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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 16
« on: April 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM »
Hi. At 23 weeks my cervix was at 1.7 with funneling. At 25 weeks 1 cm. I am currently 27 weeks 4 days with twin girls. I have been on hospital bed rest since 24 weeks! My first big goal is 28 weeks and I am almost there. I think it is possible to go the distance as long as you really take it easy!! Good luck!!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 16
« on: April 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM »
Hi. I am 27 weeks 3 days. Have completed 4 weeks of bed rest now (3 weeks of hospital br). I have my first NST today and also have an ultrasound tomorrow to check babies growth and cervical length. I didn't see my son at all last week as he was sick - so this week I am looking forward to lots of visits from him.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Placenta previa and vasa previa
« on: April 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM »
Hi Jonamma, Sorry to hear you have been hospitalized.  I too am on hospital bed rest, but for a different reason than you.  I have a 2.5 year old son at home and I know what you mean about trying not to cry when talking to them on the phone.  I have been in hospital now for 3 weeks and I have found that it has gotten a bit easier, but not much.  I can usually hold off on the crying until i hang up the phone, but sometimes i do break down while talking.  I went from spending 24/7 with my little guy to going a week without seeing him (he has been sick) and its heart wrenching.  I wish you all the best.

Hello everyone.  I am still here on hospital bed rest and am now 26 weeks 4 days. No ultrasound this week so I don't know if there have been any major changes with the old cervix, but i continue to get cramping and back pain sporadically through the day.  Tomorrow I do my GD test and I am hoping that comes back negative.  Its still hard for me to believe that I will be on bed rest for the next 8 weeks.  I just keep hoping every day that the doctors will tell me I can go home to do my bed rest so that i can be with my son....but in reality i know that won't be happening. Hang in there everyone!!!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Silver Lining of Bed Rest?
« on: April 09, 2012 at 11:11 AM »
It is definitely very easy to think about all the horrible aspects of bed rest, but as I read through all these posts I started to think of more and more things that really aren't so bad about it.  Like not having to buy maternity clothes.  Not having to shop and cook dinner for the family every night, catching up on all the books and movies I have wanted to read since my son was born 2.5 years ago.  Being on hospital bed rest has been especially trying with the terrible hospital food, but I have to say I have that I have probably eaten more yummy food over the past 2.5 weeks in hospital because of friends and family buying take out and bringing it to me :)
Thanks for starting this thread - its been a good way for me to start the week!!

Hello, I too am on hospital bed rest with a cervix measuring 1cm and funnelling.  I am caring twin girls and am 26 weeks today.  Hospital bed rest is tough, i just take it one day at a time.  As for the symptoms of the shortening cervix, i am like you.  I have not felt any contractions.  The only thing i get is occasional cramping and low back pain that lasts for an hour or so and then goes away.  Also, at times I feel enormous pressure down below.  Had the ultrasound not picked up the problem I would never have thought to call my Dr about any of these symptoms. 
Good luck with everything. 

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: feeling discouraged
« on: April 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM »
Thanks Ladies - what great stories!  You both have reminded me to stop listening to my doctors predictions because really what do they know.  All i can do is keep doing what I am doing and hope for the best.  One day at a time!! Thanks again.

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!!

Hi Stephanie,
I am sorry to hear about what you are going through right now.  I don't know that I have any advice, but I feel like we are kind of in a similar situation.  I too am hospitalized with a shortened and funnelling cervix and I am 25weeks 4 days with twins.  I have been hospitalized an hour away from my son who is 2 and a half and its the hardest thing in the world.  I feel like i can deal with almost anything they throw at me in here, but not being able to be with my son all day, and play with him and hear him laugh or cry or whatever is like torture.  He comes pretty frequently but there is only so much time he can realistically spend in a small hospital room before he is climbing the walls.  I have been in hospital now for 12 days and its only the beginning of a really long journey.  For me, all i can do is focus on keeping these babies inside and knowing that in the not so distant future we will all be home together again and it will all be just a memory.  I wish you all the best, and i say cry when you feel like it.  Keeping in those emotions is not going to help either.  Its hard, but it will be so worth it in the end. 

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 2
« on: April 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM »
I am 25 weeks 3 days and have been on bed rest for 2 and a half weeks now (10 days on hospital bed rest).  Trying not to go crazy here in my hospital room, and just focusing on these babies staying put for as long as possible!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bed Rest News Article
« on: March 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM »
Great article. I am 24 weeks 5 days with twins and have been on hospital bed rest for 5 days now with an incompetent cervix.  i was wondering how i might go about joining the Facebook group??  it sounds like something i could use :-)

I am sorry to hear about your loss as well.  This is my second pregnancy and i am having twins.  I had no issues in my first pregnancy, but at my 23 week ultrasound it was discovered that my cervix was measuring 1.7cm and was funneling.  I have now been hospitalized and am on pretty strict bed rest.  It is so tough, and scary as you constantly worry that your baby(ies) are going to come early.  I keep reading positive stories though and so i have hope that I can make it to atleast 34 week!! I wish you luck. 

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here - pregnant with twins
« on: March 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM »
Thanks for your responses!! I was hospitalized again about 5 hours after I wrote that post.  I kept cramping and the doctors felt that my cervix was continuing to shorten and so they had to ship me off to a bigger hospital with the highest level of NICU.  I have been on hospital bed rest now for 4 full days and it is brutal.  Thankfully I was sent to a hospital that is only 45 minutes away from my son so I get to see him almost every day.  Its been a rough few days for the entire family, but babies are still in there baking and i guess that is all that matters at this point.  I have been told I will be kept here on bed rest until I reach 32 weeks (or until babies come) at 32 weeks I could be transferred back to the hospital in my home town.  Then if I can reach 34 weeks they would let me go home and let nature take its course.  The crucial period is ofcourse the next 4 weeks and so I am just really taking it easy and listening to my body and hoping that my cervix can just do its thing!!!

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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