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Title: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on April 23, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Hello,

My first post here. I had 20 week ultrasound on 17th April 2014. Diagnosed with short cervix of 2.2 cm and 1.8 cm with funnelling. Radiologist advised to take it easy till 24th April so I can see my doctor.

After returning home, I did lot of research and have been on bed rest. Doing very little housework. Hardest part is not being able to pick up my 3 year old who has always been a mommy's girl.

I have been worrying myself to death until I found this forum. All the stories have been so inspirational. I feel that there is light at the end.

I will see the doctor tomorrow and discuss what needs to be done. Thankfully my husband and parents-in-laws have been very helpful. And I do not work outside the house. But bed rest is definitely harder than it looks. What do you guys do to kill the time? I have 17 weeks to go.

Would love to keep in touch.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: notanotherloss on April 23, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Hi, I'm from Montreal too. 24 weeks today. Have been on bed rest for 7 weeks now. Had a cerclage put in at 17 weeks and my cervix now measures 11mm.
Yes bed rest is tough, but it seems it is doing us a good job. I miss playing with my 4 year old son and giving my 8mm year daughter more attention,  but they seem to understand.  My husband works full time but when he is in the house he is all supportive. Unfortunately we have no family here but friends help.
I read a lot,  check into this amazing site and watch some movies,  but most of the day cartoons are on for my son  ;).
Hang on there... the first few weeks are the hardest,  but after that you will find a way to manage  :D
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on April 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Ok this is weird....I'm from Montreal too...maybe something was in the water?!  I live in New York now but born and bred in Montreal. I am not on strict bed rest but was told to take it easy and I can go to work as long as I sit at work. This is my fourth pregnancy and I have a history of four premmees.  This time though its the first time I had a cerclage put in. I hope you have good drs there because I'm so glad to be out of Canada with medical issues. Are any of you on meds or progesterone? Wondering if Canadians have any other medications than us Americans?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: notanotherloss on April 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM
I'm on prometrium 200 mg vaginally since week 16.
this is my 5th pregnancy.  I lost number 2 for PROM and number 4 for PTL at 22 weeks. My doctor is the best. She is one of those who listen and take the time to explain things.
Try to take it easy at work, and when you are home keep your feet up  ;)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on April 24, 2014 at 12:23 AM
May be something is in the water :)

I am not on any medication at the moment, just folic acid and baby aspirin.

Bed rest seemed boring a bit but it is definitely getting better.  I have watched few movies in a week and read some books.

At least I am getting some rest this pregnancy. With my daughter jumping up and down all the time, it was hard to squeeze in some rest before.

Will post tomorrow what the doctor says. Hopefully they will do another ultrasound.

I am being followed at St. Justine. Where are you followed?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: ancmomma on April 24, 2014 at 01:07 AM
I'm now at 25 w, 3 d and was diagnosed with a short cervix at 24 w, 2 d. Bedrest is definitely not easy, but just thankful it's modified bedrest this time around, since my first pregnancy, I was put on both strict bedrest at home, then at the hospital. With a 2 1/2 year old, very active toddler, it's definitely been an adjustment, but I, too, have wonderful help with my parents while my hubby's working and my hubby's been great when he is home, too.

My daughter keeps me entertained when she's not running around playing with my parents during the day, and I've been doing a lot of web reading/ surfing during the day, and been keeping myself occupied with movies/ tv at night when my pg insomnia kicks in! I find focusing in on the goal of making it full-term (we are shooting to make it to 37 w!) and staying in touch with my girlfriends has really helped to keep my spirits up and knowing it's ok to vent when my emotions are running crazy. Having a very understanding hubby is a big help, also, because he does know how I really want to be up and moving!

Hang in there and keep us updated...you can do it! :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on April 24, 2014 at 07:48 AM
Prachi, I live right behind st Justine's! What a small world. Now I'm in New York. I have a cerclage now and my doctor decided not to put me on progesterone shots because last pregnancy it didn't seem to work. Did your dr consider that med? I'm also on indocin for when contractions get really bad. Am I the only one with short cervix and contractions?!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: notanotherloss on April 24, 2014 at 03:13 PM
I'm being followed at the Jewish General Hospital.  St. Justin is very French for me :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on April 24, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Are you happy with care in jgh?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on April 24, 2014 at 03:54 PM
I had another ultrasound today. Cervix is 1.7 cm now. According to the doctor, it is stable. She has prescribed me progesterone and bed rest. I am allowed to use the bathroom, have shower and meals with everyone in the evening. Can recline on the sofa. No intercourse of course. And they will measure again in 2 weeks.

No cerclage at the moment.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on April 24, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Are you happy with care in jgh?

Oh yes! I am very happy there. I was followed at the same place by the same staff in 2010 for my first pregnancy. So, this time it is more like meeting old friends who have news to share and ask questions about my daughter.

And they are very thorough with the care they provide. Always answer any questions and explain the treatment.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: notanotherloss on April 24, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Are you happy with care in jgh?
So far they seem very professional and attending to any reported issue. I was followed before at St. Mary's and I love the team there, but they do not have a high risk unit or NICU.  So this is why I was transferred to JGH
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on April 24, 2014 at 06:07 PM

I was born in st Mary's after my other was on bed rest there for a while.
I know the feeling. I was in the same hospital three times over in NYC. Each time I came back they all remembered me...i still remember the nurses that I liked!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 07, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Yey 23 weeks today. Can't wait for 24 weeks.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on May 07, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Same here 23 weeks and counting...I can't wait to 36 though!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 07, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Same here. I have a countdown going on my iPad. 7 days to 24, 97 to 37 weeks. :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 07, 2014 at 09:06 AM
How are you doing Evelyn?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on May 07, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Burned out from bedrest honestly....I cheated a lot..went for ice cream with kids...coffe with husband...waxing...contractions not as bad as before tho. How r u?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 07, 2014 at 11:22 AM
I am ok. Cervix length check tomorrow. Hopefully there will be good news or at least no change. I will still stay on bed rest though at least till 28 weeks even if it is self imposed. But yes it will be so good to be out of the house. I have  only been to the hospital twice since April 17th. Thankfully weather is still not that great, so I am not missing out. How is the weather in NY?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 08, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Had the ultrasound today. Length is 20mm. Increase of 3mm since 2 weeks ago. So, it is stable. Doctor advised to continue bed rest and prometrium and will see again in 4 weeks. No more ultrasounds will be done to check the length.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 14, 2014 at 08:23 AM
24 weeks today. First goal done. Next goal is 26 weeks.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on May 14, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Prachi, congrats on making it this far!!!  We can do this   :) :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Zoe on May 14, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Prachi - Big congratulations on 24wks!!!
Keep resting - you're doing really well x
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: MakeupMomma on May 14, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Hi Ladies, I am 24 weeks tomorrow. I had a FF test today and it came back positive. Have any of you had one yet? Cervix is the longest its been in ages and stitch is holding up well, but amniotic fluid is just below normal, baby is breech, and now had a positive FF test. Just curious if any of you have had any of these issues... Praying to get to 26 weeks too, am hopeful : )
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on May 14, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Actually mine turned out positive with a previous pregnancy and didnt deliver for weeks....and turned out negative with another pregnancy and I delivered the next day...really to accurate with me that's for sure
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on May 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM
I had a positive FFn on April 28th. The frustrating thing with the test is it is only truly helpful if you get a negative! Positive means we'll have our babies early, but when is unknown. I would just continue to rest and not cheat! I also heard the results are only good for 2 weeks. My dr didn't take another test for me but maybe I should ask at my next visit.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 15, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Yes, we can do it!!

I never took the FFN test but I read that the negative result is the most accurate, almost 97%. And in many cases, positive result accuracy depends on the way the test is done. But no result is 100% accurate.

Best of luck.

I would really like some ideas on passing time. What are you guys doing these days? Before I use to read a lot but I seem to lack focus now for reading.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on May 16, 2014 at 02:39 PM
It is hard to stay focused.  I have books, movies, Netflix, and I really shouldn't complain because I can actually telework during the day, which takes up many hours.  I did find that my calendar/journal really keeps me focused.  I'm not really one to journal but I like making tiny notes about the day, who visited, etc.  I asked my husband to get us a new address book because I'm terrible with keeping it up and haven't created/upgraded for years.  I think that will keep me busy for the weekend.  I also shop, like crazy, online. Not that I can buy anything!  I can't think of much else to do.  I have visitors, which is nice, but I have a very small bedroom which makes it awkward for everyone to sit on the bed!  What else is there for us to do?!  I am terribly undomesticated so knitting, crafting, recipes are out of the question.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 17, 2014 at 07:46 PM
I am just like you. Not much interest in knitting, etc.

However I am learning to clean the house better on YouTube. I got these ultimate cloths online. Just use water and they do not leave any marks on glass or mirror.

I watched movie Julie and julia and now I am interested in French cooking. Let us see how long this lasts :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: tashy77 on May 18, 2014 at 04:12 PM
What kind of countdown app do you use? 
It's so helpful to read about all of the milestones, my next one is 28 weeks  :). A friend of mine has offered to throw me a shower. I have no family out here so I was very surprised and happy with her offer- something to look forward to.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 18, 2014 at 04:28 PM
App is called T-zero. I created three displays. You can create different displays.

Very nice of your friend to offer.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 21, 2014 at 08:39 AM
25 weeks today. Yay!!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Angela on May 22, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Yay for 25 and counting! How have you been feeling?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I am doing well. My husband took sometime off this week, so time just flew by. How are you?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM
26 weeks today. 12 more to go :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on May 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Same here...just a few days ahead!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on May 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM
That's great. I will be able to relax a bit more when I hit 32 weeks. 41 days to go for that.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on May 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM
My first goal is 28 ...small goals r ore manageable ...but of course hoping and praying for 36....going on to hi risk dr to find out how cervix is doing...hoping he won't put me on strict bedrest!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Angela on May 29, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Evelyn: Let us know how the appointment goes! Positive thoughts...
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: evelyn on May 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Thanks! Just came back from hi risk and ulnar ob appointment...thank g-d cervix is stable so my contractions seem to be not affecting the cervix for now. The real test is the next three weeks when I usually went into labor with other three pregnancies. Hoping for the best and that cerclage this time is doing its job....thanks for the positive thoughts!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on June 04, 2014 at 08:17 AM
27 weeks today!! Only 10 more to go!

Feeling happy :)

Appointment at the hospital tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on June 04, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Yay, you made it!  Congrats.  Here's to several more weeks.  You're doing great. :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on June 04, 2014 at 08:28 PM
I really want to raise a glass of champagne :) Got to wait few more months.

How is your son doing?
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on June 05, 2014 at 09:22 PM
I'll have a glass for you!  Oliver is doing well, considering his size and age.  Just the last few days I noticed he has stalled in his progress.  This evening, the doctor ordered a blood transfusion because they believe he may have anemia, which could be causing his heart rate to run high, his weight to stall, and his breathing to be a little shallow.  They say this will give him a boost since his red blood cells may not be producing quickly enough.  I really have faith that he is going to be fine and that he is in the best care.  Other than this, he really has been doing great - eating well and no major issues.  I'm so glad you made it to 27 weeks.  Is there any way your doctors can tell how much your baby weighs?  I just kept wishing I was able to fatten him up in the whom :)  28 is a great milestone so you are almost there.  Thanks for asking about Oliver - he's my little miracle.  Happy resting!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on June 07, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Oliver is a warrior. How much he weighs now? Did the doctors say how long he has to stay in the hospital?

I will have another ultrasound in few weeks to check the weight. But my uterus is exactly at 27 weeks. So, I am guessing just over 2lbs.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on June 07, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Today is 3 weeks since he was born and now he weighs 2.4 (from 1.15). It is slow going but at least it is increasing! We are told to expect his stay to last until his due date - Aug 16. Since you're getting more ultrasounds, do you get to see the 3d images? I thought that was so neat! You're almost at the rapid weight gain part :) 2lbs now is great.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on June 09, 2014 at 09:49 AM
They do not do the 3d ultrasounds here as it is all paid by the taxes and considered to be "free". Some private places in montreal I know do offer it. But we never had one done.

I am almost 28 weeks now. So, yes it is time for rapid weight gain. I already feel so big. But I also know that it is a privilege to be in 3rd trimester. This pregnancy is just so different than my first. I never thought about counting weeks with my daughter. All I remembered was the due date. Every time in will go to the hospital, they told me I was in this week and I would say ok.

This time I am counting days, weeks and months. Every single day is a blessing.

2.4lbs is good weight for 30 weeks. I am sure he will keep gaining.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on June 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Yes, every day is a blessing! My nurses said each day in the womb is 3 days less in the nicu. I don't know if there is truth to that but I liked hearing it! I still can't believe I'm not pregnant anymore, since I planned my whole summer to be big and feeling him kick. But, all is turning out better and better with my son. He weighed 2.7 tonight.

You are almost at 28! I'm so glad for you.  :D
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on June 11, 2014 at 08:56 AM
28 weeks today. I have started to have the restless leg syndrome plus I keep getting cramps in my legs during the night, making it harder to sleep. I am still tired in the mornings. Last night was really bad.

Linda, yey for Oliver. He will be home in no time. I also read the same thing about 1 day in womb equals 3 less days in NICU.

Evelyn, are you still there? Let us know how you are doing.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on July 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Finally off the bed rest. Had NST yesterday and it went well. Doctor said that I can be start to move more. Just don't go for 3 hour shopping trips :)

Finished 34 weeks. I cannot believe that I was on bed rest for almost 100 days. It was hard but we made it.

My cesarean is on August 28th.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Nicoleclark on July 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Congratulations on 34 weeks and having your life back! You did great and should be proud!! Gives me much inspiration!
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Prachi on July 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Thank you. I can tell you that I had it very easy, no contractions or bleeding. I am a bit scared now though as I do not know how to take it easy or how to start. I still have not done anything again today except getting ready :)
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: lmj1979 on July 25, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Prachi, that is so good to hear!!!  Your baby is lucky to have such a strong mommy.  No one says you have to get back to the normal routine so quickly.  Just take your time and enjoy getting ready for little one's arrival!  Way to go ;)



Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Nicoleclark on July 25, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Do whatever feels comfortable to you. Don't push yourself and enjoy the time you have left carrying your precious little one.
Title: Re: Hi from Montreal!
Post by: Batting200 on August 25, 2014 at 12:58 AM
Hi Prachi! Your big day is almost here! How are you feeling? Have you been able to spend more time with your daughter before the little one's arrival?
I delivered last Monday - ended up going to C-Section (again) - but he's healthy !!! And we're slowly transitioning from every 1 h cluster feeding (which he decided would be best to cluster from 7pm to 6am...but I'm so happy to not be in the NICUagain and actually breastfeeding my baby instead of pumping 12 times a day...so I'm not complaining!) I posted a pic of him on my original post thread.
In a weird way, I think being on bedrest made the transition easier for my 2yo. Mommy was already out of commission, so now that I'm always feeding the baby, she doesn't get too jealous (it's like an extension of my 'disability' - ha!)
I hope all goes well on the 28th! I'll be thinking about you!