Pre-term Labor Update – 28w6d

Just a little update, don’t expect great things as I’ll admit, I’m feeling a little out of it.  The side effects from the magnesium seem to be bothering me more today…  Blurred vision, difficulty focusing, feeling cross-eyed, like I’m in dream land pretty much.  So hopefully some of this makes sense and is spelled correctly.

We made it another day pregnant, it’s Sunday now, and tomorrow morning I’ll be officially 29 weeks.  Another day is another day.

Aside from the magnesium side effects, I’m feeling rather out of sorts here.  I’m sure many of you can relate…  I feel trapped in this hospital room, in this bed really, as I can only get up to pee, and with help to unhook and reconnect all these monitors and drag my IV pole along.  And you know how I hate depending on others!  Eric has been here most of the time, although he’s been snoring through the nights!  Good thing the nurses are here!  He’s been great though, silencing all the darn alarms on these monitors and such!  He actually left a bit ago to take Kona to my moms, at least for tonight so that he doesn’t have to keep running home to let her out.  I really hate dumping her on my mom and step-dad, but I’m very thankful of them for helping.

I finally got some sleep last night, as I finally accepted a sleeping pill from my nurse.  They check my vitals, temp, blood pressure, reflexes, listen to my heart, and check my pee every hour, so when I say I slept, that is relative, but there was some sleep, which is good.

My contractions are still coming and going, some more painful than others.  I actually didn’t notice anything strong during the night, but since I’ve been awake today I’ve felt quite a few and several made me wanna say, ouch.  I keep looking at the number on my external monitor contraction thing, but for the life of me I don’t understand the correlation between my pain and the number it displays, so who knows!  Baby looks great for the most part, two nurses did come in during the night to get me to change position and check oxygen levels, as her heart rate seemed low for a bit, but all seems better now.  They are avoiding checking my cervix for fear of aggravating it, so no idea if I’m still dilated to just 2cm or not.

So the plan for today has not changed, magnesium continues until 9pm tonight, antibiotics continue until God knows when.  I haven’t had any more pain meds, but I’ll surely be asking for some should I feel more uncomfortable.  I’m feeling a lot of the contractions is my back, which is totally not fun!

I was feeling a little selfish last night, guilty too.  We met with the NICU doctors yesterday afternoon, and it was the first time I really wanted to bawl my eyes out  The team was really, really encouraging, giving us great statistics on 29 week babies delivered here at UIHC.  Who knew this NICU has the best survival rates in the country!  The docs said at 29 weeks she would probably need help breathing, but perhaps only be intibuted for maybe a week and then oxygen in other methods.  Respiratory issues are not their largest concern with 29 week premies though, their brains are.  Apparently brain bleeds are common, although I’m not sure I remember, or understand why.  I do remember them preparing us by explaining how we might not get to see baby right away if she is delivered this early, as the NICU team would take her immediately.  Also, we probably wouldn’t be able to hold her for at least a week until she’s more stable.  All that said, I know everyday we can keep her inside is best.  My guilty feelings come into play there though…  I honestly can’t picture my current state being my life for weeks or months…  These contractions coming and going, some quite painful.  I guess seeing an endpoint with a normal delivery seems realistic to me.  But going on like this for how long?  Well, I guess there is a part of me that just wants her to be born if that’s what my body wants.  But again, welcome to motherhood, it’s not about me, it’s about what’s best for her.

18 thoughts on “Pre-term Labor Update – 28w6d

  1. Glad to hear that nothing has progressed at this point. I think if you can make it to tonight that is a very good sign. Don’t worry…as horrible as hospital bed rest is, especially when hooked up to the mag, home bed rest is not nearly as bad! Yes you want to go outside and do normal people things but it is way more comfortable and you don’t have to worry about getting checks every hour. Hope that all looks good tomorrow and they just send you home to rest and bake baby!

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  2. Stef, I am so sorry you are going through all this! It sounds like you are in great hands with the medical team at UIHC. I had a lot of back labor pains with Derrek so I know exactly how you feel. Try to get as much rest as you can, even though we all know how hard that is when you are in the hospital. Sending lots of prayers for you and your little girl!!

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  3. I’m not really sure what to say to this post but I’m glad you’re still being monitored and they’re preparing you for any outcome.

    I hope you don’t have to deliver this early. I’ll be thinking of you.

    On a side note, I will be coming through Iowa City Friday so if you need anything at all let me know. I have no problem making a detour if there’s anything I can do to help you.

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  4. The exact same thing happened to me a month ago. I was 29 and a few days with my twins when I went into labor. I was put on magnesium and they managed to stop the contractions for 3 and a half days before I ended up delivering via c-section one day past 30 weeks. We’ve been in the NICU a month now and I won’t lie it’s been a rough journey. But it’s so worth it. If you ever want to reach out and talk to someone who knows what you’re going through please feel free! Husbands are great but they don’t fully understand what we go through emotionally and physically. Your little girl is a fighter and whatever challenges she faces I’m sure she’ll succeed!

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    1. Oh gosh, you’ve been there a month already! I wish I could say that! Although I must admit, this first week has flown! I guess so far the hardest part is the guilt I feel whenever I’m not at the hospital… I assume that feeling never goes away. I have been going home to sleep and such, and maybe once I can hold her and help with her care more I’ll be here more. I look in the other NICU rooms though and see no parents. I guess just trying to figure out a happy medium of being here but still taking care of everything at home too…

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  5. Thinking of you often, dear. I’m glad Kona is able to be at your mom’s for now. I’m sorry to hear the magnesium is bothering you more today, that sounds really icky. I’ll be hoping that when they stop the meds at 9 tonight the contractions don’t ramp up…but if they do and baby girl makes her appearance she’s in great hands where you are. We are all hoping and praying for you!

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  6. I am so glad you are still pregnant! Every hour counts with the steroid shots and making it 48 hours is ideal!! I TOTALLY get what you mean about feeling guilt about wanting it to be over. Like you, they told me that an ideal situation was to stay on bed rest (in my case, HOSPITAL bed rest since my water had broken) for 6 weeks. 6 WEEKS?!?! In this hospital? Having contractions every 2-45 minutes? With all this back labor and difficulty peeing? No. Thank. You. I knew it was best for my babies, but it was sure hard to hope for that! Its totally understandable to not want that outcome!

    I don;t know how frequent your contractions are. But I am going to give you some unsolicited advice based on what happened to me. At about 36/40 hours (who can remember?) my contractions slowed to every 45 minutes. So, they moved me out of labor and delivery and into post/antepartum care to make room for women who were definitely about to give birth (the unit was at full capacity). I had to get out of bed, giev instructions to pack up the room, get in a wheel chair, get in a new bed, meet a new nurse, etc. Within a 2 hours my contractions started up again. I swear to this day that the stress and activity of being moved to a different room was the reason. So, based on that, my advice is to hold tight to your current room for as long as possible. Of course, if they say you can move to your bed at home that is awesome! But if it is a new room in the hospital, make sure they are super sure you are stable and the contractions have stopped first!

    Thinking of you often!!

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  7. I can’t imagine what you are going through at the moment but reading your update I understand that you’re struggling with the thought of the current situation continuing much longer. However, once she’s outside you will undoubtably struggle with feelings of helplessness whilst she’s in the NICU so try to focus on the fact that at the moment you’re doing the most awesome job. The safest place for her is in your tummy for as long as possible so keep up the good work and as you breath through those contractions remember that you are doing a better job than even the best hospital at keeping your little girl alive and healthy. Keep up the good work mama!

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  8. Hopefully she will stay in for a bit longer. If not, it sounds like you are in really excellent care. I know being stuck in bed sucks. It’s not forever. Nothing is forever. Still thinking about you and your girl.

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  9. As much as you want this misery to end sooner rather than later, for your little girl’s sake I really hope they can bring things under control and keep her inside for as long as possible. As you know, every day and every week brings a greater likelihood of success (i.e., less risk of brain bleeds and resulting consequences, less time needing breathing assistance, etc.). I am just so sorry this is happening, you’ve been on my mind all weekend. I’ll keep saying prayers and hoping for the best possible outcome, whatever that may bring.

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  10. preemies are more prone to IVH (intraventricular hemorrhages), because their brain vessels are very fragile and can also be more oxygen-sensitive, which is why we never to keep a preemie’s oxygen saturation close to 100%. keeping fingers crossed your contractions stop!

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