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Did anyone else go through this? I had the routine level 2 u/s at 18 weeks and everything looked great. My cervix then was closed and 34mm long. I am getting ready to move out of state in 3 weeks, so my doc suggested doing an u/s before we leave. We did it yesterday at 22.5 weeks. The babes looked great, but my cervix has shortened to 22 mm. Still no dilation. I was told that less than 25mm is concerning. They sent me up to L&D for monitoring and I was contracting about every 15-20 min. These are small BH type contractions and I've had them, periodically, since about 16 weeks. They sent me home on modified bedrest (basically just to take it easy), stay hydrated (I was a little dehydrated yesterday) and scheduled another u/s in 1.5 weeks. Everyone at the hospital was very mellow about the whole situation. They told me repeatedly that there is nothing else to do since the babies are still considered "previable."
I'm not sure what I am looking for in terms of advice/reassurance. I have been planning parallel care with an ob and a homebirth midwife...now I find myself less concerned about the birth and more focused on keeping these guys in for a while longer. I wasn't offered tocolytics, cerclage or any other interventions. I am relieved about that, but also worried that this isn't being taken seriously enough.
I have been loosely following the nutrition recommendations in Barbara Luke's book, but had only skimmed all the doom and gloom stuff about preterm labor thinking I was somehow immune. I'm reading it now...
Trying to get my bearings...