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If your only symptom of PTL has been "too many BH contractions" then I wouldn't worry about it. If you've been dilating or there's other reason for concern, then maybe I'd choose to stay put. But I don't think that bedrest has really been proven to make any difference in outcome, and it sounds like you could just have an "irritable uterus." I was on bedrest from 29 to 36 weeks with my twins for "too many BH contrax" as well. I was not dilating at all, but was having contractions every 5 minutes, pretty much around the clock. Medication and bedrest reduced them to more like 4 or 5 an hour. When I got off bedrest and stopped taking medication, my BH contrax returned to their old pattern (sometimes coming as often as every 3 minutes all day long), and STILL I did not go into labor. My twins were born at 38 weeks, 2 days via scheduled c-section (they were both breech).
Anyway, all of the research I did after that seemed to say that there was no reason for me to have been on bedrest all that time. During my second pregnancy, the BH started at 13 weeks gestation, and by 30 weeks they were again often very regular and frequent (every five minutes). But I chose to ignore them completely, knowing that I have an "irritable uterus," and my baby was born the day after his due date.
So, maybe not the answer to your question exactly, but do you really need to be on bedrest? Have you researched it fully? I wish I hadn't just taken my doctor's word for it. Bedrest was awful, and I can't imagine how it would be with a little one to take care of.
Good luck whatever you decide!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.