Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Close Call...

The last four days have been packed full of excitement, well hospital excitement that is. Thursday afternoon (Thanksgiving Day) I started having contractions. At first the contractions were 15 minutes apart and then slowly moved to every 2-3 minutes. At this point, my cervix was dilated to 4 cm. 

Since the contractions were so frequent and starting to get painful, the doctors transferred me over to Labour & Delivery.

I arrived at Labour & Delivery around 4:00 pm, got an IV, another dose of steroids for the babies lungs, pumped full of fluids, and settled in.

The contractions continued all day and night, making me very uncomfortable and SO tired. Since I was contracting regularly, they were keeping a close eye on the dilation of my cervix, if it started to dilated more, we would deliver. I continued to stay at 4 cm.

Around 1:00 pm on Friday the contractions got really intense. In order to get me more comfortable and try and relax my body to stop contractions, my doctor gave me an hour dose of Fentanyl. I must admit, it was the best hour of my whole hospital stay. My body was completely relaxed,  I felt NO contractions, and was finally able relax a little. Since the Fentanyl can relax the baby was well, they put a little extra oxygen on me just to be safe.

After an hour, the drug wore off and I was feeling so much better. Amazingly my contractions stopped and I was able to get a little bit of sleep. They checked my cervix one last time, and I was surprisingly still 4 cm.

My cervix really makes no sense. It clearly is incompetent and dilates way too premature, but strong contractions don't change it...go figure?

Around 7:00 pm on Friday I got transferred back to my cozy hospital room. Every time I spend a day or two in Labour & Delivery, I am so grateful for my hospital room. It is 10x better than any of the Labour & Delivery rooms and has plenty of natural light.

I guess it was just a false alarm, I can't believe I am still pregnant!

I am now 30 weeks and 4 days and growing large. I feel like baby boy is getting big and his movements are starting to be painful. It's amazing that my skin just keeps stretching!


Today I started to experience heartburn for the first time. I have heard so many pregnant woman talk about how horrible it is, but have never understood it until now. Luckily the hospital has some pretty darn good meds to help with it, so I think I will survive.

Now onto our next big goal, 32 weeks!


  1. Just found this blog-love! Congrats on staying pregnant. Keep the updates coming! -Char

  2. Glad to hear he stayed put after that ordeal! Now onto 32!

  3. Yay!!! i have been following your blog for a long time and just found the link tho this blog. Stay strong!! we will be praying for you and your baby.

  4. I was just catching up on your interiors blog and followed you over here... So glad to see everything is well (aside from the heartburn:0) )! I'll be sending prayers, wishing on stars and crossing my fingers for a full term pregnancy and a happy, healthy family.
    Warm wishes,