When did you have to go on bed rest and at what week of gestation did you give birth?

Melissa - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My name is Melissa Hall. I am a mom of 2 and am now 20 weeks pregnant with b/g twins. Both of my other pregnancies made it to term and I have never had a miscarriage or went into preterm labor.

I am always wondering about statistics of twin pregnancies mostly on what week of gestation do most go on bed rest and what week gestation did you give birth. If you could let me know your experience with your fraternal twin pregnancy it would help me understand a little bit better of what could happen in the next weeks and months.

Thank you!

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Charity - posted on 06/21/2012

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Ran 5 miles right before I went to my 20 weeks U/S appointment and found out there were two babies in there! Cut down to walking,they were born at 39 weeks! 2nd pregnancy for me no problems but I stopped working @ 30 weeks as I worked 12 hour night shifts as a nurse. Night shifts, long hours and preggo with twins I didn't want to risk preterm labor. I still stayed active as I could and chasing after my 3 year old.

HopefulinNY - posted on 10/26/2011

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Oh, and I worked full-time up to 29 weeks and was induced to deliver vaginally. Had the babies on July 5th and went home July 7th. My twins were 4.9lbs and 5lbs. They are almost 4 months and doing very well. My other daughter turned 3 right after they were born.

Cheryl - posted on 02/22/2010

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I was very active during my twin pregnancy (my first and only pregnancy). I worked full time, attended graduate school full time, and had a part time internship. I had summer babies and mowed the lawn every week (with my husband emptying the bag). I believe that my level of activity helped to have a healthy pregnancy and easy delivery.

I did not have any bed rest and worked up until I delivered. Due to several people around me having late term problems with singletons my doctor agreed to induce me at 37 weeks (which is considered full term for twins). I was admitted to the hospital to be induced and just being in the hospital left me relaxed enough to go into labor on my own. I labored for 13 easy hours sleeping the entire time. The doctor woke me up when it was time to push and I had 2 happy and healthy babies 20 minutes later. I was lucky to deliver both vaginally.

Good Luck to you! You've got a ways to go, let them keep cooking and enjoy when they get here!

Amanda - posted on 07/02/2012

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Hi I also had 2 previous pregnancies that went to term (overdue actually) I had a fairly straight forward pregnancy if you don't include the normal aches and pains and tiredness with the twins and I gave birth to b/g twins exactly 5 weeks ago today. I was 37+2 gestation the boy was first weighing 6lb 9oz and the girl followed weighing 7lb. I didn't have to go on bed rest at all which was something I really worried about as I already had 2 young kids (7 & 4). 1 week before I had to go into hospital I started having contractions only for everything to stop when the mw examined me I was already 3cm dilate and she done a sweep. That whole week my mum walked the legs off me and the only result was that I had sore legs from too much exercise that I was not used to lol and sunburn. I was booked in on the Monday to be induced anyway. When the nurse examined me then her fingers went right through my waters and everything kicked off from there. 6 hours later both babies were here safe and well born exactly 10 mins appart. I did have an epidural and used the gas and air for the pressure but out of all 3 of my labours / births the twins one was the easiest.



I was fortunate enough that besides a little jaundice both twins were healthy and were able to stay with me in the hospital. I would have gotten home next day but my little girl had to go on a phototherapy lamp for her jaundice, she was on it for 20hours but stayed beside me all that time the worst part was the blood tests she had to have which involved them pricking her heel bending her foot back towards her leg and squeezing to get half a teaspoon worth of blood. Her poor wee heels were left like pin cushions and I can still see slight marks on them now. To make matters worse they did the same with my little boy only not as often as his sister. The result of this was that I was in hospital 4 days as they kept repeating the test even though she kept coming in bellow the treatment line. I think I'd have been in an extra day if my mother-in-law hadn't phoned the ward and vented hers & our frustrations down the phone to the nurse who answered. To be fair the nurse agreed with everything she said and told her if it was her she'd have been on the phone 2 days earlier about it and I overheard her having a go at the pedeatrician about it.



Pleased to say though we're all glad to be home, life has never been the same since but they're worth every minute of it. The boys have been a fantastic help too although I've had to keep telling them to stop showering the babies with kisses when they're in the cot asleep. Also my 4yr old played up quite a bit the first few times we went out particularly in shops. He'd keep asking for things and when told no (I can't afford to buy him something from every single shop we go into) he'd throw a massive tantrum go down on his knees and refuse too move all the while doing an irritating whining noise that would get louder and louder. He's gradually getting better but it was quite stressful at the time. This was not something he ever done before so I think it was an attention thing. I also think because the babies were getting a lot of presents. Some people have been good and given the boys sweets when they've come with presents which I think helped.



Sorry I've gone on and on. Best wishes to you for the next few weeks. x

Rebecca - posted on 03/03/2010

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hi. i had my twins 7 months ago. i have 3 others children too. all my other pregnancies were great, no complications. with the twins tho... i was told i had to stop just about everything (even sex) at 6 months, and not to pick up my then year old son. which just wasnt happening because i was picking him up and i was doing everything except the one thing they specifically told me not to. i was still walking the 2 blocks to pick up my kids off the bus even at 8 months pregnant! i looked like i had an over grown watermelon under my shirt. i never had to go on bed rest. when i was 20 weeks they told me i had to go see a neonatologist because they say there was something wrong with one of my twins. so i went to see him and i seen him every week after that. come to find out there was nothing wrong with either one of them. then my neonatologist wanted to induce me at 30 weeks cuz he thought one of the twins was way smaller then the other. i told him no. it wasn't happening at 30 weeks. i wanted to wait for a couple more weeks so i knew everything would be ok. well turns out that yea my daughter was smaller but not as small as he thought and that if i would of had them at 30 weeks she might not of made it. im so glad i made the choice to wait. i was induced by my own say 10 days shy of my due date. i just couldnt handle the pain in my hips anymore. i was only in labor since 2 that after noon and had my daughter Aminah naturally at 7:08pm weighing in at 4 lbs 13 oz and 18 inches and my son Cahle by emergency c-section(he didnt want to come out, he put his hand up like he was blocking coming out) at 8:52pm weighing in at 6 lbs 4 oz and 19 1/2 inches.

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Lgilbert - posted on 09/16/2013

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I am a 30 year old from GA and I'm currenly 27 weeks with fraternal twin girls. I am a type 2 diabetic and over weight. 5'5" and started my pregnancy at 243 pounds. I am on day 4 of my level 3 bedrest which means laying flat or on your side for 23.5 hours a day, only getting up to use the bathroom or shower, no stairs, no leaving the house or doing any chores. My dr. put me on bed rest after my last ultrasound which showed baby a was 2 lbs, 2oz. But baby b was only 1lb, 11oz. And they were unable to get a good look at baby b's heart. So in order to help my little one grow by increasing blood flow to the placenta my dr. Prescribed bed rest. So far it has been tough. My body aches and im getting a lot of head aches. But my husband is very supportive and great at taking care of me and the house chores. This is my first pregnancy so i dont have anything to compare it to. I definitely have a shorter temper and feel frustrated by the mind set of having nothing to get out of bed for in the morning. I know in the long run it is bedt for my babies.....but to be honest it's still incredibly difficult to just simply be.

Kathryn - posted on 06/23/2012

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My twins were a first pregnancy and I was never put on bed rest. My OB took me off work at 28 weeks bc of the nature of my job but never put me on bedrest. I ran the stairs the day of my induction trying tonput myself into labour!lol I had a boy and a girl at 38w1d, 6lbs3oz and 6lbs9oz!

HopefulinNY - posted on 10/26/2011

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I went into the hospital in labor at 29 weeks, stayed in for 4 days and ended up on bedrest at home. I was induced at 37 weeks and 2 days or so.

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my first pregnancy I went 2 weeks past my due date. My pregnancy with my b/g twins, I was working full time and on my feet all day. I was quitting my job 2 weeks later. That night, with no warning my water broke and i was 8 cm after we got to the hospital not even 10 minuites later. We were not even expecting it and neither were the doctors.

Kathryn - posted on 07/26/2010

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I was running the stairs the day I delivered, TRYING to put myself into labour... No luck! I was induced at 38 weeks. Ended up having to have a C-section as my uterus couldn't get any bigger to have strong enough contractions to get the babies out. They were 6lbs.3oz. and 6lbs.9oz. and we were happily at home within 2 days.
I was taken off work at 28 weeks, but never put on bed-rest... I didn't swell, and had zero complications. It was my first pregnancy, and I am currently 3 months pregnant with what Dr's expect is a second set of twins (find out this week for sure!), and my first set is 14 months old.

Karin - posted on 03/25/2010

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I had my b/g twins at 35 weeks and 6 days...and was not placed on bed rest until that last week. Even then it wasn't "Bed Rest" it was putting my feet up when I sat down, and not working anymore....(of course maybe if I had gone full bed rest I would have made it to my scheduled 38 week c-section!)...my girl was first at 4 lbs 15 oz, and her brother was 2 minutes later a 6 lbs, 1 oz. Now at 5.5 months she is almost 14 lbs, and he is almost 20! Good luck...

Nikki - posted on 03/15/2010

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Hi Melissa! I am the mother of 6 1/2 month old twins. I had an amazing pregnancy. I was up and active all the way up until I delivered. My doctor actually let me go until a day before my 40 week mark. So basically I carried them full term. I was the same as you where I wanted to know when they'd come and I read that around 37 weeks is full term for twins and that's when most people have them. I guess I broke the norm. Both babies were healthy weighing in at 8lbs for the boy and 7lbs 13oz. for my little girl. Needless to say I was HUGE! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Ciera - posted on 03/11/2010

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I never went on bedrest. Chances are if you have had a healthy pregnancy and your others were healthy as well, you most likely will not have to. That is mostly for people who have complications throughout the pregnancy. You should be fine. I went to 36w 5d. I started labor at 34 weeks but turned out it was only due to a urinary infection so as soon as I started the antibiotics, contractions stopped on their own and I never had another one (excepting braxton hicks) until 36w, 5d. Congratulations on yours! They are so much fun! Mine are 13 months now and I am 16 weeks pregnant with #3.

Lesli - posted on 03/10/2010

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it was my first and only preg..i was healthy as a horse until my 29 weeks,EXTREAMLY active... then my doctor put me on bed rest. other than the constant puke and the 15 hour naps, i was fine... until my doctor found me with high blood pressure (putting me in bed, so boring!) but other than that, it was me begging my doctor to schedule a c section as soon as possible! the day after christmas (@ 33 weeks they think, but my original due date made me only 30) my doc calls me, wakes me up at home, tells me he wanted to check up on my blood pressure so i had to go down to the hospital and have it checked. i even procastinated, was all pissed i had to go that day and my husband was over 1 hour away in some gaming thing ( like miniature gaming, i know right?)... i got there two hours after, they took my blood pressure and then some blood test... suddenly i had a high risk doctor telling me i had to have the babies within one hour or else i could seizure! i had an over night case of advance preeclampsia, my organs had failed and i had to have an emergency c section and stay on an iv with magnesium for 3 days straight, stayed at the hospital for a week, my babies in the NICU for 3 weeks the girl and the boy 1 month and a half.... not to scare you, but you have to prepare for the unexpected, don't try to make plans to have any kind of delivery, just follow what your doctor tells you because anything can happen... i was so cared, i didn't wanna deliver so soon, i thought they were rushing me since my doctor told me he wanted to wait and keep them in... so seriously, i could have died if i waited, i got really sick and had to be in blood pressure meds until like a week ago, and you know some ppl might not agree, but doctors really dont want babies to be premature, there are so many more difficulties to having a preemie baby, i know since i have them and went through the whole sleeping in the NICU to be with my babies, so if your doctor is a high risk and tells you to have your babies early, listen because if you get as sick as i did it is a fight trying to care for the little ones after being on an iv and taking pills that forbid you to stand up too fast because you faint... and on after i depress you too much, on lighter note, make sure your husband is nearby at all times lol, i swear i was gonna kill him for being far ( hormons on boy girl twins are kicking in like crazy lol ) and pack your hospital bag like right now lol, i wished someone had told me i was gonna get sick i lost my clothes and my shoes it was all done in such a rush :( but hopefully you have better luck with your babies :)... congrats! it is worth every pain, and in the end my babies are doing great! there are some pics you could never tell they were like 3 pounds... just stay strong mama!!!

HANNAH - posted on 03/07/2010

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I went on hospital bedrest, at 29 weeks due to preterm labor. I had no warning what so ever, up until that point I had been active, working full time and had no problems. Made it to 32 weeks before we had the twins.

Melissa - posted on 03/03/2010

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Thank you to those of you that have posted so far, I really appreciate it! I guess everyone has their own story and they are all so different. I will be at 22 weeks tomorrow and am doing really well compared to what I thought I would be. I walk about a half mile a everyday to pick up my son from school, not a lot but at least it's something and I pick up my 3 1/2 year old daughter probably more often then needed. Anyway, I had my second big ultrasound the other day and the babies are doing great!! And I am happy to say my cervix looks pretty good too and that is really important to me, lol!

Melissa - posted on 02/23/2010

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Hi Melissa. I had a relatively normal pregnancy until my 29th week. I was sitting on the couch and felt a trickle, went to bathroom to check it out and was bleeding. No pain or anything and I could feel them moving so tried not to freak out and just got in car and went to hospital. They admitted me, checked me, ran an ultrasound. Babies heartrates were nornal but it was determined that I was having contractions and my cervix was thinning considerably. I felt nothing during the whole ordeal. They gave me 2 shots of steroids to help with lung development if the labor was not able to be stopped. They also put me on an IV drip of Magnesium Sulfate which is a med. that stops contractions. It was the worst stuff ever. It is a muscle relaxant. It makes your body feel real heavy and can make some very nauseous. My worst side effect was feeling like I was on fire, like the worst fever ever. I was on that for 24 hours and then I begged for them to take me off it. My bleeding had stopped and they sent me home to start bedrest. They didn't make it "strict". I didn't have to stay in bed the entire time, but no driving, stairs, chores. I stayed housebound for 5 weeks ( I did venture to my shower) and was seen every week by my OB. I was 2 centimeters dilated the whole time. But the babies stayed put. They let me off of bedrest at 35 weeks and I thought I'd go into labor right away but they must have gotten comfy and did not arrive until i was induced at 38 weeks due to protein levels in my urine. I am so grateful that they had that extra time to grow and were born healthy (no NICU) at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and 6 lbs. 4 oz. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and congrats on the wonderful world that is twins!

Samantha - posted on 02/20/2010

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Several of my friends that have had fraternal twins for their second or third pregnancy has made it much farther than I did. My thoughts are that their bodies knew what to expect by a pregnancy and the fact that it was a twin pregnancy did not change the outcome by much more than a couple of weeks.

Myself I was placed on restricted work at 22 weeks and full bedrest at 24 weeks. I didn't deliver til 30 weeks. Just listen to your body. You will be fine!

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