These are thoughts I had when I was pregnant with my son Vance.
December 14, 2010, at 4:14pm
Yesterday I felt like my water was breaking. I called my doctor, and they told me to come to the hospital. I am 34 weeks pregnant with my second child and I had a c-section with my first one. While at the hospital, they hooked me up to monitors and saw I was having contractions. They later gave me an IV of fluids and did several tests. They decided that I had a UTI and gave me a prescription. However, they also noticed that my baby's heartbeat had dropped several places. The hospital does not do ultrasounds at night, so I was sent home. My doctor has scheduled me for an ultrasound for tonight. I am worried. Why would I have contractions? I didn't feel them, just uncomfortable. Could the cord be bugging the baby? Could he be pulling on it or could it be around his neck? My husband thinks they would not have sent me home if there was something wrong, but I thought they just didn't want to worry me.
A hospital that doesn't do ultrasounds? I mean, they made me wait until the next day. And I didn’t have an appointment until that night.
The ultrasound tech said everything was good. The baby looked good, he is about 6 pounds, and everything was good. He only mentioned that there was enough amniotic fluid and that it was on the high side, but I got a call from the doctor today saying that there was too much fluid. So I am not sure what this means. She said he has too big of a swimming pool. Therefore, I am going for blood work tomorrow to test my blood sugar levels and they are sending me to fetal-maternal medicine. Therefore, I panicked again, but then when they call with my appointment they say January 5! What! If it was that important, why wait? Keep in mind this was December 16th. I have a regular appointment tomorrow so maybe I can learn more but I have never heard of having too much fluid.
Update: Vance is now 7 years old. The fluid didn't seem to be much of an issue. Vance has some behavioral issues he takes concerta for but that seems to be something that most people in his family have and nothing related to the amount of fluid postpartum.
I wanted to give updates in case others have the same or similar questions.