Yesterday was a really weird day. I was really crampy in the morning with lots of round ligament pain when I woke up and tried to move. I got kiddo off to school, and then promptly went back to sleep, because for some reason, I was absolutely exhausted.
By about 1pm, I noticed that I was very damp feeling. (I wrote that as damn four times before I got it right... :) )
By 3pm, when my daughter gets home, I was cramping in waves, and realized that I was having contractions fairly regularly. I called my doctor immediately and he told me to have a large glass of water and then rest. When I told. him about the dampness, he said it was probably just discharge from the contractions
My husband came home on the early train which is a rare treat, as it means he's home an entire hour sooner than normal. We went to pick him up as usual, and the cramping actually started hurting. Then I felt what can only be described as a gush. Instead of just tucking myself into bed with my knitting, he was now going to have to drop me off at the hospital.
I checked in to Labor and Delivery, and they sort of rushed to set up everything. I refused the IV until we knew more as it just wasted time. They put the electronic fetal monitor on me, found baby's heartbeat and the everyone kind of collectively rushed out of the room. A resident came in within fifteen minutes and checked my cervix. Here's where it got really scary.
Apparently, my cervix is very high, so not only did she have a hard time finding it, but I now had the added joy of feeling like a hand puppet. After a few minutes of knit eyebrows and lots of slow deep breathing from me she withdrew her arm and said, "I'll be right back."
I started to panic.
Twenty minutes later, she comes back with a speculum, another doctor and a nurse. They wanted to do a fetal fibronectin test, because not only was my cervix very soft, but they could feel the baby's head through my cervix. (????)
So I consented to that, and it went a whole lot smoother than the doc who tried to check my cervix with just her hand. They also did a swab to make sure I wasn't leaking amniotic fluid.
The resident mentioned that because I had a C-section in 2003, they also wanted to check to see if my scar was separating. But nothing more was done or said about that, so I have no idea what happened there....
Then began a really really long wait. Two hours to get the fibronectin test back, and they waited to tell me the results of the swab too. In their defense, the ward was so full they were putting laboring moms on different wards because they ran out of beds!!!
The tests were all negative. I am having contractions, and they are softening my cervix, so I get to start having bi-weekly checks to make sure I'm not dilating. (I'm currently 0 and station -3 is what the nurse said.) I also need to talk to my own doctor about treating for infection on a just in case basis.
Which is where I need help. I'm trying to go as naturally as possible here, and all these tests and scary answers only cemented that.
1. How can I help to avoid an infection if I am dilating early?
2. How bad is it that this is happening at 25 weeks, like a softening cervix is normally a pre-cursor to dilating and effacement, but by how much of a time span???
3. The negative fibrenectin test means that I have less than a 5% chance of going into labor in the next two weeks, but does that mean two weeks later might be a completely different answer?
4. How can they feel the baby's head if I'm not dilating???? I really didn't understand what she meant by this and the other doctor who came in with her didn't say a word the whole time!!!
This has really shaken me up, as you can tell. I've barely slept and now that I'm on restricted duties (no stairs, no lifting anything, resting as much as possible and trying to relax as much as possible...) I'm stressing about making day to day life with a kid with autism work while I'm the only one home!!!
You ladies have been amazing through our entire pregnancies, and I guess now not only do I need advice, I could really use a hug, because I'm freaking out.