I've posted here and there but thought I should finally do an official intro. I'm 34, DH is 36 and this is our first (27w tomorrow). I have HBP and an unspecified kidney disease that runs on my mom's side of the family. Oddly enough it only seems to affect the females - my mom, grandma and great aunt all have had it, and all have either needed dialysis or a transplant. I've started being treated for mine a lot earlier than anyone else so maybe I can avoid total kidney failure but I guess we'll see. I also had cancer at 16 and my kidney specialist said that one of the chemo drugs is also hard on kidneys.
My first scare with this PG was at 18 weeks when I started bleeding - doc found a clot and said my placenta was very low (never said the word previa) and saw some funneling, but the funneling went away after I passed the clot. Doc said there's a chance I could have one bleeding throughout 2nd tri, and so far that has been the case (although it was motsly just spotting).
Besides the spotting, everything was going great, cervical length was checked every two weeks and all looked good, baby was measuring in the 64th percentile at last growth scan. Placenta has also moved up. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago, had a heavier bleed but no cramping so doc put me on pelvic rest, bleeding calmed down. Woke up last Tuesday to a pretty decent bleed that continued throughout the morning, accompanied with cramping / contractions. Doc said come in right away, hooked me to the monitor which confirmed I was having contractions. Cervix also shortened but only by a small amount. They sent me to the hospital for fluids, monitoring & the wonderful steroid shots. I've now been home since Wednesday on MBR. We live in a tiny mountain town in Colorado and the earliest they'll let you deliver here is 35-36 weeks. If I go into labor any earlier, my options are hospitals either 2hrs or 4hrs away (Grand Junction or Denver). If given the choice we'll pick Denver, they're NICU is supposed to be top notch.
On top of all that, I've been told I may not be able to have an epidural - the cancer I had was in my L2 vertebra - they removed the vertebra and I still have the rods in my back which could affect epi placement. I'll be seeing an anesthesiologist to go over my options.
You deserve a cookie if you read through all of that. Anyway, just wanted to officially say hello.