This week proved to be very exciting! On Wednesday night, I was out in the garage getting some things together and all the sudden I started feeling a gush of fluid that I couldn't stop. At first I thought that I probably just peed my pants, but the fact that I couldn't stop it made me a little worried. I got the pH paper that the midwives gave me a while back to test and see if it might possibly be amniotic fluid. If there is any sort of fluid other than urine, it will turn blue or purple. You can get false positives if you have any trace of protein (blood, semen) or any infections. Anyhow, as soon as I used the paper, it instantly turned blue. I decided to page the midwife and see what to do. She called back within a few minutes and I bawled my eyes out telling her my water may have broken. She was very calm and advised me to go to the birthing center at the hospital to be checked out.
We called Nana to come and get Finley and then we drove to the hospital. They were very calm and nice there too, which put me at ease. Very first thing I had to do was give a urine sample and then they hooked up the monitors to measure contractions and baby's heart rate. Everything with baby was fine, but I was having regular contractions every 3-4 minutes. What worried me is that I couldn't feel them at all! Maybe that's my problem, I don't feel my contractions until I'm very progressed! Anyhow, contractions can also come with stress, lack of water, increased activity, infection, etc. So, time for the tests.
First of all they did a swab to see if I was indeed leaking amniotic fluid. That ended up being negative (yes, that gush was just me peeing my pants!). Then, they did the fetal fibronectin test which basically tells how likely you are going to go into labor in the next two weeks. If you get a positive, there's 99% likelihood of labor and if it's negative, you can be pretty well assured you are fine for the next couple of weeks. Well, mine was negative, yahoo! Lastly, they checked my cervix and found that it was still closed but "soft, short, and ripe" (in the nurse's words). So, it looked like I was not in any danger of going into pre-term labor, whew! However, my urine sample came back with traces of white blood cells which indicated a slight UTI. This may have also explained why I couldn't stop when I felt the rush of fluid and also why I was having regular contractions. They prescribed a strong, one dose antibiotic (bring on the probiotics again), rest, cranberry juice, and lots of water for the next few days.
Long story short, I went to see my midwife for a follow up a few days later and everything looked better. She said not to worry about the contractions and that it was totally normal at this point in pregnancy. Needless to say, my bladder feels not as heavy and I'm not getting those sharp shooting pains anymore (seems stupid I couldn't connect the dots, but I just attributed it to being big and pregnant!). Also, she gave me a "recipe" for a wash that can be used in place of antibiotics if you are GBS positive. I'm definitely planning on getting the antibiotic, but because Finley got sick from GBS, I'm taking all the precautions I can with this baby. The recipe is basically a little Hibiclens mixed with water and then used as a douche every 6 hours. I bought all of the things I'll need for it and I feel better being prepared with this as well as the antibiotic!
On a more fun note, baby's room is really coming along! I ordered a tree with leaves, flowers, and an owl decal and it came in the mail this week. It took Mike and I about 2 hours to put it up, but it looks great! We've gotten lots of compliments and I'm sure Baby G will love it! I know baby won't be spending a lot of time in his/her room the first several months, but it's still nice to have everything ready!
Have a great week!