Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Guess We Can Skip the L&D Tour...

Sunday, I woke up not feeling so well. This is nothing new, really, given that I'm pretty sure my morning sickness started immediately and I vomited for the first time this pregnancy the day after I conceived - true story, folks! - but I just felt off and not myself at all.

Nevertheless, I decided to go about my day like normal (aka busy) and run my errands/do some household stuff, etc and prepare for the upcoming MamaCents Consignment Sale. My back was really bothering me, but I figured that part of it was just from sitting on the floor for so long hanging and safety pinning clothing, and that I just needed to spend a bit of time on my heating pad with my feet up. Instead of getting better, though, the pain continued to get worse, and then spread to what felt like my uterus as well, feeling a bit contraction-ish. I should also note that I hadn't been able to eat anything that day without throwing it back up, so all around, I was starting to feel like though I was sure I wasn't in labor, something was definitely off. A call to my doctor had us set up to go in to L&D to be checked.

We arrived to find we were the only people in the entire Maternity Ward or "Women's Center", which turned out to be really swank. I am delivering at a different hospital this time around given that my insurance changed when D and I decided to get married, and so I've had my reservations about that, given how nice my first hospital was. Any hesitation I felt was immediately relieved, between the amazingly kind and accommodating staff and the HUGE rooms. It was even nicer than the hospital I delivered at the first time around!

Anyhow, I got checked in, and they could tell I was really uncomfortable by my vitals - my blood pressure was 132/80, which is unheard of for me, and my pulse was over 100, though that's a bit more normal - mainly a reaction to the pain I was feeling. They immediately had my get undressed and hooked me up to the toco monitor to check on baby and potential contractions. Long story short, it turned out I have hurt my back (probably by overdoing it) and my low back was spasming, which, thanks to its close proximity to my uterus, was causing some contractions. Thankfully, baby is a-ok, and so is mama now. They gave me a muscle relaxer to get my back to stop, and sure enough, once it stopped, the contractions stopped as well. Just like I figured, I'm at no risk of early labor - and while I would've thought so with Ava, I had no false hopes this time around of the baby coming a second before my scheduled c-section - haha! Both mama and baby are fine, though, and between the muscle relaxer, pain pill and mass dose of anti-nausea meds they gave me at the hospital, I left in a WAY better mood :) After seven months of clean living, that combo rocked. my. world!

The visit wasn't a total wash, either. I was able to get all my delivery paperwork filled out and my preferences for circumcision (yes) and breastfeeding (duh) recorded, and she wheeled me around the ward and showed me the OR and c-section recovery rooms, saving me another trip up :)

Quick question: When I went to L&D with Ava when I was having issues with my gallbladder, I was never billed for that visit. Ladies who have been to L&D for a check, etc - were you billed like an ER visit? Were you billed at all? Do they roll it into your ultimate hospital bill? I'm dreading seeing the bill, despite the minimal interventions needed :(


  1. My pre-term contraction visit in L&D triage was billed as an er visit, though given how redic the medical world is, there is really no telling how it will be billed.

  2. I'm glad things are OK after your visit to L&D.


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