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post #21 of 37
It's so difficult not to worry, particularly with time on your hands.

I had a C-section, had gestational diabetes and developed high blood pressure towards the end; my son was in the NICU with pneumonia for over 2 weeks; and the whole birth ordeal plus my fluctuating hormones gave me panic attacks so powerful that I couldn't talk, much less walk. I didn't breastfeed (beyond the first days). We gave up on the cloth diapers.

And you know what?

We're fine.

In fact, we're great. My kids are very healthy, tall, happy, engaged, at or ahead of their milestones, and cute as can be. We play and laugh and tell jokes. We're extremely attached, and I celebrate their growing independence.

In the past 18 months I've gone from being terrified and lost and mourning my previous life, to profoundly enjoying motherhood and adoring my children. There are moments when they drive me bananas, but I cherish them.

The best advice I got (besides Vicki Iovine's books, which I enjoyed, and Dr. Sears' medical advice, which I relied upon):

Take it one hour at a time. Becoming a mother is a process, not an event.

You'll be great.
post #22 of 37
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Thanks so much. It really helps, I bet if I would relax a little things would go smoother!
post #23 of 37
Probably...but being afraid is OK, too.
post #24 of 37
Yep it is totally natural to be nervous. But I know it is easier said than done but try to enjoy it. It will be over before you know it. Like I said though, it is tough to relax sometimes. You are doing great!
post #25 of 37
I had my twins at 29 wks and I say do as the ladies here say. Drink alot of water and try to take it very easy. My body thought that my twins were done because I was so huge but my daughters had to stay in hospital for 66 days. Bedrest would have been easier looking back on it.
post #26 of 37
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Diane- I am worried that my body will think I am done too. I am a very small girl (weighed 110 pre-pregnancy) and I am up to 155 now. It's mostly all in my belly so everything constantly hurts. I am measuring around 37-38 cm right now. I am just scared my body will want them out sooner.
post #27 of 37
Practice positive imagery, positive thinking, "My body has everything my babies need, they are comfortable and safe and growing into beautiful beings." Imagine your babies healthy and happy within your miraculous body!

So much of being pregnant is beyond our control. Do the things you can (rest, eat, water, positive thinking) and try to let go of the remainder.

The other thing is, when I was pregnant? Horny as all get out! I spent a lot of time each day "taking care of myself" if you know what I mean! Hey - there wasn't much else to do!!
post #28 of 37
erin have you been tested for a bladder infection or a UTI? I know that those type of infections can cause increased BH and sometimes even trigger labour. Just an Idea.

post #29 of 37
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Diane- I did have a positive UTI test and I just recently finished my antibiotics for it. I am feeling much better now.
post #30 of 37
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I just thought I would post since I had my weekly doctor appointment today. He checked my cervix and did another fetal fibronectin test. He said that my cervix is starting to shorten but not soften. The doctor said about 3-4 more weeks. He said if I can make it to 35 weeks that would be great but he was saying 3-4, although we all know the babies will come when they want to I just figure he knows more since he sees it all the time. So now I am really starting to get anxious!! I need to get everything ready and pack my bag, ect. He also said that both the babies are still head down and I have about a good 80% chance of delivering vaginally. Anything can happen, but I'm hoping and praying for vaginal delivery. Thanks for all the great advice and reassuring words!!
post #31 of 37
Originally Posted by Erin11
Andrea- Did you deliver vaginally or need to have a c-section?? I am really scared that the babies will come early but I am also really scared of needing a c-section (emergency c-section or regular)
HI, I'm jumping in here, hope you don't mind! I had a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks and was terrified of it. It turned out to be a very necessary medical procedure for me and I healed quickly and painlessly from it. Really, it was not a bad thing and you can relax about a c if you need it and you have a great doctor, then be ok that it might save your babies lives (it literally saved my daughter's life, baby b).

Also, I was on a very high 176grams, yes 176 grams of protein per DAY twins diet. That's a lot of protein, but my babies did really really well on it although I gained weight like a pig from it. My ds was 6lbs.8oz. and my dd was 5lbs.8oz. If ever I felt contractions I laid down with a big 16 oz. drink of water for 2 hours. Never went food shopping without someone to carry the groceries, never went for a walk, never vacuumed the house, never walked up/down stairs, stayed on the main floor of our house the entire 3rd trimester, never just sat in a chair for more than 15 minutes (it restricts blood flow to the uterus), never stood up for more than 15 minutes(restricts blood flow to the uterus), never did any exercise that used the large muscles (again, restricts blood flow to the uterus). It was GRUELING, but really, I saw the pain and suffering of those families in NICU (my babies went for 2 days and it was really rough on us) and I was sooooo happy that I took my pregnancy so seriously and went full term on purpose. I never had high blood pressure, no complications whatsoever, and it was all to the very restricted life I led and also the 176 grams of protein per day was very important for me and for the babies to grow properly. Eat 2 eggs per day every day as part of your protein. That provides 12 grams of protein, but it also provides methionine which is important for babies brains and is very hard to have enough of for twins. Keep those babies inside you as long as humanly possible and even if you want to take a shower, if you are on bedrest, then just wait. The bigger your babies are at birth, the better for them and for you. I really hope you are doing and feeling well. Post here or email me. I will encourage you as much as I can! My twins are 25 months old now and really, they are A PLEASURE. But it was SOOO hard in the beginning. It gets easier the bigger they are and you really want them as big as you can get them inside of you. We used disposable diapers even though I wanted to use cloth. It was nuts to think of more work. I breastfed them after having to pump milk for 8 weeks straight to get them to nurse after the stupid bottles that NICU gave them. It was totally worth it hanging in to nurse them b/c it was so much easier for me than washing/making/sterilizing the bottles of formula and they didn't do so well in their little tummies from formula so the breastmilk in the bottles at first and then the nursing really was a godsend. HTH!
post #32 of 37
Erin I though it sounded like a UTI! I am glad it has cleared up. I have made it 4 more weeks after being told my cervix was shortening. So rest and hang in there...please remember that bedrest is much better then preemies. Take a look at my website and see my albums you will see bad preemie pics and know you don't want that for your babies (my link is in my signature). My daughter Emma has some tough issues from being born at 29 wks. Every day in the womb is better then a week in the NICU. I also wanted to let you know that I was able to deliver my twins vaginaly and I had twin "b" breech. Both of them being head down sounds awesome I hope they don't start flipping like mine did at that geststion.
post #33 of 37
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If I can hold out for 4 more weeks that would put me around 34-35 weeks. My doctor didn't totally put me on bedrest, just told me to take it easy. The weird thing is, that I feel great lately, someone told me that it's just the "calm before the storm". He did another fetal fibronectin test yesterday so hopefully that came back okay, even though I know they can be wrong sometimes. Both of the doctors I see sound VERY positive about vaginal delivery. 80% chance, they both said. As long as baby A is head down, they can deliver her and then if baby B turns breech he said they can usually turn them. I'm just hoping they stay put for a few more weeks
post #34 of 37
Hi Erin. I just wanted to jump in and second (or third) the importance of rest, diet and a positive outlook! You just never know. My cervix started shortening at 23 weeks! I was on modified bedrest (meaning "take it easy") and my doc seemed pretty concerned. I'v also had lots of BHs since quite early on. Well, here I sit at 35 weeks. My cervix has shortened a bit more in the past month and it is very soft, but it is closed and posterior. Who knows when these boys will decide to come, but I just give thanks every morning and night that they've gotten one more day to cook!

I am taking a magnesium/calcium supp and fish oil as well, fwiw.

Good luck!!

eta: Geezermom: I am totally with you on the increased libido. It's crazy!!
post #35 of 37
Erin, I was in the hospital last monday (28 weeks) for contractions for 9 hours. They got as close as every 3-5 minutes, but my cervix didn't change. Turns out, I had a slight UTI that was causing my uterus to contract (I have an irritable uterus per my last pregnancy) and I was sent home w/terbutaline. I haven't taken any since last Thursday and although I'm still contracting a lot, none of it is regular.

I feel your pain, but I'm going for 38 weeks if it kills me!
post #36 of 37
I just wanted to add that the u/s doc told me at 24 weeks that my cervix had shortened and I am now 37 weeks and still no babies! They really scare you when they tell you things like this and tell you you just need to make it a few more weeks and the babies will much better. They were telling me that if I could just make it to 28 weeks the babies would have an 80% chance of being normal. It was very scary at the time, and I think very unnecisary. Maybe shortening of the cervix is normal, it seems pretty common, and if it was never checked it would never be an issue. I know it is hard, but try not to worry too much and just rest and take care of yourself.
post #37 of 37
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thanks for all the responses. I had another doc. appointment today and ultrasound, everything looked good. the doctor said im 50% effaced and -3 station. he didn't put me on bedrest or seem concerned, so im not going to be concerned, especially since i have been feeling great.

the babies were measuring approx. 3'13 and 4'5, which i am told is good for 31 weeks. still both head down!!
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