Bouncy Houses, NSTs and ICP symptoms (long)

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Bouncy Houses, NSTs and ICP symptoms (long)

A play date at a bouncy house (where I barely did anything) with DD yesterday has turned into an NST last night and a repeat today. I was surprised they sent me yesterday because the worst thing that'd happened was some innocent BH contractions that afternoon. I'd only called the MW office because the bouncy house said no preggos should go inside. The on call OB seemed overly cautious, but better safe then sorry. The l&d nurse last night explained with bouncing, they worry the same way they would in a car accident about placenta detachment so I had to go back this morning for another NST as the first 24 hours afterward are the most important.

The OB today (different from on call yesterday and who I have always liked) at first thought this was all overreacting too but then noticed I was having some "cramping". I did mention that on the drive to the office this morning I had some cramps but no contractions until I was there (and these were still just BH, just tight and a little crampy). She isn't sure if this is from the bouncy house, or just the pregnancy getting further along so I am seeing my MW on thursday to be rechecked. Baby looks great and my cervix is closed though she said it isn't very long.

I get home under the instructions of rest as much as possible and call if I have any PTL symptoms (ie real contractions, bleeding etc). TMI warning I use the bathroom and notice my stools are a bit pale. I thought it might still be normal but it's a big ICP tip off which is odd as my levels last week were still in the normal range and my symptoms haven't been worse. Beee Hoping this is all just a false alarm and real bed rest won't be in order. DD has been having such bad separating anxiety with me lately it would be extremely difficult for her to be in someone else's care.

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What does ICP stand for?

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Intrahepatic cholestasis, right? I looked it up since I wasn't sure but I remember you mentioning it before. I'm glad your levels are still normal and things seem ok from the bouncy house! I haven't been told by my doc to watch out for bouncing and I teach water aerobics--mostly shallow water aerobics--where we do lots and lots of jumping and bouncing to sculpt the legs. Hmm . . . wonder if I should stop all the jumping? I know the water reduces pressure but if I'm doing it enough to feel it in my legs I would think it's enough. Interesting!

Good luck, Mia! Keeping my fingers crossed that your short cervix doesn't mean PTL for you! Keep us updated . . . I'll be thinking about you!

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Yes, ICP stands for intraheptic cholestasis of pregnancy. I am thinking if they did a fractionalized test, it would come back abnormal but so long as little man is okay (it's a ways still until the numbers are to the level I'd need to deliver immediately). I'm not going to knit pick it because they're good about keeping tabs on things, especially with my history. I'm almost hoping they'll want to do a u/s just so we can get a number on the cervical length. I know usually under 2 means bed rest. Still, anything is better then a NICU.

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How are you feeling now? Hoping things are better for you today! Any updates?

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Eek forgot I didn't update here. My appointment on Thursday was far more reassuring. Tuesday night I had two "real" contractions and one on Wednesday but nothing other then that and run-of-the-mill BH. My MW did a fetal fiber necten (sp) test on Thursday and checked my cervix. FFN came back negative (meaning there's almost no chance I'll go into PTL in the next two weeks) and while I'm at 50% effaced I'm not dilated. My MW said the dilation isn't great but it's okay considering he's not engaged or anything and the contractions aren't happening anymore. Now it's just continue to rest when I can, stay on pelvic rest (poor DH) and go back in two weeks for my monthly appointment, where they'll also check my blood levels again.

Thanks for checking up. Smile

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oh good, Mia! Hope you can rest up and keep that lil guy in there for a while longer!!