My days of having a typical pregnancy with Presley are over. They were great while they lasted, but it wasn't meant to be. I wasn't meant to have one pregnancy that was smooth sailing.
Yesterday around 3 o'clock I noticed that my sporadic braxton hicks had turned rather regular, about 8 minutes apart and were feeling different. I dealt with it until about 5 o'clock when I put a call in to the doc. Given my history, he suggested that I at least go to L & D and get checked out.
We arrived at LDS hospital about 6:30 and got checked in. After a sterile spec exam (ow!) and a catheter (OW!), blood drawn and cervical check, we found that I was not dilated at all, am anemic and have a possible urinary tract infection. They found 5 white blood cells in my urine, which is borderline, so they are growing it out to see what happens.
So, after a nice shot of morphine and phenergan in my bum (now there's a visual that will haunt you), I laid there and felt loopy, but was still contracting every 2-4 minutes. Fast forward to about 10 o'clock and they checked me again. I still wasn't dilated, but my cervix had moved further into the birth canal and was very soft. So, they started betametazone (steroids to help develop her lungs faster) and Indocine and Nifedipine (anti-labor drugs - that I hope I've spelled right).
About 2 o'clock this morning, the OB on call came in and checked me, since my contractions hadn't really improved. At this point I was definitely dilated to a one. LDS hospital's NICU can only handle babies that are 32 weeks and older. At that point, they decided that it was too much of a risk to have me there and contacted an ambulance to bring me to the new IMC, since they are better equipped to dealing with a 29 w 5 d baby.
After a fantastically bumpy ambulance ride, I was greeted by a bunch of resident doctors that don't look old enough to be out of high school. (Holy crap, I am getting old.) They decided to run a couple of the tests again, such as the sterile spec exam (ow!). She noticed some fluid and asked me if my water had broken. I told her that I hadn't noticed, if it had. So, they checked out the fluid and it had some of the telltale "ferning" indicating that it was amniotic fluid. The only problem with that, is that I'd had my cervix checked three times already and the lubricant they use contains salt...which could also cause that "ferning" pattern. They decided to leave me alone today (hallelujah!) and they would re-run the test tonight to see if they still get the same results. I'll be shocked, because I haven't noticed any increase in fluid at all.
They did an ultrasound to check her fluid levels and do measurements on her. She appears to have plenty of fluid and is measuring big! I am 29 w 5 days and she is measuring 32 w 5 days and already about 4 lbs. There is no way she could have been conceived 3 weeks earlier...I was still pregnant with our angel baby then and hadn't had my D&C yet. I know that there is room for margin of error, but I'm happy to see that she is measuring on the big side, and not the little.
That brings me to now...I take one of the anti-labor drugs every 4 hours and the other every 6. The contractions have been off and on today, so I'm hopeful. I know the best place for her is in me. There is no man-made incubator, that compares to Mommy's uterus.
So, here we are. Watching and waiting...