I have been hospitalized :-(

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  1. Good evening ladies.

    I was put on modified bed rest at home because my cervix was starting to thin and shorten. It went from 4.4 one week to 2.7 3 weeks later. The put me on modified bed rest for 1 week and it went back up to 3.3 Great news. They then kept me on the modified bed rest and when I went back 2 weeks later (26w3d) it went down to 0.8 I was instructed immediately to go to the hospital where I have been for 1 week today. I had some manor contractions so out of precaution, they put me on a low dose of procardia 3 times a day which I am still on.

    Today I am 27w3d and had another cervical check and it now went down to 0.3 Im so upset. The doctor told me before the test he didn’t expect things to get worse, but probably stay the same. Didn’t happen. Luckily there are no other problems, but I am devastated that this is happening to me. I am miserable being here, but know that I am in the best place for my babies to give them the best chance. I am a nervous wreck after meeting with the NICU doctors and them telling me all the scary things that could go wrong.

    I just wish and pray that I make it to at least 32 weeks. It’s too early for these girls to come into the world.

    Has anyone had a similar experience or know of similar situations with good outcomes? I need hope and any encouragement is appreciated.

    Thanks for all of your support.

    Stephanie
    27w3d Twin Girls

  2. Stephanie, sorry to hear about your situation. I was 23w4d pg with B/G/G triplets in Dec. 2007 when I was admitted in PTL with a shortening, funneling cervix. My FFN came back positive. At 24w they gave me the steroids for the babies lungs. My cervix shortened from 2.5 down to 1.3 (while I was on hospital bedrest) where it stayed from 26w until I delivered at 32w5d (I was 50% effaced too). I was on 20mg of procardia 4 times a day. They were able to feel my son's head when I was admitted and he was parked on my cvx until I delivered. I'm sure you've been told, but every day in you is saving the girls 2-3d in the NICU. I tried to take it one day at a time, as otherwise the fears became overwhelming. My babies were born at 4lbs5oz, 4lbs3oz, and 3lbs 10oz. The girls were home in 2w, while my son stayed another week. They turned a year last month, and although one of the girls was delayed developmentally, she is now caught up. Do post here as you'll find lots of support and maybe try the bedrest board too.

    Debi

    ETA: don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but girls usually do better than boys.

  3. Steph- so sorry to hear. So many times lately I am frustrated that everyone always feels the need to talk about what could go wrong or not work, instead of focusing on the, most often, higher chances of things going ok. I don't know why the NICU docs had to go into so much detail when they don't know yet that it is an issue for you. I'm sorry it has compounded your stress. I will hope and pray you get to 32 weeks and your girls decided to stay snug in there as long as possible.

    Best wishes.

  4. Stephanie, just want to wish you all the best through this very difficult time. We will all be pulling for you and your twins.

  5. Stephanie-I am truly sorry for your situation and am wishing for the best for you and your girls. I didn't go through anything similar but can offer encouragement that you are in the best possible place to be cared for.....have someone bring in some trashy mags and good books for you to read....maybe start a pregnancy journal to write about how you are feeling-your fears, hopes, dreams and aspirations for your girls and your family. Stay positive and keep on posting here to let us know how you are doing. You might try to find a few other women on the board here who are also on bed rest to talk with during the day and just vent about your situation. Maybe see if your friends can set up a visitation schedule so you get at least one person a day to come talk to you to break up the time and take your mind off of things. Know that we are here for you to talk to and that we are all hoping and praying for a good outcome and keep those little ones cooking until you reach 32 weeks-hopefully more! Best of luck to you and as I said-keep us posted on your progress. <<<<<hugs>>>>>

  6. Stephanie,

    I can REALLY relate to your experience! I am now 31 weeks along with B/G twins, and have been on strict at-home bed rest for a shortening cervix and \"irritable uterus\" for the past 10 weeks, with several hospital stays thrown in the mix!

    In addition to this site, I have found TREMENDOUS support on sidelines.org....please come check us out! All of the women on the board are dealing with bed rest, some at home and some in the hospital...shortening cervix, PTL...it is a very positive and supportive board with LOTS of wonderful happy endings and really strong, encouraging women! We celebrate every single milestone as we are all counting down the weeks!

    Hope to see you there!

    Paula

  7. Stephanie,I can REALLY relate to your experience! I am now 31 weeks along with B/G twins, and have been on strict at-home bed rest for a shortening cervix and \"irritable uterus\" for the past 10 weeks, with several hospital stays thrown in the mix!In addition to this site, I have found TREMENDOUS support on sidelines.org....please come check us out! All of the women on the board are dealing with bed rest, some at home and some in the hospital...shortening cervix, PTL...it is a very positive and supportive board with LOTS of wonderful happy endings and really strong, encouraging women! We celebrate every single milestone as we are all counting down the weeks!Hope to see you there! Paula

    Thanks Starry. I tried to go on that site, but didnt really understad how to chat with people.

    Im jsut hanging in there. Wish I was at 37 weeks!

  8. Steph- Sorry to hear that things aren't going as well as you had hoped, but i wanted to say that even if your babies are born now, they still have a really good chance. Multiples born at 28 weeks often do great with no longer term problems. I am 16 weeks with quads so i feel your concerns about keeping the babies in as long as possible. I have been on modified bed rest at home since i was 14 weeks. My cervix went from 4.4 to 3.5 in a 2 day period...and were accompanied with lots of contractions, so i def feel your pain and concern. Is it at all possible that the change in measurement was due to different techs and not an actual loss??

  9. Stephanie,
    I was hospitalized at 31 weeks with a different issue - absent end diastolic flow to twin A. Twin A was IUGR (intrauterine growth restricted). The twins were coming that weekend and we only hoped to have time (48 hours) to get the sterrhoids onboard. But, after the 48 hours, the heartrates of both babies were strong; so, I was kept in the hospital on bedrest day after day with my goal constantly changing. Long story short, I made it to 35 weeks. Baby A was 3 lbs, 2 oz. My babies only stayed in the NICU for two weeks. And, the NICU was fabulous - - the facility, the nurses and the doctors are very special!

    I know how difficult it is to be hospitalized for an indefinite period. But, keep thinking of the good you are doing for your babies! And, I know now that the bedrest is far easier than the time you'll spend visiting your babies in the NICU...so, keep your eye on the prize...the longer you stay pregnant, the less the impact and length of stay for your babies.

    Keep up the good work!
    Amy

  10. Stephanie,

    so sorry to hear of your struggles, I went through what sounds like a very similar situation last summer. At 23 wks with twin girls, I went in for the routine cervix check I had requested (there had been a study on cervix checks between 18-22 weeks on twin pregnancies giving some data on predicting early labor later on) and found to everyone's surprise I was suddenly down from 4 cm to 1 cm. No noticeable contractions, however, and they sent me home. The next night I had backache, came in and my cervix was 0. !!

    From 23 weeks 1 day, I sweated it out on hospital bedrest for most of my third trimester, going thru scares about every 2 weeks. The odds at 23 were terrible, at 24 not much better, and I had a calendar on the wall that I x'd off days. I was kept in bed, at best allowed to sit up 30 degrees and allowed bathroom trips, for trips to the ultrasound machine I was transported on a guerney. I was desperate to make it to 25 weeks (2-3 cm dilated by then), then tried to hang on with all my might until 28 weeks because of the big increase in survival and health odds for the babies. After a very long 5 weeks, we made it to 30 weeks, by then I was 4 cm dilated. Managed to hold out until 31 weeks 5 days, after having been 6 cm dilated for 3 days!

    I spent all summer reading about survival and health odds for preemies, found that after gestation length, the second indicator for good odds was baby weight - after 1500 grams the risks of death or disability dropped distinctly. so i ate all i could, although it was very hard to gain weight on hospital food! They were born big for their age, 3 lbs 14 oz and 4 lbs 2 oz, needed only a little breathing support and did very well. The girls spent just a tad over 5 weeks in the NICU and intermediate care nursery before coming home.

    So ours was a success story - I just got up to feed one of them in these wee hours and found your post. Good luck - I hope you've had good news since your last post - you were on the very cusp of the terrific 28 week milestone! Hope things are going well if you have delivered... and if you haven't, hang in there.

    update us when you can,

    AsliSuha

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