Wednesday, October 5, 2011

False Alarm #1

37 Weeks
This post is descriptive.
If you're male, you probably should stop now.

This morning as I was busily typing on my work laptop and watching Regis and Kelly, I felt something. "Did my water just break?" I thought. "Noo.. no it couldn't b.. um.. wait did it?!" I did a sniff test and it definitely wasn't urine. I called Jonathan, called my doc, and made the earliest appointment possible for an hour and 45 minutes later. They said I could go to the hospital if I was sure, but I wasn't so I just waited for the appointment. I accomplished quite a bit of cleaning and packing and remained unnaturally calm at the possibility of going into labor within hours.

10:45 rolled around and one of the nurses took my urine sample, weight, and blood pressure. They escorted me to a cold room with Jonathan where I stripped and sat on a giant pee pad that one could use for a Saint Bernard. What seemed like twenty minutes later, a different doctor came in and did the usual tests on my belly. We heard Joanna Rose's beautiful heart beat and measured my belly. She didn't tell me how big I was so I asked. Her response?

"Well, you're definitely bigger than 40 weeks.."

Yep. Still big.

She started her "indepth" examination. The Q-tip was not fun let me tell you. As I squirmed, she tried to comfort me by saying "Yea, it's a yucky feeling". Uber yucky. After the tip exited, she then checked to see if I was dilated. While checking, she commented,

"You're the perfect patient."

.... what is that supposed to mean? I hope she was referring to my temperament.. I reeeeally hope she meant my temperament..

She let us know that her initial analysis is that it isn't amniotic fluid but rather a discharge. Mom says it was likely my mucus plug. (say what?) Yep, my mucus plug. Just typing it makes me want to wash my hands. Here's what the website says:


Throughout pregnancy, a mucus plug blocks the opening of the cervix to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. Before labor, this mucus plug is expelled so that the cervix can open to allow the baby to pass through during labor and birth.
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PrintThroughout pregnancy, a mucus plug blocks the opening of the cervix to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. Before labor, this mucus plug is expelled so that the cervix can open to allow the baby to pass through during labor and birth.
Passing a mucus plug is a sign that your cervix is dilating and your body is starting to prepare for birth. Labor could be hours, days, or even weeks away as the cervix gradually opens over time.


To "celebrate" my non-broken water, we went to Wendy's for a spicy chicken sandwich and I returned home to finish my work day.



Mucus plug. Eww  

1 comment:

  1. Girl, hang in there! I'm excited for the day when you won't post, because little J will be coming in the world!

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