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Twins 23w5d 1cm dilated no cervix
« on: April 24, 2017 at 12:47 PM »
Today  has been a really tough day! I am writing from South Africa, and my husband and I have used a surrogate to carry our twin boys. The surrogate has a history of preterm labour, but because her last child was born at full term, our fertility specialist cleared her to carry.

At 17 weeks, there was a bleed, and the surrogate was put on bed rest for 2 weeks with 200mg progesterone x2 per day, cervix was 5cm, no funneling. At 18 week check, cervix was at 4cm, bleeding had stopped. At 20 weeks, cervix measured 2.5 cm and bed rest and same medication was prescribed, at week 22 w, cervix measure 1.9 cm with funneling - steroid injections were given x3 each 18hrs apart, but told if delivered, there may be long term disabilities.

Today, at 23w5d, we are told to prepare for a miscarriage as our surrogate is fully effaced, and 1cm dilated - Dr says it should be 'over' within the next day or 2. I am sad beyond words and I don't know how to get through this! Are there any recent happy endings?

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017 at 03:29 PM »
Hello Twinsons,

I'm sorry you're going through this, and I don't have any experience with this particular situation, but don't give up hope yet.  I know 24-25 weeks is the viability week, but my doctor said when I went through my emergency situation at 20 weeks that even if my water breaks sometimes they can delay labor for a couple weeks. I've heard drinking a lot of water helps in these kind of situations.  I have a friend who had her baby at 25 weeks on the dot and although their baby is in the NICU, he's still making it!!

Stay strong, and I'm praying for you!!!!!!

Wylee

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017 at 09:04 PM »
Please have hope! You are SO close to the 24-week viability mark. Also, I can tell you that I have seen MANY women in the same situation as your surrogate who didn't deliver for MANY weeks.

This may upset you, but I feel I have to say it. Even if your children live for only a few hours or a few days, take pictures, make videos and spend as much time with them as you can. It will be hard and you may "want to run the other way," but you are their mother and always will be. Treasure every moment.

Thinking positively, has your doctor talked to you about "kangaroo care" for when they arrive? It is something you and your husband can do to help your babies along. http://handtohold.org/resources/helpful-articles/the-benefits-of-kangaroo-care/

Please keep me posted, and I can connect you with resources for parents of preemies. Sending up the strongest prayers possible.  (((hugs)))


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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017 at 01:31 AM »
Thank you ladies. I have read many encouraging experiences in this group, and although viability is around the corner, there are long term challenges the boys will undoubtedly face.

With the membranes protruding through, Dr is not optimistic unfortunately. The hospital is preparing for their arrival and providing for some family time until nature takes over. Kangaroo care is definitely something we want the boys to experience, thank you for the advice :'(

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017 at 02:03 AM »
I agree - have hope. I was put on hospital bedrest at 22 weeks at 9mm dilated and had a bulging amniotic sac. I am also pregnant with twin boys. I am now 27 weeks. I know that at the hospital they can often delay labor for a couple of weeks even if the water breaks.

Stay strong! You will be in my thoughts!

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017 at 06:09 AM »
Hi SuzieQMom

You are a real inspiration! I wish you everything of the best and hope your  little guys pull through. I continue to pray and hope - for us, and you!

Please keep me updated on your progress?

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017 at 09:50 AM »
Twinsons,
How are you doing? Is your surrogate still cookin'?

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2017 at 04:59 AM »
Hello all. We are 25w5d and the little guys are doing well. The cervix has closed and measuring 8mm! Never did I think that 8mm could bring such a broad smile to our faces. We have a full scan planned today to check their growth as steroids have been administered. We have also moved them to a higher care facility in the event that they decide to arrive sooner than planned.

Things are centainly looking up for us, thank you all for your support; it's been 5 weeks of hospital already, and hope to keep them inside as long as necessary for them  :-*


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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2017 at 01:17 PM »
Hi Twinsons, that is a wonderful update! I've been thinking of you. 8mm is really great!

You and your babies are in my thoughts. Stay strong and positive ??