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Title: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Angela on May 30, 2011 at 09:31 AM
Hello, ladies!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have shared your stories, from your struggles to your victories. I hope you realize how much it means to other women who can see someone who has been where they are, and who is now at 36 weeks or more. Everyone here has certainly experienced difficult times, but there is also an abundance of joy that we can celebrate and that we can let inspire us.

June is just one day away! Looking forward to hearing your updates. Let us know how many weeks along you are, and tell us how you're doing.

Hope you all can join our live chat tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern in The Chat Room. Special guest Pamela McKimie will be joining us for part of the chat to talk about reducing feelings of stress and anxiety during a high-risk pregnancy!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Couchdiva on May 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Hi, I'm still cookin' my little guy.  I've now just reached the 28 week mark yesterday!  Woot!  I'm happy to be at 28 weeks.  It seems the stress is half of what it was when I was put on bedrest at 20 weeks.  I now have a baby that has a fighting chance.  I have my next OB appt tomorrow so we will see how the last two weeks have gone for us.  I'm always nervous going to my appts.  I'll have an internal u/s and a check with my doc.  Hoping things come out good.  Ladies-we've made it another week!  Yeah for all of us!!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: mckoygirl on May 30, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Hello everyone! I'm still here (after my nesting frenzy yesterday) at 34 weeks, 4 days with twins! Whoo-hoo!  :D this marks week 18 of bedrest! Friday I have my regular OB appointment where they'll do the GBS culture/test, and check me for dilation, then I have an US and NST Friday as well (gonna' be a long day Friday!).  Last Friday my kiddos were measured and were 5lbs5oz and 6lbs1oz! I guess I grow them big.  ;D I've been having a lot more contractions lately, still nothing painful, even when they are regular. They've taken me off the procardia as well so I'm just sitting around and waiting.
Sleeping has become nearly impossible except for an hour here or there when I'm utterly exhausted. I think I've been in a cushy daze the last several weeks because I've suddenly realized (over the past two days) how close I am to term for twins (36-38weeks) and how soon I may actually deliver. I have a weird sense of urgency to get things accomplished, and am considerably anxious. It's a much better feeling being anxious NOW than anxious 18 weeks ago!
Good luck everyone and hang in there! The docs (and I) never thought I'd get this far. It's a fabulous feeling!!!!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: pinkpeony on May 30, 2011 at 02:56 PM
This is my 5th day on hospital bedrest. So far time has been just flying by even though I don't try to keep myself busy. It's a good thing, but who knows when this will wear off, as this is only my 5th day...  :)
So far no contraction, no cramping, no fluid leaking, ... so I am just here in bed cooking the baby.

I am 25 weeks and 4 days today. I joined this forum when I was 20 weeks. At that time even the 24 week milestone seemed so distant but hey, I already passed it and am moving toward my next goal - 28th week. I hope I can be one of you who just hit 30-something weeks.... congratulations and keep on going ladies.

Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: flowerchica on May 30, 2011 at 03:40 PM
hey ladies! I am 33 weeks and 4 days today. I still can't believe I have come this far. This weekend I see my perinatologist. Then in two weeks my cerclage comes out. woohoo. For those of you still in the 20's - hang in there. It is a long road but it is totally worth it. I've been on modified bedrest for 2 months and 4 weeks straight. I also had a 3 week bedrest stint in the second trimester!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Marvin on May 30, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Hi!  :) I'm at 29 weeks today, on week 5 of home bedrest. I'm feeling a ton of pressure, but the contractions are not too strong yet (although I'm still having a lot.) Anxious to get out of the 20's. The birthing centre and NICU in my city are moving hospitals this weekend, so I need to make it to next week at minimum - I can't imagine the stress of dealing with a move as well as an early babe, ugh.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: sarahker on May 30, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Hello - I'm 27w3d with twins, and have been on hospital bedrest for the past 3 weeks for short cervix (CL 1.7) and had syptoms of preterm labor.  The contractions have been well controlled by Nifedipene and bedrest, and my CL is holding steady at 1.7.  Initially my physicians had mentioned the possibility of going home at 30 weeks, but now it sounds like they're pushing that out to 32 weeks.  I'm a little concerned about this because I don't really feel like much is actually being done for me here - everything has been stable for the past few weeks, and really all they are doing is monitoring.  I'm also growing increasingly frustrated with the quality of care I'm recieving in the hospital (lost or incorrectly performed labwork, wrong dosage/late medications, etc.), and I'm starting to feel like I could take better care of myself at home - it is certainly making it difficult to maintain a positive outlook.   

Good luck to everyone out there on bedrest, especially those in the hospital - this is certainly an emotionally trying experience.

Best,
Sarahker     
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: kristinenicolle on May 30, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Hi hi 35w1d here. Nothing important to report. Don't have an appt until next Thursday where I'll have my GBS swab done then hopefully the week after will get my cerclage removed & off bed rest! I'm dying to get my hair cut & nails done! Had an appt last Thursday and things were good. CL is 3.1 and doctor says it's up to me whether I want my stitch removed at 36 or 37. I opted for 37 just for peace of mind. I want to be able to say that I've done 24 weeks of bed rest & made it to term :)

Anyways, I hope everyone is doing good!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: tully333 on May 30, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Hi ladies-

   I'll be 28 weeks tomorrow. Thank goodness. I was afraid that the pneumonia was going to ruin everything since i had to sit up to clear my lungs (and breath) plus- all the coughing. So, the aspiration pneumonia is clearing up slowly. The IV antibiotics are making sleep every time I get them but that is fine by me, every day I keep em in is a good day. If I do it by sleepiing the days away, so be it.

mckoygirl-  so happy to hear you are past 34 weeks plus with twins. Very inspiring. When my cervix dropped to .5cm last week and then the pnuemonia a couple days later I just thought this was it. But now I'm feeling more optimistic.

Sarahker- I completely understand. I have been sure for weeks that the hospital was doing more harm than good. It stressed me out, different nurses were good and bad, late everything, bad food, too many interuptions,no fresh air-  but not being able to sleep through the night aggravated all the others.
I started telling my doctor every time I saw him what the issues were that were keeping me from bedresting, as opposed to bedragging. After the pnuemonia, they moved me to a quieter bigger room with a window that opens. For the first time I have slept through the about my medication schedule so i could eliminate being woken up for for meds that could wait a hour. It also helped tremendously. It took consistency and patience, but I now sleep though the night.

   The other thing to know too is, that my cervix held at 1.7cm for weeks, then one scan- last friday it went to .5cm just like that- no contractions, no symptoms.  So then I became happier I was in the hospital with no temptations to cook a little or clean a little or answer the dorrbell etc.  

  Hang in there. I'll try to email you privately, if i can figure out how. I told my doctor i wanted to go home a few weeks ago and luckily he convinced me to stay. Being institutionalized is the hardest part of this and its all mental. I'm sending you positive thoughts- i know its impossible to have them yourself right now,
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: mommadown on May 30, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Hey all!

I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow! Yeah!  Had appt. last Thursday and the doctor did nothing...no US or checking my dilation.  He said they would not stop labor at this point.  Had the steriods at 34 weeks.  Will have NST this Thursday and scheduled for BPP next Thursday.  He lifted my bedrest, so I was officially on bedrest for 10 weeks and in hospital for a total of 5 nights.  Still have some help for this week with my son but plan on no help next week.
I've been having alot of painless contractions(I think...) but they are not consistent.  Wonderful to be able to get out of bed!  Good luck to everyone and stay in bed...it works!
Hoping to make it to at least 38 weeks...was 4cm dilated, 1.7 CL, -1 station and 75% effaced at last check...we will see!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: ReeMichele on May 30, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I'm still here...

35 weeks today and hanging on as well as I can.

My next doc appointment is tomorrow.  If I've gone to 4cm or more, they'll probably induce me.  

At this point I'm just flat out miserable.  Throughout this whole process I've been allowed probably a lot more movement than most, because my cervix was SO stable..it stayed 1.5cm (well, from 1.3cm to 1.5cm) from 22 weeks to 32 weeks.   Once things started changing, though, I've had to be on more restrictive bed rest and it's driving me NUTS.  

My hips hurt, my back hurts, I contract HARD if I even sit up for too long...it's getting so tiring.  You ladies who have had it this hard for the whole time are my heros.  Really.

At any rate, since Logan is now in the range where the doctors aren't worried at ALL about him being born, I'm content with whatever happens.  If they choose to induce me on Tuesday, I will accept that calmly.   I believe the thinking there is that if I am allowed to continue to dilate at home and I get to 100% effaced, I may not have enough time to get to the hospital and none of us wants me to have this baby at home!

Anyway, I'll update again tomorrow...unless I'm busy having a baby! :)  Keep on bakin' those buns, ladies. :)
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: AKmama on May 30, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Hi all,
I was put on home bedrest at 26 weeks due to IC and a CL of 1.4. I had a cerclage placed at 14 weeks and it is definitely doing its job, in fact it's doing ALL the work! Tomorrow I'll be 28 weeks, and I see I'm not alone, several of us have similar due dates  :)
Hopefully the week will go by fast, I have an ultrasound on wednesday to check my cervical length and I'm really nervous. Thursday is my OB appt and glucose test.  
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: jumama on May 30, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Hi everyone I'm now 32 +3 days still holding on with these twins hoping they will keep cookin a few more weeks. I have an appt with my regular ob appt this Friday. Haven't seen the ob since I was put on bedrest, I was only seeing the pernitologist so I won't  see him  for a couple of weeks. At my last appt the boys were weighing 4.5 and 4.3 she they are measuring good and at the 90th percentile. Hope all of you are doing well. Belly rubs.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: babyrom on May 30, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Hello Ladies,  I am new to this forum and new to bed rest. I am 22wk4days and have been on bedrest since week 19 following due to IC and a cerclage placed when m CL measured 1.9.  The first week was the worst!  I was on pins and needles the entire week just hoping to make it through.  In my previous pregnancy I had a cerclage put in at 15 weeks with a long cerivix, but it didn't work out and we lost the baby at 15w6d.  So this time around I feel like we are doing much better since I got through that crucial first week.   I am just counting down the days until we reach the 24 week milestone!  We are getting there.  My doctor has now switched me from weekly appointments and u/s to bi-monthly since everything seems stable.  Not happy about this.  It was my only outing!!  I am going to miss that weekly reassurance, but I know they are close by if I really need them.  So no appointment for me this week.  My next appointment will mark 24 weeks!  Great to hear everyone else's stories.  I don't feel so alone anymore :)
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: mckoygirl on May 30, 2011 at 09:11 PM
babyrom- Welcome! it's great you're already past 22 weeks! Hang in there, set short goals and the time will pass faster & faster, I promise. Your outings will become more frequent a little later. I've been seeing someone every week for the past 4 weeks! On Fridays now I have three appointments!  :-\ Makes for a really long day. Around 32 weeks they started allowing me an outing a week (which I took pretty liberally), and now I basically can do what I feel like doing... (which isn't that much since I'm preggo with twins, measuring 46+weeks and carrying 12lbs of babies around!)  ;)
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Bug on May 30, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Hello Mommas! I'm here at 33 weeks 4 days...tomorrow makes 13 weeks of strict bed rest. Still seeing my OB weekly. This week I see him on Wednesday. I am sooo happy that tomorrow is June. Even though I am not due until July 14th I will be having our baby by week 38. This is my last month...only about 3 or 4 weeks to go! I can't even begin to say how happy I am to be done. The last few weeks have been super hard emotionally and mentally. I want to get up and do something, anything, but I don't want any regrets if she comes early. My husband keeps reminding me that it's like we've been on this huge hike and we're 100 feet from the top of the mountain. How would we feel if we just said "Well, that's good enough!" and just stop doing what we've been doing. We're so close!! If she comes early and I've been faithful on bed rest I know that I won't have any regrets if she has to stay in the NICU. However, I know that I would feel guilty if I didn't do all I could and she did come and have complications.

My doc is planning on removing the cerclage around 37 weeks and thinks I'll deliver right then...since that is the ONLY thing that is keeping her in at this point. My husband wants to wait until 38 weeks...some days I don't know if that is possible. Secretly I want her to come on her own around 36.5 weeks so that I don't have to make that decision. My goal is a healthy baby.

It's amazing to think that our first goal was 24 weeks and thought 32 would be a miracle. Here we sit at almost 34 weeks and it feels like we'll go all the way! As hard as bed rest is at times, it's so worth it!! Keep up the good work. :)
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: lilcapmom on May 31, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Hi all,
I'm still cooking too. I just hit the 27 week mark and am still on hospital bed rest. I'm thankful that I haven't had any contractions or significant problems other than my short cervix. I do sometimes feel like there is not much being done in the hospital that I couldn't do at home, but I understand that if my situation changes and I begin having contractions or other labor symptoms that they can react much more quickly than if I were at home. Still, I sure hope they consider letting me go home and continue bed rest.

Glad to hear so many are doing well. I am anxious to be one of the 30 + weekers. But 27 isso much better than the 23 I started at when I was first admitted to the hospital. 
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Line_DK on May 31, 2011 at 03:57 AM
Dear All,

Still here in my eleventh week of bedrest, now 33+3. I'm going for my final cervix measurement tomorrow and I so hope that it has stayed relatively stabil which would mean that when I reach the full 34 weeks they will lift some restrictions and I will be allowed to go out for example.

I'm not too confident though since I have been feeling a lot of pressure in the pelvic area and have had a feeeling that something is 'hanging out' or stuck (like a tampon ...sorry for the graphic language)- have any of you had this feeling as you have progressed in your pregnancy? I called L&D and talked to a nurse who asked me if I could actually feel the head or feet protruding form the cervix and since I couldn't she dismissed me but I'm thinking would I be able to feel a bulging membrane with my finger?

Crossing my fingers for all you fantastic women in here - holding on.

Best Regards/Line 
 
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Angela on May 31, 2011 at 09:46 AM
Hi, Line.

Congrats on 33 weeks and counting! I do wonder if your membrane could be bulging. How soon is your appointment? You may want to go directly to L&D now, just to be safe. Keep us posted, okay?
Angela
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Kimmd on May 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Hi Ladies,

I am still here :) I am 27 weeks and doing as well as can be expected. I have had increase in back ache which I can assume it comes with the territory of being on bed rest. I have my MFM appointment tomorrow so I am excited to get out for my weekly outing to the drs.

Have any of you felt that you are carrying low? I feel a little pressure when I get up to use the bathroom. One of my drs says that it is normal bc I am funneled to the stitch. What have your experiences been?
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: tully333 on May 31, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Kimmd- I had both symptoms around 26-27 weeks- lower back ache and the feeling of low pressure when I got up to pee- and yes my scan showed I had begun funneling. My doc put me on indomethacin to relax the uterus ( decrease contractions although I only had a handful a day) and decrease the amniotic fluid- the lower twin had too much fluid and was increasing pressure on my cervix. Now I am being really really careful and only standing up to pee and if I feel my belly tighten I wait on my side for it to become relaxed again before I get up. I'll have another scan tonight to see if it's helping to slow the funneling- but I am 28 weeks today- so I'm exciting to make this marker!! Now imam going to try to get to 32.

Also- hot water bottle for lower back pain works great- or a fancy heated water pad.

Good luck
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: BELLABOO12 on May 31, 2011 at 01:21 PM


Hi Everyone- I am 35 wks +1 today!! yiiipppeee!! Thought we would NEVER get here but here we are!  Nothing big to report as of yet.... I have my LAST p17 shot today so thats reason enough to celebrate! I go to the doctor tomorrow and if my fluids are any lower he said he may just admit me until the baby comes.  As of now he is scheduled for a c-section on June 14th- 2 short weeks away!! Although I have felt a little funny and off today so who knows, maybe this little guy will come sooner rather than later....At this point I am just so happy we made it this far.  I will keep you all posted as things progress.  Hope everyone had a very happy Memorial Day weekend and congrats on continuing to cook those babies! :) xo :)
Sarah
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: threacatcher on May 31, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Hi everyone! I am 30 weeks and 3 days today. I woke up 4 days ago and my pajama pants were soaked. I thought my water had broken so we went to L&D and found out that it hadn't. That was definitely a relief, but the doctors don't know why I'm leaking so much random fluid. Last night I ended up in L&D again because I was having contractions every two minutes, and they were lasting a minute each. Luckily they gave me niphedipine which helped me get some sleep last night. At my doctor's appointment this morning, baby girl looked fine and my fluid levels are still high which is a great reassurance. My cervix is still funneling though. =/ They still don't think I'm going to make it past 32 weeks. I'm just hoping for more than 2 hours of sleep at a time.
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: nadrobertson on May 31, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Hi all I'm still here, will be 35 weeks tomorrow! At my last appt last week, the doc said I didn't have to come in this week that whatever happens now is fine, they won't stop labor. Which still seems so premature to me! But, so glad to be out of the woods and to have made it this far- this is 7th week of bedrest for short cervix and positive fFn. I'm now dilated to 3 cm. So I'll go in again next week just before 36 week mark and see if anything else has changed! I am very curious to see what will happen now and when she'll decide to make her appearance...
It would be nice to have a few more weeks, as my bedrest has pretty much been lifted but I'm not totally back to normal yet. I'm still taking it pretty easy since I get soooo tired if I do anything. I've had several outings, usually just one a day- have gotten a manicure, pedicure, facial, waxing (I had gotten so hairy!), now I just need to get my hair done so I don't look like cruella de vil with my gray streak anymore! Usually I wouldn't be doing so many salon type things, but I just really want to feel like a girl again! I also got to go out to dinner with girlfriends which was so yummy and fun!
I'm heading back to work later this week, on light duty - so that will be really interesting to see how that goes! Then back to normal routine at home I think this weekend with my toddler and trying to clean the house up after doing no housework for so long. Husband has been doing a good job at not letting it get too bad.
Congrats to everyone else who's made it this far and hang in there for those of you just starting it out it's so hard but so worth it!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: kghughes on May 31, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Hey ladies!  I'm officially off bedrest because.... Abigail Grace was born last night!  We were induced for pre-eclampsia at 39 weeks. Labor was about 36 hours of cervical ripening and pitocin.  We managed to birth without the epidural (the cardiologists never even CHECKED on me.... silly).  I did get two doses of IV meds to take the edge off, but we're still happy with that, because Abby was born  at 9lbs 10 oz and 20.5 inches long.  Phew!  Quite sore and stitched up, but happy that my baby girl is here and we're both relatively unscathed :-)  Thank you all so much for all of your support while on this adventure!! I know there is a long road to recovery, but now I can do it with my whole family :-)
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: mckoygirl on May 31, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Hey ladies!  I'm officially off bedrest because.... Abigail Grace was born last night!  We were induced for pre-eclampsia at 39 weeks. Labor was about 36 hours of cervical ripening and pitocin.  We managed to birth without the epidural (the cardiologists never even CHECKED on me.... silly).  I did get two doses of IV meds to take the edge off, but we're still happy with that, because Abby was born  at 9lbs 10 oz and 20.5 inches long.  Phew!  Quite sore and stitched up, but happy that my baby girl is here and we're both relatively unscathed :-)  Thank you all so much for all of your support while on this adventure!! I know there is a long road to recovery, but now I can do it with my whole family :-)

Congratulations!!!!! What a BIG baby!  :o you did an amazing job growing her.  ;D Sorry your labor took so long, but I'm pretty proud of you birthing a 9lb10oz baby without an epidural. That's deserves bragging rights!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Angela on May 31, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Kristen,
Congratulations on the arrival of Abigail Grace! What a beautiful name. Way to go, mama. I am so happy for you! And 39 weeks, even. Wow!

I love your attitude! Yes, the recovery from preeclampsia can be long and frustrating, but you're right about having your WHOLE family with you.  ;D  Be sure they keep a close eye on you at the hospital, and don't hesitate to report any new symptoms that pop up (new swelling, pain under your right rib, bleeding gums, headaches, visual disturbances), since the risks of preeclampsia remain 6 weeks postpartum.

Sending positive thoughts your way! Big hugs,
Angela
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: Mommy_haley on June 01, 2011 at 04:52 PM
I'm a little late for Monday Roll call.  With the holiday and all, I forgot! 

I am now at 28 weeks 6 days, almost 29!!! That feels like such an accomplishment from where I started at 23 weeks.  I was supposed to have an OB apptment yesterday, but it got rescheduled due to docs stomach virus.  Ick!!!  Its tomorrow now.  I don't think she will check me, just measure and listen to babys hb.  I am planning on signing up for the tubal tomorrow, though!  I do NOT want to go through this experience again!

Its been a fairly quiet week, thankfully.  I am going stir crazy from time to time and I do have meltdowns every few days, but thats to be expected.  Braxton hicks throughout the night are quite common now, but they tend to quiet down during the daytime hours.  I am having more difficulty sleeping now and its harder to get comfortable.  I guess thats just part of getting bigger!

I'm very excited to see only two more months until August, the due date month!  It makes it seem so much closer!
Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: momofbabyblue on June 01, 2011 at 06:23 PM
I'm here and still cookin' at 30 weeks 5 days!! I've had a couple of encouraging doctor appointments in a row and that has been such a boost to my state of mind. I'm still funneled to the stitch, but not dilated or contracting! Baby measures right on track and they think she weighs almost 4 lbs :) I only have one more appointment w/ my MFM docs and then I will only be seeing my regular OB until baby comes!

Title: Re: Monday Roll Call for May 31st
Post by: clem726 on June 01, 2011 at 09:01 PM
36 weeks today!!
sorry im a few days late checking in but it has been a busy weekend. we moved into our new house this weekend so i am glad that is all done before anthony decides to make his appearance.. been having some contractions that are close apart but then they get further apart so who knows whats going on. my doctor has decided they will not do anything to stop him from coming at this point so its really a waiting game im just glad i made it this far from being put on bedrest at 27 weeks. the extreme heat is not helping much.. hope everyone else is doing well, and congrats to any births this past week..