We made another trip to Labor & Delivery last night. Our second one during this pregnancy. Although, this time (so we didn't get yelled at again) we called the Doctor ahead and went to the hospital we are delivering at and not just the closet one.
My MIL had made sutffed shells for dinner last night and made some extra for us. So my husband brought it home and I was heating it up. As I was standing in the kitchen I felt these three quick "contracting" type sensations in the middle of my belly. More so higher up than down low. It wasn't painful, but it wasn't pleasant either. And sort of stopped me in my tracks. I was thinking maybe the were Braxton Hicks? But I wasn't sure and I was a little freaked out. But I just tried to let it go and not go crazy about it. Well I sat down to eat dinner and while I was eating I starting having pain/discomfort all over my belly. Which I've felt something similar before with all my digestive issues, but something about this pain felt different. So I tried to lay down with the heating pad but that didn't help. Then I tried walking around the house. Which helped a little but not too much. So then we decided to call the dr just to see what she thought and that if we should go get checked out. Of course, my dr turned out to be out of town so I had to talk to the dr on call. And he said it would be best to just get checked out and that he would call ahead to the hospital and let them know we're coming. So off we went...
For the next four hours, the baby and I were hooked up to all kinds of monitors. The positive to it all was that we got to hear her heartbeat for a long time and she was moving around a lot. So it was cool (and reassuring) to hear that! I wasn't having any contractions. But my heart rate was high. They also took a urine sample. So we hung out in one of the birthing suites for awhile just hooked up to monitors. Which was pretty surreal to look around and realize that in just a few months I was going to be delivering our baby in one of these rooms! Crazy. Oh! And guess what our nurse's name was? SAMANTHA :) She was really nice. The doctor on duty did check my cervix. Which was NOT pleasant AT ALL. But thankfully, it was closed! So that was good news. A little while later as we are thinking they are going to discharge us any minute, a different and sort of bitchy nurse comes flying in with an IV cart and flips on all the lights. Doesn't even say anything just starts setting things up and Matt and I look at each other like "What the hell is going on?" So I say to bitchy nurse " Ummm what's going on?" And she says (as she's stabbing for a vein) "Oh they found some stuff in your urine so we're just going to give you a bag of fluids and IV antibiotics." And just as I'm about to question her again the attending dr comes flying in and apologizes and said the nurse got here before she could explain it to us. They found some white cells in my urine meaning most likely a UTI. And I was really dehydrated. AND there is a trace of protein in my urine. Which to an IF pregnant person's ears is scary stuff. Protein in your urine can lead to bad things. However they said it was just a tiny trace and nothing to worry about. So they gave the the IV fluid and IV antibiotic and sent me home with a script for Macrobid for 7 days. Which I'm going to be honest scares me a little. I just finished a z-pack last Saturday, last night they pump me full of IV antibiotics and then now I'm on 7 days of another antibiotic. But they assured me it was all safe for the baby.
We didn't really get a concrete answer to why I was having pain. They said it would be from the UTI or just the baby moving funny or braxton hicks. I'm glad I'm being treated for the UTI and I hope everything is okay. Because UTI's can be dangerous for pregnancy too. I was telling my friend earlier that I wish I could just be sedated until April and then have them wake me up when the baby is here. Not that I want to wish away this pregnancy, but I'm just so scared and I just want the baby here safely. And at least close to full term. It's funny because yesterday I was just thinking how good I was feeling lately and that I was finally getting to feel some peace and happiness and confidence with the pregnancy. And then BAM! We end up in L&D. Matt even painted the cradle yesterday before all this!
And then today, I felt a gush of something (and this is TMI) which I was scared was blood and when I checked my pantyliner is was really wet with like a clear liquid/discharge. More than I've ever felt during this pregnancy. It wasn't like A LOT but just enough to make me a little nervous. The doctor on duty last night did say I would be experiencing more discharge as the pregnancy goes on. But it just seemed weird to me that this starts right after our drama last night. I'm just gonna keep an eye on it. Any one else have these issues?
I really hope and pray that we do not see that birthing suite again until April. Please stay put baby girl :)