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Hi. I had that exact concern (I started my mod. bedrest at 22 weeks when they placed my cerclage and delivered at 36 weeks). Just like with my 28 week-er I delivered vaginally (so I can't speak to Csection recovery) but I was pleasantly surprised that this time around my body once again just knew what to do. I had only been "off" bedrest for 3 days when I had my little boy, but it was a fast 4 hour delivery and I have been slowly getting used to being up and about, I think the key will be slowly increasing my activity levels, I am itching to get going and he's only 3 weeks old.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Jalen Michael is here!! 36w 4 days
« on: February 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM »
Following my cerclage removal at 35 w 6 days, I have had it in my head that I wasn't going to go to the hospital for "false labor" and be sent home, so over the weekend I endured contractions (every 5-15 min.) but because they weren't "regular" I refused to go in. Then on Monday morning, as I lay in bed debating getting up, I had a sudden sharp pain and my water broke. Yes! Exactly what I wanted. I was 36 w 4 days.

By the time we got our daughter Haley to daycare and drove in rush hour traffic it was just after 8 am when we arrived at the hospital. I was assessed and 3cm 70 % eff. and they moved me to my suite. Just before 10 am I asked for an epidural and it took them almost an hour to get there. The first anesteologist tried it 2 times, the first time he hit a blood vessel, so he started over and tried again, the second time he said he couldn't be sure so he called the attending to inspect. He decided he wanted to do it AGAIN. So for the third time they tried it, by now it was after 11:30. Since I had been in some serious pain during all this (I took well over an hour) I asked to be checked for dilation, they checked and low and behold I was fully dilated! They let me "rest" for a little bit so I could be active in the pushing and I delivered like 45 min. later at 12:26.

So Jalen is here. He weighs 5lbs. 8 oz. and has been doing well. NICU was called for his blood sugar and body temp. concerns, but knowing how badly we want to keep him and have the "normal" experience they are doing everything in room for now.   :D

My husband and I are in shock yet again, and absolutely feel like first time parents again. He just spit up and we both freaked out. It took me a minute to be like um, he's not destating, turning blue and there are no monitors beeping, he's just fine.

Thanks for all your well wishes and support during my 15 weeks of bedrest!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: February 13th Roll Call!
« on: February 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM »
I was 36 w 4 days yesterday when I had my son Jalen! I will post the story later on the other board. He was 5lbs. 8 oz. at birth and he is doing beautifully. They let him room with us last night and they were watching his blood glucose and temperature regulation, but both have improved :) And we hope to be discharged like normal on Wednesday  ;D

I have learned that I am horrible at scrapbooking, that 2 year olds can not only sense stress but help to relieve it as well. Yesterday was the best gift and I am so thankful that my docs and support got us to there.

Thanks for the support~~

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My story, new to site
« on: February 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM »
Welcome. I hope you are finding the site useful, I can imagine already being a mom of 2 it is pretty stressful. My daughter was born at 28 weeks, I am similar in the fact that I lost my "plug" then had her a few short hours later, it was very fast! This time they saw a significant decrease in my cervical length from 17 to 21 weeks and with my cerclage (which was placed at 22 weeks) it has hovered around 2.1. I am now 36 weeks and I had it removed last week. Along with the progesterone and modified bedrest we have met our goal and now we anxiously await the arrival of our little man. Hang in there.


Ugh. Hang in there. I had an (BV) infection and I can tell you it made me contract like crazy!?! Once I started the meds and got a shot of mag they slowed down, but I have been contracting ever since, it's such a fun game!?

Hang in there and keep up posted!!

I would certainly ask, it can't hurt and you can gauge what your doctor's "game plan" is. I just feel with multiples it should be on the table. My doctors stopped doing internal cervical checks prior to 30 weeks (I can't remember exactly when?) and I did have 1 infection around 25 weeks, after getting my cerclage placed at 22.  I just had a friend deliver 28 week b/g twins, PPROM, and she never had any steriods since there were no signs of PTL. My daughter never received steriods and I know there is a significant difference in the length of their NICU stay as well as their lung development later.  Good LUCK.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Glad I found this site!
« on: February 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM »

Wow, what a roller coaster. I had my first daughter at 28 weeks and I am currently pregnant with #2, baby boy. I have been on bedrest since 22 weeks when my cervix shortened and I got a cerclage (stitch) to keep my cervix closed. Tomorrow we are going to have it removed and I will be 36 weeks on Thursday! It is great that you are not contracting and as frustrating as it may be you are where you need to be. My fluids have been "low" and you actually have more than me ( I was 9, but the last few times it measured around 11-12).  This website is a great resource and support.


Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 6
« on: February 07, 2012 at 12:51 AM »
Still here 35 weeks+.  I am scheduled to have my cerclage removed Wednesday and I will be 36 weeks on Thursday, I am hoping it is as painless as possible?! :(
I am having contractions, nothing too crazy, but they certainly increase as I am up and about. I am obviously eager to see how long I carry after, but so excited that after all the "rest" we made it this far! Hope everyone has a good week!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New to forum
« on: February 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM »
Welcome. At some point in your 3rd tri they stop doing FFN because it's not reliable, you're probably pretty close to the cut off. My cervix has hung right around 2 since I had my cerclage placed at 22 weeks. As difficult as it has been I know the mod. bedrest (staying off my feet, laying for a few hours a day, hydrating, etc) has gotten me to where I am! I know it's difficult but you've made it so far and it will be worth it when you have a "take home baby".  Hang in there.


What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Calla Rose Elizabeth is here! 33w2d
« on: February 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM »
Congrats!! I know you must be disappointed that you didn't make your original gest. goal but I hope you can find some peace in knowing what you have done for your little girl! After having my 28 weeker I had such guilt that I could have done something more/better/less/ to prevent her birth and I wish we had been given a chance to intervene. I hope she has a short stay and meets her milestones for discharge quickly!

Good Luck to you and your family and enjoy getting to know your little girl!!!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 30
« on: January 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM »
Hello all. I'll be 35 weeks Thurs. and scheduling my cerclage removal at Weds. appointment. ;D

I am having a bittersweet day. I had two friends give birth (at the same hospital) yesterday! One was a FT 8lb. 9 oz. baby girl and the other were 28 week b/g twins.  I have been upset all day thinking about them. Knowing what is ahead for the babies and their parents my heart aches.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! 

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Very discouraged
« on: January 30, 2012 at 01:34 AM »
Any update? Just wondering how you and the baby are??

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: NICU support group?
« on: January 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM »
I agree. I would request to talk with the head neo or be present for rounds ready to fire with the questions and the "plan" to get him out of there.  Has your pediatrician been there yet? That might also speed up the process if you can explain your frustration/concern to them. I can totally understand your frustration.

I am on another board strictly for preemie parents, it's called thepreemiepalace, you have to be recommended and invited by a member, so if your are interested let me know...

Good Luck.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Feeling so sad
« on: January 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM »
I KNOW exactly how you are feeling. I have been on Bedrest since Nov. 3 (currently 33 w) so we are looking at similar time tables I'm just further along the way. I don't know if this ever really got "easier" or just more bearable perhaps?  I too am typically an active person, working full time and a mother of a 2 1/2 year old. I can say that having her born at 28 weeks has given me some of the motivation I have needed to stick with it. The thought that I should be able to experience a full term delivery and hopefully leave the hospital with a baby is all I need. I had to leave her there for 64 nights and it was daily torture. I was devastated this time around when things started going downhill since I had such high hopes of having a "normal" pregnancy and I felt I got gypped out of my 3rd trimester the last time. I had to let that go and just put faith in the fact that this WILL be worth it in the end.

I hope that each Crappy day rebounds with a decent one.

Hang in there. :'(

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Very discouraged
« on: January 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM »
I am a little relieved to hear they might keep you there, it seems you have been on such a roller coaster. You have done an amazing job getting to where you are.  There is such a difference between a 32 and 33 week-er and each day is going to earn your family less of a NICU stay.   There are lots of stories on here about ladies making it longer than the docs expected. But at this point you have had lots of intervention to prepare the baby and you are going to have a better outcome than someone who just goes into spontaneous PTL and delivers suddenly. 

Not sure what you should do about your boss and how soon you were planning on getting back to work but I can tell you first hand having a baby at the NICU is exhausting, overwhelming, and emotional, no matter how prepared you are. You don't want to have your boss hovering and asking questions, you want to be taking care of your baby and your family.

good luck, keep us posted!!

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