I remember thinking when I was younger how cool it would be to have twins. I’ve always been fascinated with them. I mean, come on, it’s so cool! But I don’t think I ever really thought that would be me. So to my surprise, at my 14 week appointment, there were TWO babies. What!! It took me about a day of utter shock to realize my inner child’s fascination and become so excited!
Some weeks later we learned the twins shared a sac and a placenta so it was planned to be inpatient for multiple daily monitoring for the last couple months of my pregnancy. I remember fretting this stay, certain I would lose my mind completely. But, oh, contraire! I actually, mostly, really enjoyed it! Twin pregnancy is hard! My body loved my feet being up, not chasing my little toddler, and letting my body have some rest. I was inpatient from 27 weeks to my planned c-section at 34 weeks. After being admitted, my body became less swollen, I had less ligament pains, my Braxton hicks slowed down, and generally I went from being very uncomfortable to being just largely pregnant. After seven weeks living in the hospital, here are my suggestions:
The hospital had cable but I got pretty tired of reruns pretty quickly. Our Firestick worked better than our Appletv at connecting to the hospital wifi that needed you to accept their terms and conditions.
- Channel apps
Movies and Books
- 📀 📚
- Daily? Weekly? I looked forward to my daily visits from my husband and my son. Other than that, I was content having other friends and family’s visits being less consistent. I’m normally a very social person but in this period, I did enjoy my alone time.
- Bring distractions or food, always food.
I am a huge fan of food, especially when I am pregnant, but I was not a fan of room service. Every chance I got, but without spending all of our money on food, I would satisfy my cravings elsewhere.
- Uber eats
- Local cafes
Balancing with other children
My son was 18 months when I was admitted inpatient. Before that time period, he and I had never had a night apart. This was definitely the hardest part for me. But amazingly, kids are so resilient and we all adjusted to our new norm pretty quickly.
- Who can “be you”? My husband is amazing and not only was Mom AND Dad but also didn’t skip a day to visit me (insert swoon here).
- It takes a village, call in all villagers.
- Regular visits.
- Facetime in between physical visits.
- Do things together, create a routine for the visits so they know what to expect/look forward to.
- Bring in their things (pack n play, coloring books, movies, toys, games, things you do together at home).
- Order groceries or home necessities online for pickup or delivery – I did this for my husband and son to have at home and added what I wanted for the week too. Anything to be able to help out!
Make your room cozy
This is your new home for the time being, get comfortable.
- Essential Oils/ Diffuser
- Pictures (hang with tape if needed)
- Post letters of encouragement
Make friends with your nurses
- For company (gets lonely)
- For learning your preferences and needs
- A happy nurse is a softer handed nurse 💉
- Makes it more of a human interaction vs patient to nurse (goes both ways)
(Can I insert here how much I love nurses after all this?!)
I understand everyone is different. My room was stocked with several things I barely glanced at but everything I listed made a huge impact in enjoying my seven week inpatient stay.
I would love to hear about your experience, comment below or send me an email!
You got this!