I’m so glad to still be pregnant! My dad keeps reminding me that every day is a victory. It really is. For every day this little one holds off being born, he probably shaves off several more days he would have to be in the hospital as a preemie.
Yesterday was exciting! It was my first day on bedrest that I was home alone. I was feeling more tightening in my tummy and my back was hurting. Nathan dropped the kids off at Marie’s and then came home to switch vehicles and make sure I was alright.
I started to feel better shortly after he left. I filled my time with reading, spending time online, napping, watching som TV and talking on the phone. At about 4:00 I started to feel more discomfort and tightening againg. I started timing it and when Nathan got home I decided we should head to Ridgeview to be checked out. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to relax until I kneew that i was alright.
We headed to Waconia, but a few miles down the road, I changed my mind so we came home. I laid down for a while and timed the contractions I had 4 in 40 minutes and I had a few earlier so we decided we really should get checked out.
We got to the hospital, I was checked in and had paperwork done by one nurse and then the nurse who was going to be staying on duty took over. She walked in with a cup of water, introduced herself and tripped and spilled water all over my feet at the bottom of the bed. Oops I felt really bad for her. I’m beginning to think this is a bad sign for me. I had a waiter dump a pitcher of water on me several weeks before I had Ethan!
After monitoring me for a while and changing the position of the monitoring belts, the contractions picked up again. I wasn’t happy to be contracting, but I was glad to see it wasn’t in my head. With that news, the on-call doctor said to do the fFn test, an internal exam to check dilation and take a urine sample.
The fFn came back negative which is fabulous! Most women with a negative result wont deliver in the next 2 weeks. I was still at 1 cm. That’s no change from Tuesday. However, I was very dehydrated. I had thought I was doing a decent job at drinking enough, but she said I was at the level where they admit pregnant women who come in because they have been unable to keep much food or drink down for a while. They give them IV fluids to get their levels more normal and then send them home. So, she told me that I need to be chugging more water. Dehydration is something that can cause contractions.
I think we have met our insurance deductible for the year!
That’s where we are at. 3 days until my next OB apt.