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.