I arrived at maternity triage and although I did really expect to be sent home, I had packed an overnight bag just in case. On arrival I was hooked up to the monitor to check on baby and my basic observations were done. Shortly after I was seen by a consultant registrar who again covered my history and did some further observations took blood and advised that I would be admitted for the night. I had a temperature, my heart rate was higher than normal and was slightly dehydrated along with protein in my urine.
An hour later a midwife came to admit me and to my surprise I was taken through to the delivery suite for monitoring. I was shocked to find myself in the delivery suite a room with a crib, and everything ready for a baby's arrival. I was seen by numerous doctors and consultants and again hooked to the monitor to keep an eye on the contractions. I was also put on IV fluids and antibiotics, and given anti-sickness medication.
After a restless night were in which I was monitored every few hours I was seen by a further consultant who advised that I would be transferred to a general maternity ward and kept in for a further 24hours until all the test results had come back, and I would remain on IV antibiotics and fluids.
On the general maternity ward I was given further medication for blood thinning and also steroids for the baby's lungs should baby decide to make an early appearance. Results came back to show that infection markers where higher, further confirmation of the group b strep and protein and key tones in my urine. All was well with baby, and it was assumed that the infections were causing the contractions.
I spent five long nights in hospital before being given the all clear to go home. I was also given further appointments for Doppler scans and consultant reviews over the coming weeks.
I found it really hard being in hospital with the boys at home, and despite their visits home times were really hard. Both the boys made me lovely cards which did cheer me up but the constant monitoring and noise throughout the ward meant that sleep was at a premium.
We have been booked in for a growth scan at 34 weeks I will keep you posted.