“Were you in Labor Room 6?” she asked suddenly.
“Er, yes… “ I said, though actually I was never quite sure if it was 5 or 6.
“I remember you! You and your husband! You went home after your water broke, and then one of your babies was born at home.”
It was stunning and touching to have an L&D nurse remember us, remember details of C’s birth that so few people in our lives even know about.
It can hardly be a coincidence that I tend to end up sufficiently worried to go to L&D in those weeks in which I have no cervix check ultrasound. I’m happy to report that both kinds of visits so far have gone well. The ultrasounds always include looking at Strawberry Baby for way longer than at the cervix – which I get, she’s much more interesting. A potential drawback is that they sometimes find minor worrisome stuff, such as a marginal cord and little things with a complicated name that are related to scar tissue. I try not to Google too much for those terms and will check with my doctor next week on what his opinion is. Chances are there’s nothing I can do about either of those things anyway.
The L&D visits mainly seem to be triggered by variations of round ligament pain, which apparently can present itself as cervical pain or cramping, particularly with movement (mine, not E’s. E’s is wonderful!). Who knew? And even knowing this I find it a little disconcerting…
This week is particularly hard. We’re reaching 20 weeks on the weekend, and while I wonder how we made it here so quickly, it also is the gestational age when things went wrong with the twins. C’s water broke at exactly 20w, they were born 3 days later. I will try to make it through these milestones without freaking out over every possible twinge.