Hi people - it's so good to be back on here after so long....feel like I need to air whats been happening as I feel like I've been in prison for a week I went up to the hospital day unit last Wednesday as I had a little bit of a bleed. I was examined and had a listen to babe and everything seemed okie. I wasn't in pain and the bleeding had stopped so they let me home. But by Friday afternoon I was having a lot of cramps and pains and they were getting stronger and more painful. I rang the Day Unit and they told me to come in. I was hooked up to a monitor and they could see I was having contractions although they had started to ease off again. I thought I'd be allowed home but they kept me in overnight. I've never felt so alone and scared in my whole entire life as I was when my partner left me in the ward in a bed all by myself late at night. I sat and cried myself to sleep - I was petrified - sounds silly doesn't it...... The next day things seemed to have settled again and the midwives were talking about allowing me home the following day. But I started to have contractions again that night. The doctors decided it would be best if I had steriod injections given to me for the babies lungs to help mature them quicker just incase I started dilating. I was examined and told my cervix was 2cm long which was reassuring. The contractions thankfully stopped again. I had the first of the the injections in the morning and the next day I had the 2nd. I was told I could go home after the 2nd injection but to come back in if I started getting any pain or discomfort again. I was relieved to be finally going home. After only being home for 4 hours I started contracting again and an hour after that I was having strong painful tightenings every 5 minutes. I was taken back up to labour ward and my contractions were monitored. After an hour and a half they started to slow down again and become less painful. The doctor examined me again and found my cervix was now only 1cm long and was soft and lower. I was petrified I was going into premature labour. I was in so much pain. After they settled again I was taken back to the ward and I knew I'd be in for a few days. My tightenings were monitored and so was baby at least 3 times a day. My tightenings continued on and off but not as painful nor as regular. I was on pain relief the whole time though to help me sleep and settle during the night and get me through they day comfortably. I was finally allowed home today and told to take the rest of my pregnancy very very easy and to go back if anything changes again. Because my contractions are stop and start there isnt a lot I or the hospital can do except monitor me if the tightenings start again and see if it shortens my cervix anymore or starts to dilate. If I did start dilating I would have to be transferred to another hospital where they take very pre-term babies because Bedford hospital don't have the equipment to take babies less than 32weeks old. So here I am back at home and I'm terrified that something is gonna happen again. Sorry guys, I just needed to let everything out. I feel like my body is fighting this pregnancy big time.......it's been nothing but problems from the start. I'm still happy to be having a baby don't get me wrong - I just never thought it woud be this hard just to get to full term smoothly.