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KMH April 19th, 2012 11:47 AM

Bedrest?
 
I know that everyone has a different health/pregnancy situation, but I'm curious how many of you twin Mamas had to be on bedrest? Some books I am reading make it sound like it is my only option, while others say it just depends.

What about your activity level later in pregnancy? Were you able to be active at all?

Sorry for all the questions...I'm a very active person and I will find it hard to slow down! Plus I have a toddler to chase after and we live 20+ hours from our families. I'm really hoping to be able to make it through this pregnancy still being able to do most things, but I wonder how realistic that is.

Rae-of-Sunshine April 19th, 2012 02:16 PM

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I think it just depends on the pregnancy. My doctor was upfront from the beginning and said we would take it one day at a time. I was never on bedrest, and I worked up until the day before I delivered at 36w5d. I actually thought I was going back to work the next day too ... but no :P

I had an easy pregnany though. I never had contractions (that I could feel) before they induced me, never had cervix issues, etc. What worked in my favor though is that I have a desk job and I was NOT active at all towards the end. The last month, the only activity I had was walking from my car to my desk, and then waddling to the other end of the building a couple times a day to fill up my mug of ice water. At home I spent my evenings on the couch or floating in the pool. My legs would hurt and I would be tired by the time we walked through the grocery store.

I guess what I am saying is that even if you have a fairly easy pregnancy and no reason to be on bedrest, I think you are definitely going to find yourself slowing down BIG TIME towards the end. I was just absolutelly exhausted. In fact my last day of work was a half day (because I had to take tests back to the lab) and I was just planning to tell my boss I needed to start working half days from then on out, because I couldn't stay awake in the afternoon ... but then my OB was concerned with pre-eclampsia and induced me before I could bring it up the next day.

KMH April 20th, 2012 06:45 PM

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Wahoo...I was hoping someone would say that ;) I know I'll probably have to slow WAY down towards the end, I just wanted to know that there was a chance at avoiding bedrest and being functional :D Thank you!!

tundrababy April 20th, 2012 08:11 PM

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I went onto bedrest at 32wks while I was working 12hrs shift as an ER nurse. I think if I had cut down sooner I might not have had the pre-e problems I did but who knows in the end. I was fortunate to a fantastic 2.5yr old and a very understanding husband and made it all the way to 37wk3d. Listening to your body is key, I knew the night I went from work to L/D I have pushed it too far but had spent from 28wks on trying to keep it together.
Good luck, hopefully you can avoid bedrest!

Celry April 21st, 2012 04:05 PM

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I worked until my water broke, but I was at home. I had a crazy amount of contractions, which I have this single pregnancy too. I was never on bedrest, but at 24w I was told no more working out and it quickly became apparent that I needed to listen to my body. By the end, I couldn't even sweep my floors without having contractions. Everyone is definitely different. I hope you can keep your activity level up and don't have to stop doing things. Just listen to your body and make sure you rest when you need to. Don't try to over do things.

KMH April 21st, 2012 06:05 PM

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Thanks, ladies. I am finding this board SO encouraging! I only know one person IRL with twins (so far...I'm going to a multiples group meeting in May), so you all and books are my main sources of info. All the singleton Mamas just tell me horror stories, so I truly appreciate your opinions and experiences.

The main theme I'm getting here is that I need to listen to my body...I will do my best!

Penguin115 April 22nd, 2012 07:38 AM

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I had a fairly easy pregnancy and did not require bedrest. I thought for sure I would since I am 5'2'' and 110 lbs. My dr. wanted me to stop working at 32 weeks, I work in an office but due quite a bit of walking since I have two desks. I quit at 31 weeks though due to all the emotional stress I had during pregnancy (several family members passed away, then my dog, my first baby, got extremely sick and almost died ). I was induced at 37 weeks. The last month or so though I couldn't do much because it was hard to breath and I got out of breath easily, so I sat on the couch a lot.

So like others said it depends on the pregnancy and how active you are. I had to slow down probably around 24 weeks or so.

LadyBugMommyof1 April 22nd, 2012 11:02 AM

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My doctor put me off at 23/24 weeks because my cervix has changed...I was shocked, I have contractions, but did with my singleton pregnancy too & never ever imagined that my cervix would be changing...it never did with my DD. I cried, was saddened, I tried to talk the doc into letting me work another few weeks. Now I'm almost to my 3rd trimester and am still on partial bedrest (she never put me on full). It is tough with my 3 year old, but even tougher since I'm super active. I listen to my body a lot, but more
importantly I listen to my husband/family/friends (as I tend to push myself and then regret it).

Everyone's pregnancies are different. My MIL held her twins to 41 weeks and never spent a day on bedrest. I have several friends (IRL) who worked until delivery with twins and a few who were put on complete bedrest at 19-25 weeks.

Basically my advice is to expect the unexpected & roll with it...that's what I'm doing. It's hard, but there is no way to predict what & how our bodies handle carrying multiples.

KMH April 22nd, 2012 02:27 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LadyBugMommyof1 (Post 25930095)
Basically my advice is to expect the unexpected & roll with it...that's what I'm doing. It's hard, but there is no way to predict what & how our bodies handle carrying multiples.

So true! Thank you for your thoughts!

dalynnrmc April 22nd, 2012 09:27 PM

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I have chronic high blood pressure and have been put on bedrest in EVERY pregnancy. For the twins, at 28 weeks he told me to start "taking it easy now" with the hinting at partial bedrest. Having totally BTDT and knowing my body well, I was on self-induced bedrest fairly early. When I got tired (which was... often... to say the least) I put my feet up. I checked my bp often and if it was high then I put my feet up. So yeah, it's about listening to your body and not taking unnecessary chances. :)

luvmykids623 April 23rd, 2012 04:58 PM

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I have complicated pregnancies that have all had PTL issues and ended with pre-e and earlier deliveries but I was amazingly able to stay off of bedrest. With the twins they took me out of work at 28 weeks and I slowed way down and made it to 31 weeks without having any PTL hospital visits. I had contractions a lot before that, but nothing that landed me in the hospital until then. I just got my steroid shots and took it easy. Then at 33w6d pre-e got me and I had to deliver.

DsMommy April 24th, 2012 08:42 AM

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I am 32 1/2 weeks and on "restricted activity". I have a long commute, so the doctor said I needed to work from home and only go in once or twice a week, and generally just take it easy, not travel, etc. I have had changes in my cervix, and get tons of contracts, which i have for months now and did with DS. I almost wish I was on bed rest so I wouldn't have to deal with the work issues I'm having. I do think moving around less is good for me, though I'm beginning to feel fat and yucky.

Like some of the other ladies said, I have just started slowing way down. Although I wasn't overly active this pregnancy, with a toddler its impossible to sit still, and I felt better for longer than I did with my singleton. But I went to Target 2 weeks ago, made it to the back of the store, and wondered whether I was going to make it out. I don't get really tired, but between back pain, dizziness, etc., I feel like I'm going to drop after walking for less than 10 minutes.

I also thought bed rest was probably a given, but my doctor said plenty of twin moms don't go on bed rest. They did however say that going on restricted activity was a given, it just depends on when.

revolutionarygirl May 2nd, 2012 06:06 PM

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I'm not sure what will happen yet... but, both my doctors said I should expect to be on some sort of restricted activity or modified bedrest at about 26-28 weeks on. Everything looks fine right now and they said they will see how I am then, but I'm just trying to be prepared for that possibility. I'm stopping work a little before that anyway, and I'll do my last preparations that require me to do a lot of doing around before that.

my3sonsplus1 May 5th, 2012 12:21 PM

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I was on full bedrest from 24 weeks to 34 weeks. I ended up delivering at 35 weeks 5 days. I got up to take a shower, go to the bathroom, and get food. That was about it. I went into pre-term labor at 28 weeks which they were able to stop.

HopeToBeAMom May 9th, 2012 09:44 PM

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I had triplets and was never put on bed rest. I made it to 34 1/2 weeks. Of course, the last 2 weeks I was in the hospital, but even then, I was able to walk around (uncomfortably).


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