Well my wimpy cervix was causing around 6 contractions an hour. So, unsurprisingly, I got another wheel chair ride to be admitted to labor & delivery for IV fluids and continued monitoring. It took an overnight hospital stay, Indocin treatment, and 2 rounds of Terbutaline shots to calm my contractions. Thankfully, we didn’t have to whip out the big guns, the mag treatment (magnesium sulfate).
Strict Bed Rest, Again. My doc sent me home, back to strict bed rest with at-home monitoring. That means I have to recline less than 45 degrees to relieve the pressure of gravity on my cervix. I’m only allowed to get up to use the restroom, take a quick shower, and sit up for meals.
Home Uterine Activity Monitoring (HUAC). My doc prescribed OB Solutions to monitor my contractions from home. An OB nurse came to my house to set me up with a uterine activity monitor which monitors my contractions like they would at the hospital. The monitor helps distinguish between painful prelabor contractions and harmless tightening (Braxton Hicks). So far, it’s been great, I hook up twice a day for an hour session, then send my results in. A labor & delivery nurse calls me at least twice a day to pour over the data and is on call 24/7 for me. They keep a close eye on me, tell me to re-hydrate (prevents contractions), or go the hospital if contractions exceed a certain level. I feel better because I can hook up anytime I feel the need.
More Good News. My wimpy cervix it is not dilated or funneled. Meaning, I have not actually gone into labor. On the other hand, only a 1.8 cm plug is holding these babies in my belly. So long as we can keep that steady, we are good to keep these girls in the oven for a few more weeks.
Gestational Diabetes. Other good news, I am able to control my blood sugar just through my diet alone. Phew, no need for insulin. I’m doing so well that my OB has dropped the number of times I have to stick my finger to check my blood sugar. Woohoo!
57 days ago I was put on bed rest. Twins’ gestational age: 29 weeks, 3 days