Mothering Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
66 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I may just be ultra-apraniod, but here goes my story...<br><br>
I had my 1st son last October at 26 weeks along. My cervix was 3cm dilated (but not effaced) and my water had broken. Prior to that, I felt what I now know to be Braxton-Hicks contractions, but the actual events leading up to the birth were painless. He was still alive, but had to come out ASAP due to no fluid and infection risk. So I had an emergency C-section. He died the next day...<br><br>
Anyways, I got pg again in January, and here I am at 17 weeks today with another little boy. I had the cerclage placed at 12 weeks, so far so good with that. Cervix is nice and thick and closed, stitch is doing a great job. I also started p17 progesterone shots last week, to calm and quiet the uterus.<br><br>
I don't have any restrictions as far as activity goes, but I'm constantly worried. I have 2 appointments a month, on average, and I'm ok for like 1 week after, then I'm all to pieces again.<br><br>
Lately, I have felt some minor cramping - I don't know if its just my uterus growing/stretching, MAYBE it has something to do with having babies back to back, especially after a c-section... Maybe I'm constipated? I don't know. I think I rely on the internet too much for information and it makes me paranoid, KWIM?<br><br>
I called the on-call doc last night, who said it was probably nothing, but it's good that I am so in tune with my body, and if the cramps become more sustained or painful or if I am just feeling really uneasy, then to come in. Oh yea, drink lots of water too, which I've been doing and frankly am sick to death of.... *sigh*<br><br>
Tomorrow I have my next shot, and I'm hoping this will calm my nerves, as well as my uterus, if indeed it is cranky. I guess I was just wondering if there is anything I can do to help?<br><br>
Thanks<br><br>
R
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
467 Posts
Here is a local herb company that is amazing. They have something called Welcome Womb that is made to calm and quiet the uterus. I am also a fan of Back Flower Remedies and take Rescue Remedy on a regular basis. If you have a natural foods store they usually carry them. I also think quiteing your mind and trying to relax works wonders but easier said then done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I had a son born a few years ago at 21 weeks, no water, infection in him and me, and had been having contractions that I tossed up to gas for over a week before he was born. He too lived a very short life here on earth. I totally can relate to feeling scared. I am learning how to trust myself, my body and have peace regarding this pregnancy. Every gas pain I have is a reminder of what I lost. Every wipe in the bathroom is met with a little fear, but it is getting better everyday, and I just have to have faith. I will think good calming thoughts for you. You are not alone, it is hard and emtional loosing a child so far along and allowing yourself celebration for this new baby.<br><br>
Be patient with yourself, let yourself feel scared if you feel scared and let yourself celebrate if you want to celebrate! Your EDD is on my birthday, and my EDD is 10/19!<br><br><a href="http://www.wishgardenherbs.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wishgardenherbs.com/</a>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
770 Posts
Boxerlove1- sending you prayers for peace and<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,166 Posts
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> mama I am so sorry for your loss <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle"><br>
If you are actually having contractions (regular cramps) you can drink booze. I'm not suggesting downing half a bottle of vodka a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But you can have 1 glass of wine (or beer or whatever) to calm the uterus. It's what the midwives suggest to stop false labour towards the end. Obviously it would be inadvisable to do that every day (although some research suggests that 1 drink per day is prob okay...I personally wouldn't risk it) but occasionally to calm things down I think it's okay.<br><br>
(okay...ready for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/tomato.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="tomato"> from those who disagree <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> )
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
521 Posts
I don't have any rec's for you unfortunately...but wanted to give my sympathy for the loss of your precious little one last year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle"> , I'm so sorry for your loss.<br><br>
I hope and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">: for the best for your and your little one growing inside you.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,038 Posts
My midwives recommend a tincture called "sunset slumber" for anyone with a history of preterm labor. I didn't research it too much because my PT labor last time (starting at 29 weeks) happened when my uterus was measuring 40 cm, so I don't really think I'm at risk with a singleton pregnancy. But it may be something for you to look into. I'm not sure if it's something that you take preventatively or only when you feel like you need it.<br><br>
It sounds like things are going well for you, though, and I really hope your cervix stays tight and closed for at least a few more months!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Lex
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,660 Posts
Drink lots of water (dehydration can make muscles crampy)<br><br>
Take a calcium magnesium supplement -1000mg/day (low levels of these two minerals makes muscles crampy and contributes to UTIs which contribute to preterm labor) Potassium also helps keep muscles right, but there is no need to supplement this mineral just be sure to eat at least 2 pieces of fruit a day.<br><br>
Keep your vaginal flora healthy (yogurt, white panties, wiping front to back, etc) This will help prevent infections which can increase your risk of preterm rupture of membranes.<br><br>
Know the symptoms of urinary tract infections and if you sense one comming on drink MORE water and cranberry juice and pee often. (UTIs have been implicated in up to 1 in 3 preterm labors)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/shamrocksmile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shamrock">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,420 Posts
I second the suggestion for lots of water and a glass of wine. I was on bed rest for 3 months with preterm labor and contractions every five minutes. My midwife told me if they got too intense to drink a glass of red wine and wait to see if that relaxed the uterus. I had to do it about 5 times and it worked like a charm every time! Good luck and congratualtions on your new little one to come!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
ColoradoKat and Synchro246<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
Great suggestions! Highly recommend Rescue Remedy and <b>relaxation</b>!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
66 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Thanks for the replies ladies...<br><br><br>
I purchased a good calcium/magnesium supplement today, even though I get lots of it in my diet. I have a doc's appointment tomorrow, so I will discuss the other remedies, including the Rescue Remedy.<br><br>
Incidentally, the feelings I've been having are very sporad9ic - just a few a day, and not at all painful. Just worrisome. I may try the wine thing, although I'm sure BF will not understand, so I'll have to keep that on the DL.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Boxerlove1,<br><br>
Not sure the supplement is necessary but ask your doc. I'll be surprised if your doc knows what Rescue Remedy is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
RR works best in sporadic situations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
RR and R&R <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> my "prescription"
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top