Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pre-term labor=Bedrest

It all started Easter Sunday. I was 32 1/2 weeks and started having contractions at church that were 10 minutes apart and intense. I went home that afternoon and managed to calm them down a bit. By Monday they had picked back up again and by Monday evening around 10:30 we were in the Emergency Room/Labor and delivery with contractions every 6 minutes or so. They were strong enough to break my water so they immediately gave me a few doses of Brethine and sent us home around 2AM. The meds worked until Tuesday afternoon when my contractions sped up again. By Tuesday night around 11 pm we were back at the hospital wtih contractions every 3-4 minutes! This was very concerning. They gave me several strong doses of medicine and monitored me and the twins for several hours (apparently these contractions could cause them distress). We went home around 3:30 AM. Wednesday the doctor put me on strict bedrest and gave me Brethine and procardia to take at home to keep the contractions at bay. Bedrest is hard (especially when I still have much to prepare!), but my husband has been amazing at taking care of me and finishing up most preparations for us. The Lord has been humbling me by forcing me to rely on the strength of others to do literally EVERYTHING! He has shown us His care and concern for us through the people that have brought us meals or just offered to lend a helping hand. Even though "housearrest" is hard, lonely, my body is in pain, and the meds make me crazy- I'm extremely grateful for EACH day the Lord keeps the twins in my womb. He has been so good to us throughout this pregnancy!

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