Thursday, January 8, 2009

Practice Hospital Stay

I was having some contractions on Monday and decided to get checked out.  I wasn't too concerned because I have had them before but it had been a few weeks since my last dr. appt. so I decided to go to L&D just in case, I didn't even call JD because I didn't want him to worry.  When I got to the hospital they hooked me up to some monitors to track my contractions and both babies heartrates.  Everything looked good but they decided to check my cervix & do a preterm labor test just in case.  Turns out I was starting to dilate and the preterm labor test came back positive.  I started to freak out a bit and figured it was time to call JD and let him know what was going on.  They started giving me medicine to stop the contractions and hooked me up to an IV with some fluids.  The doctor said they wanted to transfer me to another hospital because the one I was at didn't have a NICU that could handle my babies if they were born so prematurely.  I was assuming that JD would come get me and drive me to the other hospital but then I was informed that an ambulance was on the way to pick me up!  

When I got to the new hospital the dr. checked my cervix again and said it was only 1.5 cm dilated which meant it wasn't progressing so that was good.  She said that they would need to monitor me for at least a few days to see what was going on.  She explained that at over 29 weeks the babies would have a very good chance of survival but they would have to spend some time in the NICU.   She then did a quick ultrasound and estimated the babies to weigh 2 lbs. 12 oz. each.  The perinatologist was going to meet with me the next day and they were also going to schedule a formal ultrasound to get more accurate measurements to check the babies growth & my cervix length.

Tuesday morning the perinatologist came in and said that he didn't think I was actually in active labor.  He said they still wanted to keep me at the hospital and monitor me for a while and then schedule a formal ultrasound for Wednesday morning.  They also moved me from the L&D wing to the Mommy/Baby wing.  It was great because the bed was MUCH more comfy in my new room but it was a little strange because my babies were still inside me and I was now in the maternity recovery ward.

Wednesday morning I went in for an ultrasound.  The tech said the babies were measuring at 3 lbs. 3 oz. each which was really good for twins at their gestational age.  She also said my cervix was still 4.5 cm long even after applying pressure to simulate standing.  So it seemed everything was good and I went back to my room to wait for the doctor to come and tell me if I get to go home.  It was a couple hours before the perinatologist came into my room but when he finally did he said that the babies looked great and I could go home :)  He said he didn't really believe in bedrest because it hasn't proven to really prevent preterm labor.  He just said I needed to take it easy and spend as much time off my feet as possible.  I asked him if I could still travel to Sacramento to go to my baby showers next weekend and he said that would be fine as long as nothing changed between now and then.

So now I'm back at home trying to relax.  JD brought me breakfast in bed this morning along with my laptop and a dvd to watch.  I think I can get used to this :)

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