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28 Jan 2004

Having triplets - scared :-(
Hi doc,

I am expecting triplets and am 26 weeks. I had a stitch put in my cervix at the beginning of my pregnancy. My last scan was scary - the doctor said that the stitch is the only thing holding my babies in and has confined me to bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy.

A few questions:
1. I am supposed to be flying to Durban this week (to have my babies there in), is it dangerous to fly at this stage or should I rather stay put?
2. From how many weeks can the babies survive if they were born early?
3. Do you think the stitch will hold if I take it easy from now on?

I am so stressed and worried that I'm going to lose my babies or my water will break. Please give me your advice.

Thanks
Gabby
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

I would suggest that you do not risk the flight to Durban.
The gestation at which babies can survive varies depending on the facilities available, but generally 28 weeks is taken to be the average time when there is a reasonable chance of survival.
You haven't told me the details as to why you have been told that to have strict bedrest. Has the cervix started to dilate or get thinner, or is the stitch not holding? It would be a guessing game to try to predict what will happen but the only thing you can do is to follow your doctor's advice and call him/her immediately if there is any pain, bleeding.etc.

Best wishes
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