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I have been trying to sort through my feelings with this pregnancy since my last one came early and everything was "perfect" up until the week before I delivered. I guess amidst the fear, anxiety, hope, stress, research and sorting through things I came to a conclusion today. I think a lot of my frustration is based upon only having warning signs for preterm labor - like contractions, increase in discharge, spotting or bleeding etc. What I want is to prevent preterm labor, not just be aware of it and call my doctor when it happens. I am on the 17P injections, but want to know what else I can do to PREVENT preterm labor. Are your doctors doing routine cervical exams with ultrasounds or FFN tests before symptoms? Anything else they might be doing? Any thoughts?

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So I wanted to be more active before I got pregnant this time and I trained (and completed :) ) a triathlon. I felt being more healthy would allow me to be stronger for the pregnancy and maybe give me a leg up as far as pre-term labor goes. Once pregnant I was so sick and tired for the first 3 months or so I was not up to exercising and lost a lot. I had about 2 good weeks where I did some walking on my treadmill and muscle strengthening. I have had some tightening in my uterus, but not preterm labor and I am 21 weeks. I am afraid of bringing on preterm labor though. I am wondering what if anything, anyone has tried to try and keep up their strength and endurance. Anyone out there trying to exercise this time around?

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / My story
« on: November 17, 2010 at 02:06 PM »
I'm so glad I found this site. This is my second pregnancy, I am due in April, 20 weeks along.
My first baby girl is almost 2 and was born 7 weeks prematurely. With my first pregnancy, I started having noticeable contractions one Sunday and called the on-call OB. They had me rest, they continued, but were still only 4/hour, so they had me continue to rest. They seemed to be dying down so I called my regular OB Monday morning. Since it was only 4/hour and not progressing they just advised me to rest and take things easy, not lifting more than 20 lbs etc. I continued having a tightening feeling throughout the week, but mostly the contractions disappeared until Friday when they started up again. Again, only 4/hour, but I called my doctor since they were so regular. She said to come in and I was dilated to 3.5 and 85% effaced. She sent me for observation and I was having contractions every 2-3 min at that point. I got the steroid shot, sent to another hospital that could take preemies and started on nifedipine. If my medicine was even 15 min late it was very noticeable. I was in the hospital until Monday when my contractions pretty well stopped and had no pain. They sent me home on bedrest and nifedipine. I was home only a few hours before my water broke and I had to go back to the hospital. My doctor didn't have privileges at this hospital so I was assigned a doctor. I ended up delivering Tuesday to as healthy as could be expected 33 week baby girl. Despite being so healthy she still had apnea bradycardia and feeding issues which kept her in the NICU for 5 weeks. She is doing great now and for that I am grateful.
I SO want to avoid bedrest, early labor and mostly the NICU experience. Especially since I already have a little one to take care of. I am taking weekly progesterone shots and monitoring my activity myself to avoid pushing things to hard. Over the weekend I started having a lot of tightening, cramping and some twinges of pain, but mostly with activity. My OB said to take things easy and call if they continued. Yesterday it seemed the tightening was around even with rest, so I called and went in. She did a vaginal ultrasound to measure my cervix and it was about 4cm. Which is good. So, no ordered changes. I am just so nervous that I can't tell when the tightening is causing cervical change or not. I want to be able to stay active and I don't want to be like the boy who cried wolf either. I just want to have a healthy full term pregnancy.
Long story short, I am grateful for others experiences I have read on here and hope maybe with my past experience I can help someone else.
Good luck to all of you!

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