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Ambiguous - Elizabeth Unexplained
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I am currently 38 weeks 6 days pregnant. That much is perfectly clear.

Today did not have the best of starts. I was commuting without twe because I was going to have to leave early for today's OB appointment. It turns out that there was a terrible accident on I-93 right at the exit we use for work that closed the entire road, and we both sat in our separate cars in stop-and-go traffic for over two hours. I started feeling kind of unwell then, but anyone would if they were stuck in that kind of traffic with no water to drink and with a fetus constantly head-butting them in the bladder.

I continued to feel unwell at work and every so slightly crampy. Around noon I noticed a tiny amount of brown staining on my underwear. My opinion was that it could be bloody show, but as such it was completely underwhelming and it could just as likely be that polyp that acted up a couple of months ago.

Since I was feeling so crappy at work I left a generous amount of time to get to my OB appointment. By the time I arrived I was feeling pretty normal again, and by the time I was actually seen there was no sign of the cramping. Nurse Pollyanna was all excited about the possible bloody show, but even she had to concede that it could just as likely be the polyp acting up. On the other hand she did do an internal exam and found that I was "a good fingertip" dilated. Have I mentioned that Pollyanna isn't the most technical person? We proceeded with the non-stress test. Just as I got hooked up the fetus went all quiet on me, probably because it was all tired out from making my morning commute as hellish as possible. They actually gave me juice to perk up the fetus, who instantly resumed normal non-stop activity. There were no cramps during the test, and no sign of anything even remotely resembling a contraction on the graph. I got out of there at around 6:15, went to the store, and prepared for the gamers to arrive.

As my gaming run started I noticed the return of the crampy sensation. After a few iterations I started watching the clock and noticed that it seemed to return about every five minutes, but it was really mild. Around 8:30 I excused myself, let Warren know what was up, and then called the doula and asked her to call back. At around 9:30 I had another hour worth of mild cramps every five minutes. The gamers left and the doula called back. After talking to her I gave in and called adult urgent care. The consensus seems to be that it could be early labor, or it could just be that I am feeling crampy because Pollyanna had her fingers up my you-know-what. Either way everyone thinks I should try to get some sleep, which is what I will do as soon as I hit post.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: June 18th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
dehydration would always start mild contractions for me in very late pregnancy. Dr. said it concentrated the labor inducing hormones. Might have been what happened this AM.

All really good signs though. Could still have a bit of a wait though. I had those cramps for a few weeks. But any dilation is good, that much less to do once full labor starts.

Sucks about this mornings commute though, especially for you.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I hear some people believe that a full moon can bring on labor. Maybe? Well, it's been a super bizarre day here where I am, and I'm currently believing that the full moon weirdness has set in a day early.
enugent From: enugent Date: June 18th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I also got contractions routinely from dehydration, and my amnio really started them up, too - I had to have a couple shots of terbutaline to stop them. I didn't have any internal exams because of the previa, so I'm not sure about that.

Probably time to start bringing a 2-liter bottle of water in your car, just in case the delay happens again.

If this turns out to be it, good luck!
twe From: twe Date: June 18th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

ETA: By which I mean "She had the baby. Girl, named after her sister."

Edited at 2008-06-18 10:20 pm (UTC)
psychohist From: psychohist Date: June 19th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Margaret Elizabeth Dew, 8:35 am, 6lb 14.something oz, 20.25 inches. More details when we actually get home from the hospital (currently just picking up a few things, like the car seat, that we forgot to take with us when things started happening fast).
enugent From: enugent Date: June 19th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
jaedian From: jaedian Date: June 19th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: June 19th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: readsalot Date: June 19th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
countertorque From: countertorque Date: June 20th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats. I'm really happy for you guys. It must be especially gratifying after so much effort.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: June 21st, 2008 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Baby is keeping mommy too busy for her to complete a post. When baby sleeps, mommy may need to grab the opportunity to sleep, too - she's very sleep deprived.

So to hold folks over, here are some pictures:

From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful baby!

Do tell Elizabeth to try to write down (or even tell you) her memories of the birth soon - they fade faster than you would believe. Putting them into words helps you remember it all.

Congratulation again to both of you! It's been a long road here, but I'm sure Margaret will be worth it all.
enugent From: enugent Date: June 21st, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops - that was me. Not sure why LJ logged me out.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: June 21st, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
She has a partially written post that she's working on. There's a lot to write down, though.

It seems like the experience is pretty intense to be forgotten. Then again, maybe forgetting the really painful parts is a survival mechanism.
gryphon2k From: gryphon2k Date: June 18th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! Good luck if this is really the real thing. I think it was with B that I went in the morning after they took me off the terb, and was installed in the "good room" with the jacuzzi, but got sent home when everything stopped. Four hours later, I was back in with the real thing, and ended up in a different room, sans jacuzzi. :(

On the other hand, one can go around with a fingertip dilation for a couple of weeks before progressing any further...
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