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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: It all started in February, 2007...
« on: March 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM »
Oh my goodness, what a story!  You have overcome so much already, my prayers are with you and your family.  It's great that you have the help of your family, my family is very helpful as well, but I still find myself also doing more than I need to do with my son as well.  It sounds like your doctors know what they are doing, and that there is hope that everything will turn out ok. 
My son is almost two, and I also feel like I am neglecting him, but when I am crying about it I just remind myself that the best gift I can give him is a brother to play with, and that makes me feel a little better.  They are so young they won't remember this short period of time in their lives, and in the end all of this stress and misery will be worth it.  Hang in there mama!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Showers
« on: March 28, 2012 at 09:14 AM »
My doctor didn't give me any shower restrictions and even said I could prepare meals and sit to eat them, but the longer I'm on bedrest the more it seems I don't want to do.  I've been on bed rest for two weeks today and didn't even think my baby would make it to this point, so I feel like I need to be even more careful as we are getting to a critical point.

But I totally understand what you mean about the motivation  though, I have to say to myself, "ok, in 30 minutes I'm going to get out of bed, find clean clothes, take a shower dry my hair, get dressed....wow that seems like a lot, maybe I will just do it tomorrow" 

I think we are just tired, overwhelmed, a little depressed, I'm sure it will get better for you.  Especially if the shower makes you feel worse, I wouldn't want to take it either!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Bria Kristalyn is here!!!
« on: March 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM »
Congratulations and welcome Bria!  What a beautiful name!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 26
« on: March 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM »
I'm still cookin.  22w1d and this is my 12th day of bedrest.  I have a doctors appointment on Friday so I'm really looking forward to getting some good news (I hope).

I was really looking forward to this past weekend, but spent most of it being sick, so I didn't get to spend much time at all with my family.  Hopefully next weekend will be different.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Having a tough time today
« on: March 26, 2012 at 09:59 AM »
I really hate complaining, but today is really getting me down!  I'm 22 weeks, in bed for almost the last two, I have a sinus infection and a horrible cough that is keeping me awake all the time, I'm exhausted from peeing and coughing all night, and I woke up with what I can only assume is poison ivy on my arm, which I don't even know how I would get that.   I seriously don't know if I can take much more misery!  I was just getting used to the bed rest and the fact that I could lose my baby, and now I have to be sick and itchy on top of it??  Why all of the suffering?  Ugh.  Thanks for reading my rant, I hope you are all having a better day than I am.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Great doc appt
« on: March 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM »
That's great news!  Congrats and I hope your shower is wonderful!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Introducing myself
« on: March 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM »
We do have similar stories!  Im so glad to hear the progesterone gel is working for you and that you have made it to 31 weeks.  That gives me so much hope!   Did they ever find out what the cause of your short cervix was?  My doctor told me it might be an infection of some sort, but I haven't had any symptoms or anything abnormal about this pregnancy other than the cervix problem.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Introducing myself
« on: March 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM »
Thanks Laura,

What my doctor told me was that if they do the cerclage now it could put me into labor and that there are many other risks involved with it.  If they would have known sooner, like around 12 or 14 weeks or with a previous pregnancy then they could have done it then.  They also will do it as a last resort if I get to viability and my cervix is below 1 cm, and then I would have to be hospitalized for the rest of the pregnancy.  My doctor thought that the progesterone was the best option for people in their second trimester, and told me about a bunch of different studies that were done with it.  I am also wondering if this is the right decision, but I am trying to trust what she says for now.  I have another appointment with a different doctor in the practice in 11 days, and if I still feel unsure I will be looking into getting a second opinion.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Introducing myself
« on: March 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM »
Thank you ladies, your stories are inspiring!  I know that all I can do is wait and hope, but the wait is maddening!  It seems I have come to the right place.  Hugs to you both, and thanks so much for your prayers.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 19
« on: March 19, 2012 at 08:42 AM »
I posted this on the What's your Story thread, but I'm hoping to be here a while, so I thought I would post here as well!

  Hello to all of the lovely ladies here!  I can't say that I'm happy to be here, but I'm glad I've found a place where there is so much support and positivity!

Here is my story -
I am 31, with a 22 month old ball of energy named Jackson.  I had a very normal pregnancy with him and delivered vaginally after being induced at just over 39 weeks.  I am expecting my second boy, due 7/29 and hoping and praying he stays put until at least 7/1.

I found out at my anatomy scan that my cervix was 2.4cm, I was 18 weeks.  My doctor told me not to worry because I had such a "wonderful history" as she put it, and maybe a cervix that length was just normal for me.  I was rechecked this past week at 20 weeks, and my cervix was down to 1.3cm.  After a 5 hour appointment that same day with a perinatologist, they sent me home on bed rest with Crinone 8% once a day.  According to my doctor, who is supposed to be one of the best in her field, the progesterone is more beneficial than a cerclage in my situation, however I feel like something more should be done, but what do I know?

I don't go back for another appointment until 3/30, and every time I get out of bed I feel like I am going to lose this baby.  I am trying really hard not to get attached to him, but he is kicking away all day and all night, and just yesterday I could see my belly moving - I can't help but fall in love with him. 

My regular OB says that I will be lucky if I get to 28 weeks, and she doesn't even seem hopeful that I will get to viability.  I am 21 weeks, one day with a long way to go.  The perinatologist wants to try to get me to 32 weeks.  I just want to bring home a healthy boy.

I had to take a leave from my insanely high stress job, so maybe that will slow things down for me a bit.  There has been a lot of activity around me the last few days, so I haven't felt all that isolated yet, we just moved this past weekend so I've spent the last few days telling people where to put things and talking with friends.  But I know the loneliness and helplessness is coming.  My husband works over an hour away, and usually I pick up my son from daycare.  Now with his late hours and the way traffic is, I will only be seeing my son for about 2 hours a day, and I can't even give him his nightly bath.

I think for me that will be the worst part, he is so much fun and so active, and I can throw him around or dance around the living room with him.  I have 3 full weeks to go before this baby even has a chance of surviving, and I truly hope the outcome will be all worth it.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the novel!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Introducing myself
« on: March 19, 2012 at 08:33 AM »
  Hello to all of the lovely ladies here!  I can't say that I'm happy to be here, but I'm glad I've found a place where there is so much support and positivity!

Here is my story -
I am 31, with a 22 month old ball of energy named Jackson.  I had a very normal pregnancy with him and delivered vaginally after being induced at just over 39 weeks.  I am expecting my second boy, due 7/29 and hoping and praying he stays put until at least 7/1.

I found out at my anatomy scan that my cervix was 2.4cm, I was 18 weeks.  My doctor told me not to worry because I had such a "wonderful history" as she put it, and maybe a cervix that length was just normal for me.  I was rechecked this past week at 20 weeks, and my cervix was down to 1.3cm.  After a 5 hour appointment that same day with a perinatologist, they sent me home on bed rest with Crinone 8% once a day.  According to my doctor, who is supposed to be one of the best in her field, the progesterone is more beneficial than a cerclage in my situation, however I feel like something more should be done, but what do I know?

I don't go back for another appointment until 3/30, and every time I get out of bed I feel like I am going to lose this baby.  I am trying really hard not to get attached to him, but he is kicking away all day and all night, and just yesterday I could see my belly moving - I can't help but fall in love with him. 

My regular OB says that I will be lucky if I get to 28 weeks, and she doesn't even seem hopeful that I will get to viability.  I am 21 weeks, one day with a long way to go.  The perinatologist wants to try to get me to 32 weeks.  I just want to bring home a healthy boy.

I had to take a leave from my insanely high stress job, so maybe that will slow things down for me a bit.  There has been a lot of activity around me the last few days, so I haven't felt all that isolated yet, we just moved this past weekend so I've spent the last few days telling people where to put things and talking with friends.  But I know the loneliness and helplessness is coming.  My husband works over an hour away, and usually I pick up my son from daycare.  Now with his late hours and the way traffic is, I will only be seeing my son for about 2 hours a day, and I can't even give him his nightly bath.

I think for me that will be the worst part, he is so much fun and so active, and I can throw him around or dance around the living room with him.  I have 3 full weeks to go before this baby even has a chance of surviving, and I truly hope the outcome will be all worth it.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the novel!

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