Pregnancy Fun…

Posted by on Nov 14, 2007 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

Pregnancy Fun…

Well – I knew that this was pretty much coming – I have a history of lots of contracting and preterm labor (although no dangerously early deliveries) and it seems to officially seems to have caught up with me this time around too – and I’m starting to contract quite a bit. On Friday morning my doctor sent me to labor and delivery – and it really felt just too early at 22 weeks to be sitting in there getting monitored and checked.

The good news is that I have not started dilating as of Friday, and they also did a test called the Fetal fibronectin Test, that basically assesses my risk of delivering in the next two weeks. The test came up negative which according to my ob gives me about a 95% chance of not going into labor in the next two weeks, but she stressed to me that it isn’t definitive and I still need to “take it easy”… meaning if I feel contractions coming on, that I need sit or lay down and try to limit my physical activity. Since Friday the contractions seem to be really setting in, and I know from my experience with my last pregnancy that this will probably be sticking with me for the next few months until I deliver.

On this friday I have an ultrasound to measure the thickness of my cervix, and I’m really hoping that by keeping things low key that I’ll be able to hold of getting put on full bedrest, because obviously with the three monkeys that would prove to be a bit complicated. But regardless It pretty much feels like I’m useless, a sink full of dishes or a load of laundry, not to mention packing a lunch or chasing down an extra naughty three year old sets off contractions. Plus, I think I’m finding a correlation to stress, which is pretty much impossible to avoid as I’m feeling so ill at ease about all of this, and so frustrated by the prospect of ending up on the couch for the next 3 months (or more!) … not to mention, that it is scary – this little man needs to stay put and it is SO early to be worrying about labor…. deep breath…. sorry, my little bit of venting as I stress over this in the middle of the night.
So that is pretty much what Is new with me, lots of sitting, lots of aching, and more than my fair share of stressing…

I did a page about it all because it was my week to host the Sugar Free Challenge over at Sweet Shoppe Designs:


Click on the image to see the journaling up close, Credits: Credits: BG is from Jessica Bolton, Swirls are from Lauren Grier, Alpha is my Stitched Alpha: Newspaper, Arrows are my Graffiti Grunge Arrows, Frame is from Robin Carlton, and Photo Masks are from Penny Springman, Flowers are from Dani Mogstad and Little Tag is from me.

In the end, I know that this will be a short time in my life, and that I need to just make peace with the fact that it is “take it easy” time now. Deep breath because this will pass – and I am so lucky to have a hubby that comes home every day from work and takes over with the kids so I can rest, and three boys that (for the most part) are super good to me, well behaved little boys.

So anyways, on Monday I did a few pregnancy photos to try to lift my spirits a bit, I thought I’d share a few:

Here is a few I got with Owen:

And one with Gareth (Reece was napping so we missed him this time around):

And here is one Owen insisted we take:

Sigh … see – it is worth it when I get another sweet one of these guys in the end.

Keep us in your prayers that the contracting slows down for my sake, and mostly that little man stays put right where he belongs, and that in the meantime I don’t go completely crazy!
Have a good Wednesday everyone – I’ll be back later this week with a few more pages to share, and I’ll keep you updated on any progress with me and the little one.


  1. Definitely start taking it easy! 22 weeks is much too early for the little guy to make an appearance. Don’t rely on the fetal fibronectin test results. I had that test done at 32 weeks when I was pregnant with the twins… I went into labor the NEXT day after the test sample was taken. When the doc finally got the results back from the test two weeks later it said it was negative- umm, not a good predictor of preterm labor for me :wink: Now, that was 9 years ago when the test had first come out, so maybe it has improved a bit? If you’ve been through this before, then you know what to do- so do it! we all understand and only want the best of you and the little guy :smile:

  2. Sounds like you’re having a rough time Shawna! I had one episode of preterm labor with Kyle at 33 weeks & that one weekend of bed rest was so hard for me! But the worrying about having a tiny preemie was even worse! Lots of {{hugs}}} and just take it easy & remember that its such a short time compared to the lifetime you’ll have with your new little guy soon!

  3. Awwww baby girl! You do your best to stay down and mellow. Take it from me… someone whose babies aren’t little any more… the dishes are still there, the clothes are still needing to be tended… it will keep. Do what is best for you and the bubba inside. And I bet the kids might terrorize the house, but they prob won’t burn it down (akkkk, fingers crossed). :)

  4. Oh Shawna!! I’m so sorry you’re going through this. This is almost the exact same timeframe that I had issues with the twins. I too took the ffn test, but mine was positive. Which they told me meant a lot less than a negative one. But really, it meant total squat and just adds to the stress. I pray for a nice fat cervix for you on Friday.

  5. ohhhh what a sweet BELLY!!!!!!!!! take it easy woman!

  6. Look at how adorable you are! And man when those boys are right up close to you like that there is no denying them! ;) I hope you can keep that little one at bay for the required cooking time! ;) Hugs!

  7. Shawna lea! I love you and your boys and your belly. And I’m excited about the new baby and wanted to let you know that I normally work mon-thurs with sometimes a half day on friday, and so some fridays in the upcoming months I would love to come help out with anything that needs helping, even if it’s just entertaining Reece or washing some laundry so you can stay off your feet… for serious.

  8. I’m smiling at the photos of you and Owen … so adorable. I hope the boys help you find some extra quiet time to rest. Remember, there’s lots of MC love out here … please give a shout if we can help you out!

    (yes, I realized that rhymed after I typed it, but thought it might be good for a little giggle too)

  9. Hey Shawna! Sorry that you are having preterm labor problems again. The pictures are very cute.

  10. that was pretty tough Shawna, i know the feeling, i was there myself, only worst.

    take care and hang in there. you and your baby boy will be in my prayers.

    i love the photos by the way, you look great! :)

  11. Been thinking about you – hope all is going well with you & lil baby boy Clingerman!

  12. Wonderful article!, you just need to make positive that you are prepared, that you have what it takes to take care your young little angel.

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