The Good, The Bad, The Bedrest
The Good: Well, really the only good thing to come from this week is that the babies are still healthy! And I can now tell you with certaintity that I know what belly tightening feels like.
The Bad: I went in for my regular checkup yesterday (26w4d) and my usually long and strong cervix had shortened by half in just two weeks. They didn't tell me the exact measurements this time but when I looked on the screen it really looked like it's at 1.4 but if I shortened by half, it would be about a 2.
They put me on the monitor for an NST for about an hour and I had several contractions. The problem is, that I just thought I was having Braxton Hicks. My belly had been getting hard and with that was like a tiny bit of pressure, not a lot, and it didn't hurt so I wasn't too concerned. Though, on the Fourth of July I did have quite a few and thought about going in but I thought I was just being dramatic so nixed the idea :(
The Bedrest: So, I am on medication to slow/stop the contractions and they gave me a shot of betamehasone, a steroid to help develop the fetus' lungs in case of early delivery. I have to go back to the office this afternoon for a second shot and then remain on Bedrest until Monday, at which point we will do another NST and cervical length check to see how things are going. If things have gotten worse, I will be admitted to the hospital and put on a magnesium drip and stay there until the babies are born. Needless to say, I really really do. not want him to the hospital. Your prayers and well wishes are very much appreciated at this time!
Mentally, I am doing pretty good. It's hard to not feel like maybe there was something I could have done to prevent it or if I had come in earlier it wouldn't be such a big deal. But, that won't get me anywhere good so I try not to think about it that way and just focus on the things I can do now to try to keep it at bay. My whole goal is to get these girls to stay in as long as possible and deliver them healthy and safely and of course I come out of it all safely and healthy too!
Oh, and did I mention that my baby shower is tomorrow? Ugh, bedrest just in time for the baby shower… Dammit!