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frequently asked questionsWhy do so many multiple moms end up on bedrest?
With twin pregnancy, there's a much higher risk of complications such as pre-term labor or pre-eclampsia-- and the risk increases as the number of fetuses goes up. Both conditions are treated with bedrest, sometimes in combination with medication. In addition, a woman suffering from severe morning (noon, and night) sickness may be put on bedrest. A doctor may also recommend bedrest for spotting in early pregnancy. Such spotting is common with multiples; in fact, many parents find out that "baby" is "babies" only after an ultrasound to determine the cause of the spotting.
My OB says I'll be put on bedrest at 26 weeks. Is that normal?
I've been having a lot of contractions lately, but I don't know if they're real, or just Braxton Hicks. How can I tell them apart?
Be sure you're aware of the other symptoms of pre-term labor:
What does "modified bedrest" mean?
Be sure to clarify your limits with your doctor, who's the one who knows why you're on bedrest in the first place!
I'm worried about muscle atrophy. What can I expect?
I was on bedrest for 4 months and definitely saw a decrease in muscle tone and strength. I believe it takes about 3 months of inactivity before there's a noticable difference in strength. The good news is it takes much longer for total atrophy (longer than you'll be pregnant)! :-)
Is there such a thing as brain atrophy??
Some of this may be related to the feeling of isolation; that you don't know what's going on in the world. Here's where the internet can help. For starters, you can make a point of checking one of the major news sites every day. Even if you go to, say, CNN.com, and immediately head for their travel section, make sure you take a look at the headlines. This way, you don't have to feel completely out of touch.
You can also benefit from the many virtual communities out there. The Twins List is a great place to start. Not only can you get the advice and support of others who've been through bedrest, you'll also learn more about what's ahead! ;-) You can also go to some of the sites which host mailing lists, like OneList.com. Type in the topic of your choice, and you'll find mailing lists to go with it.
Many of the parenting sites listed in the resources section also have chat rooms. Even if you're not the type who generally likes chatting with a number of people you don't know and can't see, you may find that this is just the sort of virtual outing that makes the time pass and gives you something to think about. The Sidelines chats are specifically geared towards women on bedrest.
What are tocolytics?
For more information on terbutaline, see the terbutaline FAQ. A FAQ on mag sulphate is in the works.
What are the steroid shots for?
I am a L&D nurse at a tertiary care centre that does ~5500 deliveries per year. We offer a course of injected steroids to anyone with a threatened premature delivery. The research is quite strong that steroids before 32 weeks have a profound impact on fetal lung maturity. We use both betamethasone and dexamethasone. ... I also received them at 29 weeks gestation when I was threatening prem labour.
For more stories and experiences with steroids, click here.
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