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March of Dimes: Complications: Preterm Labor and Birth: A Serious Pregnancy Complication

According to the March of Dimes, about 12% of births in the United States are categorized as “preterm” – meaning a delivery earlier than 37 weeks. As our doctor says though, there are many varying degrees of risk in the time leading up to that final week, and every day closer to that magic number means a higher chance that everything will be OK with your kid. Obviously at 34 or even 32 weeks, we’d all be able to breathe a little easier. But as things stand right now at the beginning of our 23rd week, a delivery right now would not be a Good Thing™

Yingwen spent the whole day hooked up to an I.V. of all sorts of good drugs meant to stop the contractions as she recovers from a cerclage she had in the morning. Now she’s looking at (hopefully) ten to fourteen weeks of bedrest. Dude. Imagine sitting on your butt for two and a half months. We had this happen with Max – three months of bedrest and he still showed up about five weeks early. And to top it off, she really hasn’t felt good since day 1 of this pregnancy, with all the first trimester morning sickness, the early contractions, and now bedrest and a weekend hopped up on whacky-juice. I’ll take my weekend in bed with my own choice of pharmaceuticals on my own terms, thank you very much! But seriously, the way I see it, this girl deserves a big, fat, honkin’ present when this is all done with. Hmmm…. what to do… what to get… hmmm… hmmm…

I can’t freakin’ sleep. Too much to think about. Must remember to show this post to the boys when they become unruly and lackadaisical teenagers, years from now, when they ask me: “Daddy, why do I have to take out the garbage/mow the lawn/get good grades/go to college/get a job?” I could then just show them this post. Or, I could be cruel to them and just say: “Go ask your mother.” Oh man, I can see the lid coming off that can ‘o Whup-Ass™ already. Hmmmm… hmmm….”