Monday, October 14, 2013

Spotting and Contractions at 33 weeks

Haven't been updating for quite a while, well this was what happened, I was actually admitted to Mt Alvernia at 33 weeks, sometime around 23rd September and eventually gave birth prematurely at 34 weeks when sticky bean a.k.a Ashlene is supposed to arrive during 37 weeks will be updating the birth story and ashlene soon. Baby ashlene is now coming to 3 weeks old!

These were the last few shots of my preggie tummy at 32 weeks before i pop so suddenly, haven't even got to taking more shots and a friend of ours is supposed to help take some maternity shots..


The story
ok so it all started when i went to the toilet one friday night, to my horror there's pinkish stain when i wipe and thereafter spotting on the pantyliner for about an hour.

Somehow i felt uneasy especially when my tummy feels tight all the time. Unfortunately, my gynae was not in town and 6th sense actually brought us to Mt Alvernia just to play safe.

As SOP, as long as you are more than 20 weeks pregnant, you have to admit to the delivery ward directly.
There, they strapped me to the CTG machine to monitor the contractions.
Also when your gynae is not in town, they always have a "back up gynae" hence the nurse will inform the gynae of your condition.

It was 10+ pm at night when we were admitted.



So there i was, strapped to the machine. To our surprise, the nurse mentioned that i'm actually having contractions every 3-4 minutes which is super close and the covering gynae advised to put me on drip and prescribed medications to bring down the contractions.

According to the nurse, my contractions took quite a while to come down. I was surprised as i can't feel anything at all except that my tummy feels tight all the time. if it's not for the spotting, i probably wouldn't have admit to Mt A for a check and probably wouldn't know of the contractions at all.

As a safety measure, in case i give birth there and then, they injected me with steroids to help baby's lungs mature since she will be considered quite pre mature at 33 weeks.

by next morning the contractions subsided, the back up gynae came and asked if i'd like to go home since contractions subsided. Of course i want to go home. They charge like $250 per day for the room only excluding doctor's fees and medications. the whole bill for one night stay came up to be $900+!

Since my gynae is coming back on Monday, the back up gynae advised me to see my gynae when he's back.
So i went back to Dr James Lee on Monday. I was secretly rejoicing when he first made a casual comment that i will probably not be going back to work till i give birth. I thought it just meant i need bed rest all the way till 37 weeks.
Little did i know that it was because my cervix is already 2 cm dilated and he would want me to admit back to Mt. A as he's worried that my water bag may just burst anytime, given the pressure he would rather play safe and not risk me having my water bag burst at home in case of cord collapse where the baby can be suffocated by the cord if it happens during the pressure of a water bag burst.

To be honest, Dr. James lee never failed to impress us with his premonitions. He predicted that my water  bag may burst anytime hence i asked for medications to drag the labour. My intention is to keep baby inside for as long as possible. But Dr. James Lee's stand is medication can delay the labour probably by a week maximum and he predicted that i will give birth by weekend.

So there i was staying in Mt A from Monday. Indeed my water bag burst on Friday! will share the details in the birth story.

Anyway that stay at Mt A was really pleasant and the food's pretty good except for the fact that i seriously miss home and sleeping in my own bed.



Just that it's really difficult to rest well and have proper sleep during my stay there with nurses coming in every 2-3 hours to take your temperature and blood pressure or to give you medication.

I was on oral medication to control the contractions and thankfully not on drip this time round. Absolutely hate the drip, it makes going toilet so inconvenient, you have to call the nurse for help and you know being so preggie, you need to go pee all the time.
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The hubby took time off the whole week to visit me at the hospital. Feel so "sayang" for him wasting his leave like that, i'd rather he save the leave for baby ashlene's arrival instead. but i feel so blessed with a loving hubby. Besides having to company me at Mt. A, he needs to run lots of last minute errand to get the baby's stuff.

The cot's not even delivered as we are so totally unprepared for Ashlene's early arrival. I wanted to get all the last minute things during Rise and Shine EXpo and Baby expo end sept and early oct initially.


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