My official diagnosis: Irritable Uterus.
I always knew my lady parts sucked but this one just makes me laugh. I seriously chuckled for about an hour after we left the doctors office yesterday. It basically means my uterus doesn’t like having a baby in there and is going to resist stretching out by contracting a lot.
These little “irritability” contractions are OK as long as they don’t get rhythmic. If I start having them I’m supposed to lie down and measure them to make sure they aren’t a minute long, 5 minutes apart, and lasting more than 1 hour. If they are, back to the hospital we go.
For now I’m allowed to go back to work (since I have a cushy desk job.) I’m back to my placenta previa restrictions so, no sexy time and no lifting more than a milk carton. I have no complaints about these restrictions now! Everything that has happened has scared me straight, I will be a good girl and follow all rules necessary to keep little man in there as long as possible.
I will be going in for weekly appointments from now on and they will be doing cervical checks each time to make sure its staying long and closed. I think going in weekly will help my anxiety a lot because its scary knowing I’m supposed to expect a lot of contractions but need to make the call myself if they are too close together.
My current medicine regimen is as follows: boat loads of antibiotics (because it will take another few days until my bacteria cultures come back), and a smooth muscle relaxer that will help make my cranky uterus happier.
I have one med still up in the air, my
OB and the perinatologist would like me to start weekly large doses of intramuscular progesterone. This treatment is usually reserved for second pregnancies in women who have had previous preemies, so technically I’m not eligible. My doc is working with my insurance to see if they’ll pay even though I haven’t had a preemie yet since both she and the peri think it will prolong his time in my angry uterus.
I’m not going to Dr. Goo.gle this. I’ve been warned that the side effects of the progesterone are tough, also that there are some dangers to taking it, but if both of my docs think it is necessary I know that I need to trust their judgment. I pay them to be the expert and not every link on goo.gle is to the words of an
OB with 20 years of experience.