Trip to Labor & Delivery
Saturday was a very fun day. My mom and I went to a craft show and then to lunch while my husband took my daughter to the beach. It was pretty warm and humid and, as it turns out, I didn’t drink enough water.
Around 4pm I started having Braxton Hicks contractions. They just kept coming. And coming. Hours were going by. I was tracking them and some were 5 minutes apart but sometimes 20 minutes would go by without one. I kept debating whether or not to call the doctor. I tried to go to sleep. I slept for about 45 minutes when I had a painful contraction. So painful that it woke me up. So, at 11pm I decided to call my doctor.
The doctor told me to go to Labor & Delivery and so we took the 30 minute drive to the hospital. As soon as I was laying down on my left side the contractions subsided. They checked to make sure I didn’t have a Urinary Tract Infection. That was negative. They then administered a test to see if I would be going into labor in the next two weeks. This was NOT a fun test. It was like a pap smear but with no gel because they couldn’t skew the results. That test was negative. Lastly, they did an ultrasound to test the length of my cervix. It was 2.3cm. Apparently that is shorter than the 3cm they like it to be at this point.
They also checked to see if I was dilated. Remember, I am 29 weeks and 4 days. I was 1cm dilated and 50% effaced. That combined with the 2.3cm cervix length apparently was concerning but not overly so. They discharged me but put me on a modified bed rest. This means that I cannot really do much of anything.
Yesterday was my first day of ‘bed rest.’ I am so antsy already. I wasn’t all too hungry and I wasn’t even very tired at bedtime. Who would be when you are sitting all day. If I was up for more than 5 minutes I would have another Braxton Hicks so I tried to stay on the couch as much as possible.
I am not a sit on the couch all day type of person AND it is really hard having other people care for your child. I want to get up and do everything for her but I can’t. If I have to stay on bed rest this is going to be a VERY long 6 weeks for all of us.
This picture is of me and my daughter having fun at the park BEFORE the bed rest instructions.