October 2010

I’ve got to tell you, this bed rest… it’s an odd place to be.

I’ve been here before with this pregnancy, and know it’s not quite as odd if they just have you taking it easy as it is when they tell you your baby’s head is engaged and you are in very early labor (thankfully not affecting the cervix yet)….

Having Littlest’s head engaged has taken this all to a new level though. I mean… there is a head in my actual pelvis, pushing on my cervix, rectum and tailbone, and everything else around there. My milk came in… that was weird. My mucus plug started thinning as well, though thankfully it didn’t all come out at once… it was just definitely thinning and slowly coming out bit by bit.

The odd place to be though, is that I would love to have Littlest born now because I’m in a decent amount of pain due to bedrest and his/her location, and at the same time I’m hoping this lasts another 7 to 8 weeks. It’s so odd to have those thoughts and feelings wrestling in me. Of course the stronger hope is that we make it to full term, but there is that part of me that is really unsure how long I can physically handle how things are right now. I also realize Littlest will be here before I know it, but looking at it from where I’m at right now, it seems like it’s going to be forever….

Edit: Oh. .. I forgot to mention… other than the occasional contraction labor has halted, thanks to a combination of a medication (one I actually had in the house lol) and staying down most of the time. My milk has stopped leaking (though it is still there), and my mucus plug has stopped breaking apart. The only signs left of my PTL experience are the contractions when they show. Of course I’m still taking it easy to avoid it all starting up again, but the good news is that it is calm for now.

Yesterday was a scheduled OB appt. We went in, knowing that it was likely I’d be put on some kind of restrictions, almost guaranteed I’d be on pelvic rest at the very least, andl ikely on bedrest.
Let me back up…. I’ve been having more and more contractions over the past week. Early this morning I woke up from a dream due to the contractions. Also, on sunday my discharge changed, and that was a bit worrisome since it’s been pretty much the same the whole pregnancy up to this point. This was a sudden change, and very definite, not just a tiny change, it was obvious. My breasts have been hurting more again the past week and I’ve been wondering if my milk was coming in or if I was getting ready for it to…. well the other night we found out the answer, as I started leaking, and I have been (on and off) since… for about 36 hours now.
When we got there I was weighed, and we did my blood pressure check, after which Johnny and I talked to the nurse about all that’s been going on, and she entered it for the doctor to look at before coming in to see me. The doctor who saw me yesterday (mine is out of town) was the on call, so he had to go up to L&D at the hospital a couple of times. When he got in to see us and we started talking about everything he told us he was going to start doing tests to see if we could find out what was going on, and to make sure I wasn’t going into labor already.
First they did a pelvic exam, checked my cervix, did an fFN test, and found out Littlest’s head is already in position for birth. So far the fFN test is negative, we’ll do it again in a couple of weeks. That means that there is a 99% chance I will not be going into full on labor in the next two weeks. It’s not guaranteed I won’t of course, but it’s highly unlikely. My cervix is still closed up completely, which is the good news we got today. After the pelvic was done I was hooked up to a fetal monitor and they had us keep it right with L for 15 minutes (I think it actually ended up being more like 25 or 30 because they have to have a constant heartbeat for at least 15 minutes, and Littlest did NOT like that and kept scooting away). We monitored the heart rate that whole time, and they also recorded my contractions. In the 20 minutes or so that they were able to record and use to check out I ended up having a few (they didn’t give me a number) contractions. After that the OB came back in and talked to us and put me on a medication that I’m to take when the contractions start up so my uterus will stop contracting again. I’ve also been put on full bedrest. I can go to doc appts, but that’s about all I’m supposed to leave the house for. Other than going to the bathroom I’m supposed to be on the couch or in bed at all times. I’m also limited on weights I can lift, and other activities (this is called pelvic rest). Once the OB was done talking to us we were taken to the ultrasound room, where they did a few different checks. They checked Littlest’s heart and heart rate, they checked measurements (Littlest is a week behind size-wise… technically it’s 10 days, but they say they can be off by 3 days, so they are calling it a week. S/he’s also weighing a bit over 2 lbs if they are correct in the measurements), and then they measured my cervix… or attempted to. When they got to the cervical part of the ultrasound the first thing that was seen was Littlest’s head pushed all the way down into my pelvis…. where it should be for labor and delivery. The doctor had noticed that while doing the exam (and promptly stopped the exam) and it was confirmed during that portion of the ultrasound. They did their best to measure the cervix, but it wasn’t showing up well, what she could see matched up pretty closely with what the doctor observed during the exam though, so for now no need to go to the hospital or anything.
After that we got food (we were gone A LOT longer than expected, we left around 1pm and didn’t get home until after 6pm) and came home and I’ve been on the couch since.

Oh, also, the OB thinks that my contractions don’t actually stop when I walk around like I thought they did, but that they just aren’t as easy to feel, so that’s why I’m on bedrest even though they seem to stop with a light amount of movement.

So I have a cyst that seems to be getting ready to pop (yes… even though I’m right around the third trimester – either I hit it Monday, or last Monday was the big day, depending on where you look) I’m still dealing with cysts… I seem to have had them the whole pregnancy.
I decided awhile ago I was going to come lay down in our bed and take a nap…. after laying here for a bit I started having a lot of pain hit….. running from just below my lowest ribs on my left side, to mid thigh… .eventually it started running all the way down my left to my foot….. I ended up nauseated and having just a lot of pain…
Thankfullly I still had the laptop in our room from last night when I was trying to wind down for sleep… so I was able to roll over and grab it, start it up, and message Johnny asking him to get me ginger brew (Reeds Extra Ginger Brew is a wonderful thing), toast and some pain meds… and he did it for me. He then helped me sit up so I could actually use those things… and brought my glasses to me so I can lay here using the laptop and distract myself.
I’m so tired of cysts though… yet another sign I shouldn’t do another pregnancy… at least when I’m not pregnant they only happen every 3 cycles at the most frequent… they’ve been continuous while pregnant though. 😦

The good in all of this… that I had the laptop in here with me and was able to get Johnny’s help without having to drag myself out of bed (not sure how I’d have done so) and get those things… I think I’d have just stayed in bed sobbing until he checked on me in a couple of hours if I hadn’t had it. 😦

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