Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bedrest and twins: a surprise-filled pregnancy

Sonia (right) and Missy chat about the challenges of bedrest.
Throughout her pregnancy Sonia Hays has encountered surprises.

At 18 weeks pregnant she discovered she was having twins. Hays said she knew something was up well before that though. “I felt extra big at six weeks,” she says. Since twins run in both sides of her family Hays initially suspected that. But sonograms and other tests didn’t show that she was expecting twins until the 18 week mark.

Then came an even bigger surprise at her 25 week sonogram. Instead of a quick appointment they were worried about her cervix and noticed she was having contractions. She was immediately admitted to the hospital to stop the contractions.

And for the past six weeks she’s been on strict bedrest at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

Hays says she tries not to dwell on the moments she’s missing such as putting away baby clothes in her spare time. Instead she focuses on the end goal. “It’s tough, but it’s not about you anymore,” she says rubbing her stomach and thinking of twin boys Landon and Brenden.

One thing that Hays says has helped her as been the Mommies in Waiting program, which offers moms on bedrest a chance to do crafts, watch movies, and interact with other moms. She recently visited with Missy Cheatham, another mom of twins who went through the Mommies in Waiting program last year. For her story, click here.

With another week, at least, left to go in the hospital and probably more bedrest even after she’s released, Hays says it’s tough when people talk about the day she’ll get to go home because it feels so far off. Her due date isn’t until Jan. 13, but at this point Hays and her doctors are shooting to make it to at least 36 weeks.

Hays says she tries to stay positive thinking that the longer she’s in the hospital the less time her boys will need to spend in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “This pregnancy has had lots of surprises, but I know in the end it will be well worth it.”

1 comment:

  1. Hang in there! I'm on bedrest too and have been blogging about my experience to stay sane!