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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short Cervix at 26 weeks
« on: November 13, 2017 at 04:07 PM »
Hi, Taylor!

I have lots of positive responses from our moms on Facebook! Here you go:

Naomi: Mine was shorter than that at this point, and baby stayed in full-term!! X3 pregnancies now! I blogged about the pregnancies, as well as their birth stories on our family blog. Hope it’s encouraging! http://www.naomisahlstrom.com/pregnancy-update-22-weeks/

Claire Booth
: Yes! This was me. Bed rest & medical advice re progesterone and hopefully you will get to 33 weeks like us ???? good luck!

Lidice: Mine was 2.1cm and funnelling but we managed to get full term! Bed rest and progesterone!

Ashley: I was at .5 cm at 25 weeks and held on until 39 weeks with full bed rest and progesterone. <3 Good luck mama

Vanessa: I fluctuated between low to mid 2’s my whole pregnancy. Made it to 38weeks, even being 4cm dilated and 80% effaced at 35 weeks!

Megan: I was under 1cm at 24 weeks with twins. Made it to 35 weeks w bed rest and progesterone. My success story babies turn 4 at the end of the month.






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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 14, 2017
« on: November 13, 2017 at 09:22 AM »
Hello, my dears!

Friday is World Prematurity Day! If you have a blog or a social media account, write or share a post about it.  Anyone can follow along on Twitter (#WorldPrematurityDay) and Facebook, starting with the March of Dimes (https://twitter.com/modhealthtalk; https://www.facebook.com/marchofdimes), who will lead you to other blogs, tweets and posts.

I hope to see ALL of you in the Chat Room tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern. Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

--Angela

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short Cervix at 26 weeks
« on: November 12, 2017 at 11:43 AM »
Hi, Taylor! I'm sorry I missed your post until now. You will see on here that we have had many women with a short cervix like yours make it to term when they're getting good care. It sounds like you and your OB are on top of it with progesterone suppositories and modified bedrest.

In my case, my cervix was 1.5 at 24 weeks. I had preterm labor with my first pregnancy, so I was getting the progesterone shots as a preventative measure starting at 16 weeks. Still, my cervix was shortening. So at 24 weeks I went on modified bedrest. I had several rounds of preterm labor, and I always went to the hospital to get checked out. I guess my biggest piece of advice is to listen to what your body is telling you, and never hesitate to call your OB with any questions or concerns.

Is this your first pregnancy?

Try to stay positive. You could still have many weeks of pregnancy ahead of you!


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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Wheelchair with cerclage
« on: November 12, 2017 at 11:15 AM »
Hi, SamRose.

We have a few more responses for you, from some of our Twitter bedrest moms:

@Kaymo_Ma says:
I used it each time I went for appointments. Was on complete bed rest. Carried baby to nearly 38 weeks.

@lostgirl0983 says:
I haven’t needed it yet for appts, but I have used one so I could get out briefly with my husband and start a layaway for Christmas. I do have my hubs drop me off at the door now. No parking lots for me anymore.


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Let me know how the scan goes! Positive thoughts coming your way...

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 3.2 at 16.4 weeks
« on: November 06, 2017 at 12:27 PM »
LBH4,
You've got to check this out. I posted your question on our Facebook page and we had about 20 moms like you share their success stories! Check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin/posts/10155207850559072?comment_id=10155208511859072&notif_id=1509907642038022&notif_t=feed_comment

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 6, 2017
« on: November 06, 2017 at 12:11 PM »
“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
-- Margaret Thatcher


And you will get your own way, ladies! One day at a time...   ;) As always, let us know how you're doing!

I hope to see ALL of you in the Chat Room tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern. We had a great time last week!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
--Angela

Live chat: Join us every Tuesday at 2 pm Eastern time/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Safety of vistaril
« on: November 05, 2017 at 03:42 PM »
It's been a while since you posted an update. How are you doing?

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My story- back for round two!
« on: November 05, 2017 at 03:39 PM »
Hi, Kmuss.

Just checking in to see how you and your family are doing.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for october 30, 2017
« on: October 31, 2017 at 09:51 AM »
Hi, kelsknob! Please do stop by the Live Chat today. Looking forward to getting to know you! http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for october 30, 2017
« on: October 30, 2017 at 10:58 AM »
Hello, ladies!

For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and particularly those on bedrest, you're so focused on NOT delivering your baby that you may not think much about delivery. I wanted to share this quote on the power of giving birth, and to reassure you that you will be ready whenever the time comes!

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” – author Marcie Macari

I hope to see ALL of you in the Chat Room tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
--Angela

Live chat: Tuesdays at 2! Join us every Tuesday at 2 pm Eastern time/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My story- back for round two!
« on: October 26, 2017 at 10:04 AM »
K,
Oh, my goodness. I am so sorry you and Caleb and your family are going through this. Hopefully they found it early enough to give him a very good chance of beating this. He WILL beat this! It sounds like his doctors are being very proactive and doing all they can. I'll be praying for you all.

It's good to hear that things are going well with Abigail. I was just telling Natg yesterday that she has learned so much about high-risk pregnancy that she can stay on top of it. Same for you. I think you both will know when to call your OB and how to listen to what your bodies are telling you.

 I can't imagine the stress you are facing. I know you are completely focused on your children right now, but can I encourage you to find some time for yourself? Even some deep breathing exercises for 10 minutes, and some light stretching if your doctor says it's okay. It's going to be so important to give your mind a break. Again, I am so sorry your family and Caleb are facing this.

Would you ladies like to do a Live Chat on Tuesdays at 2 like we used to? Attendance was slim to none over the summer so I haven't done it in a while. We have maybe four or five other active members, so maybe we can pull a group together again. Please let me know.

Hugs!

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Pregnancy Complications / Re: Doctors pushing me to get up now?
« on: October 25, 2017 at 10:24 AM »
Hi, mkille. It's been awhile since we've heard from you. How are things going? Let us know if you're still cookin'. Sending positive thoughts!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Where to begin?
« on: October 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM »
Hi, Andrea.

It has been a long time since you're last update. How are things going?

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You're back! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm guessing your excited but probably a bit nervous, too. One of the best indicators of how your pregnancy will go will be your cervix length at around 18 to 20 weeks. Do you have an ultrasound scheduled for that already --  it's usually called the "growth scan." You're a pro, so you probably remember that.  ;)

With all of your experience, you will be empowered! You are going to do great. I hope you'll check in for this week's Monday Roll Call, and you could send people to this post so they can get to know you.

Talk soon!

--Angela

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