Friday, October 17, 2008

All good.

Thanks to everyone who commented, and so quickly! It was nice to have some affirmation that I probably can trust my intuition. It was also nice to get to the hospital and out in under an hour, be told the test came back negative (as in pre-term labor won't happen in the next 2 weeks), and kind of stand up to the resident OB and say look, 3 internal exams in 3 days just isn't necessary. All I got was an IV of fluids and some monitoring. Yes, I'm having contractions every 3-5 minutes, but they're not that bad, and since I've been having them for a while now they agreed not to give me any drugs (or steroid shots for the kid). That part was nice, I did feel I was listened to...and I'm sure men can make good OB's, but honestly, even I didn't really know what a cervix was until it got kicked regularly, how can they REALLY know what is normal or not?

Anyway, I go back to the regular doctor Monday morning (which is a real pain in the ass with teaching...I can probably get coverage for the period or 2 I will miss without having to officially call in sick, but if this is going to become regular he just will have to wait until 2:30pm to see me). I think I will have at least weekly, maybe twice weekly monitoring...which I really hope doesn't involve internal checks every time. Quite frankly, if you want the thing to stay closed, QUIT POKING AT IT! Geez.

I think I'm going to try some gentle swimming (I don't know any other way to swim without drowning anyway) and maybe yoga or at least some stretching on my own so that I don't go crazy. Not moving doesn't feel right. No running or anything, but maybe some water running.

5 comments:

N.D. said...

Gosh that is frustrating. I know what you mean about taking days though, my god, I am already holding onto my days. I think I have 30 days and I need exactly 30 so that I can take off 6 weeks!! Glad you were right and everything seems fine!

Mama Simmons said...

Glad everything is good... you knew it would be! :) I don't think they'll do a bunch of internal exams- my doc didn't for the exact reason you stated (stop poking at it!). And honestly, I've been swimming 3000m 3-4x/week and water running and walking the dog and elliptical at the gym and doc said today I'm still only the same 1 cm and barely effaced ay 37+ weeks. So go swim and do whatever you want to maintain your sanity!!

erika p said...

So glad all is well. If you like yoga, definitely try it now. It did wonders for both my physical and mental state during pregnancy, especially in the later weeks, and I never noticed any increase in Braxton Hicks contractions with it, like I did with biking or hiking. Just a few more weeks...hang in there!

Laura said...

glad you and the baby are okay :-)

IVF Running Mama said...

Hey there--There HAS to be some link b/w active women and these contractions. Mama Simmons had them, I had them, etc. I started having them at 24 weeks and had them STILL regardless of activity level, etc. Some days are worse than others...but I made it to 37 weeks and still no babe in sight. Be cautious...but also trust your intuition. Good for you for standing up to the OB!