Around 30 weeks or so, with Tucker, I started to feel lots of tightening in my stomach. It was around this time that school had started back, so I attributed it to the fact that I was on my feet for 8+ hours a day teaching a class full of second graders (second graders who would become victim of my belly when I walked between rows of desks, it would whack them in the head all the time, it was quite hilarious).
The day before my 32 week appointment I told my mom I was going to mention it to my doctor the next day, and my mom told me I was being crazy. That they were probably braxton hicks & the doctor would tell me that and all would be fine.
How wrong she was. After telling my doctor at that appointment, she decide to check me and found out that I was 2-3 cm dilated at 32 weeks. I was sent over to the hospital for some monitoring (it is attached to my docs office so I went right over & called my mom and Mike to tell them of the news). That night I ended up going into full on labor, needing a magnesium drip to stop the contractions and an emergency ambulance ride to a bigger hospital where they could handle delivering a 32 weeker if that ended up happening.
That was just the start of my preterm labor & bedrest with Tucker. Read the full story here. The next four weeks after being put on bedrest was filled with lots of resting, reading, game playing, coloring (heck, I did anything to pass the time!). I was taken care of by my father-in-law during the days (we moved in with my in-laws during this time) and my mom, mother-in-law, and Mike at night. My shower had to be canceled two different times (we didn’t have it until after Tucker was born, actually, I’ve never had a shower while pregnant because with the girls my shower was after the fact, as well!) and I couldn’t leave the confines of the house except for doctor’s appointments each week.
*Sorry for the poor quality photos. These are scanned pictures from then.
**The red shirt picture at the top is the last photo I have before bedrest.
***I look like a hot mess in all the bedrest photos, please excuse.