Will I Carry to Term With Uterine Irritability

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My doctor told me I have uterine irritability. My cervix is not dilating and is long. She put me on Terbutaline though. Is this ok? It makes me feel a little anxious. I have cut down on my work hours and am trying to rest more too. I would like to carry to term, what are my chances?

ANSWER

It sounds like your chances are very good. I'm sorry you are having to go through this. Terbutaline is considered safe for pregnancy, but it does have the side effects you describe. It sounds like you are doing all the right things.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.