Pre-Term at 22w 6d
- I went into pre-term labour at 22 weeks and 6 days. In the days before I had been worried what was going on because of pain etc but being my first didn't really know. Went to the hospital to see what was going on -they did a internal exam & told me it was my 'stomach muscles stretching' nothing wrong... 2 days later I went into labour for real - I had a show - back to the hospital - by the time I was examined I was already 3cm & they couldn't do anything. I was transferred by ambulance to a larger hospital where I delivered. ( w/o any pain relief - Im kinda proud of that one, even though bubs was small I still had to dilated to 10cm) Bubs lived for 16 days in NICU before the Dr's said they could do no more. They removed Bub's breathing tube while he was in my arms and Jesus came for him 5 minutes later. To most people I look like I'm functioning normally now but part of me died when my baby did. All I seem to be able to think about is him and what will happen next time around.
- —Guest Mopps
Listen to your Gut!!!
- I had contractions stopped several times during my 34wks that I was pregnant. Every time I went they would not check my cervix and would simply diagnose me with "irritated uterus". This went on from 28 wks to 34wks. at 33wks 5 days I thought my son was in my ribs. I would push him down hold my breath and feel better. (this during birthing class about pre-term labor). The next day I still felt odd and finally went to LD. They pretty much told me I was crazy and to take some tylenol and go to bed. Thursday I woke up, ate two bowls of oatmeal, 2 bean burritos, a cheese roll up, and a chicken burrito. Dropped my Step son off at school, and went to my OB appt. (Drove myself). Walked from the back of the lot to the second floor (took the stairs like always) and told the doc if this was normal preg pains I wouldn't make it. When she checked I was dilated to a 5 and contractions every 1.5mins. Water broke in the office. ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR GUT!
- —Guest MommyTo1
31 w 4 days
- Having quite a few contractions not regular lots of pain in lower back had a very complicated pregnancy up to this point having NST twice a week but not feeling right tonight haven't left the couch all day ever since she went head down been having more n more pain.....not sure if its normal......
- —Guest mariah
34 weeks preterm contractions
- I have been having braxton hicks for at least a week. If I would stand for at least 15 minutes I would get one. So when I did I would sit down and they would stop. I seen my doctor on a Tuesday and told him and he was not too worried but said if I had more than 4 braxton hicks in an hour to go to hospital. The day after I worked all day and kept getting them but would sit down and they would go away. I was 34 weeks, I came home, started dinner and got one so I sat down, 3 mins later another, and 3 mins after that another. I called OB and they said what I already knew, "drink water, lay down, and if I had 2 more within a half hour to come in". Well they of course were still every 3 mins.. so I went. Luckily I was not dilated but was in preterm labor every 3 mins for 3 1/2 hours. They tried procardia pill with no change. Then gave me a choice of brethine shot or being admitted with Mag Sulfate! I took shot, had luck.. no contractions today luckily!!
- —Guest Megan
24wks + 2days
- At 24wks I woke up bleeding & drove straight to hospital. At 9am the doctor & midwife examined me then the midwife held my hand while they told me I was 3cm dilated, the consultant came & checked to see if he could do a stitch but said he'd wait to see how things progress. I was given drugs to slow down my labour & steroids for my babies lungs. At 2pm they checked me again & I was 5cm dilated & they told me it was too late to do the stitch. The midwife said I was having contractions but I couldn't really feel them until that night. My hospital only deal with babies from 27wks so the following day I was transferred to a regional hospital who deal with babies from 23wks. At 1.20am the following morning I had a baby girl weighing 1lb 6oz. She was born with a bleed on her brain & at 3weeks old had GBS & meningitis. She was in NICU for 12wks & didn't need to come home on oxygen. She was fully breast fed & was home a month before her due date weighing 3lb 9oz. She's now a healthy 15lb 1 year old.
- —Guest Tara
very early baby
- I lost my twins in 2007 with preterm labour at 24 weeks, My hubby and I tried again and at 27 weeks my water broke and I was admitted. I was so scared because I needed my baby to live. the Dr gave her steroids for her lungs to develop and I stayed in bed for 2 days after she was delivered via Caesarean. God blessed us & my baby girl was discharged from NICU after staying for 2 months. She's very Healthy and she makes my world go round. I feel like having another baby but I am scared; I've now learned about cerclage of where they stitch the womb; but I am once more very scared of going through that process. Has anyone done it before?
- —Guest Shaz
- I went into labour at 28 weeks with my daughter in 2005. I was working long hours in a stressful job and did not have time to notice anything untoward. On a really bad morning in the office I complained of mild stomach pain that I believed to be wind. It was suggested that I go to the hospital and be checked over and I reluctantly agreed as it meant the rest of the day off work. I drove 40 minutes to my local maternity ward to be told I was 9.5 cm dilated and my baby was too be be born any minute. She was transferred immediately after birth to a neonatal unit nearby and cared for for 4 months, during which time she had breathing difficulties throughout. Now at aged 5 she has only mild asthma and is smaller than other children her age. This is amazing considering her very early entry into the world.
- —Guest Emma
A little worried.
- I am 26 weeks and have been havin braxton hicks for the past week or two... This is baby number 4 and I don't remember ever having them this early. This worries me a little!
- —Guest Fishes
- I went into preterm labour at 35 weeks. I just felt "funny" and didn't feel right all day. Finally it got to 8pm and I couldn't get comfy no matter what I did. Off to the hospital my partner and I went. I was on the monitors for 45mins and they said I was in preterm labour and in the grey zone as to weather or not I would get steroids to boost my sons lungs. I was crying at this point. I begged them for the steroids and they finally gave in and gave them to me. I was put on a drip to stop the contractions although the Dr didn't like the chances of it. Thankfully my son co-operated and stayed in there until 39w2d. On the plus side his nursery got tiled, painted and decorated in 3 days while I was in hospital. Sure way to get Daddy and Pop to move.
- —Guest Cassie
Pre-term with both pregnancies
- At 35 1/2 weeks pregnant with my first daughter I woke up and thought I had urinated on myself. Didn't think much of it, cleaned up went potty, got back in bed. Realized 10 minutes later it had happened again. Went to Hospital, they checked and sure enough my daughter was born that night. My second pregnancy was with twins. At 27 weeks I started feeling a tightening in my stomach almost like cramps. I timed them and noticed they were regular so I met my Dr at hospital and sure enough, pre-term labor every 3 minutes. They stopped the contractions and I spend almost 2 weeks in the hospital. At 32 weeks I got out of bed and again, I thought I had tinkled. I waited a few and when it happened again I knew what was going on. Sure enough my twins were born that day at 32 weeks weighing in at 3 lbs 15 Oz and 4 lbs. Nice size for twins that early thanks to the steroids for their lungs!
- —Guest Twin Mom
- I am 30 weeks and I have had nothing but problems. my water has broken and sealed back up I keep having contractions off and on and every time I go to the hospital they make me feel back about going. Like I am wasting there time. Does any one have any suggestions for me?
- —Guest Joy
Stressed caused preterm labor
- At 31 weeks I didn't know I was having contractions since I've had all sorts of pains and discomforts since day one of pregnancy. The only sign I had was pressure/tightening of my lower abdomen on and off all day. When I look back I realize it had been going on all week but maybe only three times or less a day. When I went to my scheduled Dr. appt. two days later I told her about it thinking it was probably nothing. She immediately checked my cervix and uterus and said I was 75% effaced. She explained what that meant, which scared the hell out of me. My cervix was still closed. She put me on a monitor for a couple of hours where I used every relaxation technique I know and when she checked again I was back to 60% effaced. She ordered me on house rest, no work no cooking no cleaning no nothing. Just rest. I believe the combination of stress and working (I'm a house painter) and dehydration, since I live in a very dry area, were the causes of my early contractions.
- —Guest Christy
- At 30 weeks I started having regular contractions and my dr sent me to labor and delivery. I was 3cm dilated . They gave me medicine to stop the labor, steroids to speed lung development, and put me on bed rest. Although contractions continued, I held out another 4 weeks. Then my water broke and I gave birth to a healthy 5lb 3oz boy with no NICU stay necessary. That was 9 years ago, and he is 90th percentile for size and totally healthy. I'm 19 weeks into my pregnancy now and having tons of contractions. Keep your fingers crossed for me this one turns out as well as the last!
34 Week- SGA
- At 34 weeks and 5 days, I woke up feeling that something just wasn't right. I called the Dr, went in to find I had lost 5 pounds. Apparently my water had been leaking" for quite some time... went directly to the hospital. I had no fluid left, and they couldn't put off labor. 2 hours later I had a beautiful baby boy, weighing 3 lbs, which is quite small for a 34+ weeker. He also did not breathe on his own, and needed much medical intervention. While I still look back at this time as being one of the hardest of my life, it has been almost years, and he is perfect in every way (though he is still below the 1%tile in size). I am 26 weeks pregnant with our second, and pray every night she hangs on longer than her brother
- —Guest Rachael
- i am 23 years old and just gave birth to a beautiful little boy 9 months ago. He was a premature baby born at 30 weeks and weighing in only at 2 pounds and 12 oz. He came out having absolutely no complications at all. staying in U.A.B. hospital for over a month to gain up to 4 pounds. He is a joy and the best thing to ever happen to me. I am now pregnant with my second child which is also a boy. I'm not having as many complications with this one as i did with my first one, but I'm having contractions and he has turned and is head down and low. I'm only 20 weeks and it is very scary knowing he may not survive if born this early. I was very lucky with my first son even though he was born so early. I have been keeping infections this whole time and on a lot of antibiotics which is also making me keep them, what to do I have no idea but to pray. God has been so good to me and blessed with a very healthy boy already. I'm just reaching out to any one for prayers that this one will be just the same.
- —Guest amber b