From: Yueyue on
Thanks for all comments. More information:

* This is my first baby. I have no pregnancy or miscarriage experience
before. Everything is just normal before 25 weeks except that I felt
contractions (no pain) since 17 weeks.

* I have done 5, 6 fFN tests (cannot remember exact number) and all of
them turn out to be negative (including the one I did in 31 weeks.
that is why I was released from the hospital), which indicates that I
wouldn't deliver in two weeks. Its accuracy is about 85%~90%
saccording to my OB. However, my friend deliverd her 30-week baby 5
days after negative fFN test. So I am kind of not confident with this
test although doctors seem to believe it.

I do hear that comparing to "dilated 1cm", "effaced 80%" sounds more
dangerous, which means the cervix is quite thinned. Without
effacement, women might be able to hold at 1cm dilation for a couple
of weeks or one month. -1 station means that the baby is moving lower,
but he is still not engaged, not too bad.

Right now, the baby is 32 weeks. I really wish that I hold to 34 weeks
at least.

Thanks all!
From: Nikki on
Anne Rogers wrote:
though had a ffn test been
> done and come back negative, it probably would have help you feel more
> relaxed, which in turn might influence the timing of delivery. I
> wouldn't be at all surprised if showing some signs, followed by doctors
> stressing over things might bring things on faster than a more relaxed
> and reassuring approach might have done!
>


:) I'm glad you chimed in with the real medical stuff!

I'm sure you are right about being more relaxed because I was not all
that relaxed with the twin pregnancy but in fact I went full term with
them so the timing of delivery was a-ok :)
From: Welches on

"Yueyue" <yubai08(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Thanks for all comments. More information:
>
> * This is my first baby. I have no pregnancy or miscarriage experience
> before. Everything is just normal before 25 weeks except that I felt
> contractions (no pain) since 17 weeks.
>

> * I have done 5, 6 fFN tests (cannot remember exact number) and all of
> them turn out to be negative (including the one I did in 31 weeks.
> that is why I was released from the hospital), which indicates that I
> wouldn't deliver in two weeks. Its accuracy is about 85%~90%
> saccording to my OB. However, my friend deliverd her 30-week baby 5
> days after negative fFN test. So I am kind of not confident with this
> test although doctors seem to believe it.
>
> I do hear that comparing to "dilated 1cm", "effaced 80%" sounds more
> dangerous, which means the cervix is quite thinned. Without
> effacement, women might be able to hold at 1cm dilation for a couple
> of weeks or one month. -1 station means that the baby is moving lower,
> but he is still not engaged, not too bad.
>
As far as engaged goes: I was fully engaged by 28 weeks with #2. I went to
39.2 weeks
In the UK we don't do internals generally though. (I haven't had one since
in labour with #1)
I was glad that #3 didn't engage so early though as it got very painful by
the end.
Debbie


From: Anne Rogers on

> As far as engaged goes: I was fully engaged by 28 weeks with #2. I went to
> 39.2 weeks
> In the UK we don't do internals generally though. (I haven't had one since
> in labour with #1)
> I was glad that #3 didn't engage so early though as it got very painful by
> the end.

I'm guessing the early internals were done because of feeling
contractions, which is what they'd do anywhere in the world, well, I've
been examined internally due to feeling contractions both in the UK and
in Korea. It does appear that US doctors generally do do internals at
prenatal visits, but not this early, unless there is a history or other
indication.

It's a bit silly though, as we all know it doesn't mean much, it can
just give people towards the end of their pregnancy false hope that
things will be over soon, when it could still be weeks away. I good tip
I picked up, which you can ask as a question about anything is to ask
how the results will change what you do next, so for a woman having
contractions but not having cervical change, finding out there is no
cervical change will hopefully avoid unnecessary bedrest and
anticontraction meds.

Towards term, it doesn't change anything, it's a good assessment to do
if considering induction, but that's about it's only use, otherwise you
have a risk of infection and very occasionally the waters are accidently
ruptured.

Cheers
Anne
From: Anne Rogers on

> * I have done 5, 6 fFN tests (cannot remember exact number) and all of
> them turn out to be negative (including the one I did in 31 weeks.
> that is why I was released from the hospital), which indicates that I
> wouldn't deliver in two weeks. Its accuracy is about 85%~90%
> saccording to my OB. However, my friend deliverd her 30-week baby 5
> days after negative fFN test. So I am kind of not confident with this
> test although doctors seem to believe it.

That is really good news, the percentage accuracy means 2 or 3 women in
20 will deliver soon, despite the negative test, but that doesn't change
the fact that 17 or 18 won't, you can only trust the test as much as the
numbers allow and as yet this isn't a test that's 100%, but it does
provide helpful information - it means you're out of hospital and still
have a good chance of hanging on, despite poor cervical status, you've
had the steroids, which really do make a difference so if you turn out
to be one of the minority that still deliver within 2 weeks despite a
negative test, then you've still done everything you can for the baby.
Hang in there, keep thinking those positive thoughts, 32 weeks is a
stepping stone of sorts, every extra day counts!

Cheers
Anne