Last night I was surprised by a short bout of contractions. REAL contractions. I immediately planted myself in bed and guzzled about 8 and a half gallons of water. I kid, of course! I ended up having a total of 5 over the course of about an hour and a half. Fortunately after that, they went away. These made me very nervous and I was anxious for my already scheduled 2:00 appointment to arrive today.
The Dr. did an exam and decided that although my cervix is soft, it is still closed and about 3 cm. long. (Sorry if that's TMI, but we ARE talking about pregnancy/birth here!) I felt like that was great news! She went ahead and did a Fetal fibronectin test (see below). We are obviously looking for NEGATIVE results. I try to keep "NEGATIVE" thoughts away, but in this particular case, NEGATIVE is our friend. Hello, friend! :) I will update when we get our NEGATIVE results!
By Mayo Clinic staff
Fetal fibronectin is a protein that acts as a "glue" during pregnancy, attaching the amniotic sac — the fluid-filled membrane that cushions your baby in the uterus — to the lining of the uterus.
Fetal fibronectin is often present in cervical secretions during early pregnancy. Fetal fibronectin also shows up later in pregnancy, about one to three weeks before labor begins. If your health care provider is concerned about preterm labor, he or she may test a swab from your cervical canal for the presence of fetal fibronectin. A positive fetal fibronectin test is a clue that the "glue" has been disturbed and you're at increased risk of preterm labor.
Other than that, the appointment was really boring. Yay! Blood pressure still good (120/70). Gained one pound, and had to move up a notch on the dreaded scale. OY! Heart rates 145 and 128. Anemia is in check. HO HUM.
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