i'm 26 weeks pregnant. i went to the doctor two days ago for bad back pain and feeling pressure as if my baby was pushing down really hard. he did a vaginal ultrasound and found out that my cervix is shortening. he gave me two options of meds to take to relax my uterus to stop the contractions and he said i could look them up online. the one i chose i looked up and didn't like the side effects. its linked to birth defects like brain damage and autism. it's not even approved by the FDA. it's called trebutaline. anyways, i called him that night and told him i had had 6 painless contractions since i saw him at the appointment that afternoon and i didn't feel comfortable taking that medicine. he told me to go to the hospital and i told him they were painless could i wait til the morning. he said no i needed to go in even if they didn't hurt because of my cervix. i had about two more BHC on the way there and they monitered me for a couple of hours and i didn't have any there so they sent me home. i called the dr. today and asked for the other medicine he recommended because it seems safer it's called procardia. i also have bacterial vaginosis i got it early on in my pregnancy and he said usually if you get it once you keep getting it til you have the baby and he put me on meds for that too. he told me that could also cause preterm labor. i go back to check my cervix in another week but i was just wondering if anyone else has had a shortening cervix this early on and what there dr. did for them. shouldn't they be putting me on steroids to help my babys lungs develop quicker incase i had him early? or do a cerlage? and what does anyone think the chances of my baby surviving would be at 26 weeks? the nurse last night said he had a good chance but girls do better than boys.
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