Hi, I'm Beth. I'm not the mom of a preemie at this point, but I'm looking for any advice/insight you ladies may be able to offer.
Long story short: yesterday I had preterm contractions, started at 7AM and were pretty consistent through the day. I went to our closest hospital around 2PM. They did a cervical check, and I was 50% thinned, 0 dilation. They started monitoring the baby's heart rate and contractions right away. Tested my urine for a bladder infection, that came back normal, no infection. I wasn't dehydrated, I drank more than a gallon of water during the whole day. They gave me 2 doses of tributaline (the first one only lasted about 10 minutes then the contractions came back, the second seemed to stop contractions...only had one contraction after that second dose). They sent us home after the second dose seemed to be doing the trick (around 6PM). Now today, things are pretty good, had a couple contractions but very spaced out (about 1 in an hour).
Here's my concern: my mom talked to the nurse at the school she works at, and when she told her I was 50% thinned, her eyes bulged out and she said basically it's great that they were able to stop the contractions yesterday, but if I'm that much thinned out already, this baby will be here before 36 weeks. I don't think she's wrong about that since I didn't have any of the normal things (UTI or dehydration) that spark preterm contractions, it really seemed as though labor just started early for no apparent reason.
I just wanted to see if anyone on here had a similar experience that resulted in the birth of their baby prematurely? I'm trying not to get worked up over what that nurse said, but at the same time I want to find out if she has a valid point. If she does, I'd like to be as prepared as anyone could be for a preemie. Any insight or advice would be really appreciated!