Here's the problem. My pregnancy, as my doctor repeated over and over last week, is not normal. "You're not normal!" she screamed. Ok, that didn't happen but it felt like it did.
I have a shortening cervix. I have contractions daily. I have cramping daily. I've had the feeling of pressure since about 14 weeks (at the time I thought it was the baby moving. Yes, the baby that weighed less than an ounce, I thought I could feel it moving and changing position. Thus the feeling of pressure.). I have a dull ache in my back or sometimes a radiating pain in my lower back. I've been bleeding off and on since I was 10 weeks.
So here are the symptoms of preterm labor to watch out for, according to my medical provider:
- Contractions (CALL if you have 4 in under one hour)
- Menstrual like cramping
- Feeling of pressure
- A dull back ache that doesn't go away
- Increase in discharge, could be tinged with blood
- Leaking or gushing fluid from your vagina
I need a "this is not a normal pregnancy" nurse.
Otherwise I'm going to end up in L&D every day, and it's not a short drive to the hospital.
Needless to say, I'm fine. I wasn't even having contractions except for maybe 1 or 2, and the monitor didn't pick them up anyway. I'm not dilating, cervix is about the same, blah blah. It doesn't look like I have a bladder infection, either. I'd much rather be safe than sorry, but I really don't want to hang out in Labor and Delivery unless I really need to.