When I wrote “lets go home & have a baby” on my instagram I didn’t mean right away. Last night I went into active pre-term labor. I was so nervous because I was only 34 weeks.
After flying via red-eye from Hawaii to Utah we came home and were greeted by Dallins family who’s staying with us for the week to ski. Which has been great as they take the kids and as I unpack. I start feeling Braxton Hicks, which is pretty normal being I am 8 and half month pregnant now, I keep cleaning.
We meet at my parents home, check in with them, show them the kids tans and chit-chat. I can hardly sit down and occasionally lose my breath. I keep having to go to the bathroom never relieving my “I gotta pee” urge. My Braxton Hicks are starting to feel more like contractions and I am feeling them even down below. My mom tells me if they get worse to go into the Dr.s and to keep her posted as we leave.
I download a contraction tracker app and see they are 3-4 mins apart lasting 30 seconds. We are about to meet Dallin’s family at Cafe Rio and I tell Dallin I feel burning below and wonder if this is the “ring of fire” those who have had natural birth talk about.
I drop off my kids and Dallin and drive myself to the nearest hospital. Pulling over as every contraction starts to intensify. I don’t know what is going on, but I knew there was a way to stop labor if I was truly in it, or so I hoped.
I go in. Sure enough I am contracting every 3-4 mins. I have started to dilate so they give me the terbulatine shot behind my arm which actually burns and instantly makes me start to shake.
I take a urine sample and they do the unpleasant fetal fibronectin test (that tells if you are going to have your baby in the next two weeks) it came back negative, but the only concern was that my cervix was indeed dilating.
I was monitored for a while, and got news that I have an UTI. And that UTI’s do indeed cause you to go into preterm labor. I was/am hopeful that once I get that taken care of my contractions will stop and that my baby will be full term vs. preterm.
UTI’s are common in long flights while pregnant I learned, especially with a lap rider snuggling on you the entire way. I was discharged and sent home with antibiotics.
Today I am so grateful I get to grow baby “B” Bird for a while longer while he continues to develop. And that I still have some time to nest and get ready for his big debut.
I want a smooth delivery, something just like the ones I have had in all my births past. One where I get to take my little boy home, snuggle right away. I want him fat and healthy. Oh I can’t wait to meet him in a couple more weeks!