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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 18, 2017
« on: September 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM »
Hello, ladies!

How is everyone doing? How many weeks are you? Any surprise trips to L&D last week? And who is holding smooth and steady?

I just wanted to say a quick word about preeclampsia today. I never expected that I would get it, and no one ever does. It can come on quickly, so I want to encourage all of you to keep an eye out for its symptoms: high blood pressure, protein in the urine, hyperactive reflexes, pain under the right rib, sudden swelling, sudden weight gain, nausea or vomiting, shoulder pain, vision changes (spots, blurriness), headache, lower back pain, racing pulse, confusion, shortness of breath or chest pain. You can learn more at www.Preeclampsia.org. If you have ANY of these symptoms, report them to your doctor right away.

Looking forward to your updates!

Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 11, 2017
« on: September 18, 2017 at 10:29 AM »
Oh, , Jessica. That sounds absolutely horrible.  :'( I can't imagine. I truly hope that you're not in pain today. Hopefully you're are feeling better and can start to get excited. You made it to term! You really did it!

Please do keep me up to date, even if it's to say you are still cookin'. Maybe you can post an update on today's roll call. Even when no one responds, we still have many of our ladies reading the posts. Positive thoughts coming your way for a safe and speedy delivery.  :-*

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Hoping
« on: September 16, 2017 at 02:00 PM »
Yes, the race where you see the finish line but never get any closer to it! Great way to describe it. I was on bedrest for 6 weeks for my daughter (Baby #1) and then 16 weeks for my son. With my daughter I was dilated 1 or 2 cm from 33 weeks on. I forget exactly how it progressed with my son, but it seems like I held out for about a month at the end at 3 to 4 cm dilated. I couldn't believe I was STILL cookin'.

Happy to hear you are holding steady. "Steady" is really the best word you can expect in this situation. Once you get your c-section date, maybe you could make a visual "count down" to Baby Day. Here are some ideas from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/pregnancy-countdown/?lp=true

Keep us posted on how you're doing and let us know how it goes when you get home this week!

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Hoping #hospitalbedrest
« on: September 15, 2017 at 02:03 PM »
Hi, Biscuitsmom! Forgive me for missing your post until now. How have the last few days been?

I am so sorry you are going through this constant stress and pain. I can relate somewhat, with 8 hospital visits for contractions with my daughter, and with my son I lost count after something like 12. I was lucky in that they didn't hurt much, but it was enough to kick the anxiety into high gear. If it helps to know, I delivered my daughter at 39 weeks and my son at 39+3... after all that and a short cervix!

I've seen many moms worry about going home. Hospital bedrest is horrible (!!!) but there is some sense of safety being there.

I had that same question about how the heck will I know when it is the real deal. The nurse who I got to know VERY well said to come in any time the contractions are 10 minutes or less apart, or if something seems different. In your case with the pain you've had, that may be tough to recognize. If you have any doubts, call your OB's office. They get calls all the time from mom's wondering if they are in labor. They are there to help.

Positive thoughts coming your way!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 11, 2017
« on: September 15, 2017 at 01:51 PM »
Hi, Jessica! How did the removal go? You could meet your sweetie any day now! Or it could be another 3 weeks... I've seen both happen!  ;) Keep me posted on how you're doing. Big hugs!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 11, 2017
« on: September 11, 2017 at 12:49 PM »
I thought I'd do a fun question this week, to help keep you focused on the end goal: What do you dream of doing with your baby someday? Is there a certain activity? A hobby you'd like to share? A place to go? Tell us!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 4, 2017
« on: September 11, 2017 at 12:43 PM »
Jensine449: Whoohoo! I'm hoping that by now you have had a safe and speedy delivery! So happy for you!!!!

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Any updates? We'd love to hear from you!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 4, 2017
« on: September 07, 2017 at 11:10 AM »
Way to go, BabyB#2! So close to the finish line!

A question for all of you ladies: When you are in bed, are you above the covers or below the covers during the day? I ask because I'm working on a children's book about bedrest with another bedrest mama.

Also, which title do you like better:
1) Stuck In Bed: The pregnancy bed rest book for kids … with tips for moms.
2) Stuck In Bed: Helping kids understand pregnancy bed rest  … with tips for moms.
3) Stuck In Bed: The pregnancy bed rest picture book for kids … and moms.

Thank you!


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Hi, Skarnik. Welcome to the group!

Have you met our new member Desparatemom? Here's her post: http://forum.keepemcookin.com/index.php?topic=4313.0 She's also expecting twins.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 1, 2017
« on: September 05, 2017 at 08:38 AM »
I am SO excited for both of you and how far you have come with your pregnancies! Please keep checking in and let us know when you deliver! If you feel comfortable, feel free to post baby pix on our Facebook page! Big hugs to all!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 4, 2017
« on: September 04, 2017 at 01:50 PM »
It's Labor Day in the U.S. today. Mostly I'm a fan of labor days when Mom is at least 37 weeks along.  ;) So it's the last unofficial day of summer here, with the kids starting school tomorrow. Do any of you already have kids? I can't wait for you to have the experience of taking those "First Day of School" pictures! Do it when you'd be getting up for a bathroom break anyway. And I wish the same someday for all of you moms-to-be!

I'm looking forward to your updates! I hope to be more involved with KEC again once we're back into our school year routine. We should be starting the Live Chat again beginning next Tuesday. I will let you all know!

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 28, 2017
« on: September 01, 2017 at 11:21 AM »
Congratulations, Candice! I am so happy to hear your little girl is doing well and joyfully at home! You did it, mama!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 21, 2017
« on: September 01, 2017 at 11:19 AM »
Congratulations, Sally! I am so VERY VERY happy for you!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 28, 2017
« on: August 28, 2017 at 11:09 AM »
Today I want to share some wisdom from my late grandma:

Don't meet trouble halfway.
Let it travel the full distance,
because something usually happens to it before it arrives.


Anxiety and worry seem to be such a common part of bedrest. There's just too much time to think about all that might go wrong! Try not to get trapped in that kind of thinking. Instead, feel confident knowing that you are doing all you can to keep your baby (or babies) safe.

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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