8/5/11

River's Update



Our little guy has been hanging in there. 2 weeks ago on the 28th of July at 31 1/2 weeks we had a little hickup together in our journey as one. I started to have frequent contractions and bleeding. So Chase and I were admitted to St. Joe's and indeed preterm labor had begun. It was scary to watch the contractions on the monitors and to feel the all to familiar signs of preterm labor. The hospital monitored the progress throughout the night but luckily the contractions decreased to irregular intervals and my cervix did not open. However, River is very low in the pelvis. Unfortunately, the OB that we now see does not "believe" in medications to stop the progression of preterm labor. This is very scary to us as with Laken they were immediately given to me and she was still born a month early. So the next day we went home after a thorough ultrasound to check for any abnormalities that could cause preterm labor. The ultrasound results were great, and River measured well for his age, there was still plenty of fluid, and the chord and placenta were fine. He was extremely low in the pelvis to were a clear photo of his face was impossible. Here are the ultrasound pictures. (Even a smashed glimpse is precious of our little man!) The first is a picture of his smashed nose and lips (the arrow in the middle, top of arrow is his nose, bottom is his lips!). The second photo is of his little fist! He is hanging in there! On the following Monday evening I began to have stronger regular contractions again at 4-5 minutes apart;) And since we now know how things work at St. Joe's when admitted at night for preterm labor (monitor through the night until the Dr. shows up in the morning) we decided to wait until the morning as long as contractions did not increase. I made it and went in the morning. Luckily our OB was on vacation and we were able to see Dr. Bigsby. She examined me and luckily there was still no dilation of the cervix but she said that River was very low in the canal but she was still able to push him back up into the pelvis (OUCH)! She was very nice and fortunately believes in medication to stop the progression of labor. She also explained to us that having pregnancies this close together is an additional risk factor for preterm labor. So we are now on Niphedapine and are so greatful to see that things have slowed down with labor. And so now I only have contractions when I am tired or I am just about to take another dose. We are now hopeful that we can make it just 2 1/2 more weeks from now when River will be 35 weeks and it will be safe to deliver at St. Joes. Stay strong and keep growing son....we are anxious to meet you, but want you to be ready for the world!

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