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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 33 Weeks, Day 25 of bed rest
« on: September 21, 2018 at 09:08 PM »
Hi, Chelsea.
I completely understand how you're feeling and I know many moms here have felt those same emotions. The guilt, feeling like you failed somehow and that feeling of just wanting it all to be over. A high-risk pregnancy wears you down emotionally, no doubt. Then the things you would normally do to lift your mood (like exercise, shopping, going out with friends) are all off limits. No one knows how hard it is.

If you can accept what is out of your hands, that helps. I wish I had done that so much earlier.

It also helps to control what you CAN: eating well, inviting friends over, and checking in with your OB whenever you have ANY concerns. Are you checking your blood pressure at home? I had pre-e and the symptoms worsened quickly. Not to be a negative Nellie! Ask your family to keep an eye on you too for any symptoms: https://bit.ly/2opsa99

One other suggestion for helping your stress might be to check out the book called "Pregnancy Brain." The author is a friend and colleague of mine and the book is all about managing stress during a high-risk pregnancy. She has some exercises that you can do right then and there to shift what your body is experiencing. Here's a link: https://amzn.to/2xGp6ef 

I'm glad you reached out to us! Keep us posted, okay? (((hugs)))

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Cerclage or no cerclage
« on: September 20, 2018 at 02:05 PM »
Hello, vtmama.

Did you decide to get the cerclage? How have you been? Is your cervix length holding steady?

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Short cervix
« on: September 20, 2018 at 02:02 PM »
Hey there, Smittymelly! My old friend! Thanks for joining this post.

Miffer: How are you feeling? How have your OB appointments been going?

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pprom at 25+6
« on: September 20, 2018 at 02:01 PM »
I just came across this blog post from just a few days ago. I think it will offer you some hope.

The author wrote:
"Sebastian was born at 29 weeks 5 days, weighing at 3 lbs 5.6 oz. He is a PROM survivor. My water broke at 16 weeks on May 02, 2018. He was born 08/04/2018."

https://www.shanneva.com/bed-rest/ Please scroll down to the story about Sebastian.


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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pprom at 25+6
« on: September 20, 2018 at 01:47 PM »
You must be so emotionally and physically drained with all you've been through the past few weeks and now the PPROM.  :( What are the docs telling you so far? Any signs of infection? I'm guessing they're giving you antibiotics to avoid that. How are your fluid levels? The amniotic fluid continues to be produced, so hopefully they will stay steady. Thank goodness your cervix is closed!

How are you keeping busy in the hospital? Are you having visitors? I hope you're staying social, even if you don't feel like it. Being around other people will help to keep you positive and motivated.

Let us know how you are doing. Positive thoughts coming your way!

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: 4cm dilated 75% effaced 29+2
« on: September 20, 2018 at 01:42 PM »
Hi! I am sorry you have had such a tough time with your pregnancies. I'm guessing your OB will be keeping a close eye on you, which is certainly an advantage this time around. You're also doing a great job staying in tune with what you're feeling and getting checked out. Keep it up! In this group, I have seen several women go on for another month or more with dilating to 4 cm. Sending you positive thoughts that you'll get there, too!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 25 weeks & bulging waterbag
« on: September 20, 2018 at 01:34 PM »
How are you doing? What has been going on the past few weeks?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 17, 2018
« on: September 17, 2018 at 01:18 PM »
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!

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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 September 10, 2018
« on: September 11, 2018 at 06:00 PM »
We're live in the Chat Room. http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 10, 2018
« on: September 11, 2018 at 04:00 PM »
Hi, Quapamama.
Big congrats on 31 weeks and counting! I took my daughter for a walk around the neighborhood the day I got home. I couldn't wait to get outside. Maybe you'll get some cute fall photos with the changing leaves with her when she arrives (in several weeks, of course!).

Positive thoughts coming your way!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 10, 2018
« on: September 10, 2018 at 12:43 PM »
Hi, ladies!
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 / Monday Roll Call for September 4, 2018
« on: September 04, 2018 at 01:37 PM »
So it's actually a Tuesday Roll Call. Yesterday was Labor Day and I spent most of the day offline. How about that? And now the kids are back to school. Anyone else have kids heading off to school today?

I've noticed that our turnout for the Tuesday live chats has been low. Is there something about the chats that we could do differently? Would you like to receive a reminder e-mail? Just let me know...

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Tuesdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 27
« on: August 27, 2018 at 11:49 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

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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 20, 2018
« on: August 20, 2018 at 07:02 PM »
BTW, are any of you on Twitter? Here's my handle: https://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 13, 2018
« on: August 20, 2018 at 06:31 PM »
I am SO excited to see so many new members! Please head over to today's Monday Roll Call and post an update. Looking forward to them.
http://forum.keepemcookin.com/index.php?topic=4520.0

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