Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Update


The latest and greatest from the land of bed rest...

We made it to twenty weeks on Sunday! Halfway there, although realistically for us, we're more than halfway there. And Mama is gettin' big. Hence the full panel skirt in the belly pic. Jeez.

The good news is the cervix is holding stable at 2.8. Not a great length for 20 weeks, but no change since last ultrasound a little over a week ago and that's all I could ask for. I'm on bed rest through the duration of the pregnancy, though, but...we ordered a laptop so I'll be back in the land of the living - soon. I have a ton of blog posts in my head but can't spend the time at the desktop to post them, so I'll probably overload the blog once the laptop arrives.

Last week was pretty hairy, I was really wound up about the cervix and then I started realizing that weird feeling wasn't the baby rolling around but actually contractions. I tested positive for Group B Strep, not normally an issue until you deliver, but since I was symptomatic I started antibiotics for it. It's helped the contractions and cramping quite a bit. I still have a lot more than I'm comfortable with, but they are far less frequent (from several an hour to several a day) and much less intense. At this point, there isn't anything that can be done to stop them, medication won't work this early (and my doc won't administer it unless I am dilating, which I am not) and the monitors won't even pick up most contractions. They think I may have an irritable uterus on top of everything else. Polyps, short cervix, irritable uterus...oh, my.

I'm really happy with my doctor and how she has agreed to monitor and treat me, and I feel with my twice weekly appointments, weekly ultrasounds and bed rest, we're doing all we can to keep our little girl safe and inside for as long as possible.

15 comments:

Ariella said...

You look great Katie. All of us on the nest have been thinking about you. I am so sorry about the bed rest. It sucks, but will be worth it in the end. What is your goal to get to pg wise? 30 weeks?

I can't wait to get more info from you when the labtop arives.

avalikelava said...

Hugs girlie.
All the best!

Molly/legaleagles said...

Love the tummy - you look awesome!
Starting june 1 I'm only working 3 days/week - let me know how I can help. I can come up and keep you company, cook meals for the freezer for you and DH (I make a killer lasagne), clean, whatever you need help with. I'll be bored and would love to meet you (especially since it sounds like you'll miss the nestiepalooza). Hrmph.

The Shmoopies said...

An irritable uterus?! Bah! I'm glad to hear a laptop is on its way to you though. Sending you a ton of good thoughts!
Sol (Mrs Shmoopie)

SarahSews said...

I'm sorry you looking at the remainder of the pg on bedrest -- that is no fun. As for the contractions, water is your friend. :) And ask your doc when you can start meds for them. I started nefedipine (a calcium channel blocker to interfere with the contractions) at 23w5d I think.

You look great! Sending you tons of good thoughts.
Sarah (futrkingsley)

Heather said...

You look beautiful! I'm sending you lots of good thoughts!

Anonymous said...

Katie - Mark, Mason and I are all thinking of you and little Viver! Keep up the good work & if you want, I can send Mason over to give that grumpy uterus and ill tempered cervix a stern talking to. He wants to meet his future girlfriend soon, but not this soon. Huge hugs & tons of dust. - Julia(Smuches)

Alison said...

Hey Katie! I'm so gald to hear that you and Viver are over coming your challenges! Great job Mama!!!
--Alison (MyABCLife)

Sasha said...

Hi Katie!! Just checking on you! Congrats on team PINK! I hope you get some rest and enjoy your new laptop!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie! So happy to see you update :) Glad your little viver is hanging in there. Keep up the hard work future mama - you can do it.

Best,
Erica/Yosemite

NorCalSuperwife said...

I love the belly pic! I'm glad that things are going okay and holding steady. Can't wait for you to get your laptop!

- Renee

Anonymous said...

You look great! I hope your laptop arrives soon so we can get more updates. I would like to hear about the bed rest if you don't mind as it is something that I may experience in the near future and it scares me.

Hope baby girl decides that it's nice and warm in there and stays put for a while.

sara said...

You look great! And I'm glad that your cervix is hanging in there. Congrats on the 20 week mark, what an accomplishment :-) That's great! Congrats on the lap top too. I just got through a weekend of OHSS and our was my lifeline since they wouldn't let me do too much off of the couch. Here's to a quick week to the 21 mark!

Evonne & Darren said...

You look great, Katie! Sending you tons of good positive thoughts...

love22 said...

You look wonderful and I am so glad the antibiotics are helping. Sending you lots of good thoughts!