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Anyone experienced preterm labor? I went into labor at 26 weeks and they stopped it. I have been on bed rest and terbutaline since then, and had not dilated any more than the 1cm I already was. I went back to the doctor today (4 days since my last appt.) and I am 2cm. I am really worried that Isaac is going to be born too early. I am trying to relax, but I can't help but worry. My daughter was born at what they said was 36 weeks, but she was 9lbs 8oz. We weren't 100 positive on my due date though.
I definitely think the best you can do right now is try to relax ( I know... easier said than done!), but that will be the most beneficial for you and your little one in the oven!! The doctors will do everything they can to prevent any more progression, but if you do end up having your little one early, he will be in good hands in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit). With technology these days, most babies have an excellent chance of survival... I was born two months early and look at me now!! <laugh>
Everything will be OK!!
WIFE TO MY SOULMATE, ERIC
BABY BOY JACOB DUE FEB 2006!!
With my daughter I was 1cm dilated at 27 weeks. Was put on bedrest. Didn't deliver until a day before my due date. With my son I was 2cm dilated at 28 weeks. Was put on terb and strict bedrest. Delivered at 34 weeks. With baby #3 I dilated to 2-3cm at 30 weeks. Only in the last few days was I put on moderated bedrest. Am now 32 weeks and still holding her in. So it's entirely possible to hold your little one in! Just keep taking your terb and stick to the bedrest as much as you can (I know it's hard with kids) and you'll be fine. Perhaps enlist some help with your 8 month old -- your mom or MIL? As much as I hate to have family caring for my kids, I know it's best when my unborn child is at risk, so my mom has been helping out a lot (as she did with #2 as well). Good luck! You can do it!
That's kind of the hard part. My mom is much less than supportive and too wrapped up in her own life to be able to provide much support for me. My boyfriend's mom may be a possibility, although she is a bit nuts (and once I had to get a restraining order)! I am trying to take advantage of my ex-boyfriend's mother as much as possible, although it is a bit awkward (and she is raising my ex's son)! LONG and complicated story!!
I had some problems with early contractions with my first pg. I started getting strong but irregular contractions at about 30 weeks but I never dilated. My ob attributed them to the pressure caused by having polyhydramnios. I ended up delivering at 37 weeks and he was fine. Good luck just try to relax as much as possible with another child at home.
i was one cm dialated at 29 weeks I go on friday for a check up if i am open any more they are going to stick me in bed I been having alot of contractions but not enough for them to do anything! Good luck to you drink lots of water and take care!
Isn't there some procedure that they can do where they basicaly sew your cervix shut to help keep you from dilating?[/b]
My OB told me at the beginning of this pregnancy that I wasn't a candidate for a cerclage because I contract. If you contract, a cerclage will do nothing -- it'll only make you tear when the contractions start and you begin dilating. It's more for those with an incompetant cervix -- dilates without contractions. But even then, I've been told you shouldn't receive one beyond the first trimester. It increases your chances of miscarriage, or in later trimesters, preterm labor and delivery.
My sister got pneumonia when she was about 25-30 wks along and delivered the baby a few months early (I can't remember exactly when, it was 15 yrs ago).
My nephew was born 1lb 5 oz and had a 15 percent chance to live. He could fit in the palm of your hand and was in the NICU for a long time. Today he is a beautiful, healthy 15 yr old (and chasing girls all over the place!) - you would never know that he started life the way he did.
Back then technology was not as good as it is today and my nephew still survived. Get some bedrest and try not to worry. Technology today saves many, many lives....thank God we live in the age we do right now.
Good luck to you....you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I love my 3 girls and little boy:
Mom to Jessica - 19 yrs old, Amber - 18 yrs old, Sebastian - 2 months
Funny you should mention that. I just got home from being in the hospital for the last two days. I was contracting and having some spotting, as well as being sick and running a high fever. I had pneumonia in December and have been sick off and on since then. The doctor I saw (since mine is in Tahiti) said that the cause of my preterm labor (started a month after I got sick) could be a result of the pneumonia. I thought he was nuts, but maybe not! I am now dilated 2 1/2 - 3cm. Hoping to keep him in another few weeks!