I carried my son to 37 weeks, but had preterm labor episodes starting around 24 weeks. I was given 4 shots of terbutaline (brethine), and a prescription for it and for procardia, both of which I was taken off of at 36.5 weeks.
Because of my history, my doctor is set on catheterizing me to get a urine specimin (mine keep coming back contaminated), and I'm sure they want to keep testing me for STD's which I don't have. This irritates me something fierce; I only had one UTI while I was pregnant with Eli, I drank cranberry juice and it went away.
I tested positive for GBS at 30 weeks (they cultured me because I was contracting regularly & it looked like I was in labor) and again at 35 weeks. This didn't come as a surprise to me, because I am a carrier for group A strep (the kind that gives most people a sore throat) and have been since childhood. I got loads of antibiotics in labor and still developed a fever... but that's a whole different story. The point is, I've read that GBS is a risk factor for preterm labor.
My other vaginal cultures all came back "inconclusive"; in fact, everything they took from me came back that way except the GBS culture. I don't want them taking all the samples this time! It drives me crazy, and I don't have the energy to put up with it! I've been with the same man for 4.5 years, he hasn't been with anyone else, and we still don't have any STDs. If my cultures are "inconclusive", isn't there a potential that they were negative?
At any rate, they're being very cautious, testing for everything again, because of the risk of preterm labor. So what can I do to minimize those risks? I don't want to have another NICU baby, but I don't think that any of the things they did the last time helped; half a dozen inconclusive cultures just lead to overprescription of antibiotics. I did have 2 of the three major risk factors for development of GBS in my son (prolonged rupture of membranes & fever during labor), but I got 4 doses of antibiotics (every 6 hours while I was in the hospital laboring) and 2 of them were before the fever developed. My son still had trouble breathing (way too fast!) and was definately ill, to say nothing of my problems.
I would like to do everything in my power to eliminate risk factors for preterm labor long before I get to that point. If I can avoid it entirely, so much the better!
Rynna, Mama to Bean (8), Boobah (6), Bella (4) and Bear (2)