I called my doc early Monday morning because I was experiencing an increased number of contractions. They had me come in, and what I thought would be just a quick checkup during my lunch break, turned into hospital admission for premature labor. Whoa, we were not expecting this.
My cervix measured 2.8 cm, down a whole centimeter from 4 weeks prior. Not good at all. In fact, during the sonogram, I was having a contraction, so it even went down to 2.1 cm for a bit. This is a big deal because the thinning of the cervix is a sign of labor, and I’m only at 21 weeks. Despite all the medical technology we have these days, my babies are not even viable until 24 weeks. So they ordered me a wheel chair and whisked me to the Labor & Delivery wing.
When I was wheeled into the room, I thought, “no, Lord, I’m not supposed to be here. It’s too early.”
Bed rest differs according to the patient’s symptoms, and mine is “strict” bed rest. My battle is against gravity pushing the weight of the babies onto my cervix, which can’t handle the weight. My body has never experienced pregnancy and not to mention the weight of 2 fast growing girls. My doc ordered me to lay at an incline no higher than 45 degrees. That means I can’t even sit up in a chair. I can only get up to go to the bathroom, walk to the couch, or take a short shower. No house chores. No nothing. Just rest and relaxation. No problem for me, because I could barely walk due to cramping and contractions.
Wednesday, we returned for a follow-up, and unfortunately my cervix thinned from 2.8 cm to 2.6 cm, still the wrong direction. They sent me home with a new drug, indocin, and the same orders for bed rest.
After a day on the new drug, I only had 3 contractions, an amazing improvement. Indocin, however, can thin the amniotic fluid, so you can only be on it 48 hours at a time.
Yesterday, I measured 2.7 cm. Good news, that means my cervix stabilized, but we’re not out of the weeds yet. I’m praying for a cervix above 3cm. Friday, the girls’ gestational age was 22 weeks and a day, still not near viability. So, the next 2 weeks are very critical. The game plan now that I’m stable is to remain on the same strict bed rest, and drugs with continued monitoring. The babies are healthy, actively kicking, and the amniotic fluid is good. We just need to keep them in there for 11 more weeks.
Today I feel great compared to the beginning of the week. I can actually walk now (to the bathroom that is), but I can still feel that my body is not well. No one has to tell me to stay in bed, I don’t want to leave the bed.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers. I can feel you guys praying for us because I don’t see how it would be possible for me to be at peace without them. So thank you. Specifically pray that the cervix remains calm, grows in strength and length. A healthy cervix measures 3.8 cm to 4 cm.