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I had to go to the hospital on Sunday night. I was starting to get contractions every 10 minutes that were starting in my back and moving to the front. I am 33.5 weeks.

Fortunately, they weren't causing any action on the cervix, so they were diagnoses as preterm contractions as opposed to preterm labor. We ended up using terbutaline to stop them as they started to get 5 minute apart.

So now I am doped up on terbutaline, I feel like crap and today I am having contractions again (even on the med) and I am having incredible mucus discharge. AUGH!

I see my doctor in 20 mintues.....

Scared and not wanting her to be born this early..but I want things as healthy as possible for her!
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I will be praying for you and your little one
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Sticky baby vibes to you, Foo I really hope she doesn't come this early. Good luck!~~~~~~~
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UPDATE

I saw my doc today. I am officially on bedrest. I am staying on rest and the terbutaline until 36 weeks to make sure Moo stays put until 36 weeks to help her lungs develop.

No clear indication of when I will go. It might be early, or she might go to 40+ weeks. We just have to wait it out and see.

Thanks for the prayers and concerns. I wouldn't mind 36 weeks, but not 33. I don't want herr to have a NICU stay
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I replied on our May thread too, but just want to say that if she is born before 36 weeks, a NICU stay is not an absolute. My ds was born at 34.5 weeks and was not "premature". His lungs were fully developed, as was his sucking mechanism, his ability to maintain body temp, etc. He stayed 5 days in the NICU first 2 for observation, then he became jaundiced and so they kept him the additional 3 to deal with the jaundice, though his billirubin #s were within the normal range the last 2 days! (If I hadn't been so scared, I'm sure we would've been home sooner, but what did I know then!)
Anyway, thinking of you! What do you need? Books? Magazines? If you need anything that can be sent through the mail, let us know!
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I'll be sending stay in baby vibes to you! I hope your bedrest goes quickly.

Hey, I was just perusing the hypnobabies website last night, and saw that they have a tape that's supposed to help the baby stay in longer. If you're interested, here's the link:http://www.hypnobabies.com/product_i...149563ac890e43
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Yup, I had my hypnotherapist include "strong cervix" and "relaxed uterus" messages in the 1st tape she made for me.
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Thanks for the link.

I am trying to stay calm, lots of CM today which worried me, but nothing like the plug yet....
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hope your baby moo is ok! I went through the same thing w/ my #1 ds except I was 29 weeks. I had the same cx, etc. I had terbutaline injections too. I stayed inactive on bedrest til I was 37 weeks. THey also gave me shots of steroids for his lungs.

Then when it was time he didn't want to come out and i ended up carrying him til 42 weeks. And I was induced w/ the devil pitocin. ugh!

edited to say that I said what I did to encourage you that it also happened to me and everything turned out ok.
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Hi Foobar,

Here's hoping your little Moo stays put since you have to!

I had a similar experience: DD tried to come out at 30 weeks, and we managed to keep her in there until 31 weeks -- in the hospital unfortunately, since she "punched a hole in her swimming pool" (DH's way of saying premature water break). As cliched as it sounds, just take it one day at a time. The docs told me that for every day DD stayed in, that it was two or three days less in the NICU.

That said, I agree with Dalai Mama -- even if you don't go to 36 weeks, NICU may not be necessary for little Moo. DD was in the NICU for four weeks, but only because that's how long it took her to learn how to breathe (less than 40 hours), regulate temperature (about a week) and eat by mouth (specifically breastfeed -- got it down pat a few days before discharge). She wasn't even five pounds when we took her home, but she had all the "going home" skills she needed.

Take care and keep us all updated!

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My older dd was born at 34.5 weeks. Not something I would like to repeat, but she didn't spend any time in the NICU. She came home with me on day three at 3lbs 11oz. She was born at 4lbs 1oz.

I hope your baby stays put! I know I am worried about this kid coming early as well. I opted not to do the terb yet because my I think that my cervical changes are more due to the fact that the baby's head is engaged than the contractions, which are pretty frequent but not regular.
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Foo (and Liba, too), I'll be thinking of you and your little ones---may they stay put at least until 36+ weeks!

Bedrest is no fun, especially with little ones around. Foo, do you have helpers around? The Sidelines group might be a good resource right now; I think the web addy is simply sidelines.org.

Joni, due 7-17-ish
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Thanks guys. I did check with my hospital. They have a NICU team on hand for ANY birth before 36 weeks. The baby has to go to NICU at least for a check up. A stay is not required, but about 90% of the babies do stay in NICU for 3-7 days....

My DH is really doing a great job. A friend of mine is coming over Friday night to help out.

Sigh..
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Thanks guys. I did check with my hospital. They have a NICU team on hand for ANY birth before 36 weeks. The baby has to go to NICU at least for a check up. A stay is not required, but about 90% of the babies do stay in NICU for 3-7 days....

My DH is really doing a great job. A friend of mine is coming over Friday night to help out.

Sigh..
ZT did go to the NICU for testing. It is standard. She was there for less time than it took me to deliver the placenta and get my skid marks sewn up though.
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Thanks! That is comforting. Having more and more back pain today...

I need to bed soon. I hope your new one rests too!

Sometimes, these are getting regular. When I get close to the time of the next dose of terb, I start to get them every 10 minutes. Then I check the clock and realise I have to take more med.
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Oh! Good luck over the next couple of weeks Foo! Stay put baby! Stay put baby!
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My son was born at 35 weeks and he did not have to stay in the NICU at all--roomed in with me the whole time (I was in the hospital for five days after a c-section b/c my ds turned breech knees first while I was in early labor). He was 6 pounds 1 oz , and my midwives think his size was in part due to the fact that I was on bedrest with him for nine weeks. I started taking terb at about 25 weeks and went on full bed rest at 26 weeks or so.

Good luck--Beth
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