DS started showing symptoms and I took him to the doctor quickly and they gave him a nebulizer to bring home. He's been weepy, sneezy, and coughing.
I had my 36 week doctor's appointment on Friday and everything was fine. Dilated 1cm, 50% effaced, so pretty standard.
Friday night I started itching like crazy all over. I couldn't sleep from the itching (well, and the coughing). I called the OB on-call (not mine) and she decided it was contact dermatitis, which was the dumbest thing I'd ever heard because there's no rash and there aren't any possible environmental factors. She told me take Benadryl, which I did, just to prove her wrong. No change. Then I did some research and found out about Cholestasis and feel like that might be a very real possibility.
I went to a GP on Saturday to try to do something about the cough, but there wasn't much he could do. He said it was a bronchial infection and could last up to 4-6 weeks!
Sunday I was still itchy, still coughing (although not quite as bad), and then I started contracting! Crampy uncomfortable ones, but they weren't regular enough to do anything about. And I completely lost my appetite.
Today there isn't a huge change. The cough is getting better. Still itchy (although it's much worse at night than in the morning). From about 9am to 12pm I was contracting every 3-8 minutes. At noon I had a pretzel and some Gatorade and contractions have slowed down since then.
I called my OB this morning at 8:30am and I still haven't heard back. I need to rule out the cholestasis if possible, but I'm also afraid the OB is just going to think I'm a paranoid hypochodriac. At any rate, with all this contracting, it looks like I might be going sooner than later anyway. But my friends with recent births have gone on contracting like this for a week or more, so I'm not banking on anything. I'd just hate to go into full on labor coughing and only breathing out of my mouth.
Anyway, so for the long-winded post that goes nowhere. I don't want to tell too many people in real life that I'm contracting because I know it can still be awhile. I'd like to last past 37 weeks. I'd like to last past Valentine's Day because it was supposed to be our "last" date.
Not exactly what I had in mind, but I'm glad that my doctor took this seriously.
I'm a bit shell shocked right now. A good night's sleep would have been nice before getting a newborn, but it wasn't happening.
May you have a wonderful birth, and may all these symptoms be gone when the baby is here!
Jess mom to 5!!! 3 boys 2 girls and another girl on the way edd jan 31st! I have a Disabled veteran husband
breastfeeding,cosleeping, non vax,no circ,and nature loving family!
Marilyn, wife to DH 09/02 and mama to my boys, DS1 11/06 and DS2 02/09, and a new one on the way in 06/12!