I don’t usually write posts like this, but I know I’ve made reference to a lot of the excitement around here and you all have reached out with so many good thoughts and wishes. So I wanted to share a quick update on my bed rest/baby/delivery status.
As most of you know, I started having contractions and went into preterm labor at 30 weeks. After a night in the hospital being pumped full of fluids and anti-contraction medicine, I was sent home. My doctor put me on bed rest and a hearty dose of nifedipine (another anti-contraction medicine).
I spent most of my time in bed for a good 6 weeks (which is a long time with 2 little boys and a busy husband!). At the beginning I was still having about 10 painful contractions a day and whenever I stood up, I’d go into a permanent Braxton Hicks contraction (until I’d lay down again). After a few weeks, the real contractions went away thanks to the medicine, and the Braxton Hicks were all I had left. Then last Friday—a day shy of 37 weeks—I was told I could officially get up and go back to normal (which is surprisingly challenging when you’ve grown to accept the lazy life). I stopped the nifedipine on Monday night and yesterday my body realized it! I started having sporadic (real) contractions about every hour (and continue to).
This morning I went to the doctor and he said this could be because my body is finally free of the nifedipine. In which case it could continue for days. Or, it could be a sign that I’m going to go into labor soon. So, yes, this baby girl is keeping us on our toes. And as my dad put it, we’ve been dancing quite a bit lately!
I do have a very special friend having a baby today, so join me in wishing our “cousins” lots of love, luck and good health! We can’t wait to head to Manhattan Beach to meet our new friend!