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Hi There,
Well done on making 24 weeks, it's every day as it comes.  Its absolutely hideous though isnt it?  NEVER imagined anything like this....I am at home on bed rest for now although hard as I have a 5 year old and no family...just my husband and I.  Ive had 7 miscarriages trying for a second and finally get pregnant, its twins and now this ...devastated.
I go back to Dr. tomorrow also to see what's happened over the weekend, praying for minimal change and closed.  I am on procardia but contractions haven' t really stopped but slowed down...had bad flare up at 5am today and thought that was it but settled again.
I wish we were just a few more weeks in as chances are so much better.  I feel so worries but some go full term even right like this?  My Dr says as long as contractions dont cause dilation/shortening they are what they are.  I dont even care about term anymore anything over 28 would be amazing in terms of odds.  Really sending you love and always here if you want to chat  :)
This too shall pass, just going to be a long few months x
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 2.2cm- bed rest?
« Last post by Star32 on April 08, 2018 at 06:04 AM »
I am getting conflicting info from doctors.

When were you put on bedrest? Cervix at 2.2cm and previa.

When were you put on bedrest? Is a desk job ok?
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Hi Gethaline!

First of all, congrats on your twins! So exciting :) I completely understand your fears, I’m 24+1 today and my next goal is 26 weeks. I have felt good, mild Braxton Hicks (mainly when I have to go to the bathroom), and no other warning signs. My doctor just came in and said they will try to get an ultrasound (vaginal and abdominal) today to check the babies and my cervix length, so hopefully I’ll have an update by the end of today. I’m dying to know my length, even if it’s shortened at least I’ll know something. Praying that it’s at least stable. Are they keeping you at the hospital or sending you home to do bedrest?
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks and facing preterm labor.. again!
« Last post by wren on April 07, 2018 at 06:58 PM »
This is such heartening news, OBmom.

I am in a similar situation, and am holding out hope that I will get to at least 32 weeks, maybe 34 weeks.

My first child, Oskar, was born at 27 weeks and 4 days due to spontaneous pre term birth. I went in to triage with mild cramping (about 3 in an hour) and he was born about 6 hours later. He unfortunately suffered from extensive grade 4 brain bleeds while in the NICU, and my husband and I made the agonizing decision to discontinue care and take him off the ventilator. He died in my arms when he was 7 days old.

We are pregnant with our second child, also a son, and we thought everything was going well. I had a transvaginal cervical check every other week, weekly progesterone shots, and stopped working at 23 weeks. At 25 weeks, I started experiencing mild sporadic cramping and when we went into triage, everything looked fine. My cervix was long and closed and a fetalfibronectin test was negative. AT 26 and 6, I had sporadic cramping all afternoon. When my husband came home from work, we decided to go back to triage, and again they sent us home and said my cervix was closed and I just had uterine irritability. The next morning, I woke up bleeding, and when we went back to triage, I was 1 cm dilated. I was still just having sporadic contractions sometimes a couple of hours apart. I was admitted and given betamethasone and magnesium sulphate and monitored in the hospital for 4 days before being sent home. My cervix is still 1 cm dilated (although 2.8 cm long at the last check a few days ago) and I am on modified bed rest. I am staying hopeful that this time we'll have a different outcome. Just knowing that the baby did get steroids makes me feel a bit better. I am 28 weeks and 1 day today.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pelvic pressure?
« Last post by EnglishRose23 on April 07, 2018 at 05:22 PM »
Hi,

Thanks for all the kind responses :-)

I've been staying off my feet and laying down as much as possible this week and it seems to have helped, slightly less pressure today so I plan on procrastinating until my appointment Thursday to get checked out unless any additional symptoms develop. I'll make sure to ask that they check my urine for a UTI, I've not had any other UTI type symptoms but worth ruling out.

Unfortunately the way my insurance works now I've transferred my care to the MFM I'm supposed to go through them for all my prenatal care, it's making me wish I'd stuck with my regular OB. My last trip there they were backed up and it took me 4 hours to get seen, between the long drive, the waiting, and the exam room florescent lights I ended up with a migraine and had to have my husband finish work early to drive me home...makes it hard to justify going in unless I'm sure something is wrong!

It's so hard for me to know when to go in since my baseline in pregnancy checks off multiple of the "get seen right away symptoms". Every day since 16 weeks I get at least a few hours where I have painful regular contractions, every single day without a break since 5 weeks I've had bad menstrual-type cramping. Today is day 6 of vaginal pressure, the lower backache sometimes accompanies the cramping, always accompanies the contractions. At least I've had a break from the bleeding for a little while now, interestingly my big bleeds were all preceded by diarrhea the night before. Baby has been kicking less for the past few weeks, but it's still too early for kick-counts so I'm trying not to worry. A sense that something just isn't right is also a daily feeling, but to be expected!!

Not far till viability now, we are hopeful.
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks and facing preterm labor.. again!
« Last post by Gethaline on April 06, 2018 at 07:44 PM »
Yay this is such great news OBmom, so happy for you! 

Yes we are in good hands in Southern California (Los Robles L&D under UCLA Westlake Drs)...the twins are doing fine no TTTS, no issues at all in fact they are huge...we've been scanning weekly, fetal echo's etc. since 12 weeks and growth is 97% and 46% so they are not worried about them for now.  The issue is keeping them in and yes NICU likely but just need to get to 26 weeks (minimum obviously) where the odds and outcomes are significantly better. 

It's ironic as you say I was worried about all the normal twin issues but not this...not so soon anyway.

Your story is amazing though, so happy for you...I am seriously praying for the contractions to stop or at least keep my cervix closed/in tact from week to week at least for a bit.  32 week is golden you must be so relieved :)
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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pelvic pressure?
« Last post by OBmom on April 06, 2018 at 06:52 PM »
Hi EnglishRose.

I totally agree with Angela, this should be checked out. And this IS medical advice :)
Your CL may be fine and you could still have clinically significant funneling. OR you could have an undiagnosed and TREATABLE ITU (you wouln't believe how often this happens).
You don't have to go directly to your MFM - is there anywhere closer you could be seen? They'll transfer you if they don't have the resources, right?
Meanwhile, try and stay off your feet. I know you have a little one to take care of and it's hard. Keep your spirits high, you've been through so much already!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks and facing preterm labor.. again!
« Last post by OBmom on April 06, 2018 at 06:36 PM »
Hello mommas!

31+5 today and still cookin'! :)
Had a scan yesterday, CL is holding up (19mm) but we're starting to see funneling. It's expected, but I've been having more frequent contractions and it gets scary - there's still the chance of PPROM.
Anyway, super happy about the 32 week-mark on Sunday, that's when the neurological prognosis really starts looking up.
Doctor says we can lift some of the restrictions then - I'll get to go along when someone goes to pick my little boy up from school! (as long as I'm not driving, eheh).

@Gethaline where are you? Please tell me you're seeing an MFM specialist at a 3rd-level center - it is extremely likely your babies will need some NICU support. And specialized ultrasounds of course. With MC-BA twins, you need to check very often for growth issues and in utero transfusions - short cervix will probably not be your biggest concern.
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Hi Alexandra,
How are things?  We're in the same boat it sounds...Hi Ladies,
I am 23 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) with mono/di ID twin boys.  I have been having the odd contraction here and there for awhile but last week they became 5 mins apart so I went to the hospital.  My cervix has started to shorten but is still classed as closed.  They gave me a few doses of terbutaline and some BP meds that can help also....contractions still going but not as frequent, wish they would stop but as long as cervix isnt changing too much then they can be ok.

I am praying to get to at least 26 weeks at least to avoid 1) death or 2) serious neurological issues so I am TERRIFIED.
I don't even care about full term at this point...praying for anything past 26 weeks.  It is so frightening and for me after 9 pregnancies and one live birth, this is my last chance.

Hope to chat and thinking of you all, we can do this...I know that other have x
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks and facing preterm labor.. again!
« Last post by Gethaline on April 06, 2018 at 05:20 PM »
Hi there,
SO SORRY anyone has to go through this, it's something you hear about....until it's you and then OMG.  The most hideous, exhausting situation ever and all you can do is surrender.  Would love to hear how things are going for you?

I am 23 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) with mono/di ID twin boys.  I have been having the odd contraction here and there for awhile but last week they became 5 mins apart so I went to the hospital.  My cervix has started to shorten but is still classed as closed.  They gave me a few doses of terbutaline and some BP meds that can help also....contractions still going but not as frequent.

I have to get to 26 weeks at least to avoid 1) death and 2) serious neurological issues so I am TERRIFIED.
Would be great for us to know of others with this early diagnosis making it later, i don't even care about full term at this point...praying for anything past 26 weeks.  Would love to hear some news of being able to do this...SO frightened after 9 pregnancies and one live birth, this is my last chance.

Hope to chat and thinking of you all, sending positive thoughts to you all
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