I had preterm contractions (I don't think I was officially in "preterm labor") at 33 weeks. I was just having too many BH's within the hour, and they didn't stop after lying down and drinking water. I was on the monitor for severl hours and they kept up. I was fingertip dilated.
Anyway, I think I was overtreated...I received 3 shots of terbutaline and then had to take it (pill form) around the clock every 3 hours until 36 weeks. I was also ordered on modified bedrest (as in, you can't go to work, and take it easy at home). I didn't have a problem with not being able to go to work!
But the terbutaline is annoying and does not make you feel good. Let me say, from the first shot in the L&D unit, my contractions were knocked out.
All said, I phased out of the terbutaline at 36-37 weeks, and since I had reached that point I was free to deliver with my midwife at her birth center whenever the baby came. She was born at 37 weeks, 6 days.
This pregnancy, I am already feeling a lot of contractions in the last 3 weeks (I'm now 27.5 weeks). I the more I feel, the more I tell myself, I need to force down the water! I don't want to have to be strapped to the monitor and deal with counting contractions and all that jazz. They don't even hurt, but I am starting to take note of them a little more carefully. I don't want to have to be treated unless there really is a problem.
That said, I DON"T want to have my baby for at least another 10 weeks!!
PS--I know a girl who had the identical situation to me, and about 12 hours after she took her last pill at 36 weeks, she went into labor and her son was born. She was able to deliver at the birth center, but thank goodness the drugs worked like they did to stave off contractions until then!