Well, I just wanted to update my post. My last response was on Monday after my appointments. I took three doses of the Procardia but my water broke at 4am on Tuesday morning. I was definitely in full blown labor when I got to the hospital. They did a c/s and my daughter was born at 6:40am. She was 34 weeks and one day. She went straight to the NICU but did very well since she was in an open air bed and didn't need any help breathing. She spent 14 days in the NICU and came home yesterday! We spent those 14 days working on getting her to eat only by mouth. She had an NG tube that they had to use for feedings but I started breastfeeding ASAP and our hard work paid off. I was even told my numerous people that we needed to use a nipple shield and we've even avoided that. Now she is nursing 100% of the time and I'm so happy to have a healthy baby at home.
I had a lot of irritability with my previous pregnancy, but no change to my cervix until I went into labor at 36 weeks. When I went into labor, I didn't even know it right away because it was all in my back. It didn't feel anything like the squeezing sensations I'd been having for so long. Once the cramping started, they were not consistent time wise but they didn't stop and did get more painful over time. From what I've read, it's not labor if you cannot time them. But that didn't really hold true for me last time around. Yesterday morning I started having menstrual like cramps in my back. They came in waves but were very sporadic. Some were pretty uncomfortable, some were minor. They started at 7am (woke me up) and at 10:30 we finally decided to go to the hospital. Just to be on the safe side. The monitored me and said I was definitely having some irritability but not big contractions. The doctor said I was not dilated any either. So, they gave me a shot of Terbutaline to calm things down. (Side note - I almost refused the shot. My Perinatologist told me that the FDA now contra-indicates this medication for PTL. I asked the nurse about that and she said that was only for long term use. I had a few shots of it when I was pregnant with my daughter but I really hate taking medication of any kind when I'm pregnant unless it's absolutely necessary. But, eventually I agreed.) The shot calmed things down and they sent me home, but the back aches started again in the evening. They are still happening today. Most of the time they are pretty spread out. I did have about 5 in one hour yesterday but just as I thought I needed to go back to the hospital, they settled down. Today they've been all over the place. I might have a few in a row and then nothing for a while. To me, these feel like real labor pains since that is what I had when I went into labor with my daughter. However, their inconsistency is throwing me off. I would be interested to hear if anyone has any experience or thoughts on this. I have an appointment with my Perinatologist tomorrow (thank goodness) and I'm really hoping to avoid a trip to the hospital before then.
I too have had an "irritable" uterus in the past. I contracted regularly from 30, 28, and 24 weeks with my last 3. The Nephed. and Trib. usually calmed them down, though a doc later told me that I wasnt ever really in pre term labor because although I thinned a bit with each, and dilated a finger tip with DD at 33 weeks, I didnt make enough progression to call it "Labor".. mind you, with DS2 my water broke at 36 weeks after going off the meds... obviously I was progressing enough. Any way. I also posted in your thing on the July board, but just because you lost your mucus plug doesnt mean that you automatically are going to have a baby in the next week or so. Your plug can re generate. I would talk to your doc. There are meds you can take regularly (nephed) to help calm down the contractions. Also, I would def. get the steroid shots for the baby's lungs. I really think it made the difference with my 36 weekers. I wouldnt be surprised if they put you on restrictions (if you arent already on them). Also, another test the doc can do is the fetal fib. Just to get some peace of mind, if nothing else. Hang in there, just 3 more weeks and you will be term. Either way, you can do this
Well, I saw both my OB and Peri today and I am now on Procardia (I think the same as you mentioned). I'm also on bed rest from here on out. They couldn't do the FFN because I had my cervix checked at the hospital less than 24 hours before. All my previous ones came up negative but it's been 3 weeks since I had my last one. The good news is that I've made it through another day. We are not really sure how long the Procardia will delay delivery but hopefully I can hold out a couple more weeks. My cervix has shortened significantly but at least I'm not dilated any yet. Now it's just a game of wait and see I guess.
I know I'm late chiming in on this but congratulations and I'm so glad she's done so well! Bravo on the BFing! DD was born at 36 weeks and it took a week of pumping and finger feeding to get her latched, and that was with a shield. It's tough at first but it's so rewarding. So glad you're all doing well.