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Went into preterm labor at 23w, lost twins, week later have SEVERE afterbirth pains!

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October 26th, 2012, 04:13 PM
Join Date: May 2011
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After years of struggling with infertility, I finally concieved twins girls through IVF. Unfourtunately, at 23w5d, I went into preterm labor and gave birth to the girls vaginally almost 2 weeks ago. They lived just over 50 hours.... A week after delivering, I all of a sudden began having TERRIBLE cramps. They were seriously labor-like contractions! I've had 3 episodes of them, each one lasting about an hour or so. I called the Dr and went in for an ultrasound. Ultrasound was normal. He ordered blood work and checked my temperature. I have no fever. My bloodwork was normal, except I had slightly elevated WBC, but he said it was not abnormally elevated, and WBC is usually a little elevated after giving birth anyway. I have no chills, nauseau, or fever, or increased bleeding (actually, my bleeding has slowed down) so they don't beleive it's an infection. Nor is there anything wrong with my uterus/ovaries. But, I'm still stuck with these awful terrible painful cramps! They come in waves. Yesterday during the day I was fine. The cramping woke me up last night at 2am, lasted about an hour, and calmed down. When I woke up this morning, my entire lower abdomen/pelvic region feels SOOOO SORE. I can barely stand up straight or walk around! It's like my pelvis went through a VERY tough workout, and now the muscles are just really fatigued and sore! The doctors say it's afterbirth pains... This was my first pregnancy. I just find it very odd that the afterbirth pains would all of a sudden come on NOW, a week and a half postpartum! I felt better the day after I gave birth than I do right now, almost 2 weeks later! I called the dr again today and they keep telling me it is afterbirth pains because I have no fever, no increased bleeding, normal ultrasound and mostly normal bloodwork. I guess it makes sense, but is it normal to be in THIS MUCH pain? Has anybody else had horrendous afterpains????
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November 23rd, 2012, 09:10 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
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So sorry for your loss! I delivered my son at a little over 18 weeks, he was born sleeping. It was a week later that I started having sever pains. I really thought I was having another baby it was that bad. It happened once more and Dr checked me and said things were fine. I had some pain after I had my first son but maybe AI didn't realize how bad they hurt since I had a newborn to busy myself with, AI think when dealing with the physical and emotion on top of everything else it it just worse. My heart is breaking for you!
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