L&D yesterday

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quonsetmom's picture
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L&D yesterday

Dr g sent me to L&D with contractions every 20 min, sharp pains, pain/pressure in my who who, and bleeding. They put me on the monitor right away and I was having contractions every 2 minutes. I guess the sharp pains were contractions and the ones I felt were the big ones. After a wait I had a spec done and there was no signs of fluid. Then he came back and asked if I could drink a lot of water and I thought I could so i tried but got too full. He checked my cervix and I was a fingertip and moderate (not firm I guess). They came back and started an IV. I had the worst IV experience ever! They got a liter in eventually and then it infiltrated. That is weird. So after a liter by mouth and another by IV they checked me again and I had no change. Contractions were down to every 20 min. 7 hrs later I'm released with my diagnosis being sever dehydration. So for me 4 water bottles plus milk and juice are not enough, my new daily goal is 108 oz plus milk and juice. That's 3 birthing center mugs plus the extras, they wanted it to be 4 (140 oz) but I will see how 3 goes.

Also, I had the worst nurse experience I've ever had. I'm thinking of calling to complain. She didn't update us, whispered to other nurses with her back to us right by my bed, and wouldn't listen to me about the IV size (I know my veins) and dug around with triple the necessary sized needle. When she put my bed up to its highest height, 4 ft or so, she finally got one after lots of blood and said ok I normally wouldn't leave this... That's reassuring. When it began to infiltrate she wouldn't listen to me. It was the next nurse at he tail end of my stay who caught it! I knew it wasn't right. I had a bunch of water under my skin.

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Sorry you had a bad experience with the nurse. Sad But glad things seemed to calm down. Crazy how much our liquid intake can affect how we feel while preggers. I still wonder if dehydration wasn't a big contributor to my first son's early arrival. I've never been good about drinking enough water and it was super hot the weekend before he was born...it was the first time in my pregnancy I had been uncomfortable with the heat. Anyway, I also found it surprising how much they say our bodies need. I remember in one of the first Bradley birth classes I attended when pregnant with DS1 the instructor said our daily goal for water intake should be equal in ounces to our weight in lbs. :eek: Seriously! In that case, my water intake needs to increase daily Wink

quonsetmom's picture
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That's a good way to think abt it. They said that what I was drinking is sufficient for the beginning of pregnancy, not the third tri.

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Wow, that experience sounds really terrible. Sad Sorry you had to go through that but I'm glad you're home and baby is still baking. That's utterly insane about the water. I mean, where is it all going? How do they expect you to be on bed rest if you have to pee every 20 seconds? LOL. You almost have to wake up at night and chug some water to keep up!

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you do need to say something. I think those things get swept under the rug too much. Technically, you are paying them for a service, they could at least be polite to you and listen to what you have to say.

It's crazy what water does in a pregnant woman. I feel like I am nonstop with water, and although I pee constantly, not nearly as much as goes in comes out! I keep wondering where I am storing all of this.

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"elleon17" wrote:

It's crazy what water does in a pregnant woman. I feel like I am nonstop with water, and although I pee constantly, not nearly as much as goes in comes out! I keep wondering where I am storing all of this.

I know where mine is going. I'm even more swollen now. When we left the hospital last night it went right to my feet and legs. I had to fight to get my boots off when I got home. I should have taken a pic.

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I'm glad everything turned out okay. I definitely think you should complain - if you don't feel comfortable calling, you can probably email them and let them know. I'm dehydrated at EVERY SINGLE APPOINTMENT I go to and have been too this pregnancy. When I'm at work, I get a 30oz cup and drink 2 1/2 to 3 of them, while I'm at work...which is usually 7-8 hours. I schedule my appts on my days off and I don't drink nearly the same amount and I'm always dehydrated. Only once she wanted to send me to L & D for fluid, but she said in the end to just drink more. There's no way I can drink 90 oz of water the day before the appointment and be dehydrated unless I'm just...peeing it all out. Which is possible. I pee all...the...time.
Regardless, I'm glad that you got to go back home. Almost 30 weeks!!

quonsetmom's picture
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So I've drank 64 oz so far and feel like I'm gonna explode. I can't do this at the moment. I'm also a bit light headed... Hmmm heather says I should try some toast or crackers. I'm gonna try that I think

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Oh yes, when I drink too much water at one time without anything to eat, it hurts my stomach!! I'm not a big beverage person anyway - I can nurse a 20oz soda ALL day and be totally fine. So this drinking all the time is for the birds lol

quonsetmom's picture
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I had breakfast and a burger for lunch...

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Holy yikes! Glad the new nurse caught it. Sounds like you had one of those horrible ones there at first..ick! Glad you are home now but seriously best of luck drinking that much fluid!! I struggle to get a normal amount down every day. Maybe I'll try to get a bit more from here out too. Keep baking Em...you are so close to 30 weeks :vibes:

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I hope you're eating something. You BETTER!

The poopy part of it all is if you can't get the water in they'll probably keep you and put you on IV fluids daily. Sad

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

I hope you're eating something. You BETTER!

The poopy part of it all is if you can't get the water in they'll probably keep you and put you on IV fluids daily. Sad

At this point ill take an IV over this. I threw all the water up. Sad

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This makes me realize I REALLY need to increase my fluids. it's really hard when I ahve a class of 20+ kids and It's hard to get potty coverage ..... BUT today was bad and the contractionsw ere back. so maybe Im getting deyhdrateD?

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This makes me realize I REALLY need to increase my fluids. it's really hard when I ahve a class of 20+ kids and It's hard to get potty coverage ..... BUT today was bad and the contractionsw ere back. so maybe Im getting deyhdrateD? I tend to chug water at night. but during the day its hard to keep up. maybe Ill go drink some now....... esp after how the morning at school went (Ill do a seperate post about that so I don't highjack your thread!) sorry you had such a horrible experience with the nurse!

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Patience> Perhaps you can plan your water drinking for when you know you can use the bathroom. Like drink a bunch 30-45 mins before lunch break?

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I agree that you should say something about your nurse. She should be your advocate. Not working against you.
As for your fluid intake. Try to drink little bits at a time so you don't throw up. Like drink an 10 oz glass every hour. So your not killing yourself. Hope it gets a bit easier for you!