As most of you know, I was hospitalized Monday till today for signs of preterm labor (I am 29 1/2 weeks). It started with lots of contractions, which led to a dilating cervix, which caused some bleeding, which is what put me in the hospital. The doctors did a FFN (fetal fibronectin) test, which was positive, a couple of sonograms, which showed funneling, and monitored my contractions (which at one point were 2 minutes apart). The positives are that baby is very healthy and a whopping 3 lbs 14 oz (estimated), he is also VERY active with a strong and stable heartbeat, and was not at all affected by the contractions.
They gave me some medication to help decrease my contractions, which seems to have been effective (so far). They also gave me a series of steroid shots to prepare baby boy for the possiblity of an early delivery (for his lungs). Then they sent me home, and I am now on strict bedrest (yuck!) probably till he is born, which the nurses seemed to think was going to be within the next few weeks, as they were saying, "see ya in a few weeks". I corrected them on my way out saying, "no, we won't be back for at least a couple of months"... they just smiled at me. We are hoping that I can obey the strict bedrest guidelines so that I don't exacerbate the labor symptoms. And, we are happy to have Mom and Dad Mayberry here to help us (okay me) while I am rendered useless, and Brooklyn is even more excited to have them here.
We will try to keep everyone updated if/when anything changes... but in the meantime, we welcome all thoughts and prayers for baby and I to last as long as possible, and thank you for them.