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Making the Best of Bed Rest / 5 ways bed rest is better than prison
« on: April 19, 2009 at 09:50 PM »
1) there's no limit on visiting hours. your family can visit you all the time.
2) You can be in your home instead of an uncomfortable prison cell.
3) you have access to the outside world through TV, phone, and computers....
4) Home cooked meals
5) You don't have to fear being beaten by a disgruntled somebody out to watch the world burn
AND
We'll soon have a wonderful, healthy new baby! :D

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Surviving bed rest
« on: April 19, 2009 at 09:47 PM »
We are all taking this in stride. DH has been absolutely wonderful and the kids (ages 4 and 2) are figuring it all out and being little troopers. We've had help with meals, laundry and the kids which has been a Godsend. That part has been hard for us, we are typically quite self sufficient and it's hard for us to accept help, but with this we don't have much of a choice and we are so grateful for anything.  That's what I would suggest for everybody...accept help!  It can be hard, but people really do want to help.  We are blessed to have a very supportive church community, many friends, and family in town.

I'm doing well. I actually am quite relaxed and more at peace than I thought I would be. It was hard at first, as those of you can imagine who know my "on the go" personality. But now that I know that the baby looks "incredibly healthy" per my doctors report and I know where the bleeding is coming from, I feel better.

I am now officially a facebook nerd. Don't be surprised if I update my status every 5 minutes! And don't be afraid to say hello and chat if we're on at the same time...all I have is time. I've been keeping myself busy with my laptop which luckily has wireless internet access, as well as watching TV series DVDs like 24, Lost, House, Entourage, etc. I am also hooked on the Wii game Big Brain Academy, since Tennis and skiing are now out! DH has set up a little home and office by the couch and I'm working when I can making phone calls or answering e-mails.

How's everyone else doing??

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I found out I was expecting #3 in February. We didn't tell people because I was having lots of complications right off the bat. I have been spotting the whole pregnancy and was miserably sick and exhausted. We thought we were having twins since it runs in both sides of our family. But I had an ultrasound at 7 weeks which showed one healthy baby and heartbeat. We were very excited but I kept bleeding, so I was always very scared I would miscarry since I've had a miscarriage before. But everything seemed to be going fine until I was 10 weeks along and woke up one night and had lost a ton of blood and tissue. I thought that was it. But when we got the the hospital an ultrasound showed that there was one baby still doing fine. It turns out I was pregnant with twins after all. The other twin didn't develop much past 5 weeks or so, so they did not see a heartbeat on my original ultrasound. We were sad, but honestly, just relieved to know that we still had one healthy baby, since we didn't know we were having twins after the first ultrasound. I was put on bed rest until I stopped bleeding and I went back to work. Well, my first day back at work up on my feet, the same thing happened. I lost a lot of blood and was sure I was miscarrying the other twin. But again, by the grace of God, the baby looked very happy and healthy on ultrasound. We were very relieved but concerned with why I was bleeding so much. Later that week I had a high definition ultrasound and we found out why...my placenta for this baby is developing and attaching itself right over my cervix which is causing the bleeding. I have been put on strict bed rest due to the bleeding and the fact that my cervix is slightly open and at risk for dilating. Obviously if I dilate this early I'll lose the baby. 
I had another ultrasound last Monday with no change, except my cervix looked a little better.  My doctor said that it will be normal for me to spot the remainder of the pregnancy, but if I have any more episodes of heavy bleeding, like a period or more, I need to come in right away to check on the baby and placenta.  He's hoping that as the baby grows the placenta will move up and away from my cervix. I have a doppler to monitor the baby's heart rate and that is a good relief for me everyday when I hear it. 
Has anyone been on bed rest like me this early?  I'm due in October and can not imagine doing this until then!!!

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