Category Archives: pre-term labor

35 Weeks!

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Well it’s a relief to make it to this point. Wednesday marked 35 weeks of the pregnancy that I thought would be smooth compared to the others. This was an adventurous week – a hospital visit for premature contractions, maternity photos, and husband out of the country.

On Monday, I saw the perinatologist. On the plus side, my amniotic fluid decreased below the polyhydramnios levels to 23.5. On the negative side, my insulin resistance seems to be getting worse (so they increased my glyburide intake to 7.5mg 2x a day), baby no. 3 is still on the big side (39 week abdomen size), the NST test was pretty unreactive, as usual, my blood pressure is creeping up, and I have trace amounts of protein in my urine, and to top it off, I gained 4 lbs in four days (potentially due to getting nearer to Pre-eclampsia).

I had a non-resting day and took an adventure to see some maternity pics at photographer’s studio. When I got back at night, contractions started at 6pm, with 14 the first hour, 16 the second hour, and 15 the next hour – this after only resting, and taking Procardia. Finally I called the Doctor on call. When I heard the Dr. from the last visit was on call, I knew he would send me to the hospital before he even called me back.

On a side note, Michael was leaving for Hong Kong the next day at 7AM. I was hoping not to have a repeat of the last visit, where the aforementioned doctor kept me overnight. By the time they released me, we had an hour to get Michael on the way to the airport. I think that there is something psychological going on. My husband is headed out of town for 7-10 days on both trips and the night before, I have contractions every 2-4 minutes. I think it’s my head asking my body to act up so that I can be reassured that everything is going to be fine. By the way, my mom has been here on both trips, which has helped immensely.

Anyway, at the hospital, contractions were still pretty close, so they gave me a shot of terbutaline (my third this pregnancy), and when the contractions slowed down, they sent me home. This visit lasted less than 3 hours, whew.

On Thursday, my visit to the OB/GYN went very well! Blood pressure was great. NST was reactive in 10 minutes (one one visit I was there for 2 hours waiting for the baby to react!), and cervix remains closed.

In the meantime, I’m mostly still resting (well physically) for the contractions and the blood pressure (lots of headaches now). I managed to do a lot of filing, taxes, and worked on our architectural projects. I revamped three websites, foxlin.com, this one, and biomimetic-architecture.com. The week before I redid our portfolio. The kids and I have been having a lot of fun with sticker books and origami, as well as discovering some great phonics apps for our screen time devices.

Premature contractions, timers, and diet coke

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Since my premature contractions started this time at 27 weeks, the craziest day is when I ignored my doctors’s advice and went to the beach. I was mostly reclined but I was in the sun, and likely got dehydrated. I got home that night and had contractions that were eerily consistent, like every 2 minutes and 45 seconds apart, and gradually getting closer. I had taken one Procardia pill around 5:30PM and took another at 9:00PM. I now know it’s not recommended to do have them more than 4-6 hours apart as it drastically reduces your blood pressure. Well, finally after 30-40 minutes, the contractions got farther apart, and I didn’t have to make my 4th visit to the hospital for this pregnancy. On the downside, my diastolic blood pressure value was down to 54…

On another note, I’ve been on bedrest for two weeks and haven’t been able to get to the store to stock up on a lot of our staples. In the last week or so, I’ve noticed a decrease in my contractions. Last night and today, they seem to be on a slight increase, but still no where close to what they were. In thinking of what’s changed and hasn’t over the last week… bed rest has more or less been consistent, medication reduced, and I ran out of diet code several days ago. So… I just googled diet coke and pre-term labor, and found a couple of articles suggesting that drinking 4 or more diet sodas can increase likelihood of preterm labor by around 70%.

JL-Pregnancy-Preterm-01I don’t know if there is anything to this, but just in case, I’m cutting back on all artificial sweeteners. The other reasons that I can come up for my issues are related to having too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios, mine is ranging from 22-25 so a little high) or irritable uterus. I have made efforts to reduce my sugar numbers to reduce the amniotic fluid, so perhaps that is another reason for improvements.

On another note, this is about the best contraction timer there is - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jamesots.android.contractiontimer&hl=en. This one is for Android. I have others for my Surface Pro and Ipad but this is my favorite.