Those who are friends with me on Facebook or are in the Online Baby Shower may have already heard this news. But for those who haven't here's the gist.
On April 11th, I woke up in horrendous pain that felt like contractions, so I went into the hospital where my OB delivers to get it checked out. It felt like contractions, even though at 32 weeks gestation, that should not be happening.
I did test positive for fetal fibronectin, which indicates a preterm risk. Also, the pains I've been having, while not birth contractions, did show up on monitors. So they are a problem. Because of that, I've been prescribed a medication that stops contractions and I'll be taking it at least until my next appointment with my OB, but possibly until Nova is born.
As much as we want to see her, she should not be trying to come right now. She needs to wait until at at least 36 or 37 weeks, ideally.
She's doing very well but is also very small at 3 lbs and 9oz. She's 17 inches long. We got an extensive ultrasound to find out that and other information. She would likely survive if born now. However, there could also be medical problems, such as respiratory issues. So, everything possible to prevent that is good.
I also got both steroid treatments (one on the 11th and one on the 12th) to help the baby if she does come early. But please send happy vibes, light a candle, meditate, pray (whatever you believe in that might help) that it does not happen. She really needs to cook longer!!!!
I've been ordered to rest even more, even though Rich basically does everything right now. But we're going to attempt to figure out where we could be lacking in that.
What all of this means is that I basically need to focus only on Nova and avoid stress and too much activity and I'm going to need a lot of support. This is going to greatly hurt us financially, even more than it already has, as there will be times when I can't complete the writing work (honestly, probably most of the time, I can't). So, we really appreciate hugs, love, encouragement, reads and shares of our work (costs you nothing but makes us money), or anything you can think of that might help.
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Thanks for the support and stay tuned for the next update. Due to being so in need of rest, sometimes I won't get them out on time and I will go back and put them in on the date intended. Sometimes, Rich may write some things instead of me, as well. Please be patient with us as we do our best to get through this rough time and keep you all updated as best as we can.