I am 30 weeks pregnant. On Thursday the 11th of February 2016, I took myself to the local hospital after not feeling very well, pains, pressure & tightenings in my belly plus a really puff right leg… because our local hospital is not equipt to deliver babies before 37 weeks, the doctor and nurses performed checks to determine if I was likely to go into premature labour. They decided that it was possible so decided to fly me to Adelaide which is 300kms from my hometown to be assessed, monitored and decisions to be made down in Adelaide by the medical team regarding my situation. It is now Sunday the 14th of February, I have not had the baby yet but have been diagnosed with Irritable Uterus. Please Google for more information. Basically my uterus is having mild contractions/tightenings & I am experiencing pain associated with it, it can send some women into premature labour so they put you on a course of Niphedipine which is a drug to stop contractions. Even if I don’t stay in hospital I will be asked to stay in Adelaide until the baby is born. My husband has to go home today & can’t come back until next weekend due to work commitments. I have family here but it is going to be a long week coping with not really knowing what is going to happen. We are seeking support to help us get through this time. If anyone is interested in the progression of my story, would like to help in anyway or to learn more about an Irritable Uterus please comment.

Posted by Lori-Anne, 14th February 2016

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  • Great! I’m sure they will take good care of you. And the environment is surely nicer than in the hospital. Take care! :-)


  • Thankyou Ladies. To have 3 babies so far away from home must be tremendously difficult. I do know that I am definitely not alone. Today I was allow to be released to my brother and sister in law’s place, it certainly is nicer than the hospital. I will keep you all posted. Thankyou for your support.


  • For completely different reasons I was unexpectedly forced to have three of my babies 400k from home. It is tough, and to be honest it can continue being tough for a long time afterwards.


  • Good luck. This probably isn’t what you had planned but then again pregnancy is always full of surprises. Hope you’re resting up.


  • I hope they are taking good care of you at the hospital. Nice that there is always someone visiting you. It surely helps your mood! :-)
    A big change in your life for sure, in particular once you will have to move to your brother’s place. But this is the best way to go on with the pregnancy and take care of your little baby, so luckily that you can do it.
    Luckily indeed that technology can keep you connected with the world all the time. Take care. And keep us posted with developments!
    Have a nice day!! :-)


  • Its good to hear that your local hospital were smart enough to put you into a bigger hospital, just incase there were issues. Its hard to be away from your hubby at times like theese. But having a baby will make it all worth it in the end..

    • You are so right. It will all be worth it in the end. It is just being able to survive it until then.


  • It is so very hard when local regional hospitals cannot provide fully for patients. You are very lucky to have family in Adelaide. Can you stay with them in Adelaide if necessary? I hope things work out for you.

    • Thankyou. Yes once things settle down and the doctors are satisfied then I have a room waiting for me at my brother’s place which is 15 mins from the hospital.


  • Oh! Sorry to hear that!! But at the hospital are they able to keep your condition under control and try to extend the pregnancy as much as possible, or is there a risk that the baby will be born a lot earlier than expected? I guess that resting will help a lot so I hope you can do that. Is this your first baby?

    • Thankyou. Resting well. She is not expected to arrive any day soon (they were able to do a test for that) however it is a matter of trying not to irritate my Uterus as much as possible. Unfortunately so many things can irritate it. My second baby, I already have a 9 year old son & my husband has 2 sons who are 13 and nearly 11.

      • Oh! So while you are in hospital somebody else will have to help out with the kids. Your husband, extended family, friends? Do you have people regularly visiting you in hospital? I hope you don’t feel lonely there. Are you in a room with other women?
        What can irritate the uterus then?
        (Sorry for all the questions! I hope you are in good mood today! :-) )

      • I don’t mind questions so please feel free to ask. My son lives with his dad (same hometown) & I spend time with him 3 days a week, my husband’s sons live between our house and their Mum’s, so current care arrangements will change slightly for the duration of the journey. I am lonely without my husband, I am blessed to have family here and one of my sister in laws will come visit every day. Thank goodness for technology and being able to keep in touch with loved ones via the Internet and phone. Until my Uterus completely settles I will remain in hospital, then I will be released to my brother’s place & stay there until baby is born. Lots of stuff can irriate the Uterus, Exercise, Stress, being constipated, being dehydrated, having a full bladder and even the baby if she becomes to active.


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