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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for May 14
« on: May 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM »
Still here on hospital bed rest and have made it to 31+3. Feeling extremely uncomfortable these days as these twin are stretching me to the max!! Barely any cervix remains and membranes from baby a are bulging into the cervix. I have been having tonnes of menstual like cramps with lower back pain - but they are not causing me to dilate so that is a huge relief. I got to spend mothers day with my son outside of the hospital which was so fantastic - but now today I am back to being bored and lonely in my little room. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be transferred back to the hospital in my home town at the end of this week!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Twins have arrived!
« on: May 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM »
Congrats!! That is such great news. Amazing weights for your boys too. It really does go to show how bed rest can make such a difference! Congrats again.

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Thank you ladies for your support - this forum is so great for that!! Mommaof3 I am so happy for you that you will be going home to your kids this weekend. Congrats on making it so far. To the other twin momma I am also expecting twins - mine are girls tho (di/di). My cervix was at 1 cm for a while then at 29 week 7 mm and 30 weeks nothing left to measure. I just take it one day at a time. I think bed rest does wonders for keeping these babies cooking. I am also doing prometrium vaginal supps every night and I think they have done wonders too! It's hard to stay positive some days but I also get a kick out of proving the drs wrong!!

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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.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for May 7
« on: May 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM »
Still here - 30 weeks 3 days. I have now done 6 weeks of hospital bed rest. Cervix is holding strong at about 7mm. I feel like time has really slowed down this past week and I am really missing my son and being home and living a normal life. I have been having a lot of cramping with low back pain this week and it's so hard not to sit there and focus on every single twinge of pain when you are stuck alone in a hospital room. On a lighter note my husband and son are coming to stay the night this weekend ( we live 2 hrs away from the hospital) and we are going to celebrate mothers day together!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Seriously =O
« on: May 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM »
Oops for some reason this reply appeared here.... SOrry. That is what happens when I try to do things on my phone:-)

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Seriously =O
« on: May 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM »
With my first I was dilated to 3 cm at 37 weeks and didn't feel a single contraction until my water broke at 38 weeks. At that point there was no mistaking what they were. They were 2-3 mins apart and the pain was so intense I didn't know what to do with myself. This pregnancy has been very different. I am having twins this time around and often feel period like cramps and low back pain. I also get that sensation of my stomach getting hard and it feels like babies are stretching. I have not felt any strong or regular contractions and yet my cervix is only measuring about 5 mm at this point ( I am 30 weeks 2 days)
I think when the real labor contractions hit you will know though! GL

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Buried in lemons...
« on: April 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM »
So sorry that you are feeling so down today. It's so hard being hospitalized away from your family. I also haven't seen my son since Thursday and he won't be coming for a visit until Wednesday. I hope that you get to see your family really soon. Hang in there - you are making a huge sacrifice for your baby and it will be so worth it in the end! Stay strong :-)

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Congrats on making it to 36 weeks and Good Luck with the delivery!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: 90%, 1cm
« on: April 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM »
For those of you who say the real contractions make you feel like you have to go to the bathroom - are you talking about pressure on your bladder or bowels? My BH never stick around for too long but sometimes they come with intense pressure... At last check I was only a fingertip dilated so I assumed these aren't the real deal for me.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 23
« on: April 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM »
I am still here as well - on hospital bed rest and currently 28 weeks 3 days.  I am really starting to feel the mental strain that comes with the isolation of being in hospital and away from family and friends.  I try to take it a day at a time, but some days are definitely harder than others.  I had an ultrasound last week that showed that my cervix had grown from 1cm to 2.3 cm.  Now the doctors want to repeat that ultrasound tomorrow to see where it is at.  I have asked them if there is a chance i could go home if it had grown or stayed the same and they say no - so it leaves me wondering why they even bother to check.  At the end of the day though I am very grateful that my babies are still baking and I am quite sure that I am going to make it the distance!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: What are the chances?
« on: April 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM »
I don't know the answer to your question but i sure would like to know what ends up happening for you.  I know we are both stuck in hospital and hating every minute of it.  That would be so great if you could get home earlier than planned.  Do doctors check in on you every day?  If they do - could you get one of them to explain what the last doctor told you.  I find that I often get different info from each doc that passes through my room and it can be very frustrating, but maybe you can ask to speak with that same doctor again - just to confirm what she said?? Good luck and keep us posted!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: 90%, 1cm
« on: April 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM »
Congrats on making it so far!! I am sure everyone is different, but for me the real contractions were unmistakable.  Like the worst menstrual cramps you could ever imagine and more.  They were in a regular pattern and when they hit I could not speak or even think, just focus on making it through each contraction at a time.  I can remember asking my midwife how i would know when the real contractions would start and she just smiled and said "oh you will know" and she was right.  Good luck!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Hopeful
« on: April 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM »
Today I am 27 weeks 5 days. I had really high hopes of going home today but so far no one has said OK.  Now i am back to being resigned to the fact that I am stuck in hospital for the long haul.  Its just so hard being so far away from friends and family and especially my son. 

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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. 

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