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Nicoleclark

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New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« on: July 20, 2014 at 08:55 PM »
Hi, I'm new, but have been reading and drawing strength from all of the other woman's stories since going on bed rest 4 weeks ago. I'm currently pregnant with boy/girl twins at 26+2 weeks and had an emergency cerclage at 22+4 for a rapidly shortening cervix.
Here's my story. At 21 weeks my cervix measured 3.7cm so my doc wanted to see the following week to measure again. The following Friday I was at 2.8 cm. I was sent home on bed rest w/ bathroom and shower privileges for the remainder of my pregnancy. My doctor swabbed me for the FFN, but said it would likely come back negative. He set me up to see a perinatalogist that Monday. Monday morning my FFN came back positive and my cervix was down to 1.8cm.  They said there was a 90% chance I would go into labor in the next two weeks if we did nothing. I was terrified and kept thinking I was going to pass out during the appointment. I've never been so scared in my life. I was only 22 weeks.  I was admitted to the hospital and had my emergency cerclage the following morning. I was told I had a 50/50 it would be effective and also told about the risks of a cerclage so late in the game. Thankfully, my tissue was thick and held the stitch well. They kept me for a few more days to monitor me and was released Friday for home bed rest. I didn't realize early on that my stomach tightening and all of the pressure I was feeling were contractions, even if they were just Braxton hicks. I went home on procardia to calm and relax my irritable uterus.
At 24+4 I was admitted again to the hospital when my doctor saw my cervix was down to the stitch. I was given a round of steroids in case labor started. My perinatalogist felt I was stable and said he expected my cervix to go down to the stitch based on where I was before. He said I could still go 34-36 weeks assuming I don't start to labor. I'm now back home and have no signs of labor. I'm on compound progesterone suppositories, procardia every 6 hours and lovenox to prevent blood clots.
Since being home I've had some lower back pain that scared me at first, but with no signs of contractions I think it is part of pregnancy and bed rest. I also had some watery clear fluid leak, but docs said it wasn't enough to be concerned about and could be result of cerclage since it's not ongoing only happened once.
Many doctors don't believe in emergency cerclages at 22 almost 23 weeks or with twins, but I believe that was our saving grace and am so glad our doctor was proactive. I was so scared of everything the first few weeks, but have so much hope now that we will make it 30+ weeks. Being home with 1000 thoughts and too much time to think can be overwhelming, but I try hard not to read into every ache and pain I have and instead rely on my faith and am choosing to BELIEVE I will keep these two cooking for the long haul!

first pregnancy after fertility with B/G twins, cerclage & bed rest at 22 weeks

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM »
I'm glad you shared your story. I'm drawing strength from you.
38 years old, short cervix at 22 weeks 5 days, taking it day-by-day, week-by-week

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014 at 03:16 AM »
Thank you for your story! I am right there with you! OBGYN apt on Wednesday. Fingers crossed! And fingers crossed for you, too! ;)
First baby Circe Rose due November 15-20, 2014!

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014 at 09:20 AM »
Hi Nicole,

Seems like your doctors are doing everything. You are in the 27th week, so it is a good sign that everything will be ok. Drink lots of water as dehydration may cause contractions and rest, rest, rest.

Best of luck!!

Nicoleclark

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2014 at 02:07 PM »
My doctor appt went really well. The babies look great and fluid does as well. My cerclage is down to the stitch (this was expected) measuring about 1.6-1.8, but is holding stable. 27 weeks today. I can't wait to hit my next goals of 28 and 30!
first pregnancy after fertility with B/G twins, cerclage & bed rest at 22 weeks

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2014 at 03:09 PM »
Congrats, Nicole!!! ;D
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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2014 at 05:34 PM »
Specialist said today that my stitch is still holding, but there is a lot if pressure on it. She wants my feet elevated in bed and less time (not sure if that's possible) sitting up. She said she really hopes I'll make it to 32 weeks but seemed concerned I might not. Praying for at least 30!
first pregnancy after fertility with B/G twins, cerclage & bed rest at 22 weeks

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2014 at 06:27 PM »
Sending lots of positive energy, thoughts and prayers your way your way Nicole! 

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2014 at 01:29 PM »
I'm in the hospital monitering contraction ranging from every 5 min to 2-3 min apart. I've been dilated to a 2 since sincere 6am (it's 12:30pm) now. Hoping to not to further dialate. Had steroid shot  and hope to get my second round late tonight/early tomorrow am. Babies look great thank God. No sleep so in tired. Hoping I stop contracting and go home tomorrow or Monday. Thanks for all of your support you've given over the last several weeks.
first pregnancy after fertility with B/G twins, cerclage & bed rest at 22 weeks

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2014 at 02:43 PM »
Thinking of you and your beauties this morning Nicoleclark and sending you lots of love, positive energy and nourishing breath to get you through this (hopefully short stay) in the hospital while they get things back under control.  You and your babies have already come so very far and I hope you can trust just a little while longer that they and you will do well whenever your body decides it is time to bring them into the world.  Much love Michelle!
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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2014 at 02:54 PM »
Good luck, thinking of you and your babies!
I hope the contractions subside... Good news that your babies are doing good!

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2014 at 09:28 PM »
Sending prayers and positive energy to you and your babies!
38 years old, short cervix at 22 weeks 5 days, taking it day-by-day, week-by-week

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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2014 at 03:00 PM »
Wow, Nicole! Sending you lots of love and good vibes and positive energy. I just know this is going to turn out beautifully for you. I'm so sorry about the struggle and the worry and the wait and your having to stay in the hospital. Please keep us updated!!!
First baby Circe Rose due November 15-20, 2014!

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Re: New 26+2 w/twins and had emergency cerclage
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2014 at 04:39 AM »
Hallie and Grayon's arrived August 24th at 3:22am. Grayson weighed 3.24lbs and Hallie 3bls. They are doing really well and are both on Cpap breathing 21% oxegyn with no needed ventilator! Thank y for all of the support I'll continue checking I with everyone! Keep em cooking!
first pregnancy after fertility with B/G twins, cerclage & bed rest at 22 weeks

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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2014 at 01:37 PM »
Congratulation Nicoleclark they are going to do just great with you kangarooing them like crazy in NICU.  Please post pics when things settle down!