Hospital Bed rest at 28 weeks

I had a feeling bed rest was in my future since I’m pregnant with twins, but I didn’t think it would be this early. On Thursday afternoon I started to feel some pretty intense contractions and I wasn’t sure whether they were just Braxton Hicks or the real thing. I’ve been having BH’s since I was 16 weeks so I’m used to having some activity going on, but something felt different and made me call my midwife. She sent me over to Labor and Delivery at St. Joseph’s where I was hooked up to monitors so they could keep track of the babies heart rates and my contractions.

monitoring babies and contractions

They also ran a Fetal Fibronectin test. Unfortunately, the test came back positive which means I’m at risk for having preterm labor. Because St. Joesph’s doesn’t have a NICU that could handle babies born this early I was transferred to Elliot Hospital and took my first ambulance ride for the twenty minute journey north.

That first night I was given IV fluids, a round of steroids and put on a regimen of Nifedipine (Procardia) every six hours depending on my contraction activity. The steroids are meant to help the babies lungs develop faster in case they come early. Nifedipine is actually a medication used to help lower your blood pressure. The goal when giving it to a pregnant woman is to relax the uterus enough so it stops contracting.

It was an overwhelming night, filled with a lot worst case scenario information, needles, pills and emotions. I’m thankful that my sister-in-law happened to be visiting at the time so that she could take care of Cole while I made the trip to the hospital.

Everything at this point was so up in the air; there were so many unknowns. All I could do was channel my energy into the babies, stay calm, and wait for more answers.

patience quote

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18 thoughts on “Hospital Bed rest at 28 weeks

  1. Oh Lindsay, I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. I’m praying for you and the babies. Stay calm and positive. PLEASE use me as a resource for anything you need as I’m in the area and happy to help in anyway possible. If you want me to hang out with Cole, I’d be happy to do it! If you need groceries, Shayla loves to shop so I’m happy to do that for you too.

  2. Hey Lindsay. we are friends of your mom and dad and send you our best wishes and prayers. I met you a couple of times on the beach at your moms house in Christmas Island.
    we always ask your mom how you are doing and when she told us you were in the hospital we just felt terrible about it. we are sure you are getting the best possible care now and will continue with our prayers. Hoping you and your babies are feeling better quickly and everything will be ok. Love, Patty and Danny…..

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! Thankfully the babies don’t seemed phased by any of this at all so as long as they can remain in my belly the better things will be. 🙂

  3. You have such a positive attitude! Keep it up. Channel all positive thoughts to the babies. They will feel it. I was on procardia from 24 weeks with madison and limited on my activities. Contractions were so strong and in the end it was her due date and she didnt want to cone out. Praying for a safe journey and that those lil ones keep baking.

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