Thursday, May 25, 2006

Recovering From a Sleepless Night

The night before last, I woke up at 12:45 with horrible cramping pain in my abdomen. I tried walking around, taking a shower, drinking water and various things, but the pains kept coming and going. I called the doctor on call about 1:30 and she suggested waiting some more and then if it continued coming in. At 3-something I was still getting the on-and-off cramping (or contractions or whatever), so we went in.

They won't see you in labor and delivery until after 20 weeks and I'm about 19. So they kept me in the ER, gave me fluids and that was about it. They did check to make sure my cervix was closed, which it is, but they didn't have any sort of monitors for contractions or even a doppler thing to listen to the heart beat, which was annoying, since this was at Busy Mom's Major Medical Center. I guess if you start to have preterm labor before 20 weeks they won't try to stop it with the usual drugs or anything, but the contractions did eventually stop after they gave me the fluids and morphine though.

Before they released me the OB-on-call came down and checked on me and told me to go get an ultrasound sooner than my scheduled one in mid-June. They rescheduled for yesterday afternoon and everything looked good. The baby
looks healthy and like it is developing normally. I got a nice shot of the profile and then some 3-D pictures, which are sort of interesting but also a bit weird, especially since the kid has no fat layer yet and it all skin and bones. They said my cervix was closed but on the short end of normal -- which they said might just be related to having had other babies, but they aren't sure. So now I
just have to wait and see if this happens again or if it was just a random incident.

In the meantime, I'm not on any bedrest or anything, but they suggested I drink more water and take it easy as much as possible. I think that means not doing laundry or lugging kids all over creation. Right?




melissa said...

It's been so hot here, you take it easy there too. Lots of putting up of your feet and drinking glasses of ice water.
And, yes, no running around!

blair said...

I am sure that was very scary and please keep well hydrated, no lugging anything around... take it easy... and avoid bed rest at all costs...
Thinking of you, please keep me/us posted.

Meredith said...

What a scary night for you!Hang in there.

angie said...

Yikes! I'm glad things are better now.
Cute kid, even if it's only skin and bones!

RP said...

Please take it easy, J. Your story made me very nervous; I can't imagine how it was for you and your husband.

Lenise said...

I'm glad the ultrasound was good! Babies all look alike to me until they get to be 6 mos old or so. All cute, though! I'll be praying for you.

Jo said...

Those pictures are amazing! I've never seen a 3D ultrasound before. Wild!! Glad you're feeling better. Take it easy.

Mary said...

Take it easy. You need to slow down.
Hard to do but necessary.
I am seriously gonna have to vacation in Tennessee eventually!
Gotta meet you and cmhl.

chris said...

Ugh, what a scary night. I'm glad everything turned out to be fine.
Drink more water than you think you can hold and lounge around being waiting on. You know as much as you can with three other needy children.
I had a similar incident with my second pregnancy.

Busy Mom said...

Oh, my! I am so glad everything was OK. For real they didn't even have a doppler?!

Another Jordana said...

Oh my goodness, how terrifying! We'll step up the prayers.

Twilightmama said...

Oh, I'm so glad everything is ok! How scary!
Wow, the 3D ultrasound pic is amazing!
No lugging kids around and no laundry? That's practically like taking a rest from breathing!
But get rest when you can!
P.S. When I wrote l.o.l! (for laughing out loud), my post wouldn't submit because it was considered questionable content, hehe. Have I missed something?

Jordana said...

Thank you everyone, for the kind words and thoughts.
Kim, I don't control the vast list of censored words. Sometimes strange things wind up in there. In fact, one time I couldn't use m.o.m.

Kim said...

L.o.L! Too funny!

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