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Hello.  Just wondering if anyone has suffered from a post partum rash here.  I just gave birth to my twins 9 days ago and while i remember my skin on my belly being pretty itchy at the end, it was nothing compared to what it is now.  I developed quite a few stretch marks at the end of my pregnancy and now it seems that these stretch marks have become very red and inflamed.  They burn and itch intensely and so far I have not been able to find anything that has helped to relieve the itch.  I went to my GP yesterday and he took a quick look at them, told me they looked very itchy and painful (thanks!) and prescribed me a cortisone cream.  So far its not helping but I am sure i need to just give it time.  Today I developed an itchy blister like rash on my foot.  I am not sure if the two are related.  I feel like I am close to losing my mind with the intense itchiness.  I can't handle anything touching the skin on my belly - which is hard when you have 2 newborns to care for plus a two year old. 
Just wondering if anyone has had this, and if so - what did you do to relieve the itching????

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Baby girls have arrived
« on: June 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM »
I am happy to announce that my baby girls arrived safe and sound on June 20th.  I was 36 +5 and induced by my doctor.  We had planned to do the induction on the 20th but as i have learned throughout this pregnancy - things never seem to go as planned.  On June 19th i started having pretty regular and somewhat uncomfortable contractions.  I decided to stop by my midwives office before heading off to my NST just to let her know what was going on.  She checked my cervix and discovered i was now 6cm.  She told me to go home quickly and grab my hospital bag as she was sure the babies were coming a day earlier than planned.  When i arrived at L & D they ran the NST and saw that i was contracting regularly and i was immediately admitted as they could not safely let me go home.  The Dr on call was going to break my water for me just to get labor going but when they re checked me about 5 hours later I was still only 6cm so it was decided then that I should just hold out until the next day and go ahead with the induction as planned.  So that is what we did.  The next morning my doctor broke my water at about 10am.  I had an epidural placed as a precaution for twin delivery and I decided to go ahead and have some pain meds in my epidural as I felt like I had suffered enough over the last 2 weeks of my pregnancy.  My contractions picked up after a small amount of oxytocin and the next thing I knew i was feeling like it was time to push.  At the hospital their policy is to do all twin deliveries in the OR just to be safe.  When I told them that I was ready to push panic set in among the staff as the OR was not ready for me.  A c-section had just been done and the OR was not clean.  They told me to try my hardest not to push while they quickly prepared my room for delivery just incase.  Soon enough I was being rushed down to the OR and about 30 mins later my first baby girl was born at 2:01pm  She weighed in at 6lb 3oz and came out crying.  She was whisked away from me pretty quickly as they NICU team wanted to check her over to be safe.  11 mins later my second baby girl was born and weighed 5 lb 7oz.  Both were perfectly healthy and no NICU time was needed.  What a relief!!!
We stayed in the hospital for 2 nights and then I was ready to go home.  My son who is almost 3 has been through so much with this roller coaster pregnancy and we really felt like we needed to get home to be a family together again.  So far things have been pretty good.  The girls (who have yet to be officially named) are pretty sleepy and weight gain is our main issue.  Their big brother is being amazing and he is just so happy to have 2 sisters to love (we will see how long that lasts :-) )
I am so grateful to have found this forum as it was a great source of info and comfort for me during my 3 month stretch of bed rest.  For those of you beginning your bed rest journey, I wish you luck.  Its a long tough road, but I really do believe that it works and it is worth it in the end.  I did a lot of crying while hospitalized for those 8 weeks and there were some very dark days, but being able to hold your baby and not have to deal with the NICU was so worth it in the end.  I wish all of you the best of luck on your journey and my best advice is to set small goals and not listen too much to the doctors who tell you that you are going to delivery early.  They told me that the whole way along and I ended up being induced. 

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Finally back home
« on: May 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM »
I have been on bed rest for 9 weeks now with IC. I am now 32 weeks with twins.  I was hospitalized 2 hours away from home for a total of 8 weeks and it was like torture being away from my friends and family - especially my 2 and a half year old son.  I was always told that when I reached the 32 week mark that I would be able to be transferred back to the hospital in my home town as they would be able to handle 32 weekers in their NICU.  I couldn't believe it when they told me that my doctor had agreed to accept me back to my hometown and that they were going to let me continue to do my bed rest at home.  I have been home for one day now and I am happy to say that the hospital experience is already becoming a distant memory to me. 
WHen I was being discharged I asked the Dr what my level of activity should be at home.  My cervix is considered to be dynamic now - and at the last U/S it was measured at 1cm with funnelling and membranes in the cervical canal.  The dr told me that I could be as active as I felt because they don't really know for sure that it has been the bed rest that has prevented me from going into labor.  I found this very hard to believe.  I do truly think that laying in bed for most of the day and basically getting up to shower and use the bathroom is what has allowed me to make it this far in this pregnancy.  I have to admit that I am already finding it harder to lay down as much with my little guy being so excited that I am home again, but I am in no way shape or form going to take myself off of bed rest at 32 weeks - that just seems crazy. 
Does anyone else find that their dr's are skeptical that bed rest helps?  I have an appointment with my regular OB this week so I will see what his take on the matter is - and until then I am going to be taking it extremely easy, because having babies at 32 weeks still seems extremely early to me!!
I hope everyone is surviving their bed rest ok :-)

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Trying to stay positive
« on: May 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM »
Had yet another ultrasound today and thankfully everything still looks good with the babies. I am now 30 + 3 and trying to make it to at least 34 weeks. The tech was unable to get a measurement of my cervix today. Last week it was "dynamic" with a max length of 7mm. The cervix is funneling and today they saw fluid throughout the cervical canal - meaning baby a's membranes are bulging down. I have been counting down the days until I reach 32 weeks - which is when I could be transferred back to the hospital in my home town. Today the Dr's are saying its a 50/50 odds of me making it back there. They also doubted I would make it to 28 weeks tho and I did. I am trying to remain hopeful but it's hard.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Hopeful
« on: April 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM »
I have been in hospital on bed rest now for 3 and a half weeks with a cervix that was measuring 1cm and funnelling.  Yesterday i had an ultrasound to check the growth of the babies and to check cervical length.  To everyone's surprise my cervix had grown to 2.3 cm.  They doctors are amazed and said that they don't often see that, and they are wondering if they should re check it incase it was an error.  THey are also saying that I could have a dynamic cervix.  I have been stable the entire time I have been in here, no contractions etc.  Just cramping here and there.  On the ultrasound yesterday they also discovered that baby b had slowed down in her growth and was now below the 10th percentile.  I am not sure whether this is something that should worry me or not. 
I am sitting here in my hospital room hoping that the dr is going to come in and tell me I can go home to do my bed rest.  I have a 2.5 year old boy at home and I miss him so much.  My parents are very supportive and would let me stay with them to do my bed rest.  The problem is that where I live is over 40 mins from the hospital and they keep telling me that if I was to go into labor I would be too far away for it to be safe for me and the babies.  Anyways, I am just feeling really hopeful this morning and dreaming about being sent home and I hope that my hopes don't get dashed and I am forced to do another 6 weeks in hospital.  That being said I only want to do what is safest for these little girls!!
Just wondering too - has anyone else had a dramatic lengthening of their cervix.  I don't have a cerclage because they felt it was too risky with twins and I am doing the progesterone vaginal suppositories every night. 

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / feeling discouraged
« on: April 04, 2012 at 11:25 AM »
Hi.  I have been on hospital bed rest now for 12 days and bed rest for a total of 20 days.  I am 25 weeks 5 days pregnant with twins and my cervix is not co-operating at all!! On March 15th it was discovered by ultrasound that my cervix was funnelling and was measuring at 1.7cm.  Yesterday i had a repeat ultrasound and was told that my cervix was now at 1cm.  So despite laying in bed for probably 22 out of 24 hours in the day its just continuing to shorten.  The doctor told me yesterday that a realistic goal for me at this point would be to make it to 28 weeks.  This was not what i wanted to hear, and now I feel like I am just in a waiting game for labor to start.  I am so scared to have really preemie babies and keep trying to tell myself that I can make it to at least 32 weeks.  The doctors keep telling me that my situation is so different because I am carrying twins and that if it was just a single baby that they would say I could make it a lot longer.  I am wondering if there are any other twin momma's in a similar situation to me who have made it farther than 28 weeks with a cervix at 1cm with the funnelling.  Thanks!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / New here - pregnant with twins
« on: March 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM »
Hello, I just heard about this forum yesterday and decided I should join as I am now on bed rest.  Here is my story...
I am 24 weeks pregnant today with twin girls.  I had a routine ultrasound done at 22 wks 6 days and it was discovered that my cervix had started funneling and was shortened to 1.7cm.  A few hours later I found myself hospitalized on IV antibiotics awaiting a cerclage.  I was in the hospital for 3 days and during that time the docs consulted with a perinatologist in one of the bigger hospitals and they were told not to do the cerclage as it is now not recommended with twin pregnancies.  At that point I was sent home on bed rest with progesterone supps and a repeat ultrasound scheduled for 2 weeks time.  I am a full time mom to a very active 2 1/2 year old boy and the doctors were very clear that I could not go home to care for him at this point.  I am very lucky that I have my parents close by and they agreed to take my son and I into their home for as long as needed as my partner works full time.  So here I am, on bed rest, taking it day by day, and just hoping to make it as long as possible so that my babies have the best chance possible.  I have only been on bed rest for a week and it has been quite challenging for me, but I have to keep my eye on the prize :)
I am hoping for the best with my ultrasound and doctors appointment early next week but I have been warned that if things continue to get worse that i would likely be transfered to another city where they could better care for my babies if they did come early.  This ofcourse would be heart wrenching for me as I would not be able to see my son every day.  Fingers crossed this doesn't happen. 
I am so glad I found this forum.  Thanks!!

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