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Aug 18, 2014


So a few things have happened since my last update here.

  • I've been diagnosed with a dynamic cervix.  The smallest measurement so far was a 1.4 (centimeters)
  • The doctor has placed me on modified bedrest: minimal walking, no other exercise, laying down when I can - sitting (somewhat reclined) otherwise
  • I've had a lot of braxton hicks, and if I have any in a pattern I'm to go to the hospital, since they cause my body to react as the same as a normal contraction
  • Progesterone cream.  Yay (not)
  • Since I'm on bedrest, I'm now unemployed - it's actually working out OK so far (under 6 employees in Massachusetts means I don't fall under state or federal maternity coverages, and no short term disability under the insurance - also we still bring in just a little too much to qualify for WIC)
  • My parents have been a massive help!  My mom comes over every day to help me out and do general chores around the house
My next appointment is this week, and hopefully my cervix hasn't shortened any more.  If it has, they'll start me on the steroid shots and also a FFN test, which we'll hopefully be doing every two weeks for another month or two.  The FFN test is a swab of your, ahem, fluids to check for a protein that is released shortly before birth.  If the protein is present, that would mean that I could go into labor in the next week or two (not guaranteed).  If it isn't present, then that's good and we check again in two weeks.  If it's present, that's when I get the first steroid shot - to strengthen her lungs.  Then I think the other shot is two days later.
I really hope the protein isn't present!
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