Week 32 Scare

26 Nov

Oh it’s been a rough week you guys. Things were going smooth and well on my end until Tuesday of last week. We had a massive storm hit Kuwait that caused flooding everything. Problem is, it started an hour before we all left work, and it had already done its damage by the time we left. The road that I was on was all backed up that a 20 minute commute took me over 2 hours. I was scared from the flooding that I saw all around me, that truly I was just frustrated the entire way home. Then I got home, and got upset at hubby for not cleaning the house while I was on my way home, which caused a big fight between us. This whole day, and the tension that was caused during my drive home, I started feeling intense back and stomach pain. At 2 am, I got in the car and headed to the hospital. They hooked me up to the machine that measures contractions and I had maybe 4 in a 20 minute time span. So what did the genius doctor decide was best for me? She said i’ll give you pain killer and then you can decide if you would like to be checked in or not. Are you kidding me?! You see that I am 32 weeks pregnant, and I am having contractions, and all you can give me is a pain killer? She didn’t even do an examination from down under or a sonogram to determine if I am dilated or not. Oh, doctors here in the middle east. Ofcourse I had to make my own decision of getting checked into the hospital. The nurses were monitoring me constantly on the contractions machine so I was calm until my doctor came in that morning. By that point, my mother in law had arrived, and I was worried sick that I was going to go into early labor. I asked my doctor if they could have been Braxton hicks contractions, and she told me no, that they were too consistent and close to eachother, so that just meant that I need to be monitored a bit longer with them. She said that she prefers that I take the steroid shot for my daughters lungs, incase suddenly, I started going into early labor very quickly. so I listened to her, because the last thing I needed was my daughters health to be in jeopardy. I stayed in the hospital for another night, and was constantly monitored. That last night I leaked a bit. what came out was a bit watery discharge, that I genuinely thought my water broke. I even looked into the nurse’s eyes and was teary and distraught and said to her “isn’t 32 weeks too early?”. All I wanted to hear back was No, she will be just fine I guarantee it! But she couldn’t say that, no one could. She looked at me and said, honey everything will be just fine. But you don’t know that. You just don’t. I started panicking again, waiting for another trickle to come down that I know for sure that that was my water, but that didn’t happen, because I went right to sleep after that. I woke up the next morning scared, waiting to see what will happen next. so far, no contractions on the machine…but that doesn’t mean that my water hasn’t broken. an hour after waking up I finally felt it, that next trickle. I called the nurse in and told her, and my doctor wanted me to go see her at her office downstairs right away. After a cervical check, and an amniotic fluid check, she cleared me. No worries dear, theres water all around her head, and the test is negative for amniotic fluid. Also, she took a swab to make sure that I didn’t have an infection of any kind, and I believe that came back a few days later negative. I took a few days off work to rest after this horrible ordeal. As badly as I wanted to meet her, my little angel, how could I be so selfish and want her then when she will be the one harmed, and most likely in the NICU? I couldn’t, just couldn’t shake the fact that my family isn’t here yet. I couldn’t shake the fact that she would probably be in NICU, and I just couldn’t shake the fact that her safety was in jeopardy. I also hadn’t finished preparing my hospital bag, which as soon as I felt better started working on right away again. The problem with my hospital bag is this, you’re not just preparing a regular bag that you and your baby need, no. Here in Kuwait, instead of your baby shower ahead of time, your family throws you a baby shower at the hospital, the day after you give birth. You must prepare your nice nightdown to wear, choose the flowers and decoration for your very expensive room that you pay for, prepare the candy, the hors d’oeuvres, the drinks, etc. etc. It is a big event. And even though my mother in law promised to invite only a few, and the closest to us, my husbands families on both sides on their own are a lot, and regardless of the situation it will be very overwhelming for me. First of all, who said that I want to do my hair and makeup the day after  I give birth? And who said that I want to see everyone and their mother also, after I push my daughter out of my hoo-haa? Sigh. This has put everything in perspective, and now I am trying to finish and prepare everything with my mother in law as soon as possible before this, God forbids, happens again before my family arrives.

Hang in there little one. Until exactly one month from now, then you can come out to play whenever you want 🙂

13 Responses to “Week 32 Scare”

  1. K, Twin Mom November 26, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Hang in there! Did they say if you have a short cervix? What was the cause of the contractions-stress? I had this happen at 26 weeks, but without the fluid leak. Although, at 35 weeks I was feeling more fluid. I also had thought my water broke. You are very close to the finish line. One day at a time. Just keep positive. 🙂 and try to make things a little less stressful somehow. Try to walk less if possible.
    What a tradition! I didn’t have a VB, I had a c section so it’s hard for me to know if I’d be up for that after giving birth. I know after surgery I would not be.
    Wishing you a happy and healthy end to your pregnancy!

    • bloggerkuwait November 27, 2013 at 6:27 am #

      No, they didn’t tell me if I had a short cervix, but I don’t think I do. Each time the doctor tells me it’s nice and long (if my pregnancy brain isn’t making this up haha). I don’t know why the contractions, but I had some yesterday as well. It is such a nerve wrecking feeling honestly, just trying to make it to the finish line 🙂
      You know, they do the same tradition even for women who have had C-sections! It’s just crazy. You can’t even get up to shower or do anything, and yet you have to get all dolled up and prettied for everyone to see. You should be so happy you didn’t have to do that 🙂
      Looking forward to reading more about your little ones! Love your story.

  2. Lauren November 26, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Oh this has been a bad week! I’m so glad we are all okay. 32 weeks is too soon! Do you have to go in weekly at this point to check on things!
    I would definitely be overwhelmed by that tradition. I don’t even own a nightgown that I would want to have a party in! Good luck packing for that 🙂 I hope you have another 6 weeks or so to get everything perfect!

    • bloggerkuwait November 27, 2013 at 6:30 am #

      Yes, it really has 😦 I am so happy we’re all okay as well. She told me that unless im feeling unwell, that I can keep coming every two weeks. She asked me to make an appointment tomorrow if im not well, and I’ve had some contractions yesterday as well, but i’m not sure what going in to see her will do exactly. I might just make an appointment, but i’m not sure. Haha, luckily, here you can buy those nightgowns! Oh my, it is a lot. I hope I last another few more weeks as well, atleast 3-4!
      Keep resting, and keep stress away from the little one, I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes a lot smoother than mine 🙂

  3. maternalstateofmind November 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Ugh, what an awful scare. Im glad your little one is still tucked safely away within your warmth.

    That party sounds pretty stressful. At least it means that people want to celebrate this wonderful miracle with you! …or, you could just lock the door, hide, and not let anyone in! 🙂

    • bloggerkuwait November 27, 2013 at 6:31 am #

      Haha, if I could, believe me I would. I just didn’t want to take this tradition away from my mother in law. This is the first grandchild on both sides, and everyone is looking forward to celebrating her arrival God Willing. I will definitely update you on how that party went when it happens, hopefully it won’t be as dreadful as I imagine it to be in my head 🙂

  4. redbluebird November 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    EEK! How scary. I’m so glad things are looking OK and baby has decided to stay in a little while longer.
    That baby shower tradition sounds terrifying. Who wants to entertain a bunch of people in their hospital room right after giving birth?!? That would make the birthing process a LOT more stressful for me.

    • bloggerkuwait November 27, 2013 at 6:33 am #

      You get it! Finally! I just kept repeating that over and over again here, but no one understands it. It definitely has made it a lot more stressful, because you have just so much more to worry about than you would like. Granted, my mother in law has taken on the responsibility of planning it, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t worry or have it in the back of my head. You should be so happy you’re still in the states where baby showers happen ahead of time in the comfort of home!

  5. katherinea12 November 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    How frightening – I am glad that everything turned out to be okay and hope for a completely uneventful final few weeks of pregnancy for you!

    The baby shower thing sounds really, really stressful.

    Thinking of you.

    • bloggerkuwait December 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      I hope so too, yet it seems like she doesn’t want to keep it uneventful! It def is stressful. Thank you ❤

  6. prettycuteovaries November 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    How scary!!! So glad you’re ok sweet friend and that sweet baby is ok! Keep on cooking baby girl! 🙂

    I do not envy you for the dressy night gown/baby shower party after birth! I’m afraid I would not be too friendly at that point haha.

    • bloggerkuwait December 1, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      No, not at all! I agree with you 100% God bless, lets wait and see what’s going to happen 🙂 Thank you for the well wishes!

  7. theunexpectedtrip December 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Hang on little baby. Not too much longer to go…xx

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