I think we may have had too many references to the Hospital for Cambree. She got so excited with the tour on Sunday and then the scheduled C-Section date that she thought it might be time to go in all ready. So yesterday while cleaning our bedroom, I started having more Braxton Hicks contractions, only a few were tight enough to make me sit and rest for a minute. But with these I was also having lots of mucus discharge, more than I thought was normal.
I called my OB just to ask if that was something I should worry about, or if it was ok to be happening this early. I know I lost my plug with Ariella a few weeks before she actually came, but this is 10 weeks before Cambree is coming. The nurse asked all her questions and I answered them honestly. She consulted with the Doctor who had me go to the Hospital to be monitored and see if I was dilated at all.
Of course, I had to wait for Derek to get here from work, which is in Tonawanda – 45 minutes away roughly. And try to contact my parents to make sure they were available to watch Ariella. They were at the mall shopping, which I didn’t know so I was starting to freak out a little bit. Everything turned out fine and we dropped her off before heading to the Hospital.
When we got there they hooked me up to the monitor, I peed in a cup and they took some swabs to look for infection or the enzyme produced that tells them that you will give birth within the next two weeks. I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name of it. Then they just watched the monitor to see what was going on.
Fortunately and unfortunately, there was lots of activity for them to see. I was having constant small tightenings, some of which I didn’t even realize were happening, but were showing up on the monitor. The nurse called it an “irritated” uterus. The bigger contractions stayed pretty much irregular, but were getting really intense and a bit painful. They started saying “Pre-Term Labor” to me, which of course was pretty scary. At that point, they really weren’t sure exactly what was happening, but assured me that there were measures to take to stop things from progressing if that were in fact happening.
Thankfully, when all the lab work started to come back everything was negative. She also said I am not dilated at all, which is what I told her. I remember what that feels like from the last time. There is no way you would not know you are dilated, at least in my case, my hips were killing me and I felt like I was bruised every time I tried to move. Oh, and there is a definite increase in the waddle as well. 🙂 I don’t feel like that at all right now.
However, the contractions kept coming, so they kept me a bit longer to see if they would continue the way they were going, get more regular or stop. Thankfully they stopped and we were free to go without any restrictions when I got home. That means I am cleaning the bathroom today like I had planned.
No matter how hard I try, no one will put me on bedrest! 😛
It was a very draining day. I think I held it together well except for when I asked what Cambree’s chances of survival were if she had been born yesterday at 30 weeks. I had to ask and it just brought everything together for me.
There are just two things that I am still not completely sure of; 1. why all the mucus so early and 2. why the strong contractions? They were definitely NOT BH’s, which are very low on your uterus. These were right in the middle and were making me catch my breath – becoming painful. So now I have the task of keeping an eye on anything that lasts for longer than 2 hours, get stronger and don’t go away even if I take a warm bath.
I thought this before, but now I know for a fact that it is going to be a VERY long 8 weeks and 6 days. Not that I’m counting or anything……
Oh my poor dear! I just happened to browse your website today and saw this, that must have been so scary! I hope you are doing much better now. Perhaps the events and joys of this holiday season will help distract you and put your mind at ease for a little while.
Take care, you are in my thoughts!