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What's Your Story? Tell us. / My little one is here at 38+3 weeks
« on: February 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM »
;DOn Friday, I delivered my sweet baby boy- Dawson A.J.  He was 6.15 lbs and 19in. ;D
Everything happened so quickly with the entire labor and birth taking right about 3 hours; I'm still reeling from it. 
7:00- water broke
8:15- arrived/checked in at hospital - dilated to 4 and 100%effaced.  (I had been staying steady at 1-2 dilated 80% effaced)  My nurse called for an epidural, but was told no until my labs came back.
8:45ish- rechecked- dilated to 7 - my nurse called again for my epidural
9:15ish- finally got my epidural- I was checked right after and was dilated to 10
9:25ish- began pushing
9:40- My surprise baby arrived (we didn't know if we were having a boy or girl)
He is our perfect little angle!!!  Our 3 year old is doing really well with him.  He gives him kisses and says he loves his brother and then ignores him for awhile   ;) 
It has been quite an emotional roller coaster with everything that has been going on within our family, but hopefully things will settle down soon and we can sit back and enjoy our new addition.
    *thank you for the condolences I've already received about my mother-in-law*


What's Your Story? Tell us. / Freedom after 17 weeks of Bed rest
« on: January 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM »
I have finally been released from bed rest with orders to take it easy.   :) I began my bed rest journey at 18 weeks due to placenta previa with bleeding and then some other placenta issues.  By the time they resolved I began having issues with preterm labor and had a couple more hospital stays with a stricter bed rest. 
I finished my last dose of procardia on Wednesday and have two more doses of p-17 (one today).  I am 35 weeks and have surpassed some of the on call doctors projected outcome.  My doctor is still hopeful that I make it to at least 37 weeks.
Today I've started having lots of contractions although they are not "regular", so I guess I need to slow down and put my feet back up for a while.  Part of me would love to have my sweet little baby right now, but I know it would be better to make it further.   

Keep cooking moms!  There is an end in sight.

 SO just a little more background info for this pregnancy.
At 18 weeks I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa and a hematoma, therefore was put on bed rest.  My cervix measured 2.6 cm. (this was never a real concern for some reason)
We later found out that I also have an accessory lobe...  That was an interesting several appointments.  Cervix is staying stable... 2.7 & 2.9
24 weeks I started having contractions- although they were very sporadic not painful.  I was monitored and checked...  Cervix was still stable at 2.9, but tech thought the placental lobe may be detaching... and possibly another hematoma.
26 weeks rescanned for cervical length and to check placenta and lobe.  Cervix is 3.2 (yeah).  Placenta looks like it is no longer previa, lobe is there and attached.  BUT, there is a band of tissue hanging on or floating or something above my cervix.  Dr thinks that it is scar tissue. 
29 weeks scanning to check cervix and placenta and other issues.  Scan goes really well.  Dr did not see the band of scar tissue anymore.  Placenta is up out of the way...  lobe is there.  Cervix  dropped to 2.2.  Dr is very surprised by this.  Asks if I've had any contractions... just the sporadic ones I answer.  She does a manual exam and says that I'm dilated a fingertip (not much at all) but wants to hook me up and check for contractions.  IT turns out I was having them every 3-5 minutes!
 Needless to say I was whisked away to L & D and started on Mag... didn't help, added another drug, didn't help, added procardia and we finally saw some changes! 
 I am currently sitting in L&D with preterm contractions. I've been here since Thursday and hoping I get to go home tomorrow.  (I really thought I'd get to home today, but that was turned down)  They are calling it preterm contractions - not labor, because I have not had any cervical change.  (good news- but confusing... how am I supposed to know when I'm in labor?)  They also did a FFn test today and it came back positive...  I know this means nothing in the scheme of things... just one more "reason" not to be released yet.  I'm on 24 hr observation with out any Mag but still taking the procardia.  The way I understand it, I will continue to take this two times a day when I am released.  I thought this was kind of weird. I figured I'd take it as needed.   (I'm already taking the p-17 shots since 16 weeks)  So.  That's where I am as of right now... 

So for the past week I've been feeling two different kinds of "pains".  I've read the signs of preterm labor several times, but I just don't know.
First off... there is not any type of pattern to follow (I have been writing everything down in a notebook to help keep track)
So one pain that I feel is almost like a tingly crampy feeling I'd say even with my hip bones sometimes lower.  This happens at the most 2/3 times a day several hours apart. It doesn't hurt by any means- it's just there. 
The second kind of pain happens a little more frequently but is very short and sporadic just like the other. It almost feels like a tight hard ball that starts on   one side and then quickly goes to the center.  It happens so quick that by the time I look at my watch it's over or over within seconds.  This occurs about two fingers width below the belly button.  The first time I felt it, I actually thought it was the baby poking me, but by the second or third one- I decided it's not.  These can occur 3-5 times a day, but there is not any consistency that I can tell. This kind isn't painful either... it's just there.
I can't tell if there are any other signs...  I've had bleeding/spotting since 18 weeks due to previa... although it has slowed way down to only spotting in the am.   I've had discharge, but I am also leaking urine (I can smell ammonia) so I can't tell how much or if there is any other smell or the lack there of. 
Since there has not been consistency, I have not called my doctor, but I'm wondering if maybe I should.   My next appointment isn't until 2 more weeks. 
Then again, I'm not even sure if they are contractions! I second guess everything.
Any suggestions?

I was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa at 18 weeks. I've had 5 ultrasounds that this has been seen on- two of them from this same high risk doctor's office. So I go in today for another ultrasound to check everything out (because that's not my only issue).  A different doctor comes in than what is expected, but that's okay (she seems a lot friendlier than the other one I've been seeing within 2 minutes of meeting her).

After looking things over she tells my husband and me that she doesn't think that I have a complete previa, just a partial (which is good), but there is obviously a placenta and or placenta tissue on the other side of the cervix.  She mentions maybe having two placentas!  I've never heard of such a thing, but she said it was nothing to worry about- we just need to make sure it comes out at delivery and is not left in by mistake. 
Of course- the two placentas might be attached; sometimes it looks like it is and sometimes it isn't and by the end of the appointment I still don't know what the answer to that is (maybe she didn't know).   I know she was trying to look at blood flow, but I didn't hear or see what that came up with.  She also doesn't think that I need to be on bed rest even though I am still having light bleeding to spotting every day.

Every time I see a new doctor, I hear something different!  This new development just sounds so weird to me.  Has anyone else heard of this or experienced it?  I'm trying to look up information on what I've been told- but I could sure use some help.
Hopefully when I go to see my doctor next week I can get some things straightened out... 

So I am diagnosed with complete placenta previa.  I have been doing some reading online about it.  I read that a person with placenta previa has an increased risk of getting placenta accreta. 
I was just wondering if there was anyone out there that ended up getting the accreta also.  If so, how did that work out?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Trying to keep this little bun in the oven
« on: October 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM »
 So I'm new to the whole forum thing and bed rest. 
I have one three year old at home and I've lost three babies to miscarriage.  I am now pregnant again and we've made it past all of my normal obstacles, although I did have bleeding early on in my pregnancy (like all my others)  :)   
At 18 weeks I had severe bleeding.   I was diagnosed with placenta previa and a short cervix-ON top of that I have a "growth" on my placenta they they think is a hematoma (blood mass).  I have been on bed rest since.  I was released from the hospital and have been at home, but the bleeding has never really stopped.  I can go a day and not have any or even two days, but then I have more.  It is light bleeding, nothing like when I went into the hospital, so that is good, but the bleeding in itself still worries me.  My Dr's say it is expected and only if it is a large amount do I need to come back to the hospital.  My 3 year old is having a difficult time- especially with me not being able to hold him.  (although he is allowed to sit carefully on my lap).  Luckily, by husband is doing a great job with him and other things I can no longer take care of and my work is very understanding-  they have even offered to bring meals by for us. 
I see a dr every week, every other is an ultrasound.  My placenta is still a complete previa and my cervix has fluctuated from a 2.6, to a 3, and at the last appointment 2.5.  I was told these are all within the normal range- just on the lower end. A cerclage was mentioned as something that can be done, but it doesn't seem like they feel the need to do it and in a couple weeks, it will no longer be an option- because they don't do it after so long in the pregnancy.  At this point, everything I feel or don't feel worries me.  I'll feel a pain and wonder if somethings wrong- or is this just a normal stretching pain...  I want things to work out so badly for this little one.
I haven't been on bed rest long...  only 2 weeks now, which puts me at 20 weeks 4 days today :-X  I'm doing everything I can to keep this little bun in the oven until he/she is big and strong and healthy. 

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