5.21.2011

A trip to labor & delivery

Well, if you follow me on Twitter you may be caught up on this form last night. I figured I would go ahead and blog about it.

About noon yesterday I started feeling some menstrual like cramps and 'butterflies' really low. About that time, I realized it was noon. I hadn't had any fluids since about 10 the night before besides the milk in my cereal. This is very unlike my normal routine. It had been storming all morning and I was working from home and taking it pretty easy. I had been pretty achy for the previous few days. I started drinking lots of water.

The cramps and such continued off and on (every 10 minutes-ish?) throughout the day. I knew it wasn't gas or anytihng of the sort. I thought maybe they had both flipped head down and were causing pressure or something else. About 4:00, I took a short warm bath and laid down for a while. Still no relief, but now it felt more constant. They weren't extremely painful at all. They were just new. I hadn't felt them before. For the record, I don't think I know what a contraction feels like. I never had them with Cohen.

So, I call my doctor's office and the doctor on call recommended I go ahead and go to labor and delivery to get checked. I really didn't feel nervous, I just wanted to know WHAT was going on.

So, Brent got home about that time and we went. Getting three monitors hooked up on my belly was time consuming as the babies were bouncing around. After they monitored me for a bit, a nurse came in the room rather briskly with her hands full of "stuff" and said they saw some "activity" occurring every 30 seconds and needed to figure out what was going on. Que sobbing from me. She said they saw some irritability to my uterus. Which, one can typically feel, but as far as progression, it's right under contractions. Their first goal was to stop it and second to figure out what was causing it. They hooked me up to an IV and took several vials of blood, a urine sample and a swab test. The IV was to get fluids going in me immediately, plus they wanted me to drink water non stop. The blood was to test gallbladder, kidneys, liver, etc. The urine was to check for UTI and the swab was for a fetal fibronectin test. This test basically checks to see if a substance has been released that will indicate whether or not I would be going into labor within the next two weeks. It's 99.9% accurate. So, they really, really needed it to be negative. Of course, I was still wimpering a bit when the nurse was going over all this, but at the same time, she was telling me about all the drugs and stuff that could help this process if it needed to be slowed down or if that test came back positive. I'm not sure if that made me feel better or worse. She also did an exam to check my cervix, but decided she wanted the doctor to do a second one. Lovely.

Talk about freaked out. I was not ready for Knox and Sloane to arrive anytime soon. I couldn't believe this was happening.

We waited about an hour to find the results out. The test was negative, praise God! We had to wait a bit longer for the doctor to come in as she was delivering a baby and had to go to the ER. I had NEVER felt Knox and Sloane be so active. I'm not sure if they were showing off or what, but they bounced around the ENTIRE time. My belly was jiggling.

Finally, the doctor came in. She said my urine and blood looked great. She said with twins, there is SO much going on. She said our babies are so active. She said that, along with my activity can irritate my uterus. Also, the fact I went for a longer stretch that normal, with no fluids, could have something to do with it. She said there was really no way to pinpoint the cause. She said it was a major plus that the fFN test was negative, but this incident would definitely change things from here on out. She said in her opinion, I would need limited activity, lots of fluds and the fFN test every few weeks. She said my doctor would ultimately decide things, but he could even opt to put me on some medications.

She did do an exam as well. She determined that the inner cervix, which she said was most important, was closed and firm. The outer was at a 1. They told me not to be concerned about this, but of course, I am.

They told me it was a very good thing I came in for the IV and to get checked.

I'm ready to talk to my doctor.

They discharged me on the terms that I would stay laying down all weekend and only get up briefly to potty or grab something quickly. She said if I started feeling anything stronger to come back.

I felt better when we got home last night, and this morning I've felt pretty good. I didn't feel any activity when I first got up, but in the past few hours, I've had some cramps. I've only gotten up to pee and grab a water, before Brent was up.

We will figure more out once we talk to our OB. I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to keep Knox and Sloane in and growing. Luckily, we have a lot of family around if we need any help. I'm starting to wonder if I sensed this coming as like two or three times in the past week I told Brent I'm ready to get the nursery done in case I can't in the next few weeks.

I'm thankful to be home and still be pregnant. The survival rate of twins arriving at 24 is very, very low. We are praying I can carry them for as long as possible. 

We greatly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers and ask that you continue to keep them coming!

And because pictures document everything...


You can't see completely tell at this angle, but each baby had a monitor and there was one for me to check contractions/activity. I should have taken a video like this because you could haven't definitely seen their activity. 


Thank you for the kind comments on prego mego yesterday.

Have a good Saturday!

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74 comments :

  1. I'm praying for you and the babies! Sending hugs your way too!

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  2. I'll keep you in my prayers. I am sure that was so scary.

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  3. glad to hear the test was negative!! praying you don't have any more scares like that!

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  4. Seriously praying for you and Brent and the babies. They'll be fine, I just known it, especially if they have the same strength that Cohen did :).

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  5. Praying for you as you rest and rest and rest and praying that sweet Knox and Sloane stay put!!

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  6. Praying that your uterus calms down and lets those sweet babies stay right where they are!

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  7. I saw the title to your post and my heart started racing!!! SO SO SO glad everything is okay and glad Brent will be waiting on you all weekend! I'm saying extra prayers;)

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  8. Glad everything is okay for now!!! You guys are in my prayers! :)

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  9. Praying for the best! Glad there was no immediate cause for concern!

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  10. My prayers are with you and the twins. And I pray a peace over your mind. God is in control and all will be well.

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  11. So glad all is well for you and the babies! Hope they stay in and grow strong for many more weeks!

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  12. Definitely praying for y'all. I went on strict bed rest at 24 weeks too. I did FFN tests evey couple of weeks, non-stress tests twice a week, pills , and shots that I had to have compounded for weeks before I went to live in the hospital. I was able to make it to 35ish weeks before emergency c- section. My BFF had an irritable uterus for all three of hers. Her first was born at 29 weeks (and is a perfect 6 ur old now) and was able to carry the next two to 37 weeks..... The point of my story.... (though i know twins are different),Fully cooked babies are possible and preemies can be healthy! I was a 32 weeker and my brother was 31. You will get through this! I have faith and you and your sweet family are in my thought and prayers! Love and wishing you relaxing,baby growing laziness!

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  13. Lots of prayers and well wishes your way!!

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  14. Grateful you are home and things have calmed a bit but praying for every day more you can stay pregnant. A friend of mine had a baby boy at 25 weeks and he was tiny but today he is 11 and a heathly young man. God is good...and I will keep praying that you can make it to at least 32weeks!!

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  15. Wow Meg! SO scary!! Praying your little active bundles of joy don't give you any more scaries! Hang in there!!

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  16. How scary....praying for y'all. I had to go to L&D once while preggers but I was 4 weeks away from my due date. I would have been like you and lost it having to go so early. Take it easy and get all the water and rest for those two special twinkies =)

    ~KM

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  17. Praying for you and your babies!!!! I went into labor at 26 weeks and it is SOOOO scary. Luckily they were were able to stop it but since I had a positive fetal fn test it was bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy BUT so worth it :)

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  18. I'm so happy everything turned out ok! Praying for you and your sweet babies!!

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  19. Praying for y'all! So glad everything seems to be ok!

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  20. oh megan, I'm so glad that everything turned out ok. I had such a similar experience when I was pregnant with Abby.. I don't know if you ever read my blog post about it but I had to go into L&D at 1 day shy of 24 weeks because of contractions. They did the fib. test for me as well and gave me a couple different anti labor meds. I had to spend the night in the hospital, I cried as the deliberated moving me to a different hospital that specialized in births before 27 weeks just in case I ended up delivering that night. it was so scary. I can only imagine how much more scary it was for you and possibly how much more complicated the whole situation was being that you are pregnant with twins. My happy thought is that I did go on bedrest and pelvic rest and everything the doctor asked and Abby made it until 38weeks 5 days. My prayer is the same for you.. well, 38 weeks anyway ;) Take it easy and I'm so glad you have family that can take great care of you! hugs to you :)

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  21. I'm so glad things are ok and you are resting! I know that had to be so scary...I will continue to be lifting ALL of you in prayer!

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  22. Thinking of you guys and praying for your family! My sister delivered her little girl at 23 weeks 3days; she is now 7 1/2 weeks old and incredibly healthy. But she should have been 31 weeks pregnant today! Miracles do happen! I pray that your little ones can hang in there. Being in the NICU that long is not fun!

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  23. Glad everything is OK! It is always better to just get it checked out so you can have peace of mind!

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  24. I tweeted you last night after I saw the first one, but wanted to comment to and let you know I was praying, praying, praying!!! So glad you are back home now and taking it easy!

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  25. I am praying for all of you and asking God to keep these babies all safe and sound right where they are until it is time for them to be safely delivered !
    I have really been thinking of you and all of your running around and working and wondering when your OB was going to start limiting your activity.
    Sweetie, I hope you can REST, REST, REST and keep your feet up. Let your Mom and everyone else do things for you.
    My daughter had to go on "sofa" rest at 24-25 weeks with her one but she was able to carry him until 37.5 weeks. Thanks be to God! Take care of yourself!
    G-mommy E

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  26. So glad everything was okay and that the test was negative!! Take it easy girl!! Praying for yo and those sweet babies!!

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  27. sending much love and prayers! lord, please keep your hand over sweet sloane and knox, and megan!

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  28. Happy to hear you're back home and the twins are where they need to be!

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  29. Ohmygoodness! How scary! I'm so glad everything is okay and will be praying that those precious babies stay inside for a long, long time!

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  30. Praying for you, Brent, and those littles!!

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  31. So glad to hear everything is good:)

    Maybe you can find some tv shows to watch while you are resting:)

    I will be praying you have no more scares like that!

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  32. A friend of mine delivered her twins at 28 weeks and they are 8 months old now!! They were in the NiCU for a few months but healthy little babies. I'm glad to hear they are still growing and hope they stay for at least 6 more weeks!!! I have two of my own and follow your blog bc you are an inspiration :-)

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  33. How scary!!! Saying lots of prayers!!
    I went into ptl at 30 weeks but pericardia helped calm my uterus.

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  34. Praying that the babies stay in there and bake for as long as they can !

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  35. You and your family are in my prayers!

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  36. I'm glad you're all doing better now!! Praying for those babies to stay put for quite some time.

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  37. Prayers your way! I know trips to L/D are so scary - I have been a few times in my current twin pregnancy as well. Hang in there. I was found to be 50% effaced at my 28 week visit - and now am 90% plus effaced - at 34.5 weeks. I have been on bedrest for 6 weeks - it may be a long haul but you can totally do it. Hang in there!

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  38. I am so thankful the test was negative! It is in God's hands and I KNOW HE WANTS YOU AND BRENT TO HAVE THESE ANGELS!! At least that is what I am praying for, TWO HEALTHY ANGELS! Hugs to y'all!

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  39. I am praying for you! We also had our first preterm labor scare a few days ago and I just got put on strict bed rest. It's hard, but you have such a great attitude about it. I'll continue to keep praying for you!

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  40. Thank you for posting this blog so I can be in prayer for you and the babies! (and Brent too! :))

    I can't imagine how scared you guys were. I will be praying for your peace of mind and for Knox and Sloane to stay in there much longer! :)

    Love and prayers!

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  41. First of all, praying for you and those babies. I had contractions on and off from about 27 weeks on. They would feel like mild cramping but nothing more. They came and went so I think they were just Braxton Hicks (I always forgot to mention it at my appts.). I ended up having my son at 35 weeks by emergency c-section due to placental abruption. But I often wonder if I should've been more cautious with the contractions going on. You were smart to go to the doctor. Rest and relax and maybe the babies will stop dancing around in there. :)

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  42. Praying for you, Knox, and Sloane!

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  43. saying extra prayers for you, Brent, and the twins! make sure you take it extra easy and get as much fluids and rest as possible! God bless! :)

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  44. I'm so glad everything went ok. praying for you and the babies.

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  45. Praying that you still have MANY more weeks before you have to visit labor and delivery again! You and the babes will be in my thoughts and prayers...but seriously, slow down. I'm one to talk...and I had a relatively easy pregnancy, but I know there were times where I overdid it and was doing things I should have left for my husband to do. Take the help you have from those around you who love you - and those 2 kiddos!

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  46. We're keeping you in our prayers always. I know you have a lot on your mind, I hope you can get some good rest

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  47. Oh my goodness what a scary situation. I'm glad you and babies are doing good.
    Thinking of you guys!

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  48. Oh, please take care of yourself. You definitely want to keep your sweet little Knox and Sloane in there longer. Get lots of rest and know that lots of people have you in you, Brent & the Twins in their thoughts & prayers. Take care and lots of love your way. ;)

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  49. So glad to hear everything is okay! I know it's hard not to worry, but I had uterine irritability starting around 22 weeks and I carried mine to 38 weeks. You'll def want to finish the nursery soon, like you mentioned the other day, with twins you always measure bigger. I measured full term at 6months, there was no way I was doing nursery stuff much longer than that! Hopefully my experience gives you a little peace of mind. I'm praying for you!

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  50. Praying for your body to keep them in way longer! You are doing such a good job already!

    I had a positive fibernectin test and dr. N. said he didnt know what to do and put me on procardia to stop contractions..then 24 hrs later redid the fibernectin test and it was negative, so he sent me home on bedrest. I was home one day and then went into labor. So, always believe the first result of the fibernectin if you continue to get tested! And, i was like you, I didnt know i was having contractions, i just felt a tightening, almost like the baby was moving. Once i could correlate that with themonitor in the hospital it helped me feel more comfortable with what to look out for.

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  51. So glad all is OK with the babies. Sending prayers for you all!

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  52. So happy to hear that everything turned out ok for now!
    I went in at 23 weeks with my twins and my FFN was positive and I was having steady contractions. I ended up being admitted for 7 1/2 weeks and delivered at almost 30 weeks (I ended up delivering because of an infection I developed in the hospital, not because of my premature labor...I could have gone 6 more weeks) - my boys are PERFECT now.
    I say all of this to let you know that even with the worst results, doctors are AMAZING and there is a lot they can do to help stall things and get those babies ready for the world.
    Praying the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!!!

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  53. Praying for you guys. My FFN was positive and I had very strong contractions for about 2 days. So I have to be very careful too.

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  54. Oh my goodness! Glad everything is okay! My sister went into labor with her twins really early and had to be flown to a level 1 (??) hospital where they STOPPED the labor and she then carried them to 36 weeks!!! If I remember correctly, she took some type of medicine to stop contractions....she stopped taking it at 36 weeks and the babies came right after. However, she had to lay around a lot. :) I hope you hear from your doctor soon! Take it easy! :) Lots of prayers for you!!

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  55. Stay calm! I had twins last year after 17 weeks of bedrest. At 26 weeks gestation I had been in L & D 3 times, was having contractions like clock work and my cervix was 5mm long (it's supposed to be 2 CM!!!). I contracted all the way until the babies were born healthy at 35 weeks 4 days at 5 lbs and NO NICU!!!! Keep praying and stay calm. Numbers are just numbers, there are many success stories of making it through preterm labor.
    * The FFN test is only 99% accurate if it's negative. A positive FFN is considered "inconclusive."
    Hugs and prayers from someone who has "been there."

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  56. Keeping you and those precious twins, in my prayers. Hoping things settle down, so you have peace of mind. If bed rest is the answer, so be it. Sometimes, you just have to give in and Let Go and Let God! I know Cohen is watching over you also. Keep smiling sweet girl!

    Sending Hugs!
    A Mom-Mom in NJ

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  57. Oh Double WOW! So sorry you had to go through that but at least you know you need to take it easy. I've often wondered if the pressure and cramping I feel at 22.5 weeks is normal, but everytime I go to the doctor (just went last Wed.) they always say everything is just perfect. I have a real pain way way down low, not in my tummy, but my private part actually, and it feels like a sore bone. That's the only way I can describe it. My doctor said that at this piont, I'm more like a 33 week preg. woman with 1 baby and that things are shifting and spreading out it prob was a bone out of place or something. GREAT!!!

    I'm so glad that all is well for now. Take care of yourself and hang in there!

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  58. I went into preterm labor at 23 weeks and ended up having to be induced at 41 weeks after 18 weeks of bedrest. Prayers for your beautiful family.

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  59. Just for piece of mind...I had a positive fFN at 34 weeks with my first daughter and she was born full term at 38.5 weeks and a positive fFN at 30 weeks with my second daughter and she was born right at full term (37). Your body is working so hard and it's of course going to get stressed out. Try to get some good rest, relax, and know that your little ones will arrive just when they should.

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  60. Praying harder for you. Miss Megan, no more work for you, I think! Easy for me to say, I know, but I want you to rest and take it easier. Nag Alert! I bet Brent feels the same way. xxoo

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  61. I am so glad y'all are okay!! Rest, rest and eat more yogurt! :)

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  62. I'm glad the fetal fibronectin test was negative! That said, keep drinking and rest! I'm praying that you can keep them in as long as possible. Bedrest isn't fun and it isn't easy but sometimes it is necessary. I spent a lot of time reading. I was on strict bedrest with my last 2 babies. Mag sulfate is horrible but it can stop labor if it's caught early enough. It stopped mine. There are other medications you can take at home. It worked wonders for me. Twins are different but that doesn't mean that you can't keep them in longer. I made it to 36 and 37 weeks but was off bedrest at that point and not taking my medications anymore. There are a lot of things that they can do for preemies these days. Premature labor often feels different from labor at full term. If you feel anything funny going on, it's a good idea to contact the doctor. Just be in tune to your body. Since you will likely end up on strict bedrest at some point (especially if you're having uterine irritability), set yourself little goals to help get through. For me, my first goal was 28 weeks because many 28 weekers do fairly well. Then it was 32 weeks because at that point, they are less likely to deal with some of the major issues that preemies face. Then it was 34-35 weeks because some babies at that age depending on size and how well they eat can go home from the hospital with mom. Then it was full term. It helped get me through and it didn't seem as daunting to have small goals. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  63. I am so glad everything is ok. I paniced a little when I saw the title of this post. Praise God everything is ok!

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  64. How scary! I am so glad the test was negative. I will pray for you!

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  65. Stay in there twinkies! I'm sending positive vibes your way. That test that can tell if you are going into labor in the next two weeks is amazing! What a great thing. Make your husband get you a ton of magazines and the remote and keep off your feet!

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  66. Yeah, WATER!!! Water, water and then more water. And rest, rest, and then more rest. Doc Meli's orders. Glad you are feeling better love.

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  67. So scary - so glad to hear you're ok!

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  68. How scary, but I'm glad everything turned out good! Praying you keep those babies in much longer. I have a precious 28 weeker, whom is now a healthy 19 months.

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  69. Same thing happened to me when I was 24 weeks pregnant with my son. I will be praying for you and Knox and Sloane! You are looking great!

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  70. Megan!! I'm so glad you and the twins are ok and that they're staying put! I'm sorry you had to go through that. Keep resting and drinking water and keep up updated :) I'm thinking about you and the babes and I will definitely keep praying! Hugs to all of you!

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  71. Yhose babies are FINE, and you look absolutely gorgeous in the hospital picture.

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