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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Madeleine Anne
« on: September 07, 2013 at 10:38 PM »
Mucho Congrats! So happy for you and your family. Glad she had the short NICU stay and is now home happy and healthy.

Babies have there own time frame don't they :)

Love her name too, it was one of my considerations.

Enjoy!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Elayna Katheryn
« on: September 07, 2013 at 10:32 PM »
Thank you ladies :)

And yes, labor was much more rewarding than bed rest!

It was all worth it, for sure.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: *UPDATE* My first bedrest baby is here!
« on: September 03, 2013 at 11:49 PM »
So happy for you!

Yes it is worth it. Seems like a bad dream....

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Congrats mama! So happy she was healthy and no NICU stay. Enjoy and hope for a speedy recovery.


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Harrison William
« on: September 03, 2013 at 11:44 PM »
what a cute baby! Congrats to you to making it full term!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Elayna Katheryn
« on: September 03, 2013 at 11:41 PM »
Elayna Katheryn joined us on Aug 21 at 3:43am weighing 7 lbs 3 ounces and 20 inches.  She was actually born on her due date!  She was healthy and fed right away. I made it through labor with no epidural, as I wanted to. But only because I waited so long to go to the hospital. I labored at home for about 2 hours before we left the house for the hospital, she was born one hour after we arrived, but only 10 minutes after we were ushered into the room which she was delivered in. I was begging for the epidural  but it was too late, I couldn’t even fill out the paper work. They barely had the IV in me when my water broke and I told them I have to push. They said not until you feel like you have to poop. I was like ‘yes, I feel like I have to poop. You don’t understand get the dr in here now!’. The nurse examined me and yelled ‘we need a set up’ and like 15 people rushed into the room.

My 4 year old son was there with me and my hubby (as my mom didn’t make it in time  to watch him for us, she was driving from S FL).  He handled it well.  Once I started screaming the Dr. had some nurses take him out of the room. After wards she said she did it because he looked petrified and just didn’t want him to be scared. He was happy when he came in the room afterwards with a popsicle and a hat for his baby sis. I love that kid so much. He has been the best big bro too.

So, 15 people rushed into the room and its time to push. The pain is tremendous so I am screaming because I just had to. They tell me the baby’s heart rate is 80 and I need to get her out now. I told myself I didn’t come this far after bed rest to lose her now so I gave it my all and pushed through all the pain. It was so epic to feel everything and do it naturally (even if I would have taken that darn epidural if I could have) it is an experience I will always remember. I had an epidural with my son so this was my second birth, first natural.

Well that is the happy ending to my story (tears welling  as I type). After 4 months of bedrest I have my baby...and the icing on the cake is it was a girl, we were waiting to find out :-)

 I hope everyone here has their happy ending too. Thanks for all the support ladies. Hang in there.


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MrsP

I know you posted this a while ago but I wanted to check in on you. I cannot say I've had the same experiences as you but I know how hard it is to worry and be on bed rest. I have had two bouts of bed rest, one 6 week strict hospital and at home and my latest 4 month modified from which I am now full term and still waiting to deliver.

How are you doing? I hope you are still carrying and doing well.

Natalie

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Kitkat just wanted to say I am thinking of you and your family. You have now done all you can for your LO inside the womb and you will do excellent by her once she is out. It will be hard but you can do it. Positive thoughts coming your way for the best possible outcome.

Natalie

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 12
« on: August 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM »
Hey gang,

So many stories to read. Congrats to Amy on the birth and to everyone who has made it into the full term...

and  hang in there you early bed resters. I made it to 39 weeks this week. Next Wed is my due date. I cannot even believe I made it this far after almost 4 months of modified bed rest. You can do it ladies, this too shall pass (awesome quote).

Andi pants I can totally relate. For the last 3 to 4 weeks I've been back on my feet and in action and my contractions are nill. What the heck!!!

Now my worries have changed from having the baby too soon to not having the baby soon enough. I am worried about having to be induced as statistically you are more likely to need a C section if you are induced. My last two drs visits showed me at 4cm and 70% effaced. I go this Monday so we shall see.

My first child came at 37w 3 days after 6weeks of hospital  and strict home bed rest. So I have beat my average lol. I now know what it feels like to be very pregnant. It sucks. I live in Fl and cannot even go outside for a walk unless its super early or late. Walking is a chour, my hips hurt, feet and hands are swollen. This is nuts....

But all in all I am so thankful to be here at this point in time with my silly complaints and my LO still cooking. Thanks for all the support girls this site has been a blessing.

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Hi Kate, I am so sorry for your situation. Even though I don't have experience with placenta previa, I can relate to your emotions very much. You can do this, stay strict to your doctors orders and keep that baby in as long as possible. Your other relationships can be made whole again, its the baby that is the most important right now.

Find things to do/read/watch/listen to/during the day to keep your mind off of things. Celebrate the small stuff and keep positive. Cry when needed :-)

I was on bed rest at  home for 4 months with a 3.5 year old....for preterm labor/short cervix. I just hit  38 weeks last week. It seems like a distant memory for me. I hope everything works out for you and your family.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 5
« on: August 05, 2013 at 09:05 PM »
So glad to hear the good stories of everyone coming it so far. Making it to 32w, 34w, and 36w are major milestones and congrats to all of you for hanging on that long.

I am 37w 5d and so excited to put the last four months behind me. I just went to the dr today and I am 4 cm, 80% effaced, super soft and the baby is at 0 station. My guess is next week I finally get to find out if I have a new son or daughter. Cannot wait!! In the mean time I am working on getting my strength back, started with just household chores and now includes swimming, walking, and very very light yoga.

I am like a decade behind on shows, I am watching the Wire on HBO GO and the Office on Netflix. Bill Mahr's season just ended so that is a major bummer for me.

Hope everyone has a great week.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Meltdown
« on: August 03, 2013 at 11:22 PM »
I can relate, lots of guilt about how I have had to treat my 3.5 year old during this. It sucks. That is a long time on bed rest so tensions are naturally high. I feel for you.

I too felt that way about picking up my activity. I was officially off BR at 35 weeks, but held out until 37 so I've been off for a few days now. But, I did pick up my activity at 35w, like make a run to the store for one item. library, or get down on the floor to play with my son. I would feel pressure and shooting pains, sometimes the contractions would pick up too and I would feel guilty. Thankfully nothing ever came of it...it makes sense since we haven't used those muscles for months and are not use to the pressure but you just don't know.

I am sharing this to say you didn't do anything wrong, I am sure you will be fine esp if what you felt has subsided, and that you are sooo close and before you know it, this whole mess will be a memory. Hang in there.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 31 weeks, placental abruption
« on: August 03, 2013 at 11:12 PM »
Hi Mouse. I would talk to your drs about what they think your chances would be for another bed rest situation. Here is my shortened story in the mean time:

I was on bed rest for 6 weeks with my first (4w hospital and 2w at home strict) due to preterm labor (I was 75% effaced and 2cm dialated for the first pregnancy at 30w). Due to this, I was monitored during my second pregnancy and placed on modified bed rest at 20w until 35w. So almost four months. I wasn't convinced nor were my drs that it would happen again, but my monitoring during my second showed I had a short cervix, so they put me on MBR. I am thankfully now 37w and 3d and still cookin. I actually had my first at 37 and 3 so I have officially beat my avg lol.

Bed rest is so hard, especially for all the emotions you all just discussed. But it does end. I am so happy to be at this point but it wasn't easy. This will be my last pregnancy, even though I make it to full term (my first was born healthy at 6lbs 11ouc and no NICU or any issues besides Jaundice which cleared on its own) I don't think I can handle another bout of bed rest and the chances that come along with it. But that is just me, everyone has the right to feel however they want to about it.

Good luck, stay put, and keep that baby in :-)

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Amy what a crazy experience. At least you are just about 35w.

I am 35w 5d and holding strong. Next week I get my group B strep and they will check my cervix which I am very curious to see where things are at.

Well I do 'get ready' in the morning, my own version. I bring my son to day care so I make sure I wash, brush, ect. This alone is a big help for my mood. But, I don't put on make up or do my hair and also try to avoid chemicals (I space out deodorant as much as possible..... but it is summer in FL:-)).  I also wear comfy clothes since I am just laying on the couch. When visitors come I will put on some makeup and a nice outfit. Oh yeah and I've watched so much TV I am now thinking of boycotting it. Total overload.

I have picked up my activity since I am officially off of bed rest (as of last Wed!), but I still have myself on a modified version since when I am active I start contracting. My contractions don't have a pattern like the docs tell you to look for, but they are getting painful.

Glad to hear how far some of us have made it! And to the ladies just starting out or halfway through, hang in there! You can do it!!! It seemed never ending to me and now its over, 15 w later.


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As always I love reading all your posts :-) Makes me feel connected to life.

I will be 35 weeks this wed and will be officially off bed rest. I've been on modified bed rest at home for nearly 15 weeks, since April 3. But I think I will still be taking it very easy until 37 weeks. Just in case.

The Dennis quaid Ellen video was great. She is hilarious I really like her stand up. Pinterest  has a board called http://pinterest.com/all/?category=humor that always makes me laugh.

The checked out the Elton John song "Blessed" because I am a fan..... and I realized I've heard it before, but never really listened to the words. I loved it. So appropriate and I really felt it.

I love music, it really does brighten the day. When I was first sentenced to bedrest soundgarden's 'fell on black days' was a fav (I know not motivating but I was sulking). I am always watching different genres of youtube videos and picturing myself dancing again. Cannot wait. Whenever I think about giving birth (same with my first, Ayden) I picture it happening to the song "Beautiful Dawn" by James Blunt.

Feeling the baby move is inspirational for me too. Prob the most. My stomach rolls are constant entertainment for me!

Congrats to everyone for making it another week.




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