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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Modified Bed Rest
« on: March 13, 2018 at 08:44 PM »
Hi,

I’m home recovering from my c-section that I just had last Wednesday.

This is my first baby so I don’t have another child to take care of while recovering.

The only restriction that I have that is different from a vaginal birth is that I can’t lift anything heavier then my baby.

I’ve been able to be up and around since the day after my surgery. They encourage you to walk and it helps with recovery.

Bending ranges from uncomfortable to slightly painful depending on how long it’s been since I took my last pain medication.

Gas is an issue due in part to the gas that gets trapped inside you during surgery and also from the constipation you experience post surgery.

Definitely take the suppository if they offer you one at the hospital, it helps so much!!! Then take stool softeners to keep things moving.

I’m day 6 post surgery and I’ve been able to get things done around the house as much as I can with a newborn.

At my hospital they put a binder around your abdomen. It’s basically a girdle, but it helps with your posture, taking some pressure off your wound. It also holds everything together and has been found to aid in healing. I take it off once a day, usually after eating to enjoy a little freedom.

As of right now, I wouldn’t have an issue having another c-section in the future. Recovery is suppose to be 6 weeks.....so far so good with week 1 coming to a close.



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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Made it!!!
« on: March 08, 2018 at 10:17 PM »
We made it to our scheduled c-section yesterday!!!!! Jonathan was born at 1:07pm 6lbs 10oz and 19 3/4inches.

The surgery went well and I’m healing up nicely. My cerclage was taken out after I was closed up from the cesarean.

We ran into a slight hiccup with our boy last night. He’s having a hard time controlling his blood sugar levels and is hypoglycemic, he had to get transferred to the nicu today for an iv, but it looks like he should be back with us tomorrow.

It was a long road but it feels so good to be here now. The best advice I can give to anyone going through this is the hardest to follow. Stay calm and don’t let yourself get stressed.

I set up small goals like make it to 16 weeks, great now focus on 18, 20, 24, and so on.

My husband and I tried to find the silver linings in every bad appointment or new complication and stayed optimistic. We focused on making each other laugh and it helped us get through to the end. It’s so easy to dwell on everything and make yourself crazy and paranoid over every little twinge. Just take a deep breath and focus on the tiny little goals.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Yay hypertension!
« on: February 26, 2018 at 08:17 PM »
38 week appointment went well. It’s our last one before our c-section next week. My bp was fine, baby was fine, we are just counting down days till baby....I’m really over being pregnant at this point 😁

Happy that we made it this far but tired of being pregnant.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Yay hypertension!
« on: February 20, 2018 at 03:30 AM »
We had our last routine check this week before our pre-op check next Monday and c-section scheduled for March 7th.

So of course the appointment couldn’t be drama free. 😁

My bp was 160 over I forget how much. All through this pregnancy no matter how stressful and how bad the news was my bp was always fine. At worse it would be slightly elevated when we first got there but would be normal within 5 minutes.

Not today, it wouldn’t come down so we had to head to the hospital for monitoring and all the please don’t be preeclampsia or HELP tests.

Luckily my bp came down at the hospital and all my tests came back normal. They did catch the early start of a uti.

I was sent home but I need to check my bp everyday and watch for signs of preeclampsia. I go back to the doctor on Thursday. He gives me 50/50 odds of making it to my scheduled c-section.

It’s not the end of the world, we are 37+1 today so honestly I’m fine with this pregnancy being over sooner rather then later and having our boy whenever. I really really want just one thing to go according to plan.

At least I’m not back on bed rest..... just back to “taking it easy”

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 29 weeks and funneling cervix
« on: February 04, 2018 at 02:19 PM »
I just hit 35 weeks today. I was on strict bedrest from weeks 8-12 due to a bleed and then modified bedrest followed by strict bedrest from week 20-33 after my emergency cerclage and now I’m mostly only on house arrest. I can do things again but need to take lots of breaks to put my feet up and monitor if there are any changes.

Baby hasn’t turned yet so no extra pressure. We check again in 2 weeks when the cerclage comes out, hopefully he’s turned by then.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 29 weeks and funneling cervix
« on: February 03, 2018 at 04:02 PM »
The cervix and funneling can be dynamic. Mine fluctuated a bit after the cerclage was placed but never dipped down to the short length it was prior to the cerclage. As long as the cervix itself stays closed (which is what the cerclage is helping to do) I wouldn’t worry about the funneling too much. It sucks but stay off your feet and keep monitoring, that’s all you can do at this point.

Good news is that if you are like me as you get into the 30s you will start feeling increased relief each week you stay pregnant.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 33 weeks and counting
« on: January 24, 2018 at 04:08 PM »
We made it to 33 weeks and are holding steady. I’m not on strict bedrest anymore, more like reduced activity. I can cook and do some light cleaning.

Our only issue at the moment is that baby boy is still in Breech position. So if he doesn’t flip in the next few weeks we will probably schedule a cesarean. Otherwise everyone is optimistic of us going to term.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Bedrest Venting
« on: January 18, 2018 at 11:47 PM »
I read, watch tv, do mind puzzles, i taught myself to crochet. I text my husband about a hundred times a day. Do adult coloring books. So many naps. Read more rewatch series on Netflix. Read all of facebook.

My skin has never looked better since I have so much time to dedicate to facials. Same with my nails. My feet I can’t really reach anymore so they are just starting to suffer but I can’t see them so it doesn’t bother me. Sadly my hair is suffering from my hormones so no amount of love has really helped it.

I don’t get many visitors either, but I chat with people on the phone. They mean well but unless you are confined to bedrest I don’t think you can really get it.

27 weeks..... 1 more week until you can experience the relief of making it 28 weeks!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Bedrest Venting
« on: January 18, 2018 at 07:16 PM »
I've been on bedrest for 6 months now (24 weeks), by the time I get my cerclage out it will be just over 7 months (29 weeks). I've done pretty well keeping myself occupied and busy in my feet up position, but boy does the lack of activity make me restless.

Anyway my rant..... Does it annoy any of you when you mention something about the drawback of bedrest being a lack of activity and/or boredom or general restlessness from not using any of your copious amounts of stored up energy and the person you are talking to is like "well enjoy all that rest now... soon you will be longing to relax again! Har Har Har (or some version of this sentiment)?

On the outside I smile and choke down my irritation, but on the inside there are about a thousand sarcastic replies running through my head. (This might have something to do with the crazy hormones and mood swings as well as frustration I'm sure)

But seriously like any pregnant woman doesn't already know that newborns are exhausting, or if we didn't know it when we got pregnant there aren't countless books, articles, and well intentioned people who have been telling us this since the moment that egg was fertilized.

Since there is no bank I can deposit all this "relaxing" rest into and withdraw later when I desperately need it, these comments are at best tone deaf and unhelpful.

Of course I'm grateful that so far all this bedrest has been working and our little man is cooking away safe and sound.... the cerclage comes out in 4.5 weeks and all my restrictions will finally be lifted. I can hopefully enjoy a small window of normalcy before my due date of March 11th.

I'm not sure what I want to do first when I get my bed shackles off. High on the list right now is thoroughly cleaning my house to my satisfaction (my husband tries but he isn't nearly as neurotic (I prefer detail oriented) as I am, baking all of the treats (its my happy place) cooking dinners and extra dinners for freezing for post baby arrival, indulging in all of my nesting instincts, taking the dog for a walk and getting as much fresh air as I want, and of course I really miss sex with my husband.... I'm not sure how that one will work with my 37 week sized belly but where there is a will there is a way!!!!!

I just hope our little bean continues to cooperate and stays inside a bit longer for his optimal health and so his mommy can have a tiny taste of freedom and time to do a little baby prep work.

What about you ladies any things people say to you that drive you nuts or you've heard so many times it's hard to stop the eye roll? Anything you are looking forward to doing if you get a little window between bedrest and birth?

For those of you still in the early parts of bedrest... hang in there! I set small goals for myself so that it didn't seem so daunting. I started at 8 weeks and I'm now at 32+5! There were times when it didn't seem possible we would make it this far but our train kept chugging along and we can almost see the final station ahead.



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I’m so terribly sorry.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Update
« on: December 01, 2017 at 05:03 PM »
Home from today’s appointment, we are holding steady at 1.9cm!!!!

First time this entire pregnancy we’ve had back to back good appointments.

We are 25+5 today, have a cerclage, on progesterone suppositories, and bedrest. Its working so far!

We pushed back the steroid shot and will re-evaluate at our next appointment in 2 weeks.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 23, 2017 at 04:40 PM »
Happy turkey day to those of you celebrating!

It’s really hard to stay in a chair and not be up doing my normal marathon cooking.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Cerclage placed
« on: November 22, 2017 at 01:50 AM »
I’m holding steady. I had my first post cerclage follow up appt. on Monday. I was at 1.7cm my cerclage was placed at 1.4 so anything above that is good. I’m still closed, but the funneling came back which we were told was very likely. All in all it was one of the best appointments we’ve had during this whole pregnancy.

I even got cleared for up to two outings per week as long as I stayed in my wheelchair and didn’t walk or stand and only stayed out for about an hour and a half to two hours. My over protective husband is skeptical of this and most likely won’t be taking me out all that often. I did get to go to a rotary club meeting today where he was a speaker for my club, that was fun! Although it made me miss weekly chat here.

I’m sorry to hear about your membranes, but there are quite a few stories on here of ladies going the distance in your same shoes. So chin up and just take it day by day.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Update - hospitalised now
« on: November 21, 2017 at 01:19 AM »
Hang in there!

I’ll be in the chat for a little bit tomorrow if you need a break from the tediousness of being in the hospital.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 2.8 cm @ 18+5 - Scared FTM
« on: November 21, 2017 at 01:15 AM »
Well try not to worry too much. You have time. It took me about 6-7 weeks to go from 3.1 down to .9 it’s not something that generally will happen overnight.

You weren’t dilated or funneling, so that’s great news!

Don’t stress out over twinges and minor cramps/aches those tend to be normal round ligament pains. If the cramping feels more like menstraul cramps then call your doctor.

Most of the time they aren’t going to be high alert or take preventative measures unless you have a previous history of 2nd trimester miscarriage/pre term labor; or you drop below 1.5

2.8 is still really good just something to keep an eye on but not to worry all that much about. You could also just have a shorter cervix to begin with or caught it at a lower measurement, they fluctuate.

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