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    Default Preterm labour

    I'm staring down the barrel of a preterm labour, and just wanted to ask some questions of mummies that have been through the same thing.

    I'm 31 week tomorrow, I had a show at lunchtime and have been having contractions (what I put down as braxton hicks) from about 1 pm. By 6pm they were coming about 7 or 8 an hour. Went to get checked and while on the ctg they were measuring 30-40 every 4-5 minutes. Dr checked my cervix and said it was very short, but didn't say how short. Baby is also fully engaged. They gave me a shot of steroids and I have to have another one tomorrow morning. I've been sent home, still having regular contraction but not increasing in intensity. I was told if they get stronger to go straight back..

    I guess my questions are, what was preterm labour like? Is it as intense as full term? I'm even too scared to go to the toilet at this point incase what I'm pushing out ends up being a baby. I'm terrified I wont know I'm in proper labour because I'm not full term, and end up having baby on the bathroom floor. Baby is still very active, so isn't that a good sign? Did anyone have all this then manage to carry to term?

    Sorry for the stupid questions, I'm just clueless here.

    OB said I could go tonight, or I could go in 6 weeks. If he really thoguht I'd last 6 weeks would I have been given steroids? Even the nurses said I'm following a trend tonight because they've had a lot of prems..

    I'm a bit scared to be honest.

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    Hugs, it is a scary thought. Take comfort in knowing though that at 31 weeks your baby has a fantastic chance, especially at a level 3 hospital. You will know when you are in real labour. When I was pregnant with my twins I had three episodes of pre-term labour which were all stopped with nifedipine. I had my first lot of steroids at 27 weeks, it's just routine with any threatened pre-term labour for just in case.
    If your OB was really concerned I doubt you would have been sent home. Also your cervix can shorten quite early on, there's only real concern when it's dilated. I had my cervical shortening monitored every 2 weeks by a transvaginal scan and it wasn't until the third time I went into pre-term labour at 32 weeks that I started dilating. They stopped that as well and ended up inducing me at 35 weeks.
    While definitely very painful it wasn't as intense as my actual labour, but I was induced so that does make a difference.
    I know it's hard but try not to stress too much, I'm sure it will be fine. Best of luck
    Last edited by brooke88(mum2b09); 09-02-2012 at 22:21.

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    Thanks mum2b09 . I got some sleep but woke early to more contractions. They're daily solid at 6 mins apart and I'm starting to get back ache with them. Hopefully if things don't slow down I can at least get all steroids on board.


 

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