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    Default 29 weeks and contracting- cervix shortening

    did any of you have the nightmare of a pregnancy? - bedrest, contractions, etc? i have finally made it to 29 weeks after 7 weeks of bedrest. My cervix is slowly shortening so far, and is currently 22 mm. On a positive note, the boy is 3 #'s! The girl is 2 # 11 oz, but at least one is at the 3 # mark.

    I have contractions all the time, and average 6-8 per hour. I am getting steroids this week and am on procardia to keep contractions under control. I have had to go to hospital 2x this week for terb shots to control contractions even more.

    I am desperate for similar experiences. Good experiences of babies being born early would also help! This has been by far the absolute worst experience of my life, so any help would be appreciated.

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    Hi! I'm in the same boat as you!! Although, I'm not contracting as much as you are, nor does my doctor seem to want to give me any meds for the contractions that I have. But I started at 23 weeks with a funneling cervix, which was long, but meant membranes could rupture at any time. I've been on self induced bedrest, with 2 trips to the hospital for false labor under our belt. Both times contractions stopped after I got there. But it is very scary. He told us that we could expect to have them at anytime, and if born before 24wks, they would not have a great chance of survival. To make a long story short, I'm 31wks tomorrow, with a hugely funneling cervix, that has started to shorten since last week. But, my baby A's head has been wider than the funnel the whole time, and he isn't letting them out yet (thank god for big headed babies!) I go for weekly U/S, and have had steroid shots once at 25wks, and again at 30wks.
    I completely understand how terrifying it is for you to have to just sit and wait and pray that nothing happens, especially having to be on bedrest. The time to sit and fret is the worst for me. I'm really getting sick of the whole process, but hey, healthy babies is what we're after right? At 29wks, your babies have a greater than 97% survival rate.
    If you check out the Due in September thread, there are a few of us who are experiencing shortened cervix, funneling, contractions, and general aches and pains associated with twins. THey are very helpful and supportive. There is one woman who had her twins at 30wks 3 days, and both are off oxygen, and are increadibly healthy. It will give you hope!!!!!!!
    Take care
    Randi

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    I have no clue, sorry. I never contracted at all, but there are alot of ladies here who can help you. I just want to offer hugs. I would be getting those steroids ASAP, they can help SO MUCH. You have made it past 28 weeks which is a big milestone in pregnancy, your babies have a 95% chance of surviving and it gets better by the hour. Follow your MDs advice and take it easy.

    I had an extrememly high risk pregnancy where my girls were given 50/50 odds from the start, worrying got me nowhere. Even if you deliver today, your babies should do fine (after a bumpy start),.


    HUGS!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hi!
    Bedrest for me too.. although not as much as we would have liked. I went into PTL at 22w, shortening of cervix, cervical changes and funneling of membranes.. I delivered at 24w2d.. 1 1/2 lb. babies.

    They are fine now.. at 14 mos. they weigh over 22 lb. each, 29 1/2" long, on the growth charts!!

    We went through many obstacles and hurdles having micropreemies.. but they are doing great now!

    Good luck, Hang in there!
    MELISSA

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    Default I feel your pain

    I was on bed rest as well.... I had a horrible pregancy!! I kept going into pre term labor....over and over and over again. Finally at 31 weeks they admitted me. At 32 weeks my placenta abrupted (or detatched) so it was an emergency to save Joshua and myself. Jared was ok. Joshua needed some help breathing and the blood would not stop. I had been in the hopspital and they overdosed me on magnesium sulfate, wich put me into heart faluire sent me to the ICU and I almost died. Then I went to L&D and they did not monitor me, they gave me a sleeping pill to shut me up, and luckily I woke up a couple hours latter, I got off the bed to pee and as soon as my feet touched the ground blood came pouring out like a faucet. I freaked!!!!!!!!!! So it was the scariest time of my life. They gave me an epideral, but they had no time to wait for it to take effect, they opened me without me being numb. It was awful, but we are all alive. And I can say I will NEVER have more kids. I have four and I am happy with that number!!! It was the worst experience of my life!! I hope things get better with you
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    Well my pregnancy was rough but not nearly with as much bedrest. My girls were born at 29 1/2 weeks at 3lbs 3 oz and 2lbs 11 oz and suffering from ttts complications. However today they are extremely healthy extremely active 15 month olds. Our peds say if she had not been with us from the beggining she would never guess thay were premature. We had 5 and 6 week NICU stays but looking back it was not nearly the experience alot of babies have. Not to say it was not difficult we just had a great end result. Hang in their everything will work out. If you have any questions feel free to ask
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    Wow, Nicolebyers, what an awfull experience! I can't believe what a terrible experience you had!

    Dear Dustspot,
    I have been having contractions since my 2nd or 3rd month. At 24 weeks, my contractions picked up to every 2 min. and they were causeing back ache and becoming crampy. So I went to the hospital and was given terbutaline, them sent home. Doc put me on Ibuprophin to slow contractions and bed rest for 3 days. Contractions continued,but never again become crampy or caused back ache. At 31 weeks , I was taken off ibuprophin because of complications it can create to the babies. Now, 34+ weeks, and still have tons of contractions but they are not productive. I have them every 2 min. for a few hours every night. They are very stong and take my breath away, they pull on my overstretched Ab muscles and it hurts. They last any where from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, but are usually about a min. long. They are not crampy or causeing back ache, I have gotton used to them and figure, that they are just a natural part of my pregancy. My cervix remains uneffected. However, It has not been checked in about a month, so I guess I really don't know if I am dialated or thinned ect. That has been my experience so far, at 29 weeks, you are in a good postition if they had to be born now. Chances are that they would be perfectly healthy and normal after a NICU stay. Take a deep breath and take it easy. Every day they stay inside you is a victory! Be proud of yourself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dustspot@yahoo.com View Post
    did any of you have the nightmare of a pregnancy? - bedrest, contractions, etc? i have finally made it to 29 weeks after 7 weeks of bedrest. My cervix is slowly shortening so far, and is currently 22 mm. On a positive note, the boy is 3 #'s! The girl is 2 # 11 oz, but at least one is at the 3 # mark.

    I have contractions all the time, and average 6-8 per hour. I am getting steroids this week and am on procardia to keep contractions under control. I have had to go to hospital 2x this week for terb shots to control contractions even more.

    I am desperate for similar experiences. Good experiences of babies being born early would also help! This has been by far the absolute worst experience of my life, so any help would be appreciated.


    hi im 29 weeks pregnant with twins. im having contactions like crazy as well. ive been to the hospital twice this week also so they can stop my contractions with trib. i got the steroid shots like 3 weeks ago, their painful but very very worth it! my cervix is still thick but im dialated to a 2. 2 weeks ago i had the magnesuim done and was in the hospital for 3 days with that. it really sucked!!! my doctor tells me that since i have the steriod shots done with, if they are born tomorrow then they will make it. they will be in the hospital for atleast 3 weeks of course but they will live. thats reasuring to me. i have a drs. appointment monday and should find out their weigh then but 3 weeks ago braiden was 2 lbs 3 ounces and bryce was 2 lbs 6 ounces. hopefully theyve made it to the 3 lb! well i was experising all you are so i figured i would give you my story.

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    ((((HUGS))))) bedrest is terrible, and contractions aren't fun either. I hope you make it longer, but if not 29 weeks is a great milestone and your babies will be fine! Just remember this won't last forever, be patient for your babies.



    I am Juliette, mama to 6 kidlets including my TWINS Alexander and Benson, born 11-27-2006 IT's TWINS AGAIN! Spencer and Gabriel born 2-25-2010 at 35.1 weeks. 3 days of NICU but came home with me!!!

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    I will be 22 weeks tomorrow and have been on bed rest for the last week and a half. At 20 weeks, I was told my cervix was 2.7 cm and since then, it has continued to get shorter. At last visit (Friday) it was 1.4 cm. At this point I have been told thet bedrest is the best solution for me and I will most likely have steroid injections after week 24. I am at home, no hospital yet. But have been told that it is likely I will be. I have had no contractions and I am not at all dialated. But I am worried b/c it is so early and the fact that my cervix shrunk over a centimer in a week!. This is my first pregnancy so I don't know if this is because it is a twin pregancy or if it would have happened if it was only a singleton. Everyone has said how bad the magnesium and steroid injections are. What exactly should I expect? I am a new user (just registered today). I figured I would use all this time off to find others that have had similar experiences. Anyone have any advice or suggestions? I know I have a ways to go and a lot of downtime to expect! I have an appointment tomorrow, so hopefully, the bedrest has been helping and my cervix hasn't gotten any shorter.
    Boy/girl twins due Feb. 2007

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    I would ask your doc about a cerclage! My peri tested for a shortening cervix clear until 26 weeks, and said he would put one in if needed up until then. It is called incompetent cervix, and is very common with twins. Especially if you aren't contracting, it is just doing it on it's own from the baby weight.



    I am Juliette, mama to 6 kidlets including my TWINS Alexander and Benson, born 11-27-2006 IT's TWINS AGAIN! Spencer and Gabriel born 2-25-2010 at 35.1 weeks. 3 days of NICU but came home with me!!!

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    Default I had a nightmare pregnancy

    At 21 weeks I went for a check up and found out I was 1.5 - 2 cms dilated, put on bedrest at home - not easy with a 2 yr old. By 22 wks I was in hospital b/c the rest at homing wasn't working- intially only meant to be in for around 4 days. I had a scan and the babies were doing fine, I then had a cervix scan and was told that my cervix was dangerously dilated 3cm & baby a's sac was protruding into my vagina. I was instantly put on 100% hospital bedrest with the bed tilted so my legs and hips were raised. I was told that b/c I was not at 25 wks I couldn't have the steroid shots, it was too early, I was also told that I would be seeing the professor (teaching hospital) about an emergency cerclage. The prof came to see me and dh and told us that if we didn't have the cerclage I would go into labour in a matter of days b/c the sac would stimulate my cervix into dilating further. He told me that the cerclage would be risky b/c he would have to push baby a's sac up, and if it ruptured I would deliver and the babies would not survive. 2 days later we ahd the cerclage I was hung upside down on an operating table I had an epidural but was awake the whole time, the procedure took 2 hours, Luckily my waters held out. a couple of hours later I started having contractions every two minutes this lasted for 12 hours and I honestly thought ' this is it'. Finally they stopped the following 72 hours were critical. My babies decided to stay put. I had the steroid shots at 25 wks and I had a progesterone shot in my butt every week I was tilted bedrest from that time onwards and I couldn't get up to use the toliet I couldn't sit up or raise myself at all. I had to eat lying down and call for a nurse when I needed the toliet so I could have a bedpan. At 32 weeks I was allowed to sit up, I have physio to help me walk again, I had lost all the muscles in my legs and the sheer weight of my bump about killed me. My cerclage was removed at 35.5 weeks and I had my babies by c-sections at 36wk1day, they weighed 4lbs1 and 5lbs1. I later found out that when the prof did the cerclage I was 7cms dilated and not only as baby a's sac in my vagina but so were her legs! I hadn't had one contraction. Apart from the fact that we thought we were going to lose our babies the hospital was an hour away and I only got to see my 2 yr old daughter twice a week. She said good night to me and went to stay at grandmas on the 27th January and I went into hopsital on the 28th of January and came home on the 18th May. our girls are now 5 months old and doing fine. Tallulah had 4 days NICU but we all came home together.

    I just want to say stay positive it's a hard road but it's well worth it I would do it again a thousand times over to be blessed with the same result.

    Good luck and my thoughts are with you.
    Georgina


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    What an amazing story Georgina!!! I am so glad everything turned out as well as it did for you! I can't imagine being in the hospital not able to move for that long though, WOW.



    I am Juliette, mama to 6 kidlets including my TWINS Alexander and Benson, born 11-27-2006 IT's TWINS AGAIN! Spencer and Gabriel born 2-25-2010 at 35.1 weeks. 3 days of NICU but came home with me!!!

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    I was put on strict bedrest at 17 weeks because I had a thinning and shortning cerivx along with regular contraction. I was put on trebutiline and mag. sulfate. We made it to 33w 6d and I had to deliver than because one of my boys developed hydrops. My cervix was holding in at about 1. somthing or other centimeter and I was 3 cm dialated. Over the 17 week time period I was on bed rest, my cervix did shorten and dialate but did so very slowly.

    Hang in there. 29 weeks is a great point. Hopefully you can get another 6 atleast under your belt.
    Megan

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    hey candi,
    im also new to this...and im 29 weeks and 5 days. i received the mag and steriod shots 3 weeks ago and it honestly (for me) wasnt that bad. the most painful thing was the steriods...they really hurt. the mag made me hot, and uncomfortable. But other then that its all well worth it. Im now dialated to a 2 and my cervix is still thick, im taking trib. pills for my contractions that were 2 mins apart and painful! i guess i just wanted to let you know how all that was. i go in monday for a sonagram and to get my cervix check and i will know whats going on with me. I will keep you updated if you keep me updated :]. if you want to contact me heres my email address

    motocrossbabie36@yahoo.com

    i have AIM messager and my screenname is
    blissPICTUREx

    my myspace, which everyone has now days haha
    www.myspace.com/beautifultragady

    ps, this is also my first pregnancy, im only 17. so were on the same boat, kinda!

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    My twins had TTTS. It was diagnosed at 21 weeks and they had to be delivered at 24.5 weeks or they would have died in utero. They weighed 2 lbs. 4 oz. and 1 lb. 9 oz., not bad for the week (I had a large early weight gain, thank God).
    They are now 3 months old and still in the NICU but they are expected to live a normal life. Both are over 4 lbs. now. and will hopefully be released within a month.
    Good luck to you.

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    Hello all, When i last posted, oct.10, i had been on my way to my 22 week check up. Well, it turns out I was admitted to the hospital directly from my appointment at 1:30. My cervix had shortened to .6 cm. But as far as i knew, i had no contractions. I am not at all dialated (probably the best news i have). I was placed on the toco monitor immediately and by 2:30 am, it was determined i was having regular contractions, 3-5 minutes apart. This was news to me as i have felt nothing. But it definately explains why my cervix shortened form 2.7 cm to .6 cm in three weeks! I was probably having them all along. I was put on the mag IV at 4:30am. It wasn't too horrible. Mostly, I was just really hot and kind of in a daze. My arm was sore where the IV was put in because I was on a high concentrate of mag. I was told it could have been much worse. After 26 hours, the mag was stopped. I was put on indocin for 72 hours along with antibiotics. As of today, I am on no more antibiotics, muscle relaxers or an IV of any type. I am monitored for contractions every 6-8 hours for one hour. i haven't had any since Sat morning. But i am still stuck in the hospital. I do have bathroom privileges and can take a shower once a day. Today, my doctor told me this will be for at least two to three more weeks. they will give me the steroids next week. not looking forward to them. heard they are pretty painful. If they send me home at 26 i will be on strict bedrest there, but i worry because i never felt the contractions i was having. If i start to have them again, i may not know it. Today, I am 23wks 1 day. I have been in the hospital for 8 days. And the countdown continues. Hard to imagine that i will spending most of the rest of my pregnancy in bed! Ugh!!! On a positive note, the babies look great. Today, they measured 1lb 5 oz and 1lb 6 oz. And they are incredibly active! I just have to keeping thinking about the end result. Anyway, slad to know I am not the only one. Reading this meesage board and about all the successes you all have had with your multiples even with difficult pregnancies really does help me feel better.
    I am bored. i will be back to post again!

    Candi
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