Premature Labor!!

  • This is my first pregnancy and I am only 6 mo pregnant, however I fell one day at work and started having contractions.  I went into the hospital where they gave me a muscle relaxants and it stopped the contractions. Since then I have become 1 to 1.5 cm dilated and my cervix is 50% effaced. I recently came back from the hospital where I had more contractions and they were able to stop it again.  Has anyone else had experiance with premature labor? If so, how did you cope? I'm scared and don't know what else to expect.  I've been put on bedrest and pelvic rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. But still it's hard not to worry. Any coping mechanisms?

  • My best advice would be to do what you are doing right now. Seek out other women going through the same thing. Not that I don't want you here (It is great to have you!), but you can Google "bed rest message board" or "bed rest buddies" and find women who are in the exact same situation.

    I would also advice keeping busy. Keep a journal, play video games, read books, and join Netflix (so you can have a new movie every day). You might also learn how to smock or knit. You will be too busy and tired after your baby is born and it would be a great way to make him/her special gifts.

    Did your doctor put you on Brethine (terbutaline)?

  • I agree with BabyNurse. It's best to keep your mind occupied, so you don't increase your stress levels. I love the Netflix idea, and there's so much you can do right from your computer.

    I was on bedrest during the early part of my first pregnancy and it's not easy. But staying in a good place mentally will help you through. Also, lean on as many friends and family as you can to help out with things you can't do right now (doing the dishes, cooking, etc.). That will also help lessen your stress.

  • I was given terbutaline the first time I went to the hospital for the fall.  It didn't quite like it though. It made me very shakey.  But thank you for the advice. I have a subscription to Netflix and am definitely taking advantage of it! My fiancee hates it cause I fill up our que with chick flicks, but he's been great with it all. He has taken over my chores now that I can't do much.  I work from home so keeping busy isn't too bad, except on my days off. 

    Thank you very much for the advice though!!  It is greatly appreciated.

  • I was 41 weeks pregnant and had to have terbutaline b/c my contractions were back to back and Grant was in major distress. I hated the way it made me feel too. I know many women have to take it several times a day. That would be hard to deal with.

    So glad you have Netflix! My husband always fusses about my selections too.

    What type of work do you do from home? I hope it isn't too stressful.

  • I am a medical transcriptionist, so I sit and type all day. It's not too stressfull, unless I can't understand the drs, which is often.  My mom helps me out though, she is also a medical transcriptionist.

  • That's great that your mom can help you. I have been transcribing sermons for my preacher. Today I really wished I had someone to give some of it to. :)