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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 4 Years Later...
« on: June 30, 2015 at 03:10 PM »
Hi everyone! I was on this forum 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I spent 12 weeks on bedrest starting at 22 weeks with a short cervix and an emergency cerclage. I was on a variety of meds, in and out of the hospital a few times before delivering at 35 weeks because my water broke. It was an emotional time and having this forum helped me get through the days!

My daughter just celebrated her 4th birthday and is a happy, healthy little girl. Every year on her birthday I remember how scared I was during my pregnancy and am thankful for the community of women I found here during that time :)

I am SO thankful for her and just wanted to offer you all encouragement as you deal with a stressful, high risk pregnancy! You can do it and, in the end, it will be totally worth it!


What's Your Story? Tell us. / Our baby girl is here!
« on: August 30, 2011 at 01:16 PM »
Life has been very busy since our baby girl arrived, and I haven't really had time until recently to post my story.

As a recap, at 22 weeks my cervix was 1cm dilated and only 1cm long. Immediately a rescue cerclage was put in and I was put on bedrest. At 26 weeks my cervix had funneled to the stitch. Things remained pretty stable until 33 weeks when I went into preterm labor. They stopped my labor and put me on Procardia.

At the end of June, when I was 34 weeks, my OB lifted most of my bedrest restrictions. There were still several things I couldn't do, but I could be up moving around a little more. Honestly I didn't have the strength to be up for very long, 12 weeks of bedrest and being hugely pregnant had drained my energy!

5 days later, my water broke. It was just like in the movies...a big gush of fluid, a puddle and a large wet spot on my pants. My husband immediately FREAKED OUT! We immediately went to the hospital where my stitch was removed. (Stitch removal wasn't completely terrible, however the speculum was uncomfortable to say the least!) Labor went pretty quickly, once the Procardia wore off, contractions intensified and our baby girl was born about an hour and 3 pushes later.

Avery Katherine was born on June 28th at 35w1d weighing 5lbs 1oz and was 17.5 inches long. Other than being premature, she was completely healthy and perfectly beautiful!

She did end up spending 3 weeks in the NICU. And after going through that, I would gladly do bedrest all over again and for as long as necessary to try to have a full term baby. I am immensely grateful for all the days/weeks of bedrest allowing my baby to grow inside of me for as long as she did!

She's 2 months old now and at her 2 month well-child appointment yesterday she weighed in at 8lbs 5oz and is 20.5 inches long. She's a growing girl!!

Finding this site at the beginning of my bedrest was a huge blessing for me. It was so helpful for me to know I wasn't alone and to read so many success stories!

For some reason I can't get pictures to post, so if you want to see pics of our baby girl check out my blog:


Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Eventful Week
« on: June 15, 2011 at 07:39 PM »
Last week (at 31 weeks) I started having some contractions. They weren't consistent or painful, but they made me nervous since my cervix has been funneled to the stitch for several weeks. By the time my appointment rolled around on Thursday, the contractions had increased in frequency & discomfort and I planned to talk to the OB about them. I definitely felt like they were stronger than they should have been. Unfortunately my regular OB was on vacation last week, so I saw a different doctor in the same practice. As soon as he looked at my U/S results and saw the state of my cervix (nothing had changed since my last appointment) he seemed to freak out. Started telling me about bedrest & pelvic rest. I informed him that I'd been on bedrest for several weeks already. When I asked him about the contractions, he hardly listened to me. I mentioned them again before the end of the appointment and specifically told him that my regular OB said he would start Procardia if I started contracting. Without asking any further questions he told me I wasn't a candidate for it.

Over the weekend my contractions slowly increased in frequency and by Monday morning they were getting regular and painful. I immediately called my OB's office (he was back from vacation!) and was told to go straight to the hospital. We went in and sure enough, I was in preterm labor, 100% effaced & 1 cm dilated. Thankfully, they were able to get the contractions stopped & my stitch didn't tear. I am now home from the hospital & on Procardia which is working quite nicely :) Hoping my baby girl has a few more weeks to grow before she makes her appearance!

If the fill in doc would have just listened to me and given it to me last week, we could have avoided preterm labor & another hospital stay!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Bedrest @ 23 weeks w/ baby #2
« on: April 06, 2011 at 10:54 AM »
I guess I have been diagnosed with IC, although I never actually heard those words from any of the doctors. Last week (22 weeks pg) I went to my regular OB for a normal appointment w/ an anatomical ultrasound. I had previously had an ultrasound at 18 weeks, but baby was lying in such a way that they were unable to get a good look at some of the organs. So another ultrasound was ordered - Praise God! The ultrasound tech checked my cervix at both appointments. At 18 weeks it was perfectly normal, but 4 weeks later I was 1cm dilated and my cervix was just a little over 1cm long.

I had no symptoms that there was anything wrong. No contractions, bleeding or anything else.

The next day I saw a high risk specialist and was immediately sent to the hospital where I spent the next 5 days. I had a cerclage that increased the length of my cervix to 2cm and I was sent home on bed rest. I can go to the bathroom and shower 1X a day, but other than that I'm supposed to be on the couch or in bed. I'm also not supposed to lift my 18 month old, which is really hard. Mostly because he's too young to understand.

I did dilate early w/ my first pregnancy, but not until 32 weeks. I did 2 weeks of bed rest and then I was allowed to increase my activity a little. I delivered Blue at 37.5 weeks.

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