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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Sydney is here!
« on: July 06, 2011 at 09:56 PM »
Thought I'd check in and remind everyone that bedrest works and is worth it! Of course there is still some speculation that it's hard to tell how effective it is on a clinical level and I"ll never know, but at least i do think knowing you're doing something to help the baby even if it's somewhat uncertain, is helpful when baby ends up being on time and healthy-

our baby girl Sydney was born last Saturday the 2nd, I was at 39 weeks and 3 days. I had been on bedrest for 8 weeks from week 27 till 35, for short cervix and a positive ffn test. Also started dilating at 29 weeks. So baby ended up going all the way pretty much! I had actually kept dilating slowly, and by the time my water broke that night and we went to the hospital, we got there just in time because I was at 10 and ready to push! I was only in the room for 30 min and she was out (it's my second baby). She is healthy as can be.

I feel so much better- and an another note I'm so glad that I got back to being somewhat active after the restrictions were lifted- I went back to work, taking care of my toddler, cleaning the house, getting baby stuff ready, going to yoga. It was hard cause I was so tired at first, but I think all this helped me to get my strength back so I was able to push the baby out! Keep it going ladies and good luck to everyone!

Sydney Diane, 8 lbs 5 oz 20 in, born at 39+3 weeks Apgars 9 and 9
I'm posting a photo, hope it works! Well, tried to do the photo but it's not working either in this post, or as part of my profile....trying to repost....

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Having a tough day.
« on: April 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM »
Today (and yesterday) have just been really tough emotionally for me for some reason. I had a good first part of the week, but now I'm just feeling really down, frustrated, sick of having to do this, lonely....
I started bedrest 3 weeks ago at 27 weeks. Feels like 3 months. I got to 30 weeks this last Wed so I feel a lot better about the baby, but trying to pass every day the same way is just excruciating. I think it's partly because I'm living at my parents' right now, because it's easier logistically for me to be here and for them to take care of me, while my husband is home taking care of our son, but I am a little more isolated. I do get to see him on Thursdays when he's over here, but today my husband and son went to the park and played outside and it's finally nice out, and I just miss doing that. I wish I could run around with my son, and I'm scared I'm not going to be able to for a long time. Because after bed rest then what, there's a little newborn who will need me and I won't be able to give my son the attention he deserves even then (he's 2.5).
It's not like I don't have stuff to do, I have plenty of projects I can do, reading, movies etc. but am just not motivated.
Also I just feel like I've been so abandoned which is silly because I have a good support system, and usually I don't mind being alone and am fiercely independent. Isn't it funny how when this is forced on us, we change. Now I just want someone to be around all the time and right now my parents are out and my son/husband are doing their own thing, and my friends are all busy having fun and doing their own thing- everyone's so BUSY. At the beginning of all this, lots of people rallied around me and offered so much support but that seems to have tapered off. Which makes me feel so selfish, to be thinking "why isn't anyone offering to come over or bring me something, or say what can I do for you really?" Everyone else has a life that they are living.
Anyways, sorry to vent but I knew you all would understand. I'm sure tomorrow I'll feel a bit better. Good days and bad days, one day at a time, right.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Is lifting bedrest restictions ok?
« on: April 15, 2011 at 02:00 PM »
Ok so now I'm feeling a little anxious because it's so hard for me I guess to go with the flow sometimes... :)

Yesterday at my OB appt he checked me and said that I am still not dilated which is the main thing he's been concerned about and I'm pretty sure I'm not having any real contractions. He said the baby still feels high and the cervix is only a tad soft.
I've been on bedrest for 1 week because of short cervix and +fFn, I am 28 weeks right now.
He said to keep doing what I've been doing (modified bedrest where I'm pretty much down most of the day) for the next week, then next week I'll get checked again and I'll have an u/s to measure the baby's growth and my cervix.
Then if things still seem stable he said I might be able to have the restrictions (some?) lifted and start to do more at home, and could go back to work on light duty or modified schedule or something.
WHICH IS GREAT and I'm happy. But, I'm feeling a bit anxious because won't I still be in the danger zone at only 29 weeks next week? And it's confusing because when all this started they said I had to be on bedrest for 5 weeks till 32 weeks. Now it's all up in the air and going week by week. But I already made all these arrangements at work, to be gone indefinitely and arranged for emergency leave and short term disability. I'm also worried that if the restrictions get lifted then my husband and everyone will just expect me to go back to full throttle (it's going to be hard find an in between!)....
SO MY QUESTIONS IS: Has anyone had experience with having their bedrest lifted? Does this happen sometimes? How careful do you have to be? Have you had to go back on bedrest again? Not sure what to think about it all!..... ???

I am just starting my bedrest "adventure" and am on day 5......last week I went in for an u/s to monitor the growth of the baby due to having a really low PAPP-A score a while ago. The growth is fine, but they noticed all of a sudden that my cervix looked funny. Measured it at only 1 cm, then 7 mm with funneling if putting pressure on my tummy. So I had to go to L&D for monitoring but was not having any contractions.
I am not dilated or soft at this point, just short. But then I went in next day for the fetal fibronectin test, that came back the next day as something more is going on. So my OB had me come in that day and the next day for the steroid shot's in case the baby does come early, and prescribed "modified" bed rest which is still pretty much laying down all the time!
I'm trying to wrap my head around this, it's very strange because I really don't have any of the risk factors in my life style (maybe increased stress though?) or history- I had a fairly uncomplicated at term first pg/birth 2 years ago.

Wondering how to stay on the positive side that the baby could still be ok and maybe nothing will happen.....and trying to figure out the best things to do on bedrest (exercises?!!!). I hope everyone else going thru this is doing ok and I am here too....any thoughts/advice/anything are most welcome!

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