Well today was the one week checkup…and things have not gotten better.
Apparently I had my measurements wrong from last Tuesday. Dr. Combs said today that last week’s measurement was 1.8cm, not 1.4cm. I’m -pretty sure- I heard 1.4cm when they were actually doing the measurements, but hey, whatever. Last week, my cervix did not shorten further with Fundal Pressure (That’s them pushing my uterus down toward my feet, to simulate a contraction.)
The measurement today, however, was 1.4cm, and it went down to 1.1cm with Fundal Pressure. That means that if I start having contractions at this point, my cervix WILL shorten further and I’m at risk for dilation.
What he saw today was distressing enough that he made the call to go ahead and schedule me for a Gestational Diabetes test and for Steroid shots.
The Steroid shots are to help the baby’s lungs mature as quickly as we can possibly get them to mature, because obviously we do not want him born before he can breathe on his own.
See the pretty chart? We’re right at 23 weeks 2 days, so apparently the baby’s chances right now are anywhere from 10% to 35%. I don’t like those odds, so I have a little discussion with FetusFace and he and I agree that we’re going to do our darned best to get to 26 weeks. Aren’t those numbers so much prettier?? 80% to 90%…now those are odds you can bet on.
It’s kind of amazing that in just 2 weeks and 5 days (how long it’ll take us to get from today to 26 weeks) that his chances of survival more than double.
I admit that I’m feeling a lot more worried this week than I was last week. It’s probably just that I’ve been in bed for so long, but the depression is getting a little intense and I’m just plain terrified. It’s going to be ok, though. He’s going to stay safe in the womb for at LEAST 2 weeks 5 days. After that, well, each day is just one day more for him to grow and mature and become ready.
At any rate – Dr. Combs said that I have around a 60% chance of making it to 34 weeks. At 34 weeks, it’s almost as good as 40 weeks, so I’ll take that, too.
Just as a lil happy – here’s my 23 week 2 day picture: