Friday, August 31, 2012

Week 24

      We're starting week 24 off with a bang! Yesterday I had a routine appointment with the high risk Dr. that resulted in being admitted to the hospital because of some indications of pre-term labor. I didn't know what to expect as they brought me to labor and delivery to be monitored for contractions. I have been having contractions since about week 16; being that this is my first pregnancy and that the contractions are not painful in any way I wrongly assumed that they were Braxton Hicks. They were in fact real contractions that are causing cervical shortening. So the goal in being at the hospital is 2 fold at this point, first to make sure the babies are ok and to give them some medications to help with their lung development in the case of an early delivery, secondly, it's to try to stop the contractions.

      For now, the contractions seem under control and the babies have gotten the medication that they need to help with their lung development. Right now it is looking like I will be in the hospital for a couple more days as they want to continue to monitor me and make sure that the contractions stay at bay. If they send me home it will be on full bed rest with the exception of getting up occasionally for bathroom breaks and short showers.  

      I am so thankful for all of the support we are receiving already from our family and friends. It is such a blessing to have people by our side as we take this journey. This is not what we expected but we will gladly wait longer for the arrival of our twins. Our hope is to get to week 35 so we have 11 weeks to go and if bed rest is the only way to get there I will gladly do it. I'm sure there will be hard days ahead but I know that we are not in this alone. I am encouraged every time I get to hear the babies heart beats because they are both strong and they move a lot! :) I'm loving how much I feel them now. It's so reassuring and comforting.

Jared and I appreciate all of your prayers. Thank you!

-CW

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