Originally Posted by etoilech
I'm sorry to hear that PTL is worring you. We've spoken before and you know my son, Erik, was born at 29 weeks. I'd have to say I agree that I would really limit cervical checks, drink lots and lots of water, and do as little as you can. In Switzerland I was never put on the Magsulfate (sp?) that many women in the USA are, but they did give Magnesiocard. It is also taken for muscle spasms over here in Europe. It did help to calm the contractions. It comes in lemon and lime flavour and you mix it in water I had to drink it 4 times a day (you would need to check with your midwife). We can buy it at the apoteke I was also given hormonal tocolyctics.
I wish you all the best. I know that having a preemie is so heartbreaking and it must be so hrad to put your mind to rest due to your previous experience. I wish I had better advice, but I don't. I know that I am trying really hard to put my experience behind me before we have our next baby. It's very difficult.
I will be thinking of you and giving you lots of "stay put baby" vibes. If you need to talk PM me. We're leaving to visit family in the US, but I don't mind making an international call just to talk.
((Olivia)) how sweet of you to offer your support.
It is hard to put my last experience behind me and not stress overly much. I wish I could have the same attitude this time around as when I started getting all these same signs/symptoms with DS (I read about cervix's dilating and women going months before labor and thought, "see? Why should I worry about my ripening cervix? I'll lay low and take it easy/read novels since I'm wiped out anyway, but not worry"), but since I was cavalier about the little intuition inside my heart that said "Stop! Slow down! In fact, Lay down! Baby needs you to be as calm as possible!!!" the first time around and ended up with an early birth, I'm inclined to be really
obedient to it this time around, kwim? It feels right, in my heart, to listen to what I feel like my body is saying, and my body has been telling me for several weeks now to just flop and rest because I am not a hearty pregnant type, and if I want to keep this baby inside me, it will take a lot of horizontal, calm rest.
The prenatal care system here did include pelvic exams and ultrasounds to check out baby and cervix in response to what I was telling them about my contractions, but they didn't actually do anything but urge me to rest as much as possible. They have the same attitude as many of you, that a cervix in all stages of ripening at any point in pregnancy can all be normal, and they won't really do anything until PTL has begun in earnest before week 34, and it was just past 34 weeks when my son was born so they took no measures to stop his arrival. But now that I have a history of PTL, they have agreed with me to take things more seriously this time around, and will intervene if I feel
that the cervical changes are soon leading to labor (I'll use my intuition as well as compare to my last experience). I want
the cervical exams because I want to compare what I am feeling to what is happening to my cervix to use my best judgment about how strict a level of bedrest (at home) to be on. Only because I've BTDT and remember quite exactly how the cervical softening, shortening, effacing, dilating, water breaking, baby being born slippery slope process took place, do I feel that the knowledge will be useful to me.
I'm going to rest in bed, hydrate, consider all herbs and natural supplements designed to help this sort of situation.....in general, try a little harder this time around with whatever I feel is the appropriate way to nurture this pregnancy, as well as when I feel perhaps the hospital has something to offer me in terms of stopping labor. I still need to research what means they have to stop labor..... I'm not clear on that.