Luckily, this complication is pretty minor and mostly just an inconvenience.
Yesterday I spent most of the day in the hospital with pre term labor contractions :-( I am 34 weeks 1 day, so they were not going to stop it by medicinal means, but we did everything we could to stop it by non invasive means. Which basically means tons of water and bed rest.
I was on the toco for a while and had contractions that were steadily 2-5 mins apart, but they checked and I was not dilating or effacing after a few hours of steady contractions, so they sent me home. Continue tons of fluids, Gatorade and water, and stay off my feet. With 3 kids!
Unfortunately we don't have any help, so rob has taken off work to take over my tasks. Things aren't as fun as I'd hoped this holiday season. Luckily the kids are already out of school, so there's really not much to do other than cook, clean and entertain the kids. And I can do little things like fold laundry. So it's definitely not as bad as it could have been!
On top of these little tender mercies, the baby is old enough that if it did come now, it's unlikely there would be bad complications. He may need oxygen, and help maintaining his temperature, and occasionally babies haven't developed the suck reflex well enough at this point, but there is only a small risk of bad complications. The complications they'd expect, if any, are those that would fix themselves as the baby grew older. Talk about relieving!
Then, on top of all that, we have the best children's hospital in the nation here in Boston, so even if something bad did happen, we would be taken care of by the best of the best!
All in all I'm not terribly worried. I absolutely hate laying around being lazy when there is so much that still needs to be done, but 37 weeks is only 19 days away. I can lazy it up until then! I just hope rob doesn't run away screaming when he actually realizes what taking care of 3 kids day after day after day entails. Lol!
*edited to add* I feel like saying "we don't have any help" warrants a further explanation. I only meant we don't have family staying with us, as is often the case at the end of pregnancies. I certainly DO have the ability to call my Visiting Teachers to enlist the help of the Relief Society within my church. I just don't see that as necessary right now, seen as I am far enough along that I and the baby aren't in danger, and nobody but nobody needs more stress around the holidays, haha! But I know, if I absolutely needed something, I could call and I'd have a handful of ladies at my door (or email lol) asking what they can do for me. I love that my church has such an organized, charitable organization such as the Relief Society, to help whenever you need it. It brings me such relief to know that I have a safety net full of women who have literally been there and done that, and know exactly what is needed, not just what would be nice. If you want to learn more about my church and the Relief Society, you can click here, and look around. Or just search Relief Society on that page!
The origination of the Relief Society