Who went full term with twins while still working and not on bedrest?

Donnelle - posted on 05/01/2012 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I've heard so many stories about women with twins that were told to stop working at such and such weeks, and about women who were put on bed rest at such and such weeks. But I'm 30 weeks along, working 40 hours in a fast-paced work environment and I still feel pretty good. Has anyone been able to do this without going into preterm labor? This is something I sometimes worry about and I need positive stories!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/02/2012

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Well I do not know that I have a positive story for you, but more of a causionary one. My doctor told me to stop working at 28 weeks, which I thought was rediculous. I had plan to work all the way until I went into labor and had a wonderful full term delivery. My plan did not work out! I thought I felt great and went into preterm labor at 27 weeks with no warnings! I will causion you to take it easy dispite how great you may feel!

Lindsey - posted on 06/06/2012

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I worked full time up to 34 1/2 weeks, no issues, not feeling uncomfortable. I work in a hospital and had a condition come on very quickly. Basically I went from my desk at work to OB to the ambulance for a 2 hour ride and an emergency c-section. All went well and everyone is okay!

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I worked with 2 midwives and my OB during my very healthy twin pregnancy. None of them ever told me to stop anything I was already doing unless I had any problems develop. Now, each of our bodies are different, but in general you don't have to stop working or go on bed rest for any pregnancy unless there is a problem. I kept working until the day I had my boys, (38 weeks) and I keep running and working out as much as I can. Obviously that tappers off a bit as it does get harder but if you have no issues do not stop working. I feel really strongly about this topic as I see so many women do things because they "think" they have to have this high risk label or others told them bad stories about twin pregnancies. But there is no problem with going on with your pregnancy as if it's just one. In fact, I did better then friends who were PG with just one because they had other health issues, so it really comes down to your own body and how your body is doing with the pregnancy. So don't worry!!!!!

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Tarannum - posted on 07/02/2012

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That is awesome!! Congrats!! I had my twins at 38 weeks and was working until 35 weeks. Took time off at 35 weeks on my own, as my family was worried about me, but was doing great even until I went into labor...So, if you are well and keeping hydrated and able to function...why not? Good luck :)

Laurie - posted on 06/18/2012

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My doctor told me to let him know when I was ready to be done with working. I worked until I was 35 weeks and had my twins at 37 weeks. At the time, I taught K-2 Life Skills support which was pretty demanding and was always on my feet. I think it just depends on how you feel and if your doctor doesn't tell you stop working... you'll know when your ready to be done.

Donnelle - posted on 06/15/2012

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We have 2 healthy baby boys! The first on weighed 6lbs and the second one weighed 6 lbs, 11 oz. They were born at 36 weeks and 3 days. I had to be induced because I had developed mild preeclampsia. They were actually gonna do a c-section cause the day before, my body was nowhere near ready to be induced. But then yesterday, I basically went into labor on my own. They just gave me pitocin to speed things along. Auugghhh! I'm so happy! They are soooo cute!!

Donnelle - posted on 06/15/2012

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I'm in labor!!! I got induced today. I'm so nervous and I don't know why. I did this before 2 years ago, but I only pushed out one kid. Not 2. I'm only at 7 cm so its probably gonna be a while. But please send prayers and good vibes.

Dawn - posted on 06/10/2012

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I worked until 36 weeks (I have got a desk job) was feeling really well. I was induced at 38 weeks. if you feel fine and doctor says its ok then go for it x

Jessica - posted on 06/05/2012

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My doctor thought I wouldn't make it past 26 weeks without requiring bedrest (his reasoning was because I was so tiny and carrying twins that he thought I'd go into pre-term labor). I worked right up until the day I had them at 1 day shy of 38 weeks. I had no complications whatsoever and my twins weighed in at 5 lbs 3 oz and 5 lbs 11 oz. Your body will know when it needs some rest. You just have to make sure you listen to it. Congrats!

Stephanie - posted on 06/01/2012

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I think you have a perfectly natural worry. I know I had it despite having a healthy pregnancy. Yes, I was able to work until I delivered two healthy twin girls at full term. In fact, I worked the morning I went into labor. (I teach so it's not like I was doing strenuous physical work or anything.) I have to admit that I was very tired that last morning and was wondering just how much longer I could go on as a pregnant woman. But, like you, I felt pretty good in the preceding weeks.

To me, the fact that you are seeking positive stories and support will go a long way to keeping you healthy. My midwife and OB both told me that a lot of what makes a pregnancy healthy is positive thinking and minimizing the stress. It helps you to make better decisions for yourself and your babies. Congrats on your twins!

CHERYL - posted on 05/30/2012

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hi i didnt go full term but i did work right up to having them and full time i got to 32w and was actually on my to work. i work in retail and was on my feet all day.i had a good pregnancy. each preg is differant,but i feel its best to stay active for as long as u can xx

Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2012

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You just have to listen to YOUR body and know that every pregnancy is different. I went to my 38 week scheduled c-section with no bed-rest but had to go to L& D twice to get shots to stop my contractions (worked both times). I cut back my hours on my own once I started to feel worn out and completely stopped working at about 30 weeks but I also have 2 other children!! Good luck to you!!!

Vicky - posted on 05/07/2012

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My doctor put me on modified bedrest, so I work 6 hours in the office, then work the remaining 2 hours from home on my couch (luckily I have an HR desk job). I'm 35 weeks today and it doesn't appear that I'm going into labor any time soon.

Kelly - posted on 05/06/2012

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I worked full time up until my twins were born. I went to the doctor twice a week for stress tests and they monitored my blood pressure. As long as everything looked good, I went to work. My water broke at 36 weeks and my twins had no problems and went home with us. My advice is to work as long as your bady can handle it. I had a desk job so it was not real taxzing on my body. Best of luck

Mattie - posted on 05/06/2012

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I worked to 36 weeks with full braxton hicks that had been going on for 1.5 months. I went in for a monitoring appt and was told I was not going back to work. Had them 2 days later. My doc said as long as I felt ok he was ok with it as I work a desk job. But man did my coworkers make fun of my elephant ankles!!

Vanessa - posted on 05/06/2012

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My doc never told me a certain point to stop working. She told me to listen to my body and to let her know. As a cashier I was working my full schedule up to a point to where I couldn't and then cut back my hours a little bit. I went on maternity leave one month before my sons were born. I carried till 38 weeks and had to be induced. If no risks or health problems then keep going. It will hellp your body to be in shape for delivery and for recovery. Good luck!

Krista - posted on 05/05/2012

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i worked till i was 33 weeks pregnant with my twins. My doctor never put me on bed rest. But i was so big and uncomfortable and feet started swelling. i took my maternity leave. didn't have my babies till 39 weeks 1 day. 6.4lbs and 5.13lbs. I never had preterm labor i had to be induced. And i had to ask to get induced or he would have keep me going. Don't stop working!!! Thats when I started gaining extra weight and i was bored like crazy. Good luck.

Charity - posted on 05/03/2012

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I worked 12 hour night shifts as a nurse till 30 weeks. My Dr. never said to stop but I saw my BP creeping up slowly and long night shifts can be very draining. I ran till 20 weeks and continued to walk miles every day till I delivered at 39 weeks. It really just depends on your job, your health and so on. Good luck and congrats!

Kylie - posted on 05/02/2012

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i was told to stop working at 27 weeks with my twins, but kept working till 36 weeks i had cut down in this time tho and went on to have mine at 38 weeks.

Donnelle - posted on 05/02/2012

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Thanks! I haven't really had any complications, so I don't know why I'm so worried. I actually went to the doctor yesterday and finally asked her if it was okay to be working as much as I do, and she actually said it's probably better that I do, since my body is so used to it. It seems to be keeping me in good shape though since I've only gained 15 pounds (although it feels like so much more). And she told me my chances of needing bed rest are extremely slim. She just told me to listen to my body and if I ever feel like I need to cut down my hours to do it. I like my doctor! lol

Robyn - posted on 05/01/2012

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I was cutting hair when I was pregnant with my daughters. I worked up until the day before my scheduled c-section and I was 39 weeks pregnant with them. I never had braxton hicks, never had any complications! It was all in all a great pregnancy. I understand your concern, because that's exactly how I felt lol

Kim - posted on 05/01/2012

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My doctors told me i'd have to stop working at 28 weeks. I made it to 32. My job was fairly laid back, but I worked 3rd shift which is hard on a non-pregnant body. I had to stop due to high blood pressure. But I have heard it's possible to work as long as you feel up to it. For me at 32 weeks, I had a hard time getting around and moving.

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