We just got back from our follow-up appointment, and I am very happy to say that everything is looking good! The doctor checked my cervix right away and pronounced “You’re the same!” Woo hoo! Knox’s heartbeat still sounds excellent in the 150s and his movement has certainly stayed very strong. The doctor wants me to take the Terbutaline every six hours, so four times a day, because it does seem to be working to control the contractions. I will be on bed rest until 36 or 37 weeks, and then they’ll let me off of it and the medicine. She did tell me that since Knox has had both doses of steroids in the hospital, if he were to be born now, he would behave more like 35 weeks than 33. She also said that if I were to go back into preterm labor, they wouldn’t do as much to stop it because we have had the steroids. Scary, I don’t want that to happen! Even if he would be okay, I want to be able to take my baby home with me when he’s born and not go to the NICU, so he needs to stay put until full term!
They hooked me up to the NST to check for contractions, and I didn’t have any when I was there, although my uterus is “irritable.” It shows little spikes and bounces on the monitor, even though they aren’t actual contractions. She reiterated that it is okay for me to do small errands because I told her I was scared to do anything other than get up to pee and shower. She said I may contract when I’m up walking around, but as long as I’m not up for too long and go right back to laying down afterwards, it will be just fine. That made me feel better. So, here I lay, making my list for our outing to Target this evening. I haven’t done my Christmas shopping, so Trevor and I are going to try to make a quick trip tonight. Who knows, I may end up rocking the motorized scooter, I promise to take pictures if I do.
I have lost a few pounds as of today, I am assuming from being in the hospital. I was so pumped full of fluids and forcing down a ridiculous amount of water, so my appetite wasn’t the best. I am making sure to eat enough while on bed rest, and Trevor fed me a huge hamburger for lunch today, so I am sure that helped, too!
I leave you with some pictures from this week:
For the record, Trevor made tacos, and they were very good.
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