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All three of my guys have technically been "preemies" (36 weeks, 34 weeks and 32 weeks) although the 32 weeker was the only one with a NICU stay (3 weeks exactly) I had been on bedrest with him for about 10 weeks prior to his birth, for preterm labor. We stopped it for the most part with terbutaline and then mag sulfate (nastiest drug on EARTH!) but then with him and my 34 weeker I had PPROM.

This time around, I've been doing the progesterone shots and bi-weekly cervical scans to keep close tabs on my Cervical length. About three weeks ago, cervical length went from 3.3cm the week before to 2.8 cm, and I was immedaitely put on bedrest. The next week, it was back up to 3.0cm (baby's head didn't seem to be pressing hard in the cervix anymore) although I still have some funnelling, thankfully no dilation.

Honestly, I don't know that you really KNOW it's going to happen until it's actually happening. This time around for me we're monitoring everything socarefully becuase of my previous pregnancies and preemies, but I think that the sort of monitoring I'm having is just completely over the top for *normal* pregnancies. Sure, it's been wonderful because it's kept this babe baking and helped us avoid problems before they got out of hand. I do really believe he progesterone shots have been a HUGE boost in keeping my preterm contractions at bay - with my last it was the contractions that were the real issue, because they were causing dilation. This time, I have intermittent braxton-hicks, but nothing like last time, and they obviosuly aren't making me dilate. I'm still convinced that once I go off the strict bedrst and back to modified this weekend (32 weeks by the peri's conservative due date, 33 weeks by my very accurate charting, LOL!) that I will start to dilate a bit, and we'll see how it goes. I'm not expecting to go much past 35 weeks (woudln't it be hyterical if I go overdue, then, LOL?!?!)
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Originally Posted by Knittin' in the Shade
I do really believe he progesterone shots have been a HUGE boost in keeping my preterm contractions at bay - with my last it was the contractions that were the real issue, because they were causing dilation.
Of the PPROM moms I've seen take progesterone shots, the ones I've seen it really work for are the 30+ week PPROMers, although my anectdotal sample size is very small.

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Originally Posted by Knittin' in the Shade
I'm not expecting to go much past 35 weeks (woudln't it be hyterical if I go overdue, then, LOL?!?!)
Yeah, I keep wondering if I'll go like 43 weeks or something just because I didn't experience much of the 3rd trimester last time. Although if I follow family history and don't have any preterm complications, I'm more likely to be somewhere between 38-40 weeks, possibly a few days over 40. I've already followed family history for labor length (very SHORT). So we'll see. Still crossing fingers to get another 6-7 weeks in. As of yesterday, I've now been pregnant longer than I've ever been pregnant before.

I hope you'll get at least to 36 weeks!
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Originally Posted by boscopup
Of the PPROM moms I've seen take progesterone shots, the ones I've seen it really work for are the 30+ week PPROMers, although my anectdotal sample size is very small.
Yep, my PPROMS were 36, 34 and 32 weeks, in order. I'm past the 32 week mark (well, going by my calculations, LOL - going by the peri, I'll pass it this sunday - we're a week apart on due dates. Two early ultrasounds gave two different dates! Oy!)

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Yeah, I keep wondering if I'll go like 43 weeks or something just because I didn't experience much of the 3rd trimester last time. Although if I follow family history and don't have any preterm complications, I'm more likely to be somewhere between 38-40 weeks, possibly a few days over 40. I've already followed family history for labor length (very SHORT). So we'll see. Still crossing fingers to get another 6-7 weeks in. As of yesterday, I've now been pregnant longer than I've ever been pregnant before.

I hope you'll get at least to 36 weeks!
I've never gone past 36 weeks, so I'm actually almost terrified that I will this time, LOL! I'm convinced though, that once I go off the strict bedrest and go to modified that my body will kick itself into gear and do what it does best - push babies O - U - T!
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