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Title: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Angela on May 09, 2011 at 07:31 AM
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! I know it can be difficult for those who have lost a baby. I try to focus on being thankful for the time I had with my angel babies still safe in my womb. Everyone here knows that life is full of challenges. And I know what a strong group of women you all are. Looking forward to your updates!

So tell us what you are up to this week, and remind us how many weeks along you are.

I hope to talk with you all at the live chat tomorrow at 2 pm EST. We have a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (Dr. Adam Wolfberg) available to answer our questions, and I can't wait.

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Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Mommy_haley on May 09, 2011 at 09:43 AM
Good morning, mommas!  I am 25 weeks and 4 days today and have been on bed rest now for 2 weeks.  Yay for getting this far!  Only 14 more weeks or so until due date... That still sounds so far away.  BUT, we have 2 weeks under our belt!

Thankfully, we've had a fairly quiet week as far as preterm labor goes.  Bed rest and drinking lots of water seems to be helping with any contractions.  I'm just hoping when the doctor checks me next week she finds that my cervix hasn't changed.  Two weeks ago, I was 1 cm dilated.  Yikes!

This past week was my birthday week, so I had plenty of messages and visitors to keep me busy.  And online gift cards!  I'm loving those while stuck in the bed.  We've had some people from church bring us meals, so thats been helpful, as well.

I have noticed baby balling up a bit more lately.  But I'm guessing thats to be expected since I keep getting bigger.  Doc says for BH contraction to count, my entire uterus must tighten up.  I had been getting some lower tightening that didn't seem to be concerning.  When he balls up, I lay on my left side and drink water.  It eases up afer that.  But I'm always overly cautious!!!

I hope everyone has a great upcoming week!  Try not to get too bored...
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: ReeMichele on May 09, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Hello, mommies and Happy Monday!

I am officially 32 weeks today and also officially "safe to deliver" according to my doctor.  We are 100% aiming for at least 34 weeks and obviously there will be no inductions or c-sections to take the baby at this point because I have an intact bag of waters and no fetal or maternal distress. So, here I sit, baking away.

If I go into labor they will only do minimal amounts of intervention (no medication) to stop labor.  We'll try resting, shifting positions, waiting, fluids, etc, but nothing substantial.  They don't want to terrorize my cervix anymore than necessary.

For the last week though, I've been able to go on one outing a week, so long as I don't push myself.  We went out for Mother's Day dinner (with my Mom, who is here helping me) and I really enjoyed seeing the world outside my living room.  I'm tired today from all the movement yesterday, but that's about as dramatic as it's gotten.

I'm planning on taking my glucose tracking sheet to my Sweet Success (the gestational diabetes police) meeting tomorrow and telling them to stick it up their noses.  I haven't had a high reading since March 10 when they gave me the steroid shots.  My baby is in the 49th to 51st percentile for weight at every growth scan which is spot on average.  I am not gaining weight.  SO, there is no reason to make me continue poking my fingers five times a day.  And these numbers are while on a regular diet, not a diabetic diet.  They've been SO mean and fussing at me at every appointment for not "eating properly".  How am I not eating properly if my baby is growing exactly like he's supposed to! Ugh. 

Anyway, that's that.  Hope all you other ladies are doing well today!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Allison on May 09, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Well I should be 36 weeks along but instead I'm holding my new sweet Dylan Ross in my arms at home!  My water broke last wednesday morning a little after 6 am.  I waited for my mom to get here then off to the hospital!  

I started having really painful contractions around 8am and was finally taken to the OR to deliver a healthy 5lb14oz baby boy!  He was taken to the nicu for observation because he was born before 36 weeks.  I'm so lucky he doesn't have any health problems, and we were able to all come home on Sunday.  

Hope everyone has a great week and I will keep checking in!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: kadiera on May 09, 2011 at 03:17 PM
I'm here!

I'll be 26 weeks tomorrow, this is day 15 on bedrest in the hospital.

My blood pressures are ok for now - we haven't raised the dose of meds since Thursday, so I'm hoping we can go a few more days before it has to go up. The longer we can keep it down, the longer we can hold off on delivery - especially since all of my labs have come back again with no other signs of pre-e.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: clem726 on May 09, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Congrats Allison!!

I am 32w5d, and everything is holding steady. my last ultrasound showed my cervix had grown a bit so i have been allowed out of the house for an occasional outing. and this weekend i really took abuse of that lol.. my daughter had her first communion on saturday then we went out on sunday for mothers day. other than feeling tired, no contractions or anything so feeling happy about that. i have my doctors appointment tomorrow so hopefully they wont see any changes that im just not feeling.
good luck to everyone else this week!!

Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: jumama on May 09, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Hi everyone
 I am now 29 weeks and 3 days as of today. Been on bedrest for 3 weeks now. Have an appt on thursaday since I get seen weekly so hopefully no change and the cervix is still the same. Went to hospital on friday seen a change in discharge looked like it might of been some of the mucus plug. Every thing looked good cervix was at 1.4 from what they measured my doc measured it at 1.3 last wednesday. So thats what the cervix is around at last check. I was having contractions 2 to 4 minutes apart wasn't feeling them though they let me leave since everything looked good and the contractions stopped.
Congrats Allison
Hope all the other mommies are doing good.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Mom2Z on May 09, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Week 2 of bedrest.  I'll be 23 weeks on Wed...that's the day my Corinne was b/d last year.  It'll be a rough day.  My husband is taking me to visit her grave...we can drive right to it, so no walking.   Otherwise I've been working at home...all is well...just bored and lonely.  I've found that if I get up and take 5 minutes to put a little effort into my appearance I feel better.  I still look like hell!

So happy to hear about Dylan's safe birth and that everyone else is doing well.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: mckoygirl on May 09, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Hello everyone. I'll be 32 weeks this Thursday and will have my last FFN test and start having weekly NST's on my twins. My husband is funny because after this Friday (my coming appt), he's planning on enslaving me to try to speed things up... He was actually disappointed that my cervix is getting thicker!  ::) Can't blame him I guess, he's been through much more than I have after 15 weeks of bedrest! If my FFN is negative, I fully plan on lightening up my bedrest and being more active around the house to try to help him. 34-35 weeks for twins would be OK with me! Although I'm ok with waiting as long as they need.   :)
I'm having the standard discomforts which are miserable, but I know it's only temporary. It doesn't help to complain, does it?!  ;)

Congratulations Allison, that's wonderful!!!  :D

To all you other mother's out there still in the "20's" weeks, hang in there, it starts to FLY by!  ;)
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: BWilson on May 09, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Hi Mommas,

We are at 35 weeks this Wednesday! I can honestly say, WOW! I was not sure if we would nake it this far... so grateful. This week is 15 weeks on Bedrest... I know i read some of you are new at the whole bedrest thing and counting the weeks can seem hard. But I promise it will get here quicker than you realize... hang in there, you can do it! We are all apart of a miracle in the making.

I was even allowed to have a "bedrest" shower this weekend. It was great! There were about 35 women there and I layed the whole time. I was a little nervous about contractions but I didn't have any.
I have my cerclage removed next Thursday (5/19) So we will see what happens. My doctor said some womens water breaks right away and others don't go into labor for a week or two!

Congrats Allison, so proud of you.... you give us inspiration!

Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: kristinenicolle on May 09, 2011 at 06:03 PM
congrats allison!!!!!!

so im 32w 1 d and everything is going fine & dandy :) i have an appointment this thursday so im hoping things keep going smoothly.

i finally gave in and bought a few things for the nursery. ive been very superstitious about everything but if i keep that mind frame up we'll have nothing done lol so i bought a few things. i opted to have a baby shower (since its only a few people) but its not for another 3 weeks. lets hope i dont deliver before then or itll turn into a welcome baby maddy party lol

im just so excited for the next few months :) when i first got put on bed rest (new years day) i never ever thought i would have made it this far. im so proud of all of us!!! were doing it!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: lauraindenver on May 09, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Congrats Allison & everyone else! Such an accomplishment for all of us to keep to the bed rest. NOT EASY!

Appointments this week - the usual 2 - ob-gyn, perinatologist Tues/Fri respectively for AFI and NST.

Last week was a bit eventful - Friday's ultrasound for AFI looked great, and we almost skipped the NST. It concerned them enough (think it was a 'decel') to send me immediately via wheelchair to L&D, mentally preparing me for an emergency c-section.  I felt pretty calm (amazingly) as they were telling me things sometimes move really fast and if they didn't have time to talk to me about what was going on - just know that they were taking the best care of my baby.... So I called my husband who rushed over to find the baby doing fine on the L&D fetal monitor.  They watched me for a couple more hours prior to letting me go home with instructions to carefully monitor the kick counts. Which I've been doing and feel plenty of movement, and hiccups, and feel like I'm getting bigger.

We realized that we better expedite getting some furniture in the nursery and some supplies 'just in case.'  I've felt for weeks (months?) that at any appointment they may just keep me in the hospital, but it is getting to be a more real possibility. So, we (he) spent the weekend preparing - buying a car seat, getting nursery partially organized, unpacking the house we moved into on Tuesday. Never a dull moment.

Fortunately, yesterday was 35 weeks for us (on bed rest since March 10) and I hope that delivery now would be more than likely ok.

Appointment tomorrow - fingers crossed fluids are above 5 and that baby looks stellar!

Best to all and hang in there - you all are inspirational!!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: nadrobertson on May 09, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Congrats to Allison and your sweet baby! Glad he is doing so well.

I am here at 31 weeks, will get to 32 by this Wednesday which will feel so great! I've been on bedrest for 4 weeks (wow!) since week 27 for short cervix, positive fFn, then dilated to 2 at 29 weeks.
After this week I hope to get to 34 and then 36 but am really wondering at this point, what I will be able to do and at what point. I have weekly appointments and last Thursday I seemed stable, still dilated to 2, 50% effaced (what does this translate to as far as cervix length?), my cervix has been holding at 1 or 1.5 cms long usually..the baby is still high but I think head down. I really hope she stays that way because I had an issue with my first being breech for too long.
I've been really bored this last weekend....but had a good mother's day seeing my little boy.
So glad to hear about everyone else still hangin in there!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: mommadown on May 09, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Congrats Allison!!

I'm 33 weeks tomorrow and going on my 7th week of bedrest.  Last weeks appt. was stable and the doctor said they would possbily lift some restrictions around 34-35 weeks.
With the good news, I increased my activity slightly(dumb!) on Friday and Saturday.  Early Sat. evening I had small amount of spotting and was told to go to L&D for evaluation.  They monitored for contractions, performed manual exam and ordered US.  After all that, things looked fine and I only had 1 contraction in 2hrs.  Scared my husband and, strict bedrest at least until Thursdays appt.
Time is flying by now and I am having to deny my "nesting" instinct to get the baby's room finished.  Plenty of people to help with that and he will be in bassinet at first anyways.  Couple bright notes to being on bedrest...seeing my 13 mth old bond with his grandparents and, also, having my husband really "step up to the plate."  Nothing sexier than hubby dusting and vaccuuming!
Hope everyone has a great week!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: tully333 on May 09, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Congrats Allison!!!!!

 I'm 25 weeks tomorrow. It's been 4 weeks in hospital and total of 8 weeks on bedrest. Appointment tomorrow, hoping my cervix is still at 1.6 ( 8 weeks out from a cerclage) Just had to start the finger prick for blood sugar thing- 4 times a day, its been a pain to not be able to eat for 2 hours after a meal since it's hard for me to eat a lot at once, im really ready to eat an hour after my "meal". My sugars are normal, on a normal diet so hopefully I won't have to continue the rest of the pregnancy. The twins are starting to kick so my husband can feel it now. Pretty exciting. The nurses have to find their heartbeats twice a day and they the kick the paddles every time. Makes me laugh to think of trouble makers I have coming.

 I'm just trying to stay positive, to smile when I'm upset and to speak up when something upsets me or doesn't make sense. ( Like being woken up at 6am for my first blood sugar check). That doesn't happen anymore. Smiling really helps, which sounds silly but my accupuncturist told me to start a few months ago and it really works even when you don't want it to.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: flowerchica on May 09, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Hi ladies...

I'm 30.5 weeks preggers today - well more like 30.75 or so.. This marks my 9th week of bedrest. 36 weeks is coming up nicely and my cervix seems to have rested comfortably right at my stitch. I've never shortened beyond that. I'm dealing with the gestational diabetes stuff - but it seems with the diet - I'm able to monitor my sugars. We'll see - I'm only 5 days into testing. My next milestone is 32 weeks and I am pretty sure we're going to get there easily. I can't wait to get off of bed rest. Since I have GD - I won't be extending my bedrest to try and make it to 40 weeks... this cooked and steroid pumped baby can come as soon as 37 weeks as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Bug on May 10, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Last Tuesday I went in for my weekly perinatology appt and ended up being admitted into the hospital. It's 10 weeks on strict bed rest, 1 of those in the hospital, and only 9 weeks till my due date! It feels great knowing that I have more weeks behind me than in front of me :) I also found out last week that I am border-line with Gestational Diabetes. My glucose level came back at 134..135 is concidered GD. So, I'm watching my simple sugars, but my OB isn't too worried about it. I see perinatology tomorrow. Hope things look well and they decide to send me home. If not, it's ok. The week I've been here has gone by pretty fast. I miss my boys and my sweet hubby...but it's for a good cause and it won't last for forever. I have daily NST and I love hearing her little heartbeat! I look forward to the growth check tomorrow and seeing her on ultrasound.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Line_DK on May 10, 2011 at 04:02 AM
Congratulations to all of you for holding on and to Allison!

Well I have reached the 30 weeks (whuhu) after 7 weeks of bedrest and is now shooting for 32 and then 34 weeks, even though it still seems far away. This week will be quite uneventfull as I'm not going in for the usual cervix scan - the doctor deemed it unnecessary after the scan last week that showed that my cervix was holding quite stabil at around 2 cm so I'm hoping every thing is all right.

Have a good week ladies

Best Regards/Line 
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: kghughes on May 10, 2011 at 09:06 AM
Congratulations Allison! 

We're still cooking - 36+2 today!  Last round of Pre-E blood work came back with even LOWER levels of protein, so they are encouraged that I'll actually make it to 39 weeks!  Twice weekly NST's are fine (the Ewok HATES them, though! Its always kicking the sensors and rolling away).  AFI's and growth scans continue to look good. 

 We're kind of in a fight with our midwives though - I've been risked out of our local hospital due to PVC's that I developed around 20 weeks.  So we have to go to a different hospital 2 hours away.  The midwives are now saying that if we go into labor naturally (uhh.. kind of what we're hoping for here!), and I go to them to get checked, that they'll call an ambulance to transport me to the other hospital.  2 hours, over 100 miles by ambulance??? We couldn't get our insurance to pay for a 2 MILE trip when I was rear-ended 2 years ago!  So we may have to just go on our own, and risk having them tell us we're not in labor.  Honestly, we both would rather take the time off and pay for gas than that ambulance trip!! Phew!  Luckily, the midwifes I saw yesterday was  little more understanding, and it will be discussed at their big OB/midwife meeting today. 

At our appointment yesterday, we also decided that I was going to go back on Zoloft. I had been on it prior to pregnancy, and stopped at about 6 weeks due to HG.  But lately its been getting alot harder to deal with the sadness and anxiety of bedrest - so we talked alot about it, and we decided that the benefits outweigh the risks.  So hopefully that will help some of it. 

Well, that sounded like a downer of  a post - but we're so happy we made it this far, and that the Ewok is doing so well!!  I've done some nesting this week - although its hard to assemble stuff laying on your left :-)  I also did some baby laundry - cute outfits are hanging up in the baby closet now!  Including this:  Which the hubby is very excited about.  We were very grateful our friends didn't get the red one....
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: maxxiniko on May 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM
I missed the roll call because I was waiting for a new computer charger to get delivered so happy belated mother's day and congrats Allison!
I'm 26w5d today and was thankfully discharged from the hospital last week.  I continued to have contractions in the hospital but they felt that they were Braxton Hicks and they went away with iv fluid and emptying my bladder.  My cervical length went from 1.2 to 1.6 so they were happy with that too.  My next appt with the high risk docs is in 2 weeks.  Bed rest is hard that's for sure and I do wish I was further along but this too shall end and be a distant memory!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Trackmonkey on May 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Hi Ladies,
I'm super late in posting, now that it's Tuesday morning! However, I've wanted to post last week too and forgot. So, here's my Monday post. :)

Last week was probably the most difficult, but I am 27 weeks 5 days today!!! :D Been on bed rest at the hospital for almost four weeks on Wednesday. So very thankful to have finally almost gotten to 28 weeks!! The time has flown by!!

This week was especially hard gearing up for Mother's Day. I've never had such mixed emotions of grieving the loss of our baby Kylee and also being overjoyed for the new baby on the way! I had a few good cries in the morning, but the rest of the day on Mother's Day was great!!

My blood pressure has been high and they have been monitoring that. two days ago they found protein in my urine and will be monitoring for that. Then, this morning they did my weight and I gained 2.5 pounds in a week!!! Not sure how that's possible on bedrest as I'm not doing anything! I read somewhere that this could also be a sign of pre-eclampsia. My doctor will come in on Wednesday and will get a game plan in place, I'm sure. We also were scheduled for a birthing class tonight, but I doubt we'll be able to go.

Looking forward to the 28 week milestone, my upcoming birthday on the 25th and the baby shower in the beginning of June. So excited to meet our little one and praying she stays put for awhile.

I've been thinking about all of you ladies and how neat this forum really is!! Keep up the good work, Momma's!!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: momofbabyblue on May 10, 2011 at 03:51 PM
First time checking in & it's late :)

Congrats to Allison!

I'm 27.5 weeks & SO excited about reaching 28 weeks on Friday! I've been on bedrest for 6 weeks w/ a short cervix. I had a cerclage put in at 22 weeks. My cervical length has changed every week I've been on bedrest, some weeks getting shorter and some longer so it has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but I haven't dilated any and the stitch seems to be holding well. I haven't had any contractions or any other signs of impending labor, so I'm just trying to stay calm and keep busy while staying on the couch :)

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow & I'm a little anxious about what my cervix will look like - I had the stomach flu last week and I can't imagine that's good on a weak cervix!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: keewee0630 on May 11, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Sorry I'm so late!  First off...Congratulations Allison!

I'm still here.  36 weeks 4 days.  I had my cerclage removed on Monday the 9th.  Although everyone has different experiences, mine was kind of painful, but I made it through.  Now I just wait to see when my little one will decide to make her appearance into the world.  Had my first weekly appointment yesterday, they did the Step B swab and told me that she could come at any point now.  She said some people have gone the next day, and they have had to induce some at 41 weeks, so now we just wait and see...

Bre...glad your shower went well.  I was sitting the whole time at my shower as well.  It was still fun to see everyone though.

Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 9
Post by: Mom2Z on May 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM
had my appt yesterday morning...they strapped me in for the NST and I promptly almost passed out...felt HORRIBLE...I was able to sit up and a 7 up cured me, but YUCK...anyway, all is well and the cervix is stable..I'm now officially pregnant longer than last yesr...small victories, right?