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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 3, 2012
« on: September 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM »
I made it to 37 wks on Saturday and delivered Sunday morning at 4:35am :) My little girl was 7 lbs 6 oz and 19 3/4 inches long. She is perfect and is so worth the 5 months of bedrest, etc, that it took to get her here!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 27
« on: August 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM »
Somehow still here! 36 wks + 3 days. I've now made it longer than I did with my last two children and this coming Saturday, I'll have made it as long as the two before that and I will officially be full term! Had my 36 wk appt yesterday and got my last progesterone shot. Dr thinks I'll make it at least a few more days, maybe even a week or more. I don't know what to expect now! :) We were so sure she would be here by now that we never even considered what we would do if she wasn't here by the first day of school (today). Must rethink babysitters :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call! August 20, 2012
« on: August 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM »
Still here :) 35 wks + 2 days. As of my appt this morning, 50% effaced, but not dilating yet. We're expecting her sometime this week as my last two have shown up by 36 wks + 0 days. Neither spent any time in the NICU though, so I'm hoping we'll have the same luck with this little girl! :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call! August 13
« on: August 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM »
Still here. 34 wks + 2 days. Officially off strict bedrest as of last Saturday but my OB told me to take it easy for the next week and a half as he really wants me to make it to 36 wks :) The baby is about 5.5 -6 lbs, so we're doing good! Had to go to a chiropractor last week as she settled into a transverse position and wouldn't stay head down, but a quick adjustment of my hips fixed that. I'd definitely recommend going to a good chiropractor who is trained in working with pregnant women if you're able to! Bedrest messes up alignment and things like that. Hoping to make it at least until Friday as my anniversary is Thursday and DH took the day off and is taking me out :) I'm so glad this is almost done! 5 months of bedrest is not easy!

Hang in there! :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 6th
« on: August 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM »
33 wks + 2 days today. I get off bedrest on Saturday! :) This last week feels like it's longer than the whole 5 months I've been on bedrest though! Three more progesterone shots left, if I make it to 36 wks :)

Congratulations on making it 5 weeks!!! There is a huge difference between a 21 weeker and a 26 weeker - you did great!!! :)

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bed-rested at 15 weeks
« on: August 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM »
I've been on bedrest since 14 wks (15 wks of modified, 4 wks of strict). I was worried about how my one year old would deal with it, but she actually prefers it I think. She loves knowing where I am all the time and having me available to play with her and read to her all day. I hate that my husband has to take on so much more responsibility, but he pointed out that it's helped our older kids learn to do chores they might not have learned to do. I've tried to step back and let go of a lot of things that usually would annoy me. The house will still be here when I am finally done with bed rest :) I try and make sure he gets breaks and gets to do things he enjoys. My neck and shoulders hurt sometimes, but the most painful thing for me is my hips. Lots of pillows so I can change position and still be supported help :) GL :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for July 30
« on: July 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM »
I haven't posted in a while, but I'm still here :) 32 wks, 2 days. I made it through 15 wks on modified bedrest before a visit to L&D and being put on strict bedrest 3 weeks ago. My dr will let me off when I hit 34 wks. He's having me continue the progesterone shots until I deliver or 36 wks, whichever comes first. Baby's dropped and is at -1 station, but I haven't started to dilate yet, so we're doing well :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for June 18
« on: June 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM »
26+3 wks today. 12 wks of bedrest down, 9 to go :) Waiting on the results of the ffn test the dr did yesterday, but looks like we're hanging in there for now :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for June 11
« on: June 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM »
Still here. 25 wks 3 days today. 11 wks of bedrest down, 10 to go until 35 wks :)

Sending my husband to a shooting range for Father's Day :)

It gets frustrating - especially when you see other pregnant moms doing "normal" stuff and carrying their babies to 38, 39, 40 wks with no problems (although I have to admit that I don't miss having to go through the last few weeks as long as my baby is healthy!). I had four normal pregnancies and suddenly everything went wrong with my last one and I ended up on bedrest for 4.5 months. They told me I had very little chance of PTL happening again, yet here we are again. Other moms get to have fun with their kids all summer and my kids get to sit in the house with me all day. It feels surreal - like I'm making a big deal over nothing - then I try to get up and do something simple and the contractions start up again.

It helps to have my one year old as a visual reminder of why I'm doing this. I managed to keep her in until almost 36 wks and she was perfect and didn't need to be in the NICU at all. It will be worth it. Once it's over, it will all blend into one memory and you'll be left with the miracle child you managed to get here :) Remembering that helps. Sometimes though, I just need to tune out of everything. I watch a lot of shows on Netflix and play computer games as they eat up hours at a time. And I make it through one more day.

My herbalist suggested red raspberry leaf tea, which helped me go from constant contractions and cramping to about one contraction an hour or even less. I checked with my OB though to make sure he was ok with it.

I'm so sorry for your loss :(

We lost our first baby at 13 wks, not nearly as far along as you were though. It took us 4 more years to finally get pregnant again. I was scared through the whole pregnancy that we would lose her. I think once you've experienced a loss, you always worry it will happen again. You know it's not just something that happens to other people.

That being said, knowing ahead of time that you may be high risk can be very helpful in decreasing the risk of something like this happening again. I don't know you medical history and I'm not your OB, but maybe bedrest from early on might help with a future pregnancy? Or a cerclage placed earlier? Or something else that I'm not aware of. I would talk to your drs and see what they advise.

There's no easy way to deal with the loss of a child. I know in my experience, a loss is made easier when you find a way to release your emotions when they become overwhelming, rather than trying to repress them, and when you are able to find closure somehow.

I don't know if any of this helps. I would imagine not much would help me at the beginning of dealing with such a loss. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 23 Week update!
« on: June 03, 2012 at 02:27 AM »
I was told that the progesterone shots could be given every 5-9 days. My doctor is having me take them every 7 days. I have no idea how to decrease the side effects of procardia, sorry :( With my last pregnancy, I was on terbutaline for several months. Some days I had worse side effects than others, but I don't remember anything I did or didn't do that I felt contributed to that.

Maybe try to do something so the kids know there will be an end to it? If you have a specific deadline for when you will be allowed home, maybe make a paper chain with a link for each day? Then have the child take off a link every day when he comes to visit? I know my kids, especially the younger ones, have a hard time understanding time limits unless they have a visual aid :) You could also cross off days on a calendar or make a calendar with a little treat for each day (candy or a small toy - party favor sections of stores like Walmart have awesome toys for things like this as do stores like Party City).

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