Post # 1
I’m a FTM currently 34 weeks 4 days into what has been a relatively uneventful pregnancy – until yesterday. Last night I woke up with painful contractions a little before midnight. They were so intense DH called the hospital and they told us to come right in. They immediately hooked me up to machines to monitor the contractions and the babys heart rate/activity. After doing a cervical check and determining I was starting to become effaced but wasn’t yet dilated they decided to put me on an IV and give me something to stop/slow labour. After a few more hours they checked again and determined I was progressing and was about 1-2cm dilated by 7am. They continued to give me fluids and morphine to try and slow everything down and luckily after a few more hours when they checked me I had not progressed any further and they were confident labour had pretty much stopped so they sent me and DH home to rest. I’ve still got some mild cramping but contractions have pretty much stopped thankfully.
I’m wondering if any other mama bees have had a similar experience of going into labour prior to 37 weeks and still managed to carry to full term once pre-term labour was slowed/stopped. As long as I can get baby girl to 37 weeks I’ll be a happy camper but I do wonder if going into labour so early is a sign Dear Daughter is more likely to come either pre-mature or at least prior to her due date. Just wanted to hear some experiences from other bees who’ve gone through something similar!
Post # 2
My water broke at 36+4 so there was no going back. I had Dear Daughter at 36+5 (technically since she was born at 2am). She was perfectly healthy! No NICU stay, no nothing. She was perfect, and still is 🙂
I know that’s not always the case, but going before 37 weeks isn’t always a horrible thing either.
Post # 3
My water broke at 34 weeks with one and 35 weeks with the other. No notice prior to that so no way I would have been able to stop it. I’m pregnant with my 3rd baby now and hoping I’ll last longer. My ob said they will start checking me at 28 wks to monitor.
Post # 4
currently 34 weeks pregnant. at 31+2 i began having pretty severe right sided abdominal pain. thought maybe i had appendicitis or cholecystitis. after approx 5 hours of the pain i went to L&D to get checked. hooked me up to monitor and i was contracting every 4 min like clockwork. checked me and i was 1 cm and 50% effaced. FFN was negative. gave me procardia x2 and vistaril, fortunately contractions stopped. did really good for about 1.5 weeks. at work had sudden pelvic pressure, contractions and pain. took my meds they sent me home with and was able to rest. went to midwife appt 2 days later, told her about issues i had a couple days prior. she repeated exam now 1.5 cm dilated, still 50% effaced, and sent me to l&d for monitoring while waiting for the repeat FFN to come back. low and behold up on monitor im contracting every 4 min again like clockwork. FFN comes back POSITIVE this time which increases risk of preterm labor occuring in next 2 weeks. given procardia x 3 and eventually a shot of terbutaline to settle the contractions down. was going to be admitted but was able to convince them to send me home with close follow up (and im in healthcare). so basically since then, (one week tomorrow) i have been at home on modififed bedrest just trying to make it to 36 weeks where i will feel much more comfortable if baby came early.
i still contract every single day, usually in the evening, and they are very regular – usually every 5-10 min. my doc said i will know if something is different and this just may be my normal. since im 34 weeks im not going to go back into l&d until im having the baby as theres nothing they would do to stop labor.
did they do a FFN on you?
Post # 5
No they didn’t do an FFN while I was there. Once my contractions were under control and they determined I wasn’t dilating anymore I guess they didn’t feel the need to run anymore tests, although for peace of mind I would have liked them to look into it a little more. They said the same thing about my contractions, that it could just be normal for me, and that I’d notice if anything changes. I’m not on full bed rest, but I have to keep it easy and I’m hoping to get to at least 36 weeks before we need to go back to L&D – Good luck keeping your LO in for a few more weeks!
Congratulations on baby #3 🙂
I’m glad to hear your Dear Daughter was perfectly healthy 🙂 Since my water didn’t break they had a few more options to stop me from progressing, but if it ends up breaking at any point I’ll be headed back to L&D to have this baby! If I can make it to at least to 36 weeks I think I’ll feel alot better about labour progressing for sure 🙂
Post # 6
Totally forgot that they don’t do FFN after 34 weeks so that’s why they didn’t do it for you.
Post # 7
I answered for my sister, who went into labor at 32 weeks, then went 2 weeks overdue before they induced.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018
My water broke at 37 weeks and 5 days, and I had my baby on the same day. I started getting some intense contractions around week 35 and continued to week 36. I was 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced at my 36 week appointment. In my case the early contractions turned into an early term baby. He is perfect and a healthy boy. Best of luck to you.