When you are still 5 weeks from your due date and you start experiencing signs of labour, your doctor starts to get worried and so did I. It was a scary experience for me and I am glad I listened to my feelings and got the needed medical attention and monitoring. That mourning, I was feeling a little off but had felt the same kinda feelings before and continued on with my day. Just thought I needed time for my medicine to kick in or more for breakfast when I got to work. For a bit it seemed like everything would get better but then it didn`t. In fact as the day went on it it started to feel worse. I tried to work through it all thinking it was nothing. I tried seeing if a lunch break would help but it did not. When It did not stop or go away after eating I knew that it was something more and that I needed to be looked at right away.
I spent over 6 hours in the assessment ward being looked at and having both the baby and contractions monitored. It was reassuring to hear the nurses tell me how textbook the babies heartbeat was looking. This made me smile while I waited for the doctors to come and check things out. I was warned however, that if the labour did not stop on its own that I would be admitted to Labour and Delivery to have this baby. I was scared that having her this early would mean time in the the NICU and possible challenges for her. Then they told me that I was dilated 1 cm and my cervix was thinned out. The next check in two hours would tell the tale.
Well the labour did stop and I was unchanged after 2 hours so was able to go home. This of course did not mean that I would not be at danger of it happening again and for that reason the decision was made to stop work immediately. The heat and pace at work would not slow down in the next few weeks. I would not be able to just lay down and rest as needed especially if I was working alone. Speaking of laying down, I should go and do that very thing.