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Hi all,

Just wanted to share my birth story of our twins.  They arrived one week ago.  I had a placenta abruption at 25+2 and spent 2 weeks on strict hospital bedrest.  Then I was on at home bedrest until I developed pre eclampsia and HELLP.  My doctors said that being on bedrest for the abruption helped us make it to 33 weeks and 4 days.  They also told me that we are lucky that they found the HELLP syndrome and we are all healthy right now. It's been a whirlwind of activity and emotions.  Stay strong out there and stay positive :-)

Here is the full story on my blog:

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 2, 2013
« on: September 02, 2013 at 07:37 PM »
Still here at 32 weeks with my twins.  7th week of bedrest.  Best so far: I actually feel hungry today!  Worst so far: I have hemroids - ugh!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 26
« on: August 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM »
31 weeks with the twins today. We've gone about a full month without bleeding or spotting!  My doctors are considering lifting some restrictions at 34 weeks which I am excited about.

Congrats Kitekat and happy anniversary!  Stay positive!

Megdspilman - hang in there - each day is another day closer. You can do it!

I agree with you lvissesd - its so hard to do nothing when I feel like there is nothing wrong with me!  Its a mental trip!

KateF -
Here's a free "Relax Me" session that you can immediately download from Hypnobabies here:

Give it a try. At the very least, it always helps me fall asleep.

I agree you need to know what to be prepared for. I try not to read too many stories on the internet because at the end of the day the doctors that are handling your case are going to be the best preparation for them. Listen to them. I freaked myself out in the beginning reading too much about placenta abruptions. The worst part, which I think might be similar to your situation, is that its so hard to diagnose and there is no real answer.  No one can tell us what is going to happen. It's out of our control. But we can control how we deal with it.

I say that but trust me, I have had all the emotions. Scared, depressed, angry, confused.  I just try and spend some time each day thanking God for another day and imagining my twins playing with each other.

I've gotten different feedback from different doctors about when they think I will deliver.  A maternal fetal specialist told me there  was a 50% chance I would go until 37 weeks.  My doctor has my c-section scheduled at 38 weeks. I'm hoping that I can have a vaginal delivery after 34 weeks. Only time will tell. 

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 12
« on: August 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM »
I am 29 weeks with Twins.  Been on bedrest for the last month after a placenta abrubtion.  First pregnancy and the twins were a spontaneous so this is all a lot different than what I expected!

I felt a little nervous this morning because I had some mild cramping. Its gone away but I'm not sure if I should notify my Dr or not.

Hi KateF,

Tomorrow will be one month of bedrest for me (started at 25 weeks and I'm at 29).  In the beginning it was really hard to process but now looking back, this month has gone relatively quickly.  I don't have other children but I imagine that makes it very difficult.  It's not the same but my parents took my dog to their house and I miss her terribly!

I also understand trying to process all the possibilities and outcomes.  I try to focus on the best possible outcome and not to get caught up in the what-ifs.  I had a placenta abruption and there a lot of scary what-ifs that come if another bleed happens.  I think there is a lot to be said for the power of positive thinking and prayers during times like these. I like to picture holding my twins after delivery and imagining how healthy they will be.  I am thinking positive thoughts for all of you out there

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 31 weeks, placental abruption
« on: August 06, 2013 at 12:47 PM »
Hi, I'm new to the group and I totally understand.

At 25 weeks I had a small placenta abruption. They weren't able to see it on the ultrasound but were able to tell from my blood tests.  I spent 2 weeks in the hospital and have been on strict home bedrest for the last 1.  Monday marked 28 weeks which we are really excited about.

I'm interested that your doctor lets you have modified bedrest.  My doctor is very conservative and I've been trying to find information on what the best practices are for women who have small placenta abruptions. It's so scary to read a lot of the information out there about abruptions. I feel like this is a different type of complication. 

I also feel guilty that I have thoughts about how this is not what I expected. This isn't what I had planned and I'm not sure how to get ready for the babies (I am preggo with twins) or L&D for that matter.  I have found that practicing meditation has been helpful although most of the time I fall asleep when listening to my cd's.

I've been writing my thoughts here in case anyone is interested

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