30 weeks update. At my Monday follow-up (29 weeks, 4 days) my cervix dropped from 1.8 cm to 1.4 cm. Couple that with a contraction every 4 to 6 minutes, my OB was ready to whip out the big gun magnesium sulfate stop my contractions. As intimidating as it sounds, I’ll endure any treatment to keep the babies in my womb as long as possible.
Here we go. I was admitted to labor & delivery, and immediately hooked up to an IV for fluids and a catheter, yikes. At 12:15 pm I received a second IV drip of the mag treatment. My hand burned as the fluid entered my body, and 4 minutes later, let the heat flashes begin. The next 24 hours was a blur of miserable aches and pains, hot flashes, migraines, doses of stadol for pain, and periodic blood sampling. Thank the Lord for the catheter because I was too sick to get out of bed. They watched me like a hawk, monitoring my blood, urine output, blood pressure, and the babies’ heart beats. By morning, light sensitive migraines kept me with a rag draped over my eyes, but I did peak at the clock to countdown my hours till 12:15 pm.
Recovery. At 12:15 pm, the nurse disconnected me from the mag, and within 15 minutes I felt like a new woman. My side effects seemed to stop immediately. My contractions, however, did not, and my OB informed me I would stay another night. I spent the remainder of the day, dozing in and out trying to catch up on lost sleep, and lo and behold my contractions began to reduce. By 7 pm the morning, they were down to 2 an hour. Woot!
Home again. Graciously, my doc sent me home to the same strict bed rest plus HUAC monitoring. Our bed never looked so good and more importantly, our girls get a few more days for their lungs to develop.
Today. We had a false alarm today and went to the hospital because I was having a lot of uterus irritability and contractions in an hour. However, by the time we got there, my contractions dropped to 2 an hour with irritability and I tested negative on the fFn test which means I wasn’t in labor. So, praise the Lord we got to go back home.
Tomorrow, I have a scheduled OB appointment, I give it a 50-50 chance of me being admitted. Our next goal to pray for is 32 weeks, a huge mile marker for the girls’ lung development.
63 days ago I was put on bed rest. Twins’ gestational age: 30 weeks, 3 days