Monday, September 21, 2009

Cervix of Steel

Bad News: I was plagued with lots and lots and lots of contractions again last week. On Wednesday evening, after three hours of contractions every 5 minutes, I broke down and took a dose of terbutaline. It was either that or go to the hospital again. This weekend I did my best to relax, but continued to have contractions ... and started having some discomfort when emptying my bladder.

More Bad News: All these contractions, which I am not suppose to be having, coupled with the pee-pee pain got me to thinking that perhaps I have a bladder infection. I've never had one, but from what I hear UTI is the leading cause of pre-term labor. I was checked for a UTI on the 13th of August but not since then. So I called my doctor this morning and asked to be tested for a bladder infection. I had an appointment within the hour and off I went ...

Somewhat Good News:
The sample showed no infection, which means I don't need antibiotics. However, the doctor is concerned about my continued bouts of contractions and other symptoms. I spent 20 minutes having a non-stress test ... listening to the baby's heartbeat (one of my all-time favorite sounds) and watching the little blips of contractions (despite the fact that I had taken my medication just an hour or so before).

Not-Delightful News: It was decided that my cervical length needed to be checked - AGAIN. For like the hundredth time. Off I went to MFM for another ultrasound. These people are starting to know me by name! And while they were at it, I got the "pleasure" of having the FNN swab done - AGAIN. If you've had this test, you know it is not delightful.

Delightful News: I have a cervix of steel - an expression my friend Laurie has used before and a direct quote from my doctor! Despite daily (and sometimes really painful) contractions, my cervical length hasn't changed at all! And BGV 2.0 looks awesome. She is the cutest little peanut, and I got some more great 3D photos. We are hoping I can wait to have another ultrasound in two weeks instead of one.

Ah, so I left the specialists office feeling relieved and reassured ... and starving, so I headed for Jimmy Johns to grab some lunch. How convenient is it that my doctor's office is located just minutes from my favorite sub shop?! I was enjoying lunch - all by myself - when the doctor called ...

More News: My fluid level has gone from high normal to low normal in the course of one week. I am still in the normal range, but I will need to be checked again in one week - so much for my hopes of staying ultrasound-free for a two week period.

Even More News: I also found out today that the results of my one-hour glucose test (taken last Monday) were not good. Perhaps it was the french toast I had for breakfast that morning? And my urine sample today showed lots of glucose ... could that be the blueberry pancakes with maple syrup I had for breakfast? So I have the three-hour glucose test next Monday ... in addition to the ultrasound. And I have been ordered to eat eggs and "meat" and cheese for my first meal of the day. Oh, how I will miss my sweet, carb-driven morning meal :(
So that's the latest from my womb ... hoping for a quiet, contraction-free week ...


Chief said...

So I looked over at your baby widget and it says your baby starts hearing your voice this week. Maybe you should tell her to knock it off and be patient!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Ah! How stressful for you. I am hoping it goes better from here on out. I can imagine this gets to be a lot to worry about. Cervix of Steel? LOL!

Chi-town momma said...

Hmmm, I do believe an "I told you so" is not out of the question!!! WHYYY do you eat crap the day you are getting your test silly girl??? Oh and to you faithful readers, that morning Mommy Brain told me she was being "good" because she denied herself the chocolate milk to go along with her french toast!
I will pray for you dear friend that you do not have the GD GD...get it??? so you can continue on with your chocolate milk cravings!
Rub the belly for me!

SupahMommy said...


what ev.

lISTEN UP dv. GET IT TOGETHER. Deny yourself a french toast on TEST DAYS you butt.


I remember having a conversation with you in the copy room MANY years ago.. about when you'd be ready for family.

It is SO FUN to watch.

You'll be just fine cervix of steel.
I had the fluid thing too.

hugs for you and not for chi town.
im holding it for ransom til she apologizes for DESERTING MY COMMENT SECTION.

Janelle said...

I'm glad to hear Baby 2 is looking beautiful in her pictures. But I am so sorry you have to take the 3 hour glucose test. I dread the one hour test so I can't imagine having to do 3 hours.

Hang in there! You are a superstar!

Terri said...

Another day of testing testing testing! Glad to hear about the Cervix of Steel... don't stress too much about the 3 hour test. I'm sure you are fine. And if by some reason you aren't - it really isn't THAT big of a deal. I had GD when I was preggo, and so you change your eating habits a little bit (no jamba juice for sure), but it's really not terrible. And you know what - those blueberry pancakes on delivery day - TASTE AWESOME. :)

Deann said...

Sorry about the tough day. What a bummer way to have to spend the sunny day :-( I do hope that things start to be all "good news" on your posts soon. I'll be praying for a non-eventful 2nd glucose test. (PS still waiting for my results too, a little nervous ...)

Also, and FYI I don't know if you knew, but there is a JJohns in Redmond!! Not so far away! Thought I'd pass that info along in case you ever need it :-)

Prayers as always!

mammydiaries said...

OMG!!! what a contrary little peanut you have!!! You give him or her a good stern talking to and make sure they know that pissing off mama in utero does not bode well for their future on the outside!

Miss Mel said...

This little girl is going to be strong willed! Good for you D, so happy you are getting closer to the 30 weeks! xoxox

Jen said...

Woman you are a rock! Thankful that despite the many scares you are still doing fine - sometimes things are just "wonky". I know my sister had the weirdest non-textbook pregnancy ever (random spotting, fluid leak scares, everything) and all ended up being fine with her little sweetie... sometimes the babies are just "troublemakers" from the start ;) ha ha ha. You've got a little rascal in there :)

Lots of love!

Jen :)
PS - Don't give up the sweets for good until they make you! :p

Epiphius said...

I had the GD GD (thanks Supah!) with L and not E and both are perfect so don't stress about it! You can handle it if those results come back unfavorable too! Just take a trashy book since it's terribly boring and you might not be able to concentrate on what you're reading. I can totally help with meal plans too if needed! I kept mine from L.

Raising Z said...

Hang in there! I hope that you pass your 3 hour glucose test with flying colors and you can use it as an opportunity to sit back and relax. Thanks for your comment on my blog...I am being patient but life has become a whole lot more uncomfortable this week. I don't blame you for wishing your pregnancy away after all you have been through. I have been pretty lucky. This little one is making you work hard and keeping you on your toes but it will all be worth it in the end!

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