25 Weeks: The Good, The Bad

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25 Weeks: The Good, The Bad
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Thu, 08-04-2011 - 9:18pm

I had a growth scan and cervix check today, and I am happy to report that all 3 babies are growing normally. They weigh approximately 1lb 11 oz, 1lb 11oz and 1lb 10oz, and all other measurements and heart rates are within normal ranges. I'm glad that their measurements are closer to each other because they were a bit varied a month ago. I am so happy that they are doing well, I just hope they plan on staying in there for a while longer...

The bad news is that my cervix is not holding up. It is dilating already (not sure how much because my brain is mush right now) and shrinking/funneling. The sonographer took a lot of measurements and I knew right away by looking at it that it had shrunk and begun opening...she even did a t/v u/s to get a clearer picture. The physician on duty prescribed bed rest, but I've already been on bed rest and not sure how much less I can do. I literally go from bed to the couch every day, kick my feet up and only get up to go to the bathroom or eat. I don't run errands and my belly is too big to drive so I've been bound to the house for almost 8 weeks. I'm just so confused and heartbroken. I have an appt with my dr tomorrow morning to discuss everything and figure out what to do.

The crappiest part is that I'm supposed to move in 10 days...I've been staying at my mom's house in Northern CA while DH gets our house packed out in HI. He gets here next Wednesday (haven't seen him in 2 months) and we're supposed to make the drive down to Southern CA, get our house set up and settled for the triplets' arrival. I don't know what I'll do if I'm stuck up here indefinitely until after these babies are born. DH has to report to his new ship and attend school so it's not like he can just stay here with me if I can't make the move.

I was supposed to take belly pics today but I'm just not in the mood. I'm so sad...everything just seemed to be going so well and now this curveball. I know that people get put on bed rest to help with this kind of thing, but I've already been on it and it hasn't prevented this from happening so far. :smileysad:

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Sun, 08-07-2011 - 6:06pm
Thanks ladies...I'm still a bit of a mess, broke down last night while on Skype with DH, struggling with keeping the faith. It's too late for a cerclage so right now it's just preparing me for early delivery with the hope that it doesn't come too early.

Jessica - It's nice to hear from someone who works with micropreemies. It just scares the crap out of me! I'm barely ready for them to come in 10 weeks or less, let alone in the next week or two! I had this fantasy of making it to October and up until last week I thought it was totally possible and now all of my optimism is gone. I'm taking the bed rest very seriously and getting up only to use the restroom so I hope this keeps them in there a bit longer. I just worry...
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Sun, 08-07-2011 - 1:36pm

Kim,

I'm so sorry that you are going through this! I can't imagine how hard it is to be separated from DH right now, too. You must be terrified.... The good news is that your babies can probably survive on their own even if they were born today - I work with micropreemies for a living and 25 weeks is OK. Hopefully they will stay for much, much longer, but they'll be OK right now if you have to deliver them. I just hope that you are able to be reunited with DH before they come:smileyhappy: You are definitely in my prayers and I know you are doing everything you can to keep them in there longer. Hugs!

Jessica

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Sat, 08-06-2011 - 11:44am
Glad the babies are well, But I'm so sorry about your cervix. Can they do a cerclage at this point or no? I know that combined with moving is super stressful, lots of HUGS and prayers coming your way.
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Sat, 08-06-2011 - 10:33am

Awww, Kim, I am so sorry you are going through this. Big ((HUGS)). Many P&PT to you. I really hope your cervix decides to take a very long pause and behave itself so your LOs keep cooking until your target date. Bummer on more bedrest, but keep your computer handy and post away if you can. FX for good test results next week. I'm glad your doctor said it was ok to do the move. I hope it's a smooth transition. I know you'll worry, but please know that we're pulling for you and you are in our thoughts. <3 ya!

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Sat, 08-06-2011 - 3:30am

I'm so sorry you're having to go through this Kim. I'll be hoping and praying that things work out and the babies stay cooking for a lot longer!

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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 9:09pm
Thanks for the support everyone. I'm still a bit distraught, and not necessarily feeling any better after chatting with doc today. I'm most definitely on strict bed rest which I'm totally fine with...I'd be on it forever if it kept my bambinos in there for a lot longer. I have a f/u u/s next Thursday followed by meeting with doc on Friday. We'll assess the whole moving situation at that point, but doc actually seemed okay with it as long as I can lay down, which is totally doable. She knows where we're going and the hospital I've already been set up at and feels good about the care I'll receive. It's just the 8 hours in transit that are a bit scary. I'm really on the fence about this whole situation.

She brought up shots to speed up the maturation of the babies' lungs and that scares me to no end. I was bawling right there on the table just thinking about it...the reality of this is more intense than anything I could have imagined. I realize that the shots would be good for them, but the thought of needing them and that I may have these babies soon just breaks my heart. There's no amount of reassurance I can get out of knowing that I'm being cared for by excellent docs with a great NICU and medical advances...it's just plain too early for them to be here.

Doc also mentioned a vaginal test that can be done to determine if labor may be imminent in the next couple of weeks but I have to wait on it because it can't be done within 24 hours of a t/v u/s, which I had yesterday. So I'll probably have this done next week.

So I'm still a bit of a mess. I called DH to fill him in and just turned into a ball of tears. I so wish he was here with me...as much support as my mom has been, it's just not the same. I just have to make it through the next 5 days and I'll get to see him...
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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 7:05pm
Kim those babies sound like they are growing wonderfully! It is great that they are all around the same size. Good job mama! As for the cervix, did the dr mention a cerclage at all? hang in there with the bedrest, I know it's tough but you are doing awesome!!!
Kathy Kate-9, Emmy-8, Kevin-5 Early m/c 5wks 7/02 Missed m/c 7w2d; D&C 3/10 Missed m/c 8wks; D&C 9/10
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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 6:35pm

Will they do a cerclage...or is it too far into your pg for that? Meds to keep any contractions from occuring? Oh gosh....you're in a really tough spot with your dh being in the military, too.

I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a resolution to all this stuff. Wow. {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}

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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 3:59pm
Oh, Kim, I'm sorry :( Sending lots of P&PTs that your cervix stays where it is, (((HUGS))).

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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 3:45pm

I'm glad everything is looking good with the LO's.

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