I am 26 weeks tomorrow with my second set of twins and at a routine growth u/s today my cervix was measuring 1.9 cm and all hell broke loose. Or at least that's what it felt like. In my last pregnancy the same thing happened at almost 25 weeks and I stopped working immediately and took it pretty easy the rest of the pregnancy and ended up going into labour at 38w2d. This time around, I'm not "working" but a SAHM with a very busy 11-year-old and twin 17 month olds, so "taking it easy" isn't so easy.
The worst part is the way everyone at the hospital totally freaked out. The peri who I saw during my last pregnancy came to see me and freak me out and wanted me to transfer from my (low-risk) OB to the high risk clinic (she didn't acknowledge my midwife). I called my midwife but she's off call this weekend so I spoke to another midwife who first of all, was most interested in how the babies and myself were doing and second - stayed calm the whole time. She said to go ahead with the steroid shots, just in case, and we can move up my consult with the OB. I relay this info to the peri, who huffs and puffs about it, then sends me to triage to get the shot.
Once there, the admitting guy wants to put a bracelet on me, and I said ask why? since I am not staying over a short cervix with no other issues and he brushes me off and insists I need a bracelet.
So I am "admitted" and taken to a room where a nurse instructs me to take off the bottom half and starts getting all the monitors out. Um....pretty sure I'm just here for a shot...? I just had an ultrasound 15 minutes ago. She also brushes me off with something about how the resident just wants to monitor me for contractions. So I pee in a cup, lay there forever while they try to keep tabs on my very active babies, prove to them that I am not having any contractions and then ask if I should call someone...I've been here for nearly 3 hours at this point. The nurse gets the resident who suggests again that I transfer to the high risk unit immediately and come in for another u/s and cervical check in a week. They will also schedule an appointment with the neonatal people, and one of the MFM specialists...and at this point I need to stop the woman and tell her that I will talk with my midwife, meet with my OB and get back to them.
She is not impressed.
She leaves again, nurse comes in again to say that I can get off the stupid monitor and she'll give me my shot. She sticks me and then asks me to wait (yet again!) so I patiently do so. The resident returns with news that she has booked me an ultrasound and an appointment with the high risk clinic on Thursday. Obviously no one is listening to anything I say, which is exactly why I am with a midwife. I am finally allowed to leave once I promise to return tomorrow for another shot. This time I will not be getting a bracelet or monitoring or anything.
Feeling so frustrated with the hospital and their rules and their way of making me feel like I need to defend myself all the time. I hate the way they act like I am about to have these babies any second, and instead of focusing on the positive and how to keep the babies in, all they want to do is talk about the babies coming now, and all the problems that could arise.
I know that a shortened cervix does not mean preterm labour. I've been there once before. I could really use some supportive words after all the garbage I heard today and/or ideas on how to "take it easy" with toddlers at home.