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Hi. Yes! Still on bed rest...but babies are doing great. I am almost 33 weeks now. Never thought I would make it this far!!!!! Thanks for thinking of me, I just haven't been out to this forum in a while.

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I'm on week 15 of strict bed rest.  My birthday was the week after I was put on bed rest and my husband got me an iPad. I couldn't have gotten through this without it!!!!

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My identical twin girls share a placenta and we found that they were stage 3 twin to twin at 16 weeks. We had the laser surgery and it was successful, so we are blessed that the TTTS was cured and the babies (now 29 weeks) are thriving. But I assume you doctors told you that the size difference couldn't be TTTS if they don't share a placenta. I just want to make sure you aren't online reading about TTTS and thinking that's what it is. Be careful what you read online...a lot of that stuff out there will scare you. Just trust your doctor and write down all your questions before your appointment. I'll be thinking about you.

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My doctor just prescribed Lexapro. I am 25 weeks...I have been on bed rest for over 9 weeks. I have been dealing with anxiety and depression. I know these feelings of being upset can make things worse for my bed rest and the ultimate goal of keeping these babies cookin as long as possible. But...I am scared to take the drugs. My parinatologist says it is not going to harm the babies...but of course as soon as I got home I looked online and read all kinds of horrible side effects/complications during pregnancy. Anyone else have experience with Lexapro while pregnant? Or can you suggest websites with positive research results?

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@ Mandy...family tree! What a great idea. I really need a project to keep my mind going. I think I might take your advice and start doing some research. It could be a great Christmas gift for my parents!

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So...I call myself the Mother Hen because that is what bed rest feels like. I am no longer a mother to my other two girls, i am not a wife, i am not a friend. I feel very lonely as I am now just a mother hen sitting (but actually laying) on my little eggs all day until they hatch. who thought bed rest would be so incredibly hard? Our identical twin girls were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion synodrome at 16 weeks. They share one placenta. Essentially TTTS means that one twin was getting more blood flow and nutrients than the other. We were rushed from Atlanta to Miami to have a laser surgery which would give the babies a chance at survival. There are only a few doctors in the US who can perform this surgery. We were lucky to have such an excellent medical team. It is a miracle that our babies are now thriving and the TTTS seems to be cured. However I remain on strict bed rest due to cervical shortening. Last week it measured a 2.07. I am currently taking nfedipine and progesterone shots to hopefully help prevent early labor. I was already high risk before we even ound out it was twins because my first born was premature at 33 weeks. I can look back and say I can not believe that 9 weeks of bed rest has already gone by. I have filled my time with reading at least 5-10 books a week, lots of bravo tv including way too much trash like nj housewives, countless hours on pinterest and Facebook, reorganizing recipes, making picture albums on shutter fly, online Christmas shopping...but I am starting to really lose focus. Everyday seems to get harder instead of better. I don't know what it is...maybe because the holidays are approaching and I know I m going to have to lay here and miss so much with my 2 and 4 year old girls... parties, making cookies, wrapping gifts, pictures with Santa...etc. I know...it is all stuff that shouldn't matter in the big picture. Keeping these babies healthy and safe is the important thing. But I just can't help feeling a bit more depressed each day. At only 25 weeks, I still have a long way to go. I just don't know how I can bear it. I need to regain focus. I need some pep talks. That's why I joined this forum. I am hoping that by reading some of your stories i will not feel so alone. Positive thoughts! I need positive thoughts!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Hospital bed rest...family at home :(
« on: November 07, 2011 at 09:47 AM »
My heart goes out to you Samantha. I have been on bed rest for 9 weeks with twins...but at home. I am only 25 weeks, so I still have a long way to go. My cervical lenth was 2.07 last week and my biggest fear is being moved to the hospital for the remainder of my pregnancy. I have a 4 and 2 year old here at home and that truly is the hardest part of bed rest. Halloween was awful when I couldn't be a part of it...and now all the holiday parties at school are coming. And the weather has been so beautiful each day...I just want to be outside playing with them. But at least being at home for my bed rest, they can curl up with me before bed while I read them a story. I am so scared that it might be taken from me if I end up in the hospital. I know all the little things don't matter...like the school events, my dirty house, getting a nursery ready,etc. I know the focus is just to bring these babies into the world as healthy as possible. But on bad days when the bed rest depression hits hard, I find myself just wanting it to be over...for the babies to come even if it is too early. It is so wrong...and then I feel an awful guilt for ever having such a horrible thought. my first born was premature at 33 weeks, so I know all too well how it s to have a baby in the NICU. I know I need to do all I can to keep my twin girls safe from delivering too early. Why is bed rest so hard??? I think all my friends and family think I am on vacation. And yes...there is some fun in having the time to read, watch tv, and not having to get up to deal with toddler tantrums...so again...why is this so hard?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for Nov. 7
« on: November 07, 2011 at 09:21 AM »
Hi. I am new to this forum. I am 25 weeks pregnant with twins. I've been on bed rest since 16 weeks...and hoping to make it to at least 32 weeks. I had a TTTS laser surgery at 16 weeks on the placenta and it was a success, but my cervix keeps shortening. Last week it measured 2.07. I am interested to hear about these bed rest exercises...my legs tingle when I get up and i am sore all over. I am struggling to gain weight and I am afraid I am starting to feel somevdays where I get very depressed.

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Sounds like you are doing relatively well with your bed rest. I have been lying on my side for 9 weeks now (25 weeks pregnant with twins). I have good days and bad days. Yesterday was a bad day. I cried almost all day. On those days it seems impossible to get myself to focus on something to keep me sane. But on good days...much like you...I am spending countless hours reading, watching tv and pinterest. I just read the Hunger Games trilogy in less than 2 days. You should read it...it will buy you a couple extra days of bed rest that will fly by!

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I am 25 weeks pregnant with identical twin girls. My girls were diagnosed with TTTS at 16 weeks. We had the laser procedure done immediately and it was a success. So far both babies are thriving. It is a miracle. But my cervix keeps shortening. I have been on strict bed rest for 9 weeks now. I think I am feeling some depression from this bed rest...and I know I should just be thankful and focus on the babies. I hate that I feel this way. Anyone else experiencing TTTS or an extremely long bed rest?

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