i don't post very much but I'm in the hospital on bed rest so i figured i might as well share my story. As of saturday i was 24 weeks 3 days pregnant with a due ate of 8/1. Secretly i was hoping little Finn might come a little earlier in july but this has left me dumb founded. So saturday started out totally normal. Woke up, cleaned the house, washed the cars with my husband and then we went out and ran a bun of errands. When we got home i immediately had to go to the bathroom with some rather explosive diarrhea (sorry tmi) followed by some unusual cramping. so i just curled up in the fetal position and took a long nap. I woke up around 6pm and the second i got up and started walking the "cramps" came back. They were debilitating and instantly brought me to my knees and tears to my eyes. Husband was like "we're going to the hospital now!" so we get to women's and children's hospital and they hook me up to the monitors and start monitoring finn's HR and my uterine activity. Because the machine wasn't picking up any unusual uterine activity the Dr chalked up my situation to a bowel issues causing cramping and pressure, but i knew it was something more. About an hour and a half into out emergency room visit i had to pee, when i wiped i noticed fresh red blood. This got everyone actually treating me like an actual patient with a problem and everything started moving really fast! Dr did a vaginal exam and when she stuck the probe up me it came out drenched in blood. Then she checked my cervix with her fingers and I was dilated 2cm's. They determined my cramps were actual contractions. They rushed us off to a delivery room. She determined I was in preterm labor. They immediately started me on a magnesium sulfate drip which is given to stop contractions, and they gave me the first of two steroid shots meant to strengthen the baby's lungs because he's so early in gestation. They set us up with a NICU(neonatal intensive care consult) and everything. The magnesium wasn't stopping the contractions so they switched me to another medicine (indomethacin) which has done a better job, but you can only take it for 3 days before it may start to harm the baby. So I'm on day three now. I've been put on complete bed rest and I will be staying in the hospital until my baby is born. The dr's seem to think I an possibly hold out for maybe 2-3 more weeks. So either way you look at it my husband and I are expecting a very premature baby, and we will have a long road to recovery. He will most likely be in the hospital until the time of his original due date. I truly have faith he will survive the ordeal, but I am worried about possible long term effects of being born so early in gestation. It's all happening so fast and is so scary for us. I'm so thankful for my husband, he has been an angel! I am on total bed rest, i have a urinary catheter in place and all. So my husband has been getting me everything i need, helping me switch positions and spending the night with me in the hospital. I am also thankful for the love, support, and prayers from all of our family and friends. This is such a scary time, but having the support is making it more bearable. Mentally i am doing a little better each day. I definitely cry several times a day whenever the bad thoughts creep in but i am trying to remain hopeful and positive. Bed rest in and of itself is difficult. I had to poop in a bed pan and someone else wipe me yesterday. Of course they were kind about it but I cried the whole time. Losing your independence is difficult. The dr's and staff have been wonderful. They are not 100% sure what caused me to go into preterm labor, but they think it may be some kind of infection ( although my blood work came back fine).But everyone is trying to be as positive and helpful as possible. My husband and I feel like we are in good hands. So I will ask all yo ladies here to think a positive thought or say a prayer for my beautiful son. I hope he bakes a little longer, and when he does arrive I hope and pray he has a safe road to recovery. Thanks so much for your support.