tips for hospital bedrest

Lisbeth - posted on 07/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi.

I am expecting twins, and am 33 weeks on tuesday. I have been in the hopsital on bedrest since June 15th, when I was admitted for braxton-hicks contractions that didn't go away. I have had two rounds of steriod injections: one round at 25 weeks and the other the day after I was admitted. I have been five cent dialated since June 16th, but stable.

My last ultrasound on Friday showed the babies weighing in at 4 lbs 6 oz and 4 lbs 12 oz.

My husband and I are very frustrated. We weren't prepared to spend this long in the hopsital just waiting ' for them to deliver any day '. My OB and I don't see eye to eye on a lot of things, thankfully my midwives have been wonderful mediators, letting me actually use a toliet instead of a commode or catheter, both of which i refuse to use anymore. My OB won't allow me to bathe or get fresh air outside.

My nurses have been wonderful, sneaking me a jacuzzi every couple of nights, and once they even wheeled me outside on a recliner to see the sun.

Even so, I am frustrated to the point of tears almost daily. According to my OB, my job is to lay here, grow babies and gain weight. I am 23 years old and have done everything from martial arts to running to soccer my whole life. Needless to say this is difficult for me.

Any thoughts or tips? Thank you!

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Lisbeth - posted on 07/01/2012

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Hi and thank you for the support! :-) yes, I have had two rounds of the steriods that mature the lungs faster, so hopefully they are good. My Doc wants me to be horizontal all the time, but I do sit up at a low angle--its impossible to eat or drink laying flat.

And yes, you are right, the longer the babies stay in the better. Thank you again for the tips :-)

Cherish - posted on 07/01/2012

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Hi,
All my pregnancies were high risk,I think making it to 33 weeks is GREAT!(I always stressed out until I was 25 weeks),both babies being over 4 lbs is SUPER!
5 cm is sorta alot tho...I guess I can see why she wants to keep you there.
I was on bed rest in the hospital w/my now 19 yr old,I was there from june-aug then went home for like 2 weeks and had to go back from mid aug-oct.I was young then,it was SO BORING!!(Now tho I think it would be like a vacation..lol)

It is SO HARD to just be in the same place with nothing to do for so long...I just read and slept and watched tv and called people.Sometimes I would "sneak out"(in a wheelchair) and go outside,they even called me back a few times on the intercom to come back to my room(like I was a criminal..lol)
Are you not allowed to sit up?I know at the end they had me at a angle almost upside down and that was maddening.

I know EVERYONE has prob told you this,but the longer they can keep the babies in,the less time they will have to spend in the hospital when they are born.They want to give the babies the best chance to be as healthy as they can be before delivery(are they giving you that stuff that helps there lungs mature faster?I forget what is is called)

So YES it SUCKS a lot now,but the more time you spend in there now the less time you will spend in there visiting your babies later.And I am sure that when they do come home,after a month or so you will be thinking "gee I wish I could lay around all day now"..lol

You probably only have a couple of weeks to go!!!You can do it momma :)
Here are some links that might be helpful...

http://highriskhope.org/hospital-bed-res...

http://www.twinlifemagazine.com/2012/03/...

http://www.mamasonbedrest.com/resources/...

http://pregnancy.familyeducation.com/pre...

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