I had a doctor's appointment today and he is concerned of threatened pre-term labor. I have had a ton of BH (sometimes 8-10 and hour), lower backache, and EWCM. He wanted to do another u/s to check the length of my cervix as compared to what it was during my big u/s last Monday. Well, the length is good but apparently it is beginning to open from the inside (it was not open at all last week). He wants me back in two weeks to check again (unless I have anymore long episodes of BH and I am supposed to go to the hospital), and if there are any more changes he said our next step would be cerclage.
I am nervous b/c DD and I are supposed to travel to DH's family in WV within the month, and I have not mentioned this to my doctor. He also obviously doesn't know of my HBAC plans or any of that since I was planning on changing care once we got there. So what does this mean for HBAC? I know if I go into PTL, I need to go the hospital. Are there any home remedies or advice that you ladies can offer? They told me today that they could tell from my urine sample it is not an issue of dehydration, and I am to be on limited activity and pelvic rest.
Please keep us in your thoughts and tell this baby to stay put. His head is all the way down in there. This is WAY too early for all of this.
I spoke to my MW in WV and let her know everything. She gave me a much better idea of "limited activity"... no lifting, pushing, pulling, avoid stairs, no laundry, etc. She said that she thought walking would be fine and good exercise to continue doing. She also suggest Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I used it while pregnant with DD, so I'll go get some and begin using it again. She said that normally when the cervix begins to dilate it does so from the outside in, and that my changes from the inside out are concerning because it shows that the actual "labor muscles" were working during the contractions.
She wants to know what happens at my next appointment on May 10th and then we will discuss travel, etc. But if there is any progress she would recommend the cerclage b/c travel won't be any easier later on without it. Also, the HBAC should not be affected with the cerclage... and that we will just need to be ready to stay home once it is taken out if I end up getting it. In the mean time, she is going to consult with her CNM buddies to find someone as backup for us for this particular situation, and to gain their input as well on how to proceed.
The best part was when we were wrapping up the call she asked me, "So how are you feeling about all of this? Are you worried?" I really appreciated that. I was able to breath such a sigh of relief when I got off with her just because I was able to get my concerns out and didn't feel rushed. I really like her so far... and I hope she is just as great in person.