You heard it right, ANOTHER, hospital visit. Sorry for my long absence. But I’ve had the most eventful past weeks ever.
Right at 24 weeks and 1 day, I started to have contractions every 3 to 5 minutes apart. Lasting about 30 to 45 seconds, I waited around awhile to see if they would stop. But laying down, walking, nothing was helping. After 2 hours of no let up I decided it was hospital time.
When I arrived they immediately took me to labor and delivery. Where I once again got a ffn test. Which came back, of course, positive. So I got to experience the entire preterm labor glory, for the 2nd time. Magnesium to stop contractions (which just makes me vomit, over and over), hydroxyzine, to relax my uterus and keep it from contracting, ampicillin iv every 4 hours, 2 more steroid shots to mature her lungs faster. Needless to say I didn’t sleep, at all, for 4 days.
They did get everything to stop, again. I stayed for 5 days before I was finally released to go home.
Baby girl did amazing, she handled the stress fine, and weighing in at 1 pound and 10 ounces. She’s big, and measuring ahead of schedule.
Now, my days are filled with constant worry. I have another doctors appointment this next week with my high risk doctor. Hopefully, where I will get some answers. No one seems to know why it keeps happening. And all I wonder is how many times are they going to be able to stop it before it doesn’t work anymore? With now two positive ffn tests within 4 weeks of eachother. When am I going to go into labor? How much longer am I going to last? Last time I only lasted 3 weeks before this happened again. Everything seems unanswered, and uncertain. One thing is for sure. there is no way, I am making it full term. So a preemie baby is definitely in my future. But I have faith that as long as I make it past 28 weeks (only 2 1/2 weeks away), that she will be fine.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, on with the pregnancy update ;]
Right at 25 weeks exactly.
How far along: 25 weeks and 4 days
Food Comparison: Cauliflower (13.6 to 14.8 in, 1.5 to 2.2 lb)
Weight gain: 13 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Most definitely. But I spend most of my days in pajamas. Positives of bed rest, no need to look fancy.
Stretch marks: Still no!
Belly button in or out: Still in, but it’s definitely getting closer each week.
Sleep: Starting to get more difficult. I’m waking up to pee every 3 hours. And getting comfortable is becoming a challenge. Especially since Arabella (which is what we have decided to name her) is still breech, so when she kicks, it feels like she’s kicking me straight in the vagina. (sorry TMI!)
Best moment last week: Hearing the Arabella is fine, and measuring amazing. Nothing makes everything I am going through with this pregnancy, more worth it, than knowing that she is growing fast. At the weight she was at, by this time I am sure that she is just about, if not already, 2 lbs. Which makes her chance of survival, if I happened to go into preterm labor again this early, much much higher. ALSO, during the sonogram while they, my placenta has OFFICIALLY moved 4 cm away from the opening of my cervix. NO MORE PLACENTA PREVIA. At least I got some sort of good news while I was there.
Worst moment last week: Having to be in the hospital again. Preterm labor is perhaps the scariest thing to experience. Having so many doctors coming to my room to discuss options, and what ifs. A regular ob doctor, a high risk doctor. Having the neonatal intensive care unit doctor personally come to my room. To discuss with me what is going to happen, what they’d be doing to my daughter, to help her breathe. That I would have a team of doctors working on her, and on me. To monitor me after, to get my breast milk following right away. Cause every though she’d be too small to eat it. They’d give her a feeding tube, and my breast milk is the best thing for her. That after her being born, my presence is extremely important to keep her healthy. Having physical therapy in my room, to make sure with my long stay on bed rest, that I find ways to still use my muscles. So making me do exercises with my arms, and feet, while still keeping pressure off of my cervix. Just an extreme overload of information, and a lot to take it at once. They all just kept asking if I had any questions, and I’m just sitting there like, I am still processing everything that is going on, give me a second to think.
Movement: All the time. She kicked the nurse while they were trying to monitor her heart beat and my contractions. It was definitely entertaining.
Cravings: Hmm, potatoes, fall flavors (pumpkin, cinnamon), stews. Basically comfort foods.
Queasy or sick: Starting to get nauseous again. Hoping it’s just from everything that has been going on. I do not want to do another round of morning sickness like my first trimester. It was horrible.
Looking forward to: My daughter just being born, and being healthy.
Until next time!