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So I'm almost 25 weeks pregnant and I went to the doctor last Thursday (7/2 the nurse was listening for the heartbeat and she said started feeling my stomach and she said "does it always get this hard?" I said "every once in a while" and she said that that's contractions. She got the doctor and they measured my cervix and it went from 3.65 cm to 2.8 cm in 8 weeks. I got put on bed rest and on procardia. Since taking the procardia, I have not been feeling hardly any fetal movement. Maybe once or twice but it didn't really feel like movement and it's been above my pubic bone. Has anyone else went through this??
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Last edited by geminikiss; 07-31-2011 at 07:37 PM.
I've been on bed rest for pretty much the same reasons since 26 weeks. I am now 36 weeks and so over it. Same thing happened with my last pregnancy but I didn't have to start the BR until later. My baby never stops moving so procardia isn't giving me that side effect. I would ask your doctor about it.

Will they continue to monitor your cervix? I shortened to 2.6 at about 30 weeks and held steady from there.

Did they put you on the ctx monitor to see how frequent your ctx are?

It can all be rather scary but you will have a healthy baby in the end.


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No they didn't. I'm going back this Friday. They tested my tissue to see if I'm going into labor within the next 2 weeks.
3a, normal porosity, fine texture, normal elasticity
experimenting with:
co-wash: suave naturals
rinse-out: tresemme naturals moisturizing conditioner
other products: nothing yet

From what I understand, there is no test to tell if someone is going into labour soon (I really wish there was because it would have saved me a lot of stress with my post-term pregnancy!)

I think the cervix can shorten/soften/dilate weeks and weeks before labour, especially with first pregnancies, and practice contractions can also start months before the real thing. My stomach was getting rock-hard every night in January and my baby was born in May.

I obviously don't know your exact situation and medical details and whether or not there is a legitimate cause for concern, but I really hate how pregnancy has become so over-medicalized and doctors obsessed with eliminating any tiny amount of risk that many women end up anxious and stressed during what should be a beautiful time. You worry that you're too sick, or not sick enough. You're not showing enough, or you're too big. Your fluid is low, or too high. You worry about how things you take, eat, or do affect the baby. You worry about how the baby is moving. You worry about pre-term labour. Then heaven forbid the baby isn't here even days before your due date - now they get you worried about the risks of "going late." Your labour is too long, you worry. If it's fast, you worry about the baby being shocked. It's funny how the mother's mental health and well-being never seems to be something anyone is concerned with when they stress you out with risks and all the bad possibilities. Or the effects of that stress on the baby.

All this to say, you're going to worry, there's nothing you can do about that, but try to minimize it and find ways to relax, and from what you've said here, it doesn't sound like there is necessarily a problem. I wish you a healthy baby and health for yourself too and I have a good feeling that everything will be fine.
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There is a test that determines if a woman is likely to go into PT labor within the next two weeks. When positive, she may go into labor or she may not. When negative, it is about 95% predictive that she won't go into labor.


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
There is a test that determines if a woman is likely to go into PT labor within the next two weeks. When positive, she may go into labor or she may not. When negative, it is about 95% predictive that she won't go into labor.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
I didn't know that! So it only works for pre-term labour but not labour at or beyond term?
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Some think that even if you "know" labor may start in the next couple weeks, there's nothing to be done about it, so it may not be worth knowing. With all our technology improvements over the past several decades, we have not been able to reduce our premature birth rates one bit. We still have just as many premature babies as we ever had. We now over-treat a lot more women though, putting their lives on hold in bed for no real reason, and have increased the costs of pregnancy tremendously...for no real benefit.

I do wish the OP a nice long pregnancy and healthy, happy mom and baby.

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