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#1 of 6 Old 06-08-2012, 05:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am 26 weeks tomorrow with my second set of twins and at a routine growth u/s today my cervix was measuring 1.9 cm and all hell broke loose.  Or at least that's what it felt like.  In my last pregnancy the same thing happened at almost 25 weeks and I stopped working immediately and took it pretty easy the rest of the pregnancy and ended up going into labour at 38w2d.  This time around, I'm not "working" but a SAHM with a very busy 11-year-old and twin 17 month olds, so "taking it easy" isn't so easy.

 

The worst part is the way everyone at the hospital totally freaked out.  The peri who I saw during my last pregnancy came to see me and freak me out and wanted me to transfer from my (low-risk) OB to the high risk clinic (she didn't acknowledge my midwife).  I called my midwife but she's off call this weekend so I spoke to another midwife who first of all, was most interested in how the babies and myself were doing and second - stayed calm the whole time.  She said to go ahead with the steroid shots, just in case, and we can move up my consult with the OB.  I relay this info to the peri, who huffs and puffs about it, then sends me to triage to get the shot. 

 

Once there, the admitting guy wants to put a bracelet on me, and I said ask why? since I am not staying over a short cervix with no other issues and he brushes me off and insists I need a bracelet. 

 

So I am "admitted" and taken to a room where a nurse instructs me to take off the bottom half and starts getting all the  monitors out.  Um....pretty sure I'm just here for a shot...?  I just had an ultrasound 15 minutes ago.  She also brushes me off with something about how the resident just wants to monitor me for contractions.  So I pee in a cup, lay there forever while they try to keep tabs on my very active babies, prove to them that I am not having any contractions and then ask if I should call someone...I've been here for nearly 3 hours at this point.  The nurse gets the resident who suggests again that I transfer to the high risk unit immediately and come in for another u/s and cervical check in a week.  They will also schedule an appointment with the neonatal people, and one of the MFM specialists...and at this point I need to stop the woman and tell her that I will talk with my midwife, meet with my OB and get back to them. 

 

She is not impressed. 

 

She leaves again, nurse comes in again to say that I can get off the stupid monitor and she'll give me my shot.  She sticks me and then asks me to wait (yet again!) so I patiently do so.  The resident returns with news that she has booked me an ultrasound and an appointment with the high risk clinic on Thursday.  Obviously no one is listening to anything I say, which is exactly why I am with a midwife.  I am finally allowed to leave once I promise to return tomorrow for another shot.  This time I will not be getting a bracelet or monitoring or anything.

 

Feeling so frustrated with the hospital and their rules and their way of making me feel like I need to defend myself all the time.  I hate the way they act like I am about to have these babies any second, and instead of focusing on the positive and how to keep the babies in, all they want to do is talk about the babies coming now, and all the problems that could arise. 

 

I know that a shortened cervix does not mean preterm labour.  I've been there once before.  I could really use some supportive words after all the garbage I heard today and/or ideas on how to "take it easy" with toddlers at home.


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Hugs to you!  What a day! 

I think the best thing is that you had a short cervix with twins before and still carried them past 38 weeks!  That is amazing.  No one has all the answers about the shortening cervix. 

Taking it easy with toddler twins...obviously, I don't have the answer for this either.  I would call on all my friends and family (we don't have much of that close by).  Get the friends over to help with the kiddos and household chores...set up a schedule.  I'll be thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts for a stress free remainder of the pregnancy. 

Good luck tomorrow with your next injection.  Don't see whay you can't walk in and just get it! 


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You go girrrl - 38 weeks sounds just fine to keep looking forward to joy.gifjoy.gif you've been there and done it before hug.gif

 

As for resting with twins. Hmmmm - do you homeschool your 11 year old? Can your eldest help with entertainment and snacks for the twins? Can your partner prepare some snack trays that you can get out throughout the day so that you don't have to do big meals?


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Thanks ladies. I so hate having to beg for help from family, but I guess I'll have to just suck it up.  My 11-year-old is in school but only for 3 more weeks and then he'll be around for the summer.  And my husband is awesome at helping out but is recovering from surgery and not supposed to lift, etc. so it's a little challenging for us right now. 

 

I keep thinking to myself that I did it before and can do it again but it's such a different ball game with two toddlers to run after.  There's only so much rest to be had!  I can probably arrange some help a few nights a week and maybe weekends here and there, I just hope it's enough.


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I am 28 weeks and am also having twins (a boy and a girl) i went for my usual U/S and regualr check up today and found that my cervix is 1.6cm down from 2.7 from two weeks ago, they didnt make quite the fuss that they did for you but ive been threatned with hospital bedrest if i dont take it easy. luckily my job is mostly sitting so i didnt have to stop working but now they want to monitor me even more closely which is a little bit of a pain, but if its whats best for the babies.

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Do your toddlers still nap? If they do, then really, really, really nap when they do. Or at least lie flat.

 

And if they don't, it might be time to start having "quiet time" when you can be horizontal and they can work on quiet activities (coloring, blocks).

 

Read to them lying down.

 

Movies/Sesame Street. Because a few movies now are better than commuting to the NICU.

 

Other people taking them on run around outings. (the park?)

 

Do you have a doula? Is she available to come to some of  these appointments? Or someone else who can help you buffer? I hope your midwife can see you soon so the two of you can come up with a strategy.

 

Online-signup so that friends can bring your family meals.

 

Talk to your local twins group. They might have ideas and/or a group that could bring meals/take the toddlers on outings.

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