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10 week count-up

Jan 23, 2013 - 0 comments

I had my 27 week OB appointment this morning that included the glucose test, which I passed. I also got the Rhogam shot, which I don't remember hurting as badly with my last two pregnancies as it did this time--it was like 20 bee stings in the butt cheek and then I spent the next half hour with half my rear end feeling like it was on fire, lol.
My blood pressure checked out normal as did my iron levels, so I'm not anemic like I had been in my last two pregnancies. I kind of thought I would be considering the last 2-3 weeks I've been getting lightheaded, shakey, fatigued and sluggish feeling, and my heartbeat feels like it's pounding too hard most of the time. Anemia would be an easy fix--just start an iron supplement. But, my hemoglobin levels were perfectly normal, so I'm not anemic, which is good but...confusing. Not to mention concerning.
I had all those same symptoms for weeks with my second pregancy, which led to a severe episode of preterm labor at 33 weeks. I was hospitalized for four days and on a magnesium sulfate drip for three days before the labor stopped. I was sent home on bed rest and Procardia, a heart and blood pressure medication used to treat preterm labor conditions by slowing and weakening contractions. Thanks to immediate intervention with mag sulfate, steroids, and followed up with four weeks of Procardia, I managed to make it to 38 weeks before giving birth. But it was without a doubt the most physically taxing, worst pain experience I have ever been through in my life. The pain of the mag sulfate was excruciating, and bed rest with a medication that has the most miserable side effects ever when you're already miserable was without question worse than being in actual labor and giving birth.
Anyway, I've been getting concerned over the last two weeks because many of the same symptoms have been appearing and getting consistent every day: the overwhelming fatigue, shakiness, lightheadedness, pounding heartbeat, feeling extremely weak, horrible intensifying pressure on my pubic bone that radiates through my hips and lower back, and braxton-hicks contractions that sporadically happen 2-3 times a day in 1-2 hour intervals, with 6 or more contractions in that interval (painless now, but if history repeats itself, these contractions will get far more regular each day and much more painful).
My OB did a cervix check and so far, everything is just as it should be. No dilation, no effacement. But she decided to go ahead and prescribe me Procardia to use as a preventative right now. I am to take it as needed when I get the intervals of contractions. If the contractions become more intense and pick up to more intervals than twice a day, then I should start taking the Procardia daily.
No problem. I will do whatever it takes to avoid preterm labor again, especially a dose or two of magnesium sulfate. No thank you to that. And bed rest too. Bed rest *****.
I have 10 weeks left before I'm considered full term. I am determined to make it for 10 weeks with no complications if I can help it.
Just 10 weeks. Then my body can decide to do whatever it wants. Evict my lil guy or keep him cookin' another three or more weeks...doesn't matter. Just as long as I don't go into labor in the next 10 weeks, I'll be happy.