It's been a difficult couple of weeks with baby poppet 3. Last week during my 32 week scan, the sonographer noted a possible abnormality with the baby's heart. Everything has looked super until this point, so it was a bit of a shock. Charlie has an enlarged aortic root and this scan seemed to show something similar. I was booked in for a fetal echocardiogram for the following Wednesday but managed to snag a cancellation for the Monday morning. So this past Monday I headed to the maternal fetal center at the crack of dawn for the echo. Thankfully baby's heart looked great and very normal. A huge sigh of relief.
Unfortunately, though, I've been experiencing lots of preterm labour signs. It seems that my irritable uterus is becoming even more irritable. On Sunday and Monday I spent most of the day confined to my bed. I have persistent back and lower abdominal pain and when I moved just a little bit I was having very painful contractions. 2 days of almost complete rest calmed things down a little bit, but after some other symptoms Monday night (oh, when will I sleep again?!) I headed to the midwives on Tuesday for a checkup and saw the lovely Jen.
Unfortunately my fetal fibronectin test came back positive, which means that I have a higher risk of preterm labour. I have a cervical length check on Monday at my next ultrasound and hopefully it will show that these contractions and cramps aren't having a major effect on my cervix. At least that's what I'm hoping. Luckily I'm already close to 33 weeks so not too far from being early term, but I'm not sure how I will return to work after spring break. It may be that I have to work remotely. Monday will determine whether complete or modified bed rest is in my future, or whether I just have to limit my activity significantly. I probably had my last run of this pregnancy last Sunday, which is a shame as I've been really enjoying going to the gym.
Still, not too long to go! And baby girl looked great on Monday and during my non-stress test on Tuesday, where she was bouncing around very happily!