Originally Posted by Carrin
I'm 34 weeks today. They've been checking me every week since my preterm contractions started. 2 more weeks of bedrest and Terbutaline. Last week when doc checked me, I asked before she did "what if I am dilated, what should I expect". She says I would be hospitalized if that is the case...she doesn't feel comfortable with me going into labor until 36 weeks. That sucks if some women just walk around dilated for a couple of weeks...that means I'm going to be sitting in a hospital bed if that happens?
I guess I might just have to live up to my high maintenence patient status and tell them I dont' want to be hospitalized if I start dilating.
Been keeping track...so far I've been checked 8 times in 3 weeks....YUCK!!!!
Carrin, I would NOT let them do cervical checks. If you are predisposed to PTL (I am as well), it is best NOT to stir things up around the cervix. I am sure they told you not to have sex, but it's okay for them to keep sticking their hands up there?
If preterm labor is imminent, there will be more obvious signs than cervical dialation. Some women DO walk aroung dialated for weeks. They don't know was is normal for you and very well may be jumping the gun with relying only on cervical dialation as an indication.
The problem with KNOWING as you said is what you *do* with the information. Will it change the outcome or management of your pregnancy? If it leads you to bedrest in the hospital, well I guess that is something you'll have to decide. Having had to be on bedrest and reading A LOT about PTL and premature birth (my son was a 29 weeker), bedrest has never had any proof that it is useful. You are better of taking it easy at home. The administration of tocolyctics can only put off labor for a max. of two weeks, which is a BIG difference when your 26-32 weeks pregnant, but not so much benefit with regard to risk the later the pregnancy goes.
Are you taking oral tocolyctics at home? Or how is the terbutaline administered?
I have made it to nearly 37 weeks without any cervical examination. We had a few scares, but was managed very hands off.
PTL management is is a pet peeve of mine. Ultimately, you're getting closer an closer to term and you'll have less to worry about. I just wished someone had told me this stuff when I was pregnant with DS. As with all advice, you're welcome to take it or leave it.