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I had a perinatologist appointment today. I’m 30w3d. The girls are looking great! They both measure right on for my due date and are estimated at 3lbs 6oz each. Fluid looks good, too. Baby A is breech with her head up under my ribs, Baby B is head down and nice and low.<br><br>
The bad news is my cervix is even shorter than it was 3 weeks ago. Down from 24mm to 12, and I’m 1cm dilated. She said, “I wonder what putting you in the hospital on bedrest would do for your cervix?” I told her no way, I can lie down at home. There’s no way my kids could handle that much of a shake up. So, now I’m on strict bed rest. I can only get up to pee, shower for 10 min, or sit at the table for meals. I have to be on the couch, recliner, or in bed the rest of the time.<br><br>
I go back Wednesday for another check of my cervix. She said strict bed rest for at least 2 weeks.<br><br>
Prayers, good thoughts, cheerleading, etc all needed!
 

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Many prayers going up for you and those girls. I was where you are a few times during my twin pg.<br><br>
Just try and take it easy, which I know can and is difficult with the kiddos running around (but it is easier than being in the hospital, esp if you don't absolutely NEED to be in the hosp).
 

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Hang in there, Lindsey! The only cheerleading I can offer is to remember that you are absolutely doing the right thing for your little twins! I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 28 weeks and was put on bedrest in the hospital. I guess you could say I was "in denial" about the diagnosis and, when I would protest about the bedrest, the doctors would remind me that every day I managed to keep them inside of me was going to make a HUGE difference in their ability to thrive outside of the womb. They were born at just under 29 weeks (both under 3 lbs). I only did bedrest for 5 days, but I truly believe those 5 days contributed to both of them defying the odds and now being two of the healthiest babies I know! Good luck to you and your family -- and STAY IN BED!!!
 

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Hey Lindsey! I'm in you due date club too, expecting my twins 11/1. I'll sure be thinking of you and sending lots of good wishes that your babies keep on baking and that you tollerate/enjoy bedrest as much as you are able.<br><br>
Just to offer a different perspective: My mom was on bedrest from 20 weeks to term with my brother. I was almost 3. She had no family nearby. She's a VERY active person usually but remembers that time as an incredibly sweet one of rest and bonding with me. Unusual story, but who knows, maybe you will also find some blessings in being still.
 

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Lots and lots of good thoughts for you! Lengthen cervix, lengthen!
 

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Best wishes to you Lindsey for healthy babies.<br><br>
My boys are 8 weeks now, but I started dialating about 30 weeks also. I didn't go on bedrest, but I was really worried about not making it to term. Well, I just continued to dialate and was 7 cm at 36 weeks when we decided to induce. I guess my body was just slowly getting ready. So hang in there. Just because you're dialating, doesn't mean they are coming soon.
 

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Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement!<br><br>
S&G24me--Did you have contractions? I'm not noticing anything except a few tightenings now and then. Your story is very encouraging! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I hope your dh is being very understanding and kind and helpful during this time. If I were on bedrest, the house would go to hell in a handbasket. I had the flu this weekend and my house is currently a giant pile of dishes, laundry (clean and dirty), toys, trash...<br><br>
However. I was on bedrest with my twins -- before any other kids -- for 18w. From the day I found out I was having twins, and then a couple hours later finding out they had TTTS, til the day I gave birth. I read a lot of books, watched a lot of movies, and hung in there. Honestly I don't remember what my cervix did, although it was measured every week. I gave birth at 34w2d, only because baby B was showing signs of IUGR from the TTTS; I'd been pressured starting at 33w.<br><br>
Hang in there. There is an online group for bedrest, sidelines.org. I think it's pretty mainstream but it's all for women who are on bedrest for various reasons.
 

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I was having them fairly often at 30 weeks, mostly braxton hicks type. By 36 weeks I was having contractions all the time. I didn't even bother to time them, they were just coming all the time.<br><br>
Yes, at 30 weeks it started with "come on, just a couple more weeks". Then it was until 34, then until 35, then I was approaching 36 and couldn't believe I was still around. At 34 weeks I was 3 cm dialated, at 35 weeks I was 5 cm. My hospital was over an hour away and since I was 7 cm at my check-up at 36 weeks/1 day, we didn't want to risk going into labor and not making it to the hospital; which is why we ended up inducing. I really wish we could've waited and seen what happened, but I'm confident we made the right decision. My boys were perfectly healthy, they stayed with me the whole time, and we went home the next day.<br><br>
I'm sure your experience will be all your own, but it doesn't have to be bad. But your body is probably telling you to slow down. Take these last weeks to have some time to yourself and lay around a bit. That won't happen much after the twins are here.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Hang in there Lindsey. You can do it. Remember every day you keep them in there can mean 2 or 3 days not needed in the NICU!! Keep up the good work!!
 

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I'm sorry you are on full bedrest now Lindsey. I can only imagine how it must be, bc I have 3 little ones at home myself (I know you have a few little ones as well). Hopefully everything is going allright foir everyone, and October/November is right around the corner!!! You are doing a fantastic job growing those twins!!!!
 

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You can contact your local sidelines group.<br><br><a href="http://www.sidelines.org/" target="_blank">http://www.sidelines.org/</a>
 
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