I swear I’m not trying to get out of work…….

By Dani Maxwell

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t been at work for about a week.  Vacation time?  I wish.  I have been “relaxing” but it’s not what you think.

Last Thursday, I went into pre-term labor.  I was lucky enough to be at the doctor’s office when it happened so they sent me straight to the hospital.  I was only 32 weeks pregnant, a little too early to be thinking about having the baby yet. 

The nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital put me on an IV with fluids (I was dehydrated) and magnesium sulfate.  The magnesium works to “relax” your uterus and stop contractions.  They also gave me two steroid shots to help develop the baby’s lungs more quickly.  Most babies would be all right if born at 32 weeks, but their lungs are not fully developed until around 36 weeks and that could lead to problems.  I was also put on antibiotics in case I had some sort of infection that triggered the contractions. 

The doctors told me the magnesium was supposed to slow down the contractions within 1-2 hours.  It took about 15 hours once I was finally on the medicine.  I had them 2, 3, or 4 minutes apart from about 10:00 a.m. Thursday to 4:00 a.m. Friday.  Some got pretty intense and I thought for awhile I would be giving birth that night.  The nurses asked if we had a car seat with us and I said, “I was hoping to get it at my baby shower this coming weekend!”  Boy – talk about NOT feeling prepared.  I thought I had a lot more time to get ready for this baby!  Anyway, it was around 3:30 a.m. that I finally fell asleep thanks to some Benadryl (I was dealing with a cold too) and I think that’s when my body started to relax and the contractions slowed down.  The next day I still had contractions, but they were every hour or couple hours.  The doctors sent me home around midnight.

I spent Saturday and Sunday resting in bed.  I was pretty bummed because as I mentioned, Sunday was supposed to be my baby shower.  My sisters had to cancel it.  I watched the Bears game instead and got a little too excited when Devin Hester had two great returns.  I started contracting again and my husband wouldn’t let me watch the rest of the game.

Monday I had another doctor’s appointment and they put me on monitors to check the baby’s heartbeat and my contractions.  I was having one every few minutes again, so back to the hospital I went.  This time, they were able to slow them down with rest and a blood pressure medicine I had been on since I left the hospital, Procardia.  The Procardia loosens the uterus similar to the magnesium.  I was able to leave the hospital Tuesday. 

Now I’m home resting and was given the green light by my doctor to go back to work next Tuesday.  I can’t work more than 6 hours a day, but at least I won’t have to be on bed rest until the baby comes.  Ironically, Steve and I have our birthing class this Saturday.  I feel like I already know what to expect!  The good news is the baby is just fine.  The squeezing didn’t seem to phase her in the least.  Her heart rate is good and she’s moving around like normal.  The doctors tell me every day I can keep her in there the healthier she’ll be.  Right now, she only weighs about 3 1/2 pounds; a little small for her “age” but I am a pretty small person so they say that’s normal.  I’m trying to eat a lot to fatten her up!

I want to thank all the wonderful nurses and doctors at SwedishAmerican Hospital who were so attentive and so knowledgeable and the friends and family who visited or called to check in.  It means a lot to know I have such a wonderful support group, and that includes my husband, who has been calm and caring throughout this whole thing.  I might have freaked out a little bit if it weren’t for Steve.  Thank you, hubbin.

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This post was written by dmaxwell on October 6, 2011

10 Comments so far

  1. Melissa O. October 6, 2011 9:28 pm

    I will be praying for you and your baby. I delivered all three of my children at sweds and they are amazing. The last two were both premature, 34 and 36 weeks. Both were in the NICU at Sweds, the nurses and drs in there are also FANTASTIC! I also was on the mag, and procardia but wasn’t lucky enough to pass on the bed rest. They couldn’t keep my contractions stopped! Both my boys are healthy and growning like weeds. They are now 3 1/2 and 1 1/2! Thank you for your stories and keep us updated! The next few weeks will fly by so try and get lots and lots of sleep. If you have any questions or worries about premature babies and births feel free to shoot me an e-mail I would love to help ease your worries! Again you are in my prayers and I am sure things will be wonderful! Congratulations on your little girl!

  2. Paul Sanderson October 7, 2011 1:32 am

    All three of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Get all the rest you need. Work can wait! Take care.

  3. Debbie Lindroth October 7, 2011 4:04 am

    Blessings Dani!! You are in good hands. We had our 3 girls at Swedish American and they are wonderful!!

    Rest, rest, rest and I agree with Paul..work can wait. You work with such a loving, caring bunch of people, I’m sure they all agree.

    Take care and God bless all of you. Congratulations on your little girl…


  4. Shirley C. October 8, 2011 1:04 am

    I am always happy when I see you on at 5:00 and 6:00 and was worried when you weren’t on. I will pray for that sweet little girl to take some more time right where she is! I atree with the others, rest!

  5. Marie October 9, 2011 4:55 am

    Thank you for the update, Dani. We were worried about you and little Max. Tell her to be good and just stay put for a little while longer. Good luck to all of you! I just know you are going to be ok.

  6. Linda October 9, 2011 7:30 pm

    Thank you for the update, Dani. I was also concerned when you were not on all week! So happy “baby girl” is waiting for alitle while more. God Bless you and your family.

  7. Lois October 10, 2011 11:48 pm

    Dani, please take it easy for your health and the baby’s. Work will always be there, but you will never get this time back to care for her right now like you are. Give her the time in the womb that she needs to develop…good things come to those that wait!! We will be praying for you and the baby!

  8. Lynne October 12, 2011 5:56 pm

    Dani, I am so glad to read your blog and hear that you and your little one are ok ! I miss you on at 5:00 and hoped that things were good. Can’t wait to see pictures and good luck in the coming weeks 🙂

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