I had a feeling bed rest was in my future since I’m pregnant with twins, but I didn’t think it would be this early. On Thursday afternoon I started to feel some pretty intense contractions and I wasn’t sure whether they were just Braxton Hicks or the real thing. I’ve been having BH’s since I was 16 weeks so I’m used to having some activity going on, but something felt different and made me call my midwife. She sent me over to Labor and Delivery at St. Joseph’s where I was hooked up to monitors so they could keep track of the babies heart rates and my contractions.
They also ran a Fetal Fibronectin test. Unfortunately, the test came back positive which means I’m at risk for having preterm labor. Because St. Joesph’s doesn’t have a NICU that could handle babies born this early I was transferred to Elliot Hospital and took my first ambulance ride for the twenty minute journey north.
That first night I was given IV fluids, a round of steroids and put on a regimen of Nifedipine (Procardia) every six hours depending on my contraction activity. The steroids are meant to help the babies lungs develop faster in case they come early. Nifedipine is actually a medication used to help lower your blood pressure. The goal when giving it to a pregnant woman is to relax the uterus enough so it stops contracting.
It was an overwhelming night, filled with a lot worst case scenario information, needles, pills and emotions. I’m thankful that my sister-in-law happened to be visiting at the time so that she could take care of Cole while I made the trip to the hospital.
Everything at this point was so up in the air; there were so many unknowns. All I could do was channel my energy into the babies, stay calm, and wait for more answers.