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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 18, 2017
« on: September 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM »
Hello, ladies!

How is everyone doing? How many weeks are you? Any surprise trips to L&D last week? And who is holding smooth and steady?

I just wanted to say a quick word about preeclampsia today. I never expected that I would get it, and no one ever does. It can come on quickly, so I want to encourage all of you to keep an eye out for its symptoms: high blood pressure, protein in the urine, hyperactive reflexes, pain under the right rib, sudden swelling, sudden weight gain, nausea or vomiting, shoulder pain, vision changes (spots, blurriness), headache, lower back pain, racing pulse, confusion, shortness of breath or chest pain. You can learn more at www.Preeclampsia.org. If you have ANY of these symptoms, report them to your doctor right away.

Looking forward to your updates!

Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 11, 2017
« on: September 11, 2017 at 12:49 PM »
I thought I'd do a fun question this week, to help keep you focused on the end goal: What do you dream of doing with your baby someday? Is there a certain activity? A hobby you'd like to share? A place to go? Tell us!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 4, 2017
« on: September 04, 2017 at 01:50 PM »
It's Labor Day in the U.S. today. Mostly I'm a fan of labor days when Mom is at least 37 weeks along.  ;) So it's the last unofficial day of summer here, with the kids starting school tomorrow. Do any of you already have kids? I can't wait for you to have the experience of taking those "First Day of School" pictures! Do it when you'd be getting up for a bathroom break anyway. And I wish the same someday for all of you moms-to-be!

I'm looking forward to your updates! I hope to be more involved with KEC again once we're back into our school year routine. We should be starting the Live Chat again beginning next Tuesday. I will let you all know!

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 28, 2017
« on: August 28, 2017 at 11:09 AM »
Today I want to share some wisdom from my late grandma:

Don't meet trouble halfway.
Let it travel the full distance,
because something usually happens to it before it arrives.


Anxiety and worry seem to be such a common part of bedrest. There's just too much time to think about all that might go wrong! Try not to get trapped in that kind of thinking. Instead, feel confident knowing that you are doing all you can to keep your baby (or babies) safe.

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 21, 2017
« on: August 21, 2017 at 11:53 AM »
Hello, you wonderful mamas! I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates!

Were any of you able to get eclipse goggles for today if you are in one of the states where it will be visible? Do any of you live near the path of totality?  The longest duration of totality will be near Carbondale, IL, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. Some places, like Kansas City, KS— which is at the edge of totality — will only witness totality for about 20 seconds.

Speaking of things that are round... Does anyone want to post belly pix on our Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin I thought that might be fun!

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 14, 2017
« on: August 14, 2017 at 10:27 AM »
Welcome to our new members! Thanks for joining, and I hope to see your Monday updates here! It's a great way to get to know the other bedrest moms.

So ladies, let us know how many weeks along you are. What are you looking forward to this week?

I hope we'll have a great turnout tomorrow on the Live Chat. Set an alarm so you don't miss it!

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 7, 2017
« on: August 07, 2017 at 10:49 AM »
Hello, ladies!

Today I am sharing a link to an article about moms who nearly died after delivery.  I know you don't want to think about any other possible thing that can go wrong with your pregnancy, but there is some excellent advice here. I developed preeclampsia that led to kidney failure and me being away from my son the first two weeks of his life. Demanding care for mothers AFTER delivery is a topic I feel strongly about. When your OB says to make an appointment to see her in 6 weeks (the standard of care), you don't have to wait. If you've been experiencing high blood pressure, headaches, bleeding, placenta previa, swelling, anxiety, depression or anything else that concerns you, set an appointment within the first week after delivery. Those are symptoms or complications that could become worse after you deliver. You can also have a doula come to your home to assess your health.

My other recommendation is to have a partner or family member who is ready to advocate for you if something doesn't seem right or if something goes wrong. If you feel like your health care providers are listening to you or aren't taking you seriously, your partner MUST fight for you. Your partner can also be your second set of ears. Have them write things down for you and encourage them to ask questions.

Here is the link: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/03/541191480/if-you-hemorrhage-dont-clean-up-advice-from-mothers-who-almost-died

On a lighter note, I hope to see you all on the live chat tomorrow!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern on Tuesdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 31, 2017
« on: July 31, 2017 at 08:13 AM »
Hello! A big welcome to our many new ladies who joined last week! And to our oldies but goodies, congrats for still being here! EVERY day counts! So give us an update:

How many weeks are you? Why are you on bedrest? Any appointments this week? Quick note: There won't be a Live Chat tomorrow.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas! 
Angela

Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 24, 2017
« on: July 24, 2017 at 09:55 AM »
"You can learn many things from children.
How much patience you have, for instance."
                                    --Franklin P. Jones


Ain't that the truth! And sometimes even before they are born!

Let us know how many weeks along you are, and tell us how you're feeling. Do you have any appointments this week or any news to report from last week? Be sure to set an alarm for tomorrow's Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 17, 2017
« on: July 17, 2017 at 10:33 AM »
Looking forward to hearing from my ladies! My little guy will celebrate his 9th birthday this week. The time has gone way too fast! And that means KeepEmCookin' is closing in on 9 years old too! My 16 weeks on bedrest with him is what inspired me to create this group.  ;D

Tell us how many weeks along you are, and get us up to date on anything that happened last week.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
--Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 10, 2017
« on: July 10, 2017 at 09:07 AM »

Music! Take some time today for music.

Think of a song that has always inspired you, like "Roar," or "I Will Survive," or a favorite workout song. Next, pick a song that will take you to another time and place in your life when you were carefree, young and idealistic. Finally, pick a song that means something special to you and your partner, perhaps a song from your wedding or a song from when you first started dating. Don't underestimate the power that music can have on your mood!  ;D

As always, let us know how many weeks along you are and how the past week has been. And, tell us a song that inspires you. Here are a few to get you started:

"Ain't no Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
"Fighter" by Christina Aguilera
"Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson
"Roar" by Katy Perry
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
Can't Stop the Feelin': by Justin Timberlake

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela


Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 3, 2017
« on: July 03, 2017 at 10:18 AM »
When something is important enough, you do it even when the odds are not in your favor.

                                                                  --Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors


So you may not be developing spacecraft or electric cars like Elon Musk. What you're doing is far more important, because you're the only person who can do it for your baby (or babies)! So get ready to tackle another week!

Let us know how many weeks you are, if you have any OB appointments this week, and what you are looking forward to. If you had any appointments last week (or trips to L&D) let us know about that too.

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!!!

Angela

*There's no chat tomorrow due to the Independence Day holiday in the U.S.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 26, 2017
« on: June 27, 2017 at 08:35 AM »
Happy Tuesday! So I blew it yesterday with not having time to post the "Monday" Roll Call. And if you take a look at the new posts to last week's roll call you will see our ladies had a lot to share in the past few days! Congratulations to DanaS, SuzieQ and Winteriscoming. Take a look at the June 17 Roll Call for their updates. Let's say a prayer and send positive thoughts for these babies to grow healthy and strong.

To all of our ladies: Remember that you are an important person doing an important job!  Don't hesitate to ask for the care and attention you need.  :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 19,2017
« on: June 19, 2017 at 08:31 AM »
June 21st marks the start of summer! It's exciting to see time passing, but I know it can be a tough time as friends and family are having cookouts and weddings while you're stuck at home. This is a time when it is especially important to invite people over so that you don't feel quite so left out. Does anyone have suggestions on things you can do when visitors come over?

I'm looking forward to your updates! It was great to hear from so many of you last week! Hope to see you all on the Live Chat tomorrow.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Tuesdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 12, 2017
« on: June 12, 2017 at 11:16 AM »
It's a new week! Anyone else have kids winding down the school year? Mine are done this week!

What are you looking forward to over the next few days? And if you don't have something special planned yet for this week, what will it be?

I've noticed that our turnout for the Tuesday live chats has been picking up. So happy to see that! Is there something about the chats that we could do differently? Would you like to receive a reminder e-mail? Just let me know...

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Tuesdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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