I’ll be 36 weeks tomorrow and I have gone to Labor & Delivery 3 times now to stop pre-term contractions. Yesterday, last Wednesday, and the Wednesday before that. These contractions have been pretty regular and pretty non-stop since 32 weeks and it’s getting really frustrating. Even more frustrating is that there have been no cervical changes, so this isn’t even labor at all. My little girl is proving to be as big a troll as her dad.
Each time we’ve been to the hospital, I’ve been given fluids and at least 2 shots of Terbutaline to stop the contractions (that shot is painful AF, by the way) and, on two occasions, I was given Demerol for the pain including yesterday. And yesterday, I was given 4 shots of Terbutaline (they say that the max dose per day is 3) because my contractions just wouldn’t stop; nothing seems to work to make them stop despite all our efforts. I was prescribed with Procardia to take at home for the contractions as well, but that doesn’t seem to do anything either.
I’ll be full term (37 weeks) in 9 days including today and I’m really hoping that I don’t have to go back to Labor & Delivery until I can leave with my daughter. I just want her here with me 😦 My OB seems to think she’ll be born between 37 and 38 weeks and I’m really hoping she’s right. I’m just so done being pregnant at this point; I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever.
The good news is, we now know why the contractions have been happening so frequently. Apparently, I have a larger amount of fluid around baby than average moms-to-be have. I’m going to see a specialist today to see what could be causing this extra fluid and I’m a little worried, but the nurses at the hospital told me it’s common.
The good thing about having to go to L & D so frequently is that my husband is now a whiz at knowing where to go 🙂 No chance of us getting lost when it’s go time, that’s for sure. I also know a lot of the nurses now, so we’ll all be old friends by the time little girl is born. The nurses have all been really nice to me and I feel very comfortable delivering at that hospital.
If you get anxious about IVs like I do, I would suggest asking for Lidocaine beforehand. The nurses like to put the IVs in a vein in the wrist or hand rather than in the bend of the arm because it’s easier to keep that area straight (they don’t want you to bend the IV). These areas hurt a lot more than the arm bend which may make you flinch at the last second (like I have) and this will sometimes make the nurse miss your vein and have to dig around or re-stick you. Lidocaine burns, but it’s not so bad. Last night, I was so thankful for the Lidocaine because my nurse ended up having trouble and it was great that I couldn’t feel the needle as she searched around.
Also, remember to drink lots and lots of water. Even if you feel like you drink a lot now, drink more. I was told by the nurses last night that I didn’t leave them with many vein options for the IV because they were dehydrated and not very visible. This was also the reason why the nurse who did my IV had trouble even after the Lidocaine. I was given a huge jug of water to keep and I’ll be sipping water from that all day and every day until I have to go back into Labor & Delivery for real.