Fear Of 3rd Trimester

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evae777 - September 20

when does the third trimester start? i am 23 weeks and i am strangely nervous. they say that at this point it is very very unlikely chance that a miscarriage would happen, but i am still afraid and worried all the time even though everything is normal and the baby can really pack a punch! is anyone else reaching their third trimester and having this fear of things going wrong? i think it is from the few stories of loss that i have heard on this forum that still has me shaken...

 

sarah21 - September 20

Every once in a while I get nervous and think "What if the cord is wrapped around the neck?" etc. but then I just have to go with my instincts. As long as everything seems fine and feels fine, I have to just rest, have peace, and know that everything is most likely going to be just fine. Trust your instincts!!!

 

sahm2alaj - September 20

I agree with Sarah.. I know it's hard since we can't see what's going on in there 24/7 all we have is our instincts.

 

Buffi R. - September 20

I'm 26 weeks 1 day today, so I'm getting very close to the 3rd tri. (I think it starts when you're 27 weeks 0 days, so 6 more days for me.) I'm gun shy about the 3rd tri because this is my second baby and my first was born very unexpectedly at 32 weeks from a placental abruption. He's fine now, but I'll just say he had an extremely rough start and leave it at that. I'm afraid I'll be in a panic from now until 32 weeks with this one, then God willing, I carry longer this time, and hopefully the panic will subside the further I go. I feel like I'm entering a "danger zone" and my mind is overreacting to things that weren't a problem before. Good advice for both of us is "just breathe!" :-)

 

sahm2alaj - September 20

I began going into early labor at about 30 weeks or so. After being put on bedrest I delivered my son at 35 weeks so I asked my dr if I should worry about this again with my history of early labor and this being my 3rd, but he a__sured me that each pg is different and not to worry. So that's exactly what I am doing. Just taking it day by day :)

 

evae777 - September 20

gosh i am glad you guys told me this, i was actuallygoing to travel in a few weeks to get away for awhile, my doc is against it he told me that if anything happens i will not be able to get on a return flight and may end up stuck at a place that is not home. this pregnancy, the hormones, have been very stressful for me and my partner. what determines early labor?? is it something we do? or something i can prevent??

 

sahm2alaj - September 20

The only was I was able to control the early labor was with meds, but there was no way to prevent it otherwise. I started getting contractions very frequently so they placed me on a monitor and it was early labor and not BH. The contractions were every few minutes. So i was placed on bed rest.

 

Buffi R. - September 20

With the placental abruption I had, the only way to help prevent that is to not smoke, use drugs, have a car accident, get high blood pressure, and a few other things that had NOTHING to do with me. In my case, it was a total fluke. In cases of a really minor abruption where the baby isn't in distress (it can cause oxygen deprivation to the baby if severe enough), sometimes bed rest is OK or using other means to slow down the delivery until the baby is more developed. When I went into labor, no one had any idea I had an abruption because I didn't have the typical signs. Since I was early, I was put on magnesium sulfate and had to lay on the delivery table with my legs higher than my head, hoping gravity would help keep me from dilating. My dilation stalled at 5 cm. for awhile, but when it went to 6 after all the interventions, they figured something major was going on, shut off the mag sulfate drip and let me finish labor. It was only about two hours later that I had him. They didn't diagnose the abruption until the placenta was delivered along with a big gush of blood that had been pooling inside of me. They said if they'd known about the abruption they wouldn't have even tried to stop the labor because the type I had is like a freight train and nothing's going to stop it. In fact, it's sometimes better not to try to stop it because if the baby gets in distress because of it, it's not getting enough oxygen and that can cause other problems which is what happened in my case. This time, I feel like my entire goal in life is to watch for signs of abruption so it doesn't go unnoticed again, if God forbid, I have another one. Chances are about 90% that I won't have another one, but the changes are a lot better for women who've never had one before. It's just really hard not to think about it constantly.

 

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