28 weeks! I know I say this each week but that’s a huge pregnancy milestone! I’m a few days late with this update but after you read about the week we’ve had I’m sure you’ll understand. We’ve tried to keep things interesting around here this week. After things stayed stable for several weeks I guess I was due for some excitement.
Last Sunday I woke up with some pre-term labor symptoms. I called the on-call number who had me leave a message for the on-call nurse who had me leave a message for the on-call doctor. The nurse told me that they’d likely want me to go into the hospital for monitoring but since that wasn’t exactly my first choice for how I wanted to spend my day I held out and waited until the on-call doctor called me back and told me to go in.
We got our kids situated with some friends who were nice enough to help out and headed over to the hospital. Ironically, pre-registering and signing up for a hospital tour was on my to-do list for this week. Ooops.
At Labor and Delivery they found I was having irregular contractions so they checked my cervix and told me I was 2-3 cm. dilated. The babies looked great on the monitor and contractions didn’t seem to get worse so they waited a few hours and then checked me again for any changes. The nurse said I was still 2-3 cm. and sent me home with instructions to follow up with my doctor.
I’m really hoping to avoid NICU time so I called my doctor the next morning hoping to get a clearer idea of what was going on. They brought me in for a cervical length measurement via ultrasound and ran a fetal fibronectin test. I’ve had plenty of those tests run in previous pregnancies and they’ve always come back negative so I didn’t worry about it much. My cervical length was still short but not shorter than it was at my last measurement a week before so the doctor assumed everything was stable and sent me home.
The next morning I got a call from my doctor saying the fetal fibronectin test came back positive and I needed to head over to Labor and Delivery to meet with the perinatologist.
So, off we went again. They kept me for monitoring for a while before the perinatologist came in. She wanted to go ahead and give me the steroid shots just in case. I got the first shot before I went home that day and had to come back for the second shot the next day.
Thursday I got my first doctor-free day all week then I had to head back into the office for another cervical measurement on Friday. Right now things look pretty stable but they are telling me to definitely take it easy. My regular doctor is out of town at the moment so I’m sure she’s going to have some firmer instructions for me when she gets back. In the meantime, we’re laying low.
How I’m Feeling Physically
Kind of gross. I have one baby stuck on my bladder and the other has worked it’s way up high under my rib cage so I can hardly breath. I can’t even slouch at the moment without being head-butted in the lungs and having the wind knocked out of me which isn’t a great feeling. That combined with our crazy week has made me kind of a grump and my family has put me in time-out more than once this week. I should just apologize to anyone who has had to talk to me this week right now . . . and if I’m being honest, anyone who needs to talk to me in the next month or so because let’s face it, this isn’t going to get any better.
My blood pressure is creeping up which makes me feel gross and I’ve been having a few dizzy spells and headaches which my doctor is watching closely, especially since I’ve been spilling protein for the last several weeks.
I finally started gaining weight, although I don’t know how much of that is due to how swollen I am. It’s been hot this week and that’s made me swell up like a balloon. I’m up 20 pounds total from my starting weight now and while I’m not thrilled with the number on the scale I’m hoping my doctor will be.
How I’m Preparing for Twins
Honestly . . . right now I’m just trying to get through each day. I still have a million things I need to do but most of them just aren’t going to happen right now and I’m okay with that. I’m more concerned with checking off weeks and getting to a point where we won’t have much NICU time than I am about pre-washing newborn clothes.
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