About noon yesterday I started feeling some menstrual like cramps and 'butterflies' really low. About that time, I realized it was noon. I hadn't had any fluids since about 10 the night before besides the milk in my cereal. This is very unlike my normal routine. It had been storming all morning and I was working from home and taking it pretty easy. I had been pretty achy for the previous few days. I started drinking lots of water.
The cramps and such continued off and on (every 10 minutes-ish?) throughout the day. I knew it wasn't gas or anytihng of the sort. I thought maybe they had both flipped head down and were causing pressure or something else. About 4:00, I took a short warm bath and laid down for a while. Still no relief, but now it felt more constant. They weren't extremely painful at all. They were just new. I hadn't felt them before. For the record, I don't think I know what a contraction feels like. I never had them with Cohen.
So, I call my doctor's office and the doctor on call recommended I go ahead and go to labor and delivery to get checked. I really didn't feel nervous, I just wanted to know WHAT was going on.
So, Brent got home about that time and we went. Getting three monitors hooked up on my belly was time consuming as the babies were bouncing around. After they monitored me for a bit, a nurse came in the room rather briskly with her hands full of "stuff" and said they saw some "activity" occurring every 30 seconds and needed to figure out what was going on. Que sobbing from me. She said they saw some irritability to my uterus. Which, one can typically feel, but as far as progression, it's right under contractions. Their first goal was to stop it and second to figure out what was causing it. They hooked me up to an IV and took several vials of blood, a urine sample and a swab test. The IV was to get fluids going in me immediately, plus they wanted me to drink water non stop. The blood was to test gallbladder, kidneys, liver, etc. The urine was to check for UTI and the swab was for a fetal fibronectin test. This test basically checks to see if a substance has been released that will indicate whether or not I would be going into labor within the next two weeks. It's 99.9% accurate. So, they really, really needed it to be negative. Of course, I was still wimpering a bit when the nurse was going over all this, but at the same time, she was telling me about all the drugs and stuff that could help this process if it needed to be slowed down or if that test came back positive. I'm not sure if that made me feel better or worse. She also did an exam to check my cervix, but decided she wanted the doctor to do a second one. Lovely.
Talk about freaked out. I was not ready for Knox and Sloane to arrive anytime soon. I couldn't believe this was happening.
We waited about an hour to find the results out. The test was negative, praise God! We had to wait a bit longer for the doctor to come in as she was delivering a baby and had to go to the ER. I had NEVER felt Knox and Sloane be so active. I'm not sure if they were showing off or what, but they bounced around the ENTIRE time. My belly was jiggling.
Finally, the doctor came in. She said my urine and blood looked great. She said with twins, there is SO much going on. She said our babies are so active. She said that, along with my activity can irritate my uterus. Also, the fact I went for a longer stretch that normal, with no fluids, could have something to do with it. She said there was really no way to pinpoint the cause. She said it was a major plus that the fFN test was negative, but this incident would definitely change things from here on out. She said in her opinion, I would need limited activity, lots of fluds and the fFN test every few weeks. She said my doctor would ultimately decide things, but he could even opt to put me on some medications.
She did do an exam as well. She determined that the inner cervix, which she said was most important, was closed and firm. The outer was at a 1. They told me not to be concerned about this, but of course, I am.
They told me it was a very good thing I came in for the IV and to get checked.
I'm ready to talk to my doctor.
They discharged me on the terms that I would stay laying down all weekend and only get up briefly to potty or grab something quickly. She said if I started feeling anything stronger to come back.
I felt better when we got home last night, and this morning I've felt pretty good. I didn't feel any activity when I first got up, but in the past few hours, I've had some cramps. I've only gotten up to pee and grab a water, before Brent was up.
We will figure more out once we talk to our OB. I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to keep Knox and Sloane in and growing. Luckily, we have a lot of family around if we need any help. I'm starting to wonder if I sensed this coming as like two or three times in the past week I told Brent I'm ready to get the nursery done in case I can't in the next few weeks.
I'm thankful to be home and still be pregnant. The survival rate of twins arriving at 24 is very, very low. We are praying I can carry them for as long as possible.
We greatly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers and ask that you continue to keep them coming!
And because pictures document everything...
You can't see completely tell at this angle, but each baby had a monitor and there was one for me to check contractions/activity. I should have taken a video like this because you could haven't definitely seen their activity.
Thank you for the kind comments on prego mego yesterday.
Have a good Saturday!