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My trip to L&D.

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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  I had a weird pain in my vaginal area today, along with pressure. LOTS of pressure. I called my doctor, and they had me go into the hospital. 

  I had one contraction within the 2 hours I was hooked up, and didn't have a UTI or anything. But still had this awful pain.

  My doctor came in and said that I'm probably just dialating. He didn't check me, I have an appointment on Tuesday, so maybe he will do it then. Then he told me that if I end up going into labor in the next couple days, it's fine....

  I will be 34 weeks tomorrow... I thought they tried to make them stay in until 37 weeks! 

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kajira
by Emma on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

After 34 weeks - there's not much they can really do to stop your labor if you go early, and at 34 weeks, they can try to keep it in long enough to give you some steriod shots, but at that point... if you go.. they usually let you go.

I'm guessing though that unless you have a history of preterm labor, that starting to dilate around 34 weeks isn't that abnormal. I think he was just trying to re-assure you that you didn't seem to be in any immediate risk to deliver.

I was 4-5 cm dilated around 34-36 weeks, and walked around that way until 39 1/2 weeks when I finally had my baby. 

I also dilated early with my first, and he went to almost 44 weeks.

I have an irritable uterus though and have a history of preterm labor and early dilation, and yet, both my babies went to term.

Unless the doctor really believes you are at risk, I wouldn't panic. Pain in that area is very common late pregnancy... and so is your body gearing up and starting to prepare for labor.


Clemency3
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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If you should go into labor before then and you don't want to you can request that they try and stop it. you don't have to go into labor just because your doctor says it is fine. that is the problem with OB's anymore...I am not saying they are all bad but many of them don't care and if the baby will live then they will have them come anyway. So if you want to hold out with baby then do it. 

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NoraDun
by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM

They should be trying to stop your labor up until 37 wks and most Drs do. The fact your isn't would seirously make me reconsider him as an OB. Your baby born at 34 wks can still be born extremely too early and have complications. It would also mean nicu time about 90% of the time. I would take it easy and do your best to make it to term. And I would be finding a new Dr. If you begin contracting I would suggest calcium magnesium to help ease your uterus!

tammy_lynne
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM

  I started going into labor with my son around 6 months. I was in the hospital several times after that for preterm labor. He somehow stayed in until 42 weeks. 

Quoting kajira:

After 34 weeks - there's not much they can really do to stop your labor if you go early, and at 34 weeks, they can try to keep it in long enough to give you some steriod shots, but at that point... if you go.. they usually let you go.

I'm guessing though that unless you have a history of preterm labor, that starting to dilate around 34 weeks isn't that abnormal. I think he was just trying to re-assure you that you didn't seem to be in any immediate risk to deliver.

I was 4-5 cm dilated around 34-36 weeks, and walked around that way until 39 1/2 weeks when I finally had my baby. 

I also dilated early with my first, and he went to almost 44 weeks.

I have an irritable uterus though and have a history of preterm labor and early dilation, and yet, both my babies went to term.

Unless the doctor really believes you are at risk, I wouldn't panic. Pain in that area is very common late pregnancy... and so is your body gearing up and starting to prepare for labor.



Larsbug
by Laura on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

 normally they do try to stop but if you are in active labor there really isn't much they can do, I would just take it easy and drink lots of water...at this point while baby is still early they are able to be born and be just fine. My aunt had her triplets at 34 weeks, they went to the regular nursery and are now turning 10 on Friday.

blondie0234
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I'm coming up at 36 weeks..hoping my dr checks me...had the same feeling for a week now..and lots of hit and miss contractions..nothing at all steady. See the r. thursday..hoping to find out things are slowly starting up.

tammy_lynne
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

  Their are 3 doctors in the practice, I get whoever is on call. So he probably won't be my doctor when I go in. I'm going to request that they stop it if I do go into labor. I really want to breast feed, and I know it gets harder if she is in the NICU for weeks. 

Quoting NoraDun:

They should be trying to stop your labor up until 37 wks and most Drs do. The fact your isn't would seirously make me reconsider him as an OB. Your baby born at 34 wks can still be born extremely too early and have complications. It would also mean nicu time about 90% of the time. I would take it easy and do your best to make it to term. And I would be finding a new Dr. If you begin contracting I would suggest calcium magnesium to help ease your uterus!


kajira
by Emma on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

I understand, I had pre-term labor problems with my last starting at 18 weeks, I spent 6 weeks on hospital bed rest with non stop interventions at 28 weeks.... at 34 weeks, they sent me home and basically told me good luck... that if I made it to 36+ weeks, I could have my home birth and if not, to come back to the hospital for the delivery.

You can request them to stop your labor. BUT what i've found is if you have a history of an irritable uterus (preterm labor that doesn't actually deliver a baby and make it to term.) they often don't take the contractions AS seriously after 34 weeks. 

Alot of the labor stopping drugs that work, can sometimes cause problems for mom and baby, so after 34 weeks, you have to weigh the pro's and con's at that point too.... They can give you a shot of turb to try and relax your uterus if you're having a lot of contractions - but after 34 weeks, you may have to request it. Even my high risk specialists at 34 weeks, eased up on trying to keep the baby in.

I joke it was just sheer stubbornness on my part and telling her every day she wasn't allowed to come, that kept her in. LOL

However - his attitude would bug me more than anything else that went on. :/ Especially since he didn't act very reassuring that he felt things were going to be fine - and had such a weird attitude about delivering a premature baby.


Quoting tammy_lynne:

  I started going into labor with my son around 6 months. I was in the hospital several times after that for preterm labor. He somehow stayed in until 42 weeks. 

Quoting kajira:

After 34 weeks - there's not much they can really do to stop your labor if you go early, and at 34 weeks, they can try to keep it in long enough to give you some steriod shots, but at that point... if you go.. they usually let you go.

I'm guessing though that unless you have a history of preterm labor, that starting to dilate around 34 weeks isn't that abnormal. I think he was just trying to re-assure you that you didn't seem to be in any immediate risk to deliver.

I was 4-5 cm dilated around 34-36 weeks, and walked around that way until 39 1/2 weeks when I finally had my baby. 

I also dilated early with my first, and he went to almost 44 weeks.

I have an irritable uterus though and have a history of preterm labor and early dilation, and yet, both my babies went to term.

Unless the doctor really believes you are at risk, I wouldn't panic. Pain in that area is very common late pregnancy... and so is your body gearing up and starting to prepare for labor.




tammy_lynne
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

That puts my mind at ease a bit. I just really want to breast feed. I know that's hard to do if they need special care. I'm going to keep her in there as long as I can. 

Quoting Larsbug:

 normally they do try to stop but if you are in active labor there really isn't much they can do, I would just take it easy and drink lots of water...at this point while baby is still early they are able to be born and be just fine. My aunt had her triplets at 34 weeks, they went to the regular nursery and are now turning 10 on Friday.


saralizjr
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

i think ur baby will be fine, good luck missy!

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