I went to the doctor this morning at 8 a.m., I had a scheduled appointment for tomorrow at 10 a.m., but since my schedule was completely open today & Dr. Roberts had some openings, I went today. I was also really worried about this lower pelvic pain that I had been having. I had been reading a lot about pre-term labor (PTL) and I was very concerned that I would go into labor and not know what it felt like.
I was more nervous at this appointment than I ever had been before. My vital signs were really good, blood pressure was 116/68! I was so happy about that. I started to relax a little bit after that. Dr. Roberts came in right away and we talked a lot about PTL, what I should watch for, when to call, etc.
She told me I really need to do four things: sleep, eat, drink and stay stress free. As soon as I become tired, hungry, dehydrated or stressed, the uterine muscle will contract. I have been having some issues with my narcolepsy, I am so exhausted all the time. I didn't really get overly tired in the first trimester, but I swear, the 2nd trimester has been so much worse. My body & brain are all backwards, so, I guess what else would I expect.
My uterus measured ahead, and the heartbeats were strong. Of course, she couldn't find Baby A right away. He is SUCH a wiggle-worm!!! She hadn't gotten the ultrasound results yet, but asked me a bunch of questions and nothing had been bad. She assured me that they would've told me if there was anything wrong.
She also kind of gave me a birth plan. She wants me to go to at least 35-36 weeks (beginning of May), if I go into labor before that, they will try to stop it. If they can't, and I am before 35 weeks, I will have to "get shipped" out, to the University. Not because Dr. Roberts can't take care of me, but because the hospital won't be able to care for the babies. Any time after 35 weeks, if I go into labor, they will let me go and deliver the little ones in Princeton.
She still didn't give me any restrictions, just to watch what I do, find out what makes it worse and then, start restricting that activity.
I go back again in three weeks. I will have had our 2nd Level II ultrasound to check Baby A's profile. I am feeling so much better with a plan and knowing what to do.
Big Hugs, Sara