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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call AND a Success Story
« on: October 22, 2018 at 02:04 PM »
Thank you for posting my story Angela, it's so sweet of you. I really do hope it gives other mommas hope!

Amanda, making it to almost 31 weeks is great. My second was born at 34 weeks and spent 12 days in the NICU, but at 22 months is totally, completely normal and healthy. I'll pray you keep cooking!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for October 15, 2018
« on: October 16, 2018 at 07:08 PM »
I hope it's ok to post here, but I never came back to update. I ended up having our baby on August 7, at 38+4. He was 6lb9oz, 18 inches long, and everything was perfect, no NICU time at all. I went into labor during the night with contractions that became steady and painful and did not go away. I was so sure they would eventually stop, so I got ready for work in the morning and by the time I was done getting ready, I had to stop and breath through each contraction because they hurt so much. It turns out by the time we got to the hospital, I was complete. I still ended up with a c/s because the doctor was not comfortable with me pushing being that I already had 2 previous c/s. I'm glad I got to experience labor with contractions, and no medication. They hurt so bad, but I realized I could count down from 30 and by the time I got to 1, they would be over and I felt 100% fine until the next one came on. They were much different than the pitocin contractions.

I hope all the "new" mommas stay strong and keep cooking, and the mommas that were due around the time I was are all doing well with their babies!

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No real advice here, as it sounds like you're doing everything you can right now, which is great, but I wanted you to know I'll be praying for you and your baby boy. I completely understand the fear and anxiety, and I'm SO sorry. There are many positive success stories though, so don't lose hope!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for July 30, 2018
« on: August 01, 2018 at 03:33 PM »
I'm still here cooking at 37+5. I thought for sure my water had broken over the weekend, while we were 3 hours out of town. I bent over to get my swimsuit on, and fluid gushed out, exactly like when my water has broken in the past, but it wasn't clear, it looked more like discharge, though watery. I ended up going to triage at the local hospital, and they did several tests to make sure I hadn't ruptured, and by some miracle, I hadn't. I was dreading having the baby out of town with nothing at all. I guess it was just extra cervical fluid or something, but it kind of poured out even when they were testing me. That's super TMI, I'm sorry! I've never had anything like that happen before though, so I'm still not sure what was going on. They tested the fluid around the baby and it all was normal.

I'm so grateful to have made it this far, but I really am hoping to go into labor before my scheduled C/S in 2 weeks, so any day now would be great. I was 3cm dilated and about 60% effaced in triage, but with my full term first, I was walking around at 4 cm for 2 weeks.

I'm looking for a new show to watch currently. I finished Downton Abbey a while ago, and LOVED it, and now I'm struggling to find anything I like quite as much. I've been reading more in the evenings than watching TV, but if we watch anything lately it's episodes of The Office, or animal documentaries, which I love.

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Congrats to you too, littlemissamanda! What a relief to have made it!!! It's always so wonderful to hear all these success stories. There is so much hope for others in the earlier stages, as we were there not long ago at all.

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Wow! Congratulations on 36 weeks and counting! Amazing! As far as measuring 33 weeks, that sounds like a total fluke. Maybe Baby has moved further down. How exciting that would be.

So what do you have planned for when you hit 37 weeks? Anything special with the kids? Dinner out with your partner? How about a haircut or pedicure? Live it up, mama!

Congrats again! Keep us posted...

Thank you! Yes, I'm thinking it was a fluke, and it would be nice if the baby dropped and comes sooner than later. I have a C/S scheduled but would really like to labor first and try for a vaginal delivery again, if all looks well.

I'm not really sure! A hair cut sounds like a good option, I do need one. I think I want to try to start going on walks again, I've missed them so much!

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Still here, 36+3 today! I had my last progesterone injection last Friday, which is crazy! I'm on to weekly appointments now, and they want to do another growth u/s this Friday, because apparently I was measuring 33 weeks at my last appointment, which seems odd to me because I have been measuring exactly on track this whole time, so I'm pretty sure it was a fluke, but I'm ok with seeing baby again.

After this weekend, I'll be quite ready to be done haha. It's getting very hard lugging around this belly and chasing after my 2 kids. But I guess it's still probably easier with an inside baby than out. Hopefully everyone else is doing great!

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I'm so familiar with the anxiety around that time! You're so close to viability, and yet not there yet. It's such a stressful time, so, hugs. I will say it sounds like what you're dealing with is normal; I know vaginal progesterone definitely causes more discharge, so I wouldn't worry about that too much, especially because the length of your cervix sounds fantastic. That's longer than any measurements I ever had, am I'm still here at 35 weeks. As far as back pain, if it's really, really bothering you to the point where you're extremely uncomfortable, then I might call, but if not, I'd also attribute it to normal pregnancy pain. I've had some pain and cramping throughout, and often it was either due to baby's position, or needing to take a BM (sorry for the TMI!). Given your cervical length though, I would not worry too much about the symptoms you're describing. Try not to stress, that's not helpful to the baby either!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for July 9, 2018
« on: July 11, 2018 at 04:59 PM »
Oh man, I'm teeerrrible with songs, never remembering the singer/song name/lyrics lol. Basically what sticks with me is a good beat and the chorus  :P I really like classical music (instrumental classical, like Bach and Mozart type stuff) because it's so calming and makes me feel like my brain is being fed musically.

I'm 34+5 today, officially longer than I was pregnant with my last baby! I had a ton of contractions Saturday night, and was close to calling the on call OB, but they ended up subsiding eventually. Since then I've been having some somewhat painful ones in the evening, but nothing regular. I'm not sure I'll make it to 40, but I'm very glad I'm almost to 35. I'm hoping my chances of baby having to be in the NICU are becoming less and less, as my 34 weeker was only in for 12 days. I have an appointment on Friday and will bring up the contractions and see what they think. I'm getting very swollen and uncomfortable these days, but still very happy to be pregnant. People are so kind to me these days. Probably because they feel sorry haha.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for July 2, 2018
« on: July 02, 2018 at 02:38 PM »
I'm 33+3 today. It's hard to believe I had my last baby at 34 weeks. I'm also slightly paranoid as the days draw closer to 34 weeks that the same thing will happen again, BUT my son is 18 months and perfect, so I know if I make it to 34 we should be ok. According to the doctors, there still is no reason for me to have any restrictions, and other than occasional BH contractions so far, I have no signs of labor, so I'm just taking it day by day. My water has broken randomly with my previous pregnancies though, and that's what starts contractions, so I'm not even sure my body will give me signs leading up to it. My c/s is scheduled for August 16th though, so if I don't go before, that's the day!

I'm looking forward to Tuesday and Wednesday off for the 4th of July, and possibly Thursday as well, but I'm not 100% sure. It's my favorite holiday. We may go to the beach with my SIL Tuesday, and Wednesday we'll go to the parade in my hometown.

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32+4 today. I'm getting more comfortable by the day that things will turn out ok! Contractions haven't been too bad lately, thankfully. I had my c-section scheduled for August 10, but want to push it closer to or beyond my due date so I can hopefully go into labor on my own, so we'll see how that goes. The next possible date that works is August 15, but I'm checking to see if they will allow me to have it on the 20th (my due date is the 17th and I'm pretty sure I'm a week later than the doctor's standard calculation). I might not have to worry about any of this, but it's very surreal to schedule the birth of my child and have it all planned out. I kind of like it better when it's spontaneous.

I have an appointment Thursday, but I think it will be very standard and quick, as I don't have any concerns right now. Other than that, things are going pretty well; my oldest turned 4 today, and we had her party over the weekend, which was fun.

I'm looking forward to the weekend, it's going to be hot, so we will hopefully spend some time at the lake.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« on: June 20, 2018 at 04:59 PM »
Congratulations on making it this far EnglishRose! Prayers that your NICU stay goes well and your baby grows and thrives.

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31+4 today. I'm not on any restrictions, but have been laying pretty low as it's gotten hotter. I get pretty swollen in the heat, so try not to do much. I have all this motivation to hang out with friends, but after a full day with the kids, I just want them in bed early and want to relax on the couch watching TV or reading, so that's what I've been doing lately haha. I'm very much looking forward to being able to exercise again though. As much as it's nice to take it easy, I just want to be active again.

I should be able to make the chat, I actually remembered today.

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30+4 today. I can't believe I'm at 30 weeks already! My son came in less than 4 weeks from this point, so I'm starting to get a little anxious, but hopeful I'll make it beyond that this time around. Contractions have settled down the past several days, so that's good.

I don't have kids in school yet, so there's no difference for me yet. But I do plan on homeschooling, so probably sometime in the next month or so I'll order the books for my daughter to casually start preK work over the summer.

I'm usually at work at my desk for the live chat, so the timing works for me, I just tend to forget...

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for June 4, 2018
« on: June 04, 2018 at 03:29 PM »
29+3 today. I'm getting pretty uncomfortable these days, easily getting out of breath and just feeling like I have no energy. TMI, but I've had some mild diarrhea for almost a week (just about twice a day though, so I don't think it warrants a call to the doctor) and one nose bleed a day since Thursday, so I'm kind of paranoid if these are signs of labor, or just third tri issues that can happen. I also have a few fairly strong (but not painful) contractions per day, and I'm wondering if I should be concerned about that as well. Nothing regular, and very infrequent, but I can most definitely feel them. I'm just so paranoid that these mean I'll go into labor soon, but at the same time, nothing is happening frequently enough or with a consistent pattern, so I'm probably fine, right?

We've had very summer like weather the past week, it's almost been too much for me, as the heat causes me to swell pretty bad and just makes me generally uncomfortable. But this week looks really, really nice. I want to take my kids to the park but I'll see how I feel this week in general, I don't want to over do it.

Oh, in some really positive news, I passed my glucose test on Friday, and I'm measuring right on track and everything looks great, so that was good to hear.

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