My sister is on bedrest - update post #39, she had the baby!

How is your sister doing emotionally?
Originally Posted by medussa
As expected, I guess. My mom spent the night at the hospital with her last night because my BIL had to travel for work (don't get me started on that one...) and when I spoke to her this morning, she said that the neonatalogist (sp?) told my sister that if the baby needs to be delivered before they've completed the steroids, the baby has a 50/50 chance of even making it out of the delivery room. But when I spoke to my sister earlier in the day, I asked her under what circumstances they would want to deliver this early and she said if she starts losing a lot of blood, which at this point, I don't think she's been bleeding at all. They've also been giving her mag sulfate to try to stop the contractions.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
How scary for everyone. I hope everything turns out okay.
Hope she's ok. I remember relaxing considerably when I got to 28 weeks as in my head, that was when the baby was viable. I hope they can get the contractions under control so the baby can stay put as long as possible. It's good there's no bleeding yet though with me they managed to stop the bleed I had and I lasted another week anyway. Sending positive thoughts her way.
3b in South Australia.
Pixie, my best wishes to your sister. I hope they can keep that baby in for a bit more.

Wow Pixie. Praying the baby stays put a while longer, I know you and your family have got to be quite worried.
Just wanted to update again that she's still in the hospital. She's been having regular contractions - they were even every 3-5 minutes the other day. They've been giving her something to try to stop the contractions. Luckily, though, the contractions aren't doing anything - her doctor has said strictly no vaginal exams but ultrasounds show that she's not dilating or anything.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
Just wanted to update again that she's still in the hospital. She's been having regular contractions - they were even every 3-5 minutes the other day. They've been giving her something to try to stop the contractions. Luckily, though, the contractions aren't doing anything - her doctor has said strictly no vaginal exams but ultrasounds show that she's not dilating or anything.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
Is it Terbutaline or Procardia?

I hope he stays in there a little while longer.


Just wanted to update again that she's still in the hospital. She's been having regular contractions - they were even every 3-5 minutes the other day. They've been giving her something to try to stop the contractions. Luckily, though, the contractions aren't doing anything - her doctor has said strictly no vaginal exams but ultrasounds show that she's not dilating or anything.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
I hope he continues to stay put. I took both medicines that Fiery Curls mentioned and they made me jittery and unable to focus. Your sister might enjoy some fun items that don't take real concentration. Maybe magazines and DVDs. I didn't read much because I couldn't stay focused.

My contractions did not cause cervical change either once I was medicated. I wonder if some people just have angry uteruses (uterii?).


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Just wanted to update again that she's still in the hospital. She's been having regular contractions - they were even every 3-5 minutes the other day. They've been giving her something to try to stop the contractions. Luckily, though, the contractions aren't doing anything - her doctor has said strictly no vaginal exams but ultrasounds show that she's not dilating or anything.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
I hope he continues to stay put. I took both medicines that Fiery Curls mentioned and they made me jittery and unable to focus. Your sister might enjoy some fun items that don't take real concentration. Maybe magazines and DVDs. I didn't read much because I couldn't stay focused.

My contractions did not cause cervical change either once I was medicated. I wonder if some people just have angry uteruses (uterii?).
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
I was on one of those two medications from weeks 18-36. I was jittery, couldn't focus, my heart would just race, my husband said I was mean, etc.

My contractions did cause cervical change. I had strict bedrest, hospital stays, and I went into labor at 36 weeks.


Not sure what medication she's on to stop the contractions. She's now 26 weeks and the plan is to schedule a C-section for 37 weeks if she makes it that far. They told her that unless she can go about 3 days straight without regular contractions, they want to keep her in the hospital. So it seems she'll probably be there for quite a while, possibly until she delivers.

It's been hard because I haven't been able to visit her - my whole family was sick for a couple weeks and the baby had RSV which would be really bad to expose her/her baby to if she ends up delivering any time soon. We're mostly better now and my doctor said we could go visit her once Abram and I are 100% symptom-free, so possibly tomorrow. I plan to bring her a bunch of magazines because she must be so bored.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
More vibes for her
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Hospital bedrest sucks SO MUCH more than bedrest at home. I really appreciated people bringing me some simple cooked food that could be warmed in the microwave at the hospital. I was wanting food by about 10 pm every night because they served dinner so much earlier than what I was used to.


I only had a week of bedrest in hospital but definitely agree with FieryCurls, it sucks. Books, magazines and food were all much appreciated (veggie diets in Australian public hospitals are not good!). Sending more positive vibes.
3b in South Australia.
Just wanted to update that she's 32 weeks now and still pregnant. That bout in the hospital lasted about 3 weeks. She's been back a couple times because of regular contractions, but those have only been one-day or overnight visits. She's still home on bedrest but isn't totally following the rules because it makes her crazy. I'm pretty sure that now that she's 32 weeks, if she did start contracting regularly they may not make as huge of an effort to stop the contractions, and just deliver.

I can tell she's going crazy being stuck on bedrest and not having anyone to see/talk to all day, so I try to call her frequently and either invite her over (BIL drops her off when he goes to work) or go over there to see her. And she loves to hold my 3-month-old, I think he helps get her excited about her own baby.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
Thanks for the update, glad all is going well for her. Not too much longer for her to hang in there.
3b in South Australia.
Back in the hospital... was having contractions every 5 minutes on Saturday night so they went in. Were released a few hours later, but then she had some bleeding Sunday morning so they went back in. Everything looked fine on the sono so they are just keeping her for observation but she should be out soon I think. We ended up with my nephew half the weekend because my parents were at the symphony Saturday night when they called. It gave me a glimpse of what my life will look like a few years from now! (my nephew and Solomon have roughly the same age difference as Solomon and Abram).
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
Well, she made it to 35 weeks. She's been having lots of contractions and today they were causing her to dilate and efface, so she's having her C-section right now as I type this. Will update later or tomorrow once the baby is here!
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
Did she still have previa? (sometimes it "moves" as the pregnancy progresses). Glad to hear she made it to almost full-term. I wish her peace and health and fast healing.
She still had the full previa.

Baby's name is Jacob Henry and he was 5lb 9oz. He's in the NICU now and was intubated because though he was breathing in oxygen okay, he wasn't breathing out carbon dioxide at a satisfactorily level. My mom said it will probably just be overnight. I'll go see them at the hospital tomorrow.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
She still had the full previa.

Baby's name is Jacob Henry and he was 5lb 9oz. He's in the NICU now and was intubated because though he was breathing in oxygen okay, he wasn't breathing out carbon dioxide at a satisfactorily level. My mom said it will probably just be overnight. I'll go see them at the hospital tomorrow.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl


WOW...4 little boys cousins in your family now. How wonderful for them to grow up all together. CONGRATS to the family!

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