being more random in intensity and frequency... Most of the day, I can handle it, so far. I think the bedrest must be helping, as frustrating and depressing as it is. My husband is my hero these days.

I had another ultrasound, NST, and appointment today. This crazy baby is still BREECH (since last week), which is one more thing to worry about, but otherwise healthy as can be. The nurses comment about how active and strong he seems for only being 28 weeks old. The ultrasound at the hospital found he was in the 76% for weight. Today, the Dr. took an extra long look through his kidneys, stomach, etc. (common organs where abnormalities can cause/exacerbate extra fluid) and didn't find any problems. The Dr. is sending us for an MRI of his throat (airways, esophagus, etc.) as the one final "checkbox" where a problem could be found. My cervix is still Fort Knox... long and closed.

The NST showed that my uterus is still contraction city... every 1-3 minutes. So the Dr. prescribed me another round of Indocin. :) Otherwise, the plan is to continue weekly ultrasounds to check cervix and fluid. Once I am a bit further along, we will consider amnioreduction (where they take fluid out of the uterus to reduce poly) and/or procardia (under observation for impact on my already low blood pressure). But they like to hold off on reduction until 30-31 weeks since the procedure can cause your water to break.

I *think* that's it. I'll close with baby boy's 3D photo from today... his adorable face reminds me this is ALL worth it.


Comments for this Journal Entry

Comment from MalPal85 » Posted Jan. 31, 2019 4:08pm
You've got this! Love the ultrasound pic!

Comment from FlamingoGirl13 » Posted Jan. 31, 2019 3:39pm
It is all worth it! Stay strong Mama!

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