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I might be able to provide some reassurance for you! At 20 weeks it was discovered that I had a short cervix and I was immediately put on strict bedrest and sent to a high risk doctor. When I went into see them they checked my cervix and I was already dilated to 2 and 70% thinned at 22 weeks. My husband knew about cerclages and asked why wasn't I getting one and they said it was too late because of the dilation and what not. My husband left our first appointment with the high risk doctors in tears because he was full of questions and they were all answered with no sugar coating. The doctor told us we wouldn't make it until full term and she said she was pretty sure we wouldn't even make it 2 more weeks! I got 2 rounds of steroids, one at 23 weeks and again at 28 weeks. I was in the hospital for 7 weeks total (when I was 28 weeks I went into labor and dilated to 5 and 80%) and it was exhausting. The entire time the high risk doctors made sure that I knew that I wasn't making it full term and I could have the baby any day. It was my third pregnancy and the first two were only a little early. I was let out of the hospital at 34 weeks and got to go home! I made it to 37 weeks and 4 days =) It was my first full term pregnancy and for 37 weeks I was told I was NOT making it full term and I just proved everyone wrong! It is possible so please don't get discouraged... Having a baby at the end of this journey will make it all worth it! I wish you good luck and I know you can make it through this craziness!!!

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I was put on bedrest in February and ended up having to do some time in the hospital. I was dilated to 2 at 23 weeks and was admitted for one week and released as my CL stabilized and there was no progress. At 28 weeks I went into labor again and dilated to 5, this started my long, long "journey" of hospital bedrest. I stayed 6 straight weeks in the hospital and it was miserable. At first it felt like torture but it did get easier. There isn't much you can do to make it fun, but just know that things will get easier and it will become more tolerable. Establish a schedule for yourself and keep it. Keep a journal if you think that might help =) It's very hard, but if you can get through this (which of course you can) you can get through anything =D Good luck!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: im new here
« on: June 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM »
I remember thinking the same thing when the doctors told me I would be on strict hospital bedrest for 6 weeks (after already spending a prior week in the hospital). There were absolutely no positive emotions for a while. My first 2 weeks were terrible and I've never cried so much in my  life. I can only tell you that things do get better and you absolutely will make it through it. I don't know how long the doctors are telling you you're there for but I know no matter how long they're saying, you will make it! You're going to be a mom and moms can do absolutely anything =D Journals help a lot and schedules are great as well. The hospital I was at actually had a few activities here and there, which helped a little. I know things seem impossible right now but they will get better, please believe that =) It's not easy and never will be but it will get easier. Good luck, you are in my thoughts =)

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I had a somewhat similar situation. I was 23 weeks pregnant and knew I had a short cervix but I started contracting (which I didn't know). I was sent over from a specialist appointment and they discovered the contractions and that I was 2 cm dilated =( I staying 7 days in the hospital and was sent home as things were pretty stable. A few weeks later I started having close contractions again so went into my local hospital and it was discovered that I was now dilated to 5 so they did the whole magnesium again and that was the beginning of my 6 week stay in the hospital. I agree that you should limit your work as much as possible. It is definitely not impossible to keep your baby in there because I was told my entire pregnancy that I was going to deliver early and it turned out to be my longest pregnancy out of the 3 (at 37 weeks which is considered full term). I hope you don't end up in the hospital like a few ladies here because it is no fun at all! Bedrest is no fun really, so if you can stay at work and resume normal activity (a little more limited than normal though) that would be ideal!!! I'm sorry that you now how the worries that the rest of us have/had but just listen to your body and you will be fine, 28 weeks is a great mark!!! Congrats and good luck!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Baby girls have arrived
« on: June 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM »
Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family! I was right there with you in the hospital and I can back up the fact that there was an overabundance of crying! Our babies make every tear worth it though =)

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New to the site
« on: June 12, 2012 at 01:00 AM »
I hope that you have a successful story to share at the end of all of this as well =)

Hopefully with your cerclage, bedrest, and P17 injections things will roll on through! My last p17 injection was when I was 35 weeks pregnant and I delivered when I was 37 weeks (last week). I think the shots did wonders because my first two children were both premature (34 and 35 weeks) so this was a whole new experience! It sounds like you have great proactive doctors so that is encouraging!

I hope everything works out for you ;) Good luck!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for June 11
« on: June 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM »
No more cooking here =) I delivered last Wednesday the 6th to a healthy baby girl =) We are home now, just me recovering from my tubal. I wish you guys all the luck in the world! You ladies are amazing and are capable of great things!

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My story is pretty similar to yours =)

My short cervix was discovered at about 20 weeks and bedrest prescribed. I have two children already so I was mortified as both of them are very young. I was scared and felt alone because people didn't take the bedrest too seriously and acted like I was on vacation. It wasn't until we met the high risk doctors that my husband got on board and became just as frightened as I was. I remember that appointment and how the doctor didn't sugar coat anything, my husband left in tears. There was a chance that our kids wouldn't be able to enjoy a little sister and that we weren't going to be able to love her because no one thought we would make it with a funneling short cervix!

At 23 weeks I went into labor and was admitted to the hospital for a week, magnesium (icky) and all that great stuff. Things stabilized and I was sent home! Again at 28 weeks I went into the hospital with contractions and was transferred immediately to the bigger hospital an hour away from home after being put on mag again! They weren't letting me go this time as I had previously been dilated to 2 and now with this 2nd bout of PTL I dilated to 5. My 6 consecutive weeks of bedrest began =( World crashed and the first week or two was the worst. I couldn't see my husband and kids everyday and gas was over 4 bucks a gallon and with only one income it was terrible! I can honestly say I don't know how I got through the first 2 weeks, but after that things just became more acceptable. Not saying there weren't days where I was a wreck, but it got a little more tolerable but never became easier. It has to be done one day at a time and no matter how hard it is try and think of something positive along with every negative feeling you have.

You are in my thoughts and prayers because you have a long road ahead of you but as I sit here and hold my little miracle baby I can assure you that there is no greater reward!!! You can get through this and it will make you stronger, don't take one second for granted! You are an amazing woman and that baby deserves you like you deserve her! I can be your hospital bedrest buddy because I did it and I know it helps SOOOO much to have someone to talk to so please feel free to message me with whatever! We are all here to help, so good luck on making it to 24 weeks, I can't wait to see your post saying you're moving to the bigger place ;)

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I always had that feeling of being incompetent like they told me my cervix was =( Rude term I think... Anyway I remember feeling hopeless as I had preterm labor with my first two and then two times much to early in this last pregnancy. It wasn't until this time around that problems were discovered and I had to deal with bedrest. I figured what business did I have being pregnant if my body couldn't even handle it! They're terrible feelings but your body has not failed you! Your body is giving you what you want =) You are pregnant and even if the baby did come now it has a nice chance of survival! You have made it to a great milestone and with the help of bedrest (be strict on yourself) and medication (even though some side effects suck) you will make it even farther!!! It will make you a stronger person and will make your appreciate your little one just a little bit more ;) I am typing and holding my little one who I held in for almost 38 weeks, my longest pregnancy =) We thought we were going to lose her at 23 weeks and hope was dwindling. We had a long journey but we did it and so can you, just follow all the rules and take it a day at a time... keep a journal =)

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Finally =D
« on: June 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM »
Would just like to announce the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Holly Marie! She was born last Wednesday, June 6th. My water broke at home and she was here within four hours. Things were moving quite slowly until my OB moved a separate water pouch and things got rolling right after that. I wanted and epidural but as soon as the guy came in to give it Holly was on her way out! She was born at 37 weeks and 4 days at 8:20pm. She weighed 6 lbs and 11 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long =D She is absolutely perfect and I would just like to thank God and all of you ladies who put up with me this whole time =) I hope to remain here every now and then to help support others but I will not have to deal with this again! I got my tubal yesterday and have no regrets ;) At least until I have no newborns anymore and my baby itch comes back, but I'll be okay! Haha! Thank you all again, you are all soooo amazing! We are home and resting now!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New to site :) baby # 3
« on: June 06, 2012 at 03:08 PM »
I wish you all the luck in the world!

My first was born at 35 weeks and the second was born at 34 weeks with no other complications. With this (third) pregnancy they found that my cervix was short and started the progesterone shots and prescribed bedrest =( I was okay until 23 weeks and had preterm labor and was hospitalized for a week. Things stabilized and then I was sent home only to go into labor again at 28 weeks and hospitalized for six straight weeks! Now that I'm out and have been for three weeks (I think) it all seems like a distant memory but when I was first told I'd be in the hospital for so long I was ruined! I'm almost glad that I had to go through that because it made me appreciate my family so much more than I could have imagined I could! I am now 37 weeks and 5 days pregnant with this crazy child that gave us all such a scare and it feels great. I feel so accomplished and I hope your situation turns out just as good or better than mine! You deserve it!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: It's a boy!
« on: June 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM »
Congrats! You did great!

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Still here, 37 weeks and 2 days.

Absolutely astonished and at this point cannot wait to go into labor! Contraction episodes keeping me up at night and I never know whether or not to go in because I'm dilated to 6 and 15 minutes away from the hospital! Ugh!

Thank you everyone and thank God we finally got a full term pregnancy under our belt!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Accomplished
« on: June 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM »
Today I hit the 37 week mark =) WOW!

My first two were born at 34 and 35 weeks and here I sit wondering what in the heck I am still doing pregnant. I went to see my OB (who I would recommend to the world) and she walks in and was like "How in the world are you still pregnant???" I told her I had been wondering the same thing. This pregnancy has been by far the worst with the short cervix and starting to dilate at 23 weeks. I have been dilated to 5 for over 7 weeks and when my OB check me on Thursday I was dilated to 6! I am about 15 minutes away from the hospital so I thought it was a little risky sending me home as I would have to pack up my two kids which would make for about a 25-30 minute trip to the hospital, not including time it would take to drop them off at my mother in law's. Anyway... I'm just having a great day and feel amazing... 7 weeks in the hospital, so much stress, and now I am okay.... it's a huge weight off of my shoulders! I have been out of the hospital for 3 weeks and basically off of bedrest for 2 weeks and have only went into the hospital once for contractions and that was the day my husband's grandpa passed! I have a great feeling of accomplishment even though I have been feeling like I have been doing absolutely NOTHING since February! Thanks for all of the support and listening to any rants I might have went on and reading my relentless posting over the last several weeks! You women are amazing ;)

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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I have no words of wisdom for you as I have never had to go through anything like that. I have only had to be scared of being in such a situation. My heart goes out to you and I hope your dreams of becoming a Mom are soon fulfilled. You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers!

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