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Bed rest: Is it one of the side effects of a high risk pregnancy?

January 29, 2011 by Kimberly O'Bannon  
Filed under High Risk Pregnancy

High Risk PregnancySo, you’ve been told you’re going to have triplets.

Congratulations!

You’re so excited and you can hardly wait for the babies to arrive…

But before you can bring home the babies, you have to go on what they call bed rest.

So you think, “Oh, rest, how wonderful! I can get lots of sleep and rest up before the babies get here.”

Wrong!

There is no rest in bed rest for a triplet mom.  Or any mom put on bed rest.

If you get to stay home, you have to monitor yourself twice a day and call in, so your Perinatologist can make sure you are not having contractions early.

(You do have a Perinatologist, right?  It’s very important to have a specialist doctor for your high risk pregnancy.)

Sometimes, if you become gestational diabetic, you have to check your blood sugar four times a day and take insulin four or six times a day.

Also, for the Preeclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy), some Perinatologists may prescribe water therapy.

What is water therapy you ask?

Well, it is when you submerge yourself up to your neck in water, and you sit or stand in it.  The water helps lower your blood pressure and gets the blood circulating in your body.

When I was still home, I was prescribed twice a day water therapy.  Only problem was I didn’t have a pool…

I know it’s crazy!  I live in Arizona yet did not have a pool.

So I went to an indoor gym and used their pool twice a day.  This was no easy feat since I was not able to walk very far!  I needed a wheelchair to get into the gym and then into the water.

Plus I needed someone to wheel me in the chair! Usually my husband or brother-in-law.

Let me tell you, it was embarrassing . . .and not a pretty site.

Going into a gym filled with thin, tiny people.

And then there was the constant, “Oh you must be ready to deliver that baby.”

Imagine the looks on the person’s face, when I would say, “No, I’m only 4 months pregnant or 5 or whatever.”  Then when I told them I had four babies, and still the blank stares — like that can’t be true.

After I delivered I found a service that would deliver a portable hot tub that could be used instead of the pool for water therapy.  This handy idea came from a fellow quad mom I met at a moms club for multiples.

So, what do you do when you’re on bed rest, and you’re thinking, “How am I going to get through all of these long months of waiting for my high risk pregnancy to be over?”

Well, one of the things you can do is join a moms club. There are many, multiple moms clubs out there to choose from. They range from clubs specifically for twins, to those for triplets, or quadruplets, or higher order multiples.

What’s so great about moms clubs?

Well, there you can connect with a mom who has already been through having her baby (or feel free to email me or leave a comment below).  This is the best way to get suggestions and advice from somebody who has been there.

How do you find a mom’s club?

Well, you need to do some research.  No it doesn’t require going to the library!

One of the ways you can do is look up national moms clubs, using tripletsconnections.org web site, or the mostonline.org web site. Or google terms like higher order multiples club and see if they have “support” moms that can give you encouragement.

So, if you are lying there just wondering what to do, these are a couple suggestions for getting more information and preparing yourself for the arrival of your babies.

To Your Abundant Life with Multiples,

Kimberly OBannon

AKA: MultiMommy

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It’s a challenge showing you how to tell people they’re important to you.  Anonymously!  And it can easily be used to show family and friends how much you — or your loved one — care about them.

It’s F-R-E-E — and FUN!  Plus there are some great prizes available!

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