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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Made it!!!
« on: March 08, 2018 at 10:17 PM »
We made it to our scheduled c-section yesterday!!!!! Jonathan was born at 1:07pm 6lbs 10oz and 19 3/4inches.

The surgery went well and I’m healing up nicely. My cerclage was taken out after I was closed up from the cesarean.

We ran into a slight hiccup with our boy last night. He’s having a hard time controlling his blood sugar levels and is hypoglycemic, he had to get transferred to the nicu today for an iv, but it looks like he should be back with us tomorrow.

It was a long road but it feels so good to be here now. The best advice I can give to anyone going through this is the hardest to follow. Stay calm and don’t let yourself get stressed.

I set up small goals like make it to 16 weeks, great now focus on 18, 20, 24, and so on.

My husband and I tried to find the silver linings in every bad appointment or new complication and stayed optimistic. We focused on making each other laugh and it helped us get through to the end. It’s so easy to dwell on everything and make yourself crazy and paranoid over every little twinge. Just take a deep breath and focus on the tiny little goals.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Yay hypertension!
« on: February 20, 2018 at 03:30 AM »
We had our last routine check this week before our pre-op check next Monday and c-section scheduled for March 7th.

So of course the appointment couldn’t be drama free. 😁

My bp was 160 over I forget how much. All through this pregnancy no matter how stressful and how bad the news was my bp was always fine. At worse it would be slightly elevated when we first got there but would be normal within 5 minutes.

Not today, it wouldn’t come down so we had to head to the hospital for monitoring and all the please don’t be preeclampsia or HELP tests.

Luckily my bp came down at the hospital and all my tests came back normal. They did catch the early start of a uti.

I was sent home but I need to check my bp everyday and watch for signs of preeclampsia. I go back to the doctor on Thursday. He gives me 50/50 odds of making it to my scheduled c-section.

It’s not the end of the world, we are 37+1 today so honestly I’m fine with this pregnancy being over sooner rather then later and having our boy whenever. I really really want just one thing to go according to plan.

At least I’m not back on bed rest..... just back to “taking it easy”

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 33 weeks and counting
« on: January 24, 2018 at 04:08 PM »
We made it to 33 weeks and are holding steady. I’m not on strict bedrest anymore, more like reduced activity. I can cook and do some light cleaning.

Our only issue at the moment is that baby boy is still in Breech position. So if he doesn’t flip in the next few weeks we will probably schedule a cesarean. Otherwise everyone is optimistic of us going to term.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Bedrest Venting
« on: January 18, 2018 at 07:16 PM »
I've been on bedrest for 6 months now (24 weeks), by the time I get my cerclage out it will be just over 7 months (29 weeks). I've done pretty well keeping myself occupied and busy in my feet up position, but boy does the lack of activity make me restless.

Anyway my rant..... Does it annoy any of you when you mention something about the drawback of bedrest being a lack of activity and/or boredom or general restlessness from not using any of your copious amounts of stored up energy and the person you are talking to is like "well enjoy all that rest now... soon you will be longing to relax again! Har Har Har (or some version of this sentiment)?

On the outside I smile and choke down my irritation, but on the inside there are about a thousand sarcastic replies running through my head. (This might have something to do with the crazy hormones and mood swings as well as frustration I'm sure)

But seriously like any pregnant woman doesn't already know that newborns are exhausting, or if we didn't know it when we got pregnant there aren't countless books, articles, and well intentioned people who have been telling us this since the moment that egg was fertilized.

Since there is no bank I can deposit all this "relaxing" rest into and withdraw later when I desperately need it, these comments are at best tone deaf and unhelpful.

Of course I'm grateful that so far all this bedrest has been working and our little man is cooking away safe and sound.... the cerclage comes out in 4.5 weeks and all my restrictions will finally be lifted. I can hopefully enjoy a small window of normalcy before my due date of March 11th.

I'm not sure what I want to do first when I get my bed shackles off. High on the list right now is thoroughly cleaning my house to my satisfaction (my husband tries but he isn't nearly as neurotic (I prefer detail oriented) as I am, baking all of the treats (its my happy place) cooking dinners and extra dinners for freezing for post baby arrival, indulging in all of my nesting instincts, taking the dog for a walk and getting as much fresh air as I want, and of course I really miss sex with my husband.... I'm not sure how that one will work with my 37 week sized belly but where there is a will there is a way!!!!!

I just hope our little bean continues to cooperate and stays inside a bit longer for his optimal health and so his mommy can have a tiny taste of freedom and time to do a little baby prep work.

What about you ladies any things people say to you that drive you nuts or you've heard so many times it's hard to stop the eye roll? Anything you are looking forward to doing if you get a little window between bedrest and birth?

For those of you still in the early parts of bedrest... hang in there! I set small goals for myself so that it didn't seem so daunting. I started at 8 weeks and I'm now at 32+5! There were times when it didn't seem possible we would make it this far but our train kept chugging along and we can almost see the final station ahead.



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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Update
« on: December 01, 2017 at 05:03 PM »
Home from today’s appointment, we are holding steady at 1.9cm!!!!

First time this entire pregnancy we’ve had back to back good appointments.

We are 25+5 today, have a cerclage, on progesterone suppositories, and bedrest. Its working so far!

We pushed back the steroid shot and will re-evaluate at our next appointment in 2 weeks.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 23, 2017 at 04:40 PM »
Happy turkey day to those of you celebrating!

It’s really hard to stay in a chair and not be up doing my normal marathon cooking.

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Wheelchair with cerclage
« on: November 10, 2017 at 02:59 AM »
My husband brought home a wheelchair for me to use going to my checkups. Anyone else doing this?

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Cerclage placed
« on: November 09, 2017 at 02:13 AM »
My cerclage was put in yesterday at 22 weeks 2 days. I was down to 9mm with funneling. After my recheck this morning my functioning cervix is at 1.4cm and the funneling completely closed giving me some cushion and bringing the total cervical length to 3.1cm yay! My doctor said we could loose the bonus length but not to worry as long as we don’t go below 1.4cm

I was discharged this afternoon and am home on modified bed rest. I can take periodic 10 minute breaks throughout the day to stretch my legs and keep the blood circulating. Otherwise I need to be in bed, laying on the couch, or resting in a recliner for the remainder of the pregnancy (which hopefully will be a good while longer) Fingers crosses we make it into the 30s.

I’m a little concerned about my vaginal progesterone and how far to insert it?

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / First pregnancy roller coaster
« on: November 07, 2017 at 05:07 AM »
After a few years of trying, my husband and I had a successful iui done on Father’s Day. At 8 weeks I came home from work and felt a gush of warmth (I thought I was peeing my pants) I dashed off to the bathroom and my husband found me sitting on the toilet, panties filled with blood holding a palm sized clot in my hand. Of course it was after midnight, because things like this never conveniently happen at normal business hours!

We waited for a few hours for the on call ultrasound tech to come back to the hospital and confirm or relieve us of our worst fears. Luckily our son’s heartbeat was nice and strong. We ended up getting diagnosed with a sub chorionic hemorrhage that lasted about 8 stress filled weeks.

The hemorrhage resolved and was replaced by a ball of sludge (cervical phlegmon) which prompted our ob to measure my.cervix. It measured 3.1, because that is exactly what we needed after our first scare! We went back the next week .... 2.2 and we started vaginal progesterone... next week 2.4... progress?

Two weeks still holding steady! Then this past Thursday a dime sized amount of mucus came out. We called the doctor and sent over a lovely picture of my vagina booger, he sent us to Labor & Delivery. The mucus ended up being nothing to worry about but for kicks before releasing me they decided to check my cervical length. Why not at least 20 people have been all up in my business since the start of this pregnancy, what was 1 more?

1.3 was not what we wanted to hear after only about a week and a half since our last measurement. At that point I was placed on strict bedrest and back to weekly appointments. My next appointment was already scheduled for Monday (today) so we went in, not expecting much of a change over 4 days.

We were wrong .9, more funneling, membranes and my son’s fist pushing into the funnel, as well as more mucus and signs that my cervix was starting to open.

So here I am in the hospital being monitored for signs of contractions or labor (none so far) As long as I don’t start contractions or labor I get my very own shiny new cerclage put in tomsorrow (technically today, given the wee hour)

I’m 22 weeks 2 days and hoping like mad this keeps my little man in the oven a bit longer. I’m also really ready to get off this roller coaster!

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