really no way to tell.... I went in on a Thursday morning with contractions 3 min apart they checked me and I was 4cm the week before I was only 1cm...they admitted me for labor and in 24 hours of being in L&D i only moved to 5.5cm so I went home and continued to have labor contractions all weekend and went in monday morning (still having contractions 3 min apart) and I was 6cm at the office. I walked over to L&D by the time I got there I was 7cm...they broke my water when I got there and she was born like 45 min after that so it was really fast once my water broke...if it had broken at home I wouldn't have made it in time because i live 45 min from the hospital. So it took 4 days of contractions 3 min apart to go from 4cm to delivery. I wouldn't base the speed of your progress on anything especially before you reach 4 or 5cm because it can take a while or it can go really fast no way to know!View Thread
They pulled me off bedrest and terb at 35 weeks (kept me on nifedipine to be taken off at 36 weeks) but my water broke immediately like within hours. I never stopped having contractions even with the meds and bedrest but they stopped moving my cervix. Had my water not broken they could have prob kept me preg a little longer bc my labor was still 24 hours long and eventually they had to give me pitocin to get me to dilate past 5cm...I was 4cm when my water broke and had contractions 3 min apart (but they had been 3 min apart for weeks...months) so the pitocin kind of put me over the edge....i had to deliver within 24 hours of water breaking or else csecion so they didn't have much of a choice. I personally think the bedrest did more to prevent me from full blown labor than the meds but I will never know!View Thread
I was on nifedipine for 4 months with DS....along with terbutaline and bedrest and made it to 35 weeks. I didn't notice side effects from nifedipine although it is known to lower blood pressure..the terb side effects were much more noticeable. Either way the combo of all 3 got me to 35 weeks (from week 18) and he is a healthy 2 year old now View Thread
was cathed 3 times without an epi when i had my baby girl 2 weeks ago...it felt like a pinch going in and just a tug coming out...no pain coming out and slightly uncomfortable going in. Trust me getting 'checked" is much worse and well pushing a baby out doesn't compare! One of the times they cathed me it took her 4 attempts because i was so swollen. I had to be on constant heart monitors so even without the epi i still couldnt get up to go to the bathroom so either way natural or epi there is always a chance you won't be able to get up! But seriously its not bad.View Thread
I had a 35 weeker....and had the 17p shot for this one and made it to 36w6d. On average it will get you 1 week further than your premature one. I don't see why you wouldn't take it. It's not harmful. Although all the studies that have been done on it started at 16-18 weeks so I'm not sure how beneficial it would be to start it so late but who knows. I would do everything you can. I have a baby in the NICU right now..going on 5 days, which is NOT long in Nicu stays but it is tortorous and she was only 1 day shy of term. My 35 weeker came home with me though so you really just never know!View Thread
Madison Lee arrived 5-4-10 at 4:44pm weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces and 20 inches long with a full head of dark hair just like daddy. She came at 36w6d after.....4 days of labor?
You may have seen my L&D post last thursday April 29th. I had been on 17p injections since week 16 to prevent PTL. My last shot was at 34 weeks and right on time the contractions began a week later at 35 weeks. 5 min apart...all day everyday. They weren't too painful and sometimes I would get a random 7min or 3min in there so I wasn't concerned enough to think I was i labor since it wasn't a perfect pattern all the time...this is just what my body does!
Well at 36w2d I woke up at 4am and they were really close maybe 3 min (can't remember) and pretty painful enough that I couldn't sleep despite tylenol PM. I told dh I would prob be calling him from work today....so be prepared. I got ready took more tylenol...and left with DS for a friends house to just be prepared. When i got to her house she could tell i was in pain and said we are going in you don't look good! I called the office and asked if i could come there bc I didn't want to have to do the mandatory 4 hours in L&D if this wasn't "the time". I got to the office and i was contracting 3 min still on the screen....4cm 75% effaced -2 station. She had me go walk for an hour and come back to see if my cervix moved since I wasn't term she wasn't going to help my labor along...had i been 37 weeks she would have just broken my water to speed it up. SO i walked and they got to 2 min apart and I came back and i was 5cm 75% -2. She sent me to L&D to be admitted for active labor. She told me to go ahead and call my mom to fly in from Dallas to take care of DS.
I got to L&D and got hooked up on monitors and the contractions continued but I stayed at 5cm 75% for 24 hours....OH MY I WAS in so much pain. The contractions were going 3/4 the way up the page and I was in tears and breathing thru each one...but my cervix just stalled out! i only got to a loose 5 (so 5.5cm). So again she said since i was still early she wouldn't help it along...so i went home....still contracting painfully 2-3 min apart.
for 4 days this continued and I instructions to take tylenol round the clock and when the pain breaks thru tylenol to greater than 5/10 pain to come back in....since my contractions were already close together we went off pain instead...well and pressure.
So glad my mom was there bc it was an AWFUL 4 days but on Sunday night I started feeling like i was going to be sick with each one...the pain was manageable bc of tylenol but I kept thinking I would be sick....did that all night and first thing Monday (5/4) i called the oB and they said come in immediately. I got to the office by 10am and I was 6cm 75% 0 station. I was 36w6d so she said I cannot send you home at this point and you are so close to 37 we have to get this going or you will have this baby at home! I went to L&D and by the time they admitted me and hooked me up on monitors i was 7cm. They called the doc to come break my water and by the time she got there I was 8cm and my heart was racing 200's...so they broke my water and put on EKG to check out my heart. I started feeling really lightheaded and looked over at the EKG and sure enough I saw PVC's and PAC's like every few beats....I called the nurse and told her and she said yeah we just saw that and have already called cardiology. My nurse came in to try to get me calmed down...laying on left side etc. and i said i need to push! She checked me and sure enough baby was right there and I was 10cm! SHe called doc and I was yelling "i gotta push now!" haha so they room quickly turned over and they let me give a small push to get her down and crowning. And then realized she was coming NOW. SO they yelled out in the hall and grabbed a random doc at the desk that was filling out charts on a patient...she quickly put scrubs on and ran in just in time to catch her....I was NOT waiting! One big push and she was OUT!View Thread
Oh and my doc and cardiology showed up 10 min after i delivered haha. Cardiology cleared me bc I was no longer symptomatic. but my heart was still racing and my blood pressure was off the charts..so they just monitored me and had to stay in L&D an extra 5 hours till it normalized then i got sent up to post partum so everything turned out fine.View Thread
She wasn't crying when she came out. They thought it was because she shot out so fast she didn't get that good suction in the birth canal so they spent a good amount of time suctioning and she kept going from pink to blue. She held her color for a few minutes so they let me nurse her...she nursed like a champ and then I had to hand her off to go the nursery for her full checkup. When they got her up there she was cyanotic (blue) so they rushed her to NICU and she has been there ever since. Right now they are just hoping its (floppy airways)...obstrucitve apnea from underdeveloped lungs but she was acting kinda cardiac at first so they did an echo and she does have PDA but thats normal for it to still be open 30 hours after birth...esp 3 weeks early.
She has to breathe on her own, start feedings (she hasn't eaten yet bc they suctioned out every bit that i fed her when she was cyanotic)....maintain temp and prob start billi lights in next few days since she isn't eating she will get jaundiced. THey don't have an estimation as to how long this will take but we know she will be healthy..just takes time.
I leave to go home tomorrow and i know she won't be ready by then so that is going to be really hard since we live 45 min from the hospital....I will feel like i have to choose between her and my 2 year old everyday
It could be much worse so we are counting our blessings and thanking GOD for the health that she does have because this NICU is a level 4....lots of very sick babies in there so she is doing really well.
I thought it was funny my nurse just came in and said the doc that delivered me was at the desk asking how I was doing and told them all it was the easiest delivery she has ever had....haha I crack up bc it was easy for her! all she had to do was catch the baby! Oh and I had no tears...which is awesome because i tore bad with DS and WOW what a difference recovery has been..this has been cake!View Thread
exciting! I had my bloody show last Wednesday (5 days ago) and ended up in L&d thursday after I went to the office contracting 3 min apart...after 24 hours my cervix only moved 1cm and has stalled out at 5.5 cm and 75%...its been here for 4 days now....still contracting 3 min apart. My OB cannot believe I have hung on this long she thought for sure I would have this baby by friday or saturday. I am 36w6d.
With Ds I had the bloody show and my water broke 12 hours later....its usually a pretty good sign that labor is in the next 24-72 hours....good luck!View Thread
I'm sorry this is so frustrating...talk to your doc about it they will likely have some input too. As far as the amount goes...she may be "overeating" just because its there. Try feeding her 2 ounces..burping waiting a few min and then feeding her a bit more and see if she eats with the same 'vigor" if she slows down a bit then give her another ounce and stop and burp her and then try again....etc until she seems to loose interest...sometimes they eat faster than they process and will overeat and then be miserable afterwards so you can force them to pace a bit and they may end up not needing quite as much and can sleep better bc they aren't stuffed to the max. You never know though that may have NOTHING to do with it...just offering suggestions.
A bath with soap everyday can certainly dry out skin but that's why I only use "soap" when they need it...the bath is luke warm to get them calmed down and sleepy not necessarily for "bathing purposes" the warm water alone isn't going to dry out her skin esp. if you lotion her up afterwards. Also Aveeno is a really good product and is what my doctor recommends to his patients for dry skin and eczema so I have never had issues with it...the bath is more for routine and calming (as is the lotion massage) than it is for cleanliness. Even with my 2 year old we "bathe" him everynight but don't necessarily soap him up unless he needs it. Aveeno has a great oatmeal bath for dry skin also...BTW.View Thread
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