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Bed Rest

post #1 of 11
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Had my 33 week appointment this morning. Baby A is head down and putting pressure on my cervix, which in turn is making it thin out. As a precaution, OB wrote me out of work and put me on bedrest. She said that with babies head putting pressure down there and the heavyness of the uterus with twins (I measured at 41 weeks today) that the last thing we need is gravity working against us. 

 

This will be interesting with a toddler!

post #2 of 11
Oh, no! Hopefully getting a bit more rest is in the cards for you, mama. I know that some days going to work is physically easier than being at home...then again I parent from the couch a lot wink1.gif
post #3 of 11

Oh dear...books, books, and more books!  My kids would love me to be on bed rest and read to them all day!  Singing, finger games... I hope your toddler will think it's just awesome to have all that attention from mom in bed : )

Blessings-

post #4 of 11
Hugs, Ericsmama. I know bed rest can be really hard, especially when you feel fine. But hopefully, this will keep the twins in there as long as they need. I am sure your son will love the extra cuddle time!
post #5 of 11
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Today is day one and I can see we already have some new boundaries to set with DS. My mom watched him full time while I worked and apparently there was A LOT of cartoon time. Our cuddle time this morning with a book was constantly interrupted by him asking if he can play with my phone/play on the computer/watch cartoons. Same thing with breakfast time, he refused to eat without the TV on! 

 

My mom is 67 so it might have just been easier for her to turn the TV on versus getting down on the floor to play. 

 

He is also very high needs (always been this way) and does not play by himself, he needs someone there with him at all times or else he mopes around telling me he is bored.

post #6 of 11

It's okay to be bored : ) 

When my kids say that I just say "Hm" and go about my business.  

It usually takes a weeks or so of breaking kids of the asking for tv habit.  We went through it with our first.  If I ever doubted tv's toxic poisonous effect on kids, I learned from experience how true it is!!  He wasn't a kid who could just see something once in a while; he'd freak out for more every time.  So we just had to nix it until he was a few years older.  Now our rule is no tv on school days, so sometimes on the weekend they watch a Thomas video or the older kids watch a movie after the little ones go to bed.

post #7 of 11

So not to question your Dr. (absolutely, listen to you Dr, before you listen to me!)  but have you seen any of the recent thoughts on bedrest?  I will try to find an article, but there is some question about whether it helps, and some concern that it may hurt (putting you at greater risk for blood clots and the various risks that generally come with inactivity).  May be worth talking to him about partial bedrest- doing less (less lifting toddlers for sure!) but maybe not being confined to bed all day.  Potentially another 7 weeks of bedrest is a lot!  

post #8 of 11

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/13/bed-rest-pregnancy-prematurity/2156619/  Here is one article!  I don't think I can access the actual study, but I am sure your Dr. can.  :-)

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by CourtBChase View Post
 

So not to question your Dr. (absolutely, listen to you Dr, before you listen to me!)  but have you seen any of the recent thoughts on bedrest?  I will try to find an article, but there is some question about whether it helps, and some concern that it may hurt (putting you at greater risk for blood clots and the various risks that generally come with inactivity).  May be worth talking to him about partial bedrest- doing less (less lifting toddlers for sure!) but maybe not being confined to bed all day.  Potentially another 7 weeks of bedrest is a lot!  

She mentioned the blood clots/muscle loss during our last appointment. Se gave me some lay down exercises to do and said that the "majority" of the day should be spent laying down or in a very reclined position but I can still get up for showers, fix quick dinner, etc. She said that if doing this, the cervix continues to thin out next time they check--then they will do strict bedrest but she started out with this more relaxed version. Strict bedrest will suck--just last night alone I got up 7 times to use the restroom in a 9 hour period! 

post #10 of 11

Eric's Mama, hope that bed rest is going well for you.  I can't even begin to imagine it with a toddler. Do what you need to do to keep those babies on the inside growing as long as you can. I know yesterday I spent most of the day in a reclined position. Carrying twins is getting heavier and heavier every day and they are still on the inside!

post #11 of 11
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Eric's Mama, hope that bed rest is going well for you.  I can't even begin to imagine it with a toddler. Do what you need to do to keep those babies on the inside growing as long as you can. I know yesterday I spent most of the day in a reclined position. Carrying twins is getting heavier and heavier every day and they are still on the inside!

It is definitely getting more challenging as the days drag on. I keep having to remind myself to enjoy these last few weeks with my boy and relax before the girls get here--but I cant wait for them to get here already! :) My appointments are bumped up to 2x a week going forward and so far no significant cervical thickness changes so that is great. 

 

Since one of the babies is head down, the OB is "willing to try" a vaginal delivery as long as Baby B will turn from transverse to either head down or breach (she will do a breach extraction if needed, but its c section land if 2nd babe wont move into a better position. Hoping that she moves soon because they are running out of room to wiggle as much.

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