30 weeks + 6 days

So, about that cervix...

Unfortunately the last 9 days of hospital bedrest didn't work their magic like we'd hoped. The scan yesterday showed that my short cervix has now effaced completely... and has dilated to 1.5cm. Baby is engaged, the amniotic sac is so so low, and I am having the most intense pelvic pressure already.

So what does that mean?

We've been transferred from my comfortable, local hospital to the big, busier public hospital about a half hour away. The reason for this is basically for baby - this hospital is the best place for me to be with the threat of premature labour looming, as their NICU is top notch. The frustrating part about moving is that my OB can't deliver me here if I go into labour before 32 weeks, so I've been (hopefully) temporarily handed over to a high risk MFM OB that works out of this hospital. I know I'm still in great hands, but it's not the same - my doctor has been incredible, and I'm so sad that there's a large chance he won't deliver this baby he's helped to keep baking for all of this time.

The plan is essentially the same. More hospital bedrest, the same nifediprine to stop contractions, progesterone pessaries to try and strengthen whatever little bit of cervix is still trying to hold on, and daily monitoring of the baby to make sure none of this puts her into distress. Because the risk of rupturing my membranes is so high, they won't be going near my ladybits if they don't have to - so we just wait and see whether my water breaks, if contractions begin, or if I can somehow keep this baby cooking a little longer while we're here.

My old milestones still stand:

Hitting 31 weeks (tomorrow - can we do it?)
Hitting 32 weeks (when I could potentially be transferred back to my local hospital)
Keeping this kid on the inside as long as possible.

I'm so scared, though. The support from friends and family and even complete strangers has been so, so special - and hearing positive stories about little ones born at or around this gestation is great. But I'm still scared. Our special care stay with Georgia was minimal (just a week after her 36 week birth) but I still remember how I felt during that time - so trying to mentally prepare myself for a lot more care and a longer duration... it's proving to be a pretty emotional experience, and she's not even here yet!

But all we can do is wait and hope. One day at a time - heck, one HOUR at a time! :)

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~Mum~ said...

love love loves
love love love for little one

just take a day at a time ..... that's all you can do !

sending all the love and sticky vibes i can xoxo

Unknown said...

I hope you can make it to your goals! First tomorrow and then next week! Thinking of you and sending hugs!

Cassie Dash said...

Oh, gosh, Aly. This must be really scary and stressful. Praying that this baby stays in there for as long as possible. Will be thinking of you and sending all my love! xoxo

Endo_Life said...

My little girl was born at 30+6 and will turn three on Sunday. You would never know how early she was born. Premature babies are such little fighters and do so well these days. Though I do hope she stays put as long as possible for you. At 30+6 we spent exactly one month in the nicu.

Feisty Harriet said...

I have no advice or stories, but I just wanted you to know I'm rooting for you, Baby Girl, aaaaand your cervix. Hope that's not too weird. ;)


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry you're going through this - sending thoughts and hoping the little one stays put a bit longer. My daughter was born at 28+4 after membranes ruptured at 21w, and while having a premature baby is definitely a long, hard journey, she's 17 months now and doing wonderfully. Wishing you all the best during this time.

Jess said...

I'm sorry this is happening, but so glad you're in the best possible place for care for your little one, and really hopeful that she will stay inside yet. Everything crossed for a few more weeks!

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