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I went into PTL labor at 24 weeks with my first child. It was the most terrifying experience of my entire life. I did everything the doctors told me including going on bedrest.
I did two weeks in the hospital and another nine weeks at home. During that time, I researched and realized there was little evidence to support the bedrest advice, but continued anyway because I was so worried and frankly, because I could..no other kids, had already quit my job, had a supportive husband, ect.
Then at my appointment around 35 weeks, the doctor told me bedrest was no longer necessary. She said the baby would basically be fine is she were to be born that early.
It was a really weird adjustment to go from bedrest to doing whatever I wanted. I still wanted to carry my baby to term, so I kind of took it easy. Long story short, I went into labor on my due date and gave birth the next day.
I knew the second time around I had a greater risk of going into PTL, but I vowed before getting pregnant that I would not go on bedrest again. For one thing, it was a miserable isolating experience for me and I think one of the contributing factors in my PPD later on. Secondly, I had another child to care for and no one to help out. And third, there was no data to prove it worked.
While I did have a lot of contractions starting around 20 weeks or maybe even a little before, I never went into PTL and gave birth at 40 weeks and 1 day again.