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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 18, 2021
« on: January 18, 2021 at 05:19 PM »
"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything."
--Dan Millman


And this is your time to cook! Let everything else fall aside ... for now.

So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are. See you on the Live Chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 11, 2021
« on: January 11, 2021 at 07:15 AM »
There's a passage from a book called "Start with Why" that has stuck with me for a few years now. One example from the book is about an expedition to Antarctica, and it made me think immediately of all the bed rest moms I’ve known.

On December 5, 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven men set out for the Weddell Sea on the Endurance, a 350-ton ship that had been constructed with funds from private donors, the British government, and the Royal Geographical Society. … But the crew of the Endurance would never reach the continent of Antarctica. Just a few days out of South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic, the ship encountered mile after mile of pack ice, and was soon trapped as winter moved in and with furry. Ice closed around the ship “like an almond in a piece of toffee,” a crew member wrote.

Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the Antarctic for ten months as the Endurance drifted slowly north until the pressure of the ice floes crushed the ship. On November 21, 1915, the crew watched as she sank in the frigid waters of the Weddell Sea. …

Stranded on the ice, the crew boarded their three lifeboats and landed on tiny Elephant Island. There Shackleton left behind all but five of his men and embarked on a hazardous journey across 800 miles of rough sea to find help. Which, eventually, they did.

The book's author, Simon Sinek, goes on to talk about how none of the crew died and how there was no mutiny. Then he shares the ad that Shackleton ran to find and hire his crew, and that is what reminded me of women on bedrest facing a high-risk pregnancy:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

These men came to the challenge with a certain mindset that I think helped them to power through.

I think an ad for pregnancy bedrest would look something like this:

“Women wanted for anxiety-filled journey. Lost wages, bitter emotions, long months of complete boredom, constant worry. Happiness and healthy baby in case of success.”

I know you didn’t answer a want ad, but there is no one I would rather have on the KeepEmCookin ship than you. You are strong in spirit and mind. You believe in beating the odds. And for months on end, you don’t give up.

Now let's hear some weekly updates!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

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Hi, Amber.

I had preeclampsia, too. My blood pressure was creeping up the last couple of weeks (38 and 39), but immediately after delivery it was out of control. I could barely speak or walk and having a lot of bleeding. Many people believe that preeclampsia goes away after delivery (even medical professionals), but I've met so many women here for whom it got worse after delivery.

Please talk to your family about helping you keep an eye out for symptoms that are new or get worse (see below). Sometimes we are so focused on caring for our newborns that we don't focus on ourselves. My family thought I felt and looked as bad as I did from having a natural delivery and just being tired. I ended up at the ICU a week after delivery with kidney failure. No one knew what to look for, so please share this with your family and don't wait to go to the hospital. Symptoms are:

High blood pressure
Protein in your urine
Headaches
Changes in vision
Nausea
Swelling of your face, hands or feet
Pain in the abdomen, shoulder or lower back
Shortness of breath, feeling panicked or like something just isn't right

I'll be thinking about you lots for a safe delivery and recovery from preeclampsia. Keep letting me know how you are doing. Keep 'em cookin'!  :)


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 4, 2021
« on: January 04, 2021 at 10:14 AM »
Hello, you wonderful mamas!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates! Did any of you think you wouldn't still be pregnant in 2021? Well, you made it into another month! And year!

Does anyone want to post any belly pix on our Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin I thought that might be fun! And here's our private page: https://bit.ly/3ahoO05

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Hi, there.

First, I am so sorry for the loss of Autumn and Amelia. It's heartbreaking. I lost a twin at 17 weeks during my second pregnancy, and I understand completely the anxiety that being back in the hospital is sure to bring.

It is wonderful you have come so far with your twins. I know you're still under a lot of stress, though, no matter how far you get. From my experience, anything at all that can shift your focus away from what you're going through can ease things. Coloring, knitting or needlepoint (or other craft), online brain games (Slither.io is mindless for when you can't concentrate and uses up lots of time), binge-worthy TV shows. I watched a lot of mysteries.

Another idea is physical puzzles. I like "Traffic Jam" https://amzn.to/392Y6bg, Dog Pile https://amzn.to/3pKiHrK and Coggy https://amzn.to/3hGfkiM.

Have you joined our Facebook groups? I'm trying to increase the interaction we have over there:

Public: https://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin

Private: https://bit.ly/3ahoO05

I know this is such a tough time. Remember that every day counts. I'll be thinking of you!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 28, 2020
« on: December 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM »
Who's still cookin'? You're soooo close to a 2021 baby!

Share with us three wonderful things that you're looking forward to in the year ahead.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 7, 2020
« on: December 07, 2020 at 09:36 AM »
Welcome to another Monday Roll Call!

I know it can be tough to stay motivated, so I thought it might be good to share the things that brighten your day most. For me, the highlights of bed rest were negative FFN tests, seeing my babies on ultrasound, and having my husband paint my toenails. One night he set up a "romantic" dinner on a card table next to our bed. We called it "dinner on the terrace." What keeps you going?

And as always, let us know how many weeks along you are and if you have any appointments to look forward to this week. If you had any appointments last week or any trips to L&D last week, let us know how those went.
 
Keep those babies cookin'!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 30, 2020
« on: November 30, 2020 at 10:43 AM »
Hello, ladies!

These are some strange times we are living in due to COVID-19. Bed rest is tough enough as it is, but now you may also have to limit visitors because you need to avoid the risk of exposure. Are there people in your life who you can make part of your "bubble" so they can visit you safely?

The reason I bring this up now is the fact that we've entered the holiday season. Is there someone who can decorate your home for you? Or could you cleverly decorate your tree a few ornaments at a time when you're up anyway to use the bathroom? Are you allowed to sit up to wrap presents?

Is there anything you could recommend to other ladies here that you're doing to capture the holiday spirit? Listening to special music? Are you shopping online, or having someone do some shopping for you? Are you able to have friends, family,  or a leader from your religious community FaceTime or Zoom with you? One bright side of COVID is that we're all learning to Zoom and FaceTime!

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 23, 2020
« on: November 23, 2020 at 09:23 AM »
Hello, ladies!

It is almost Thanksgiving, and you may be feeling a bit down about it. Getting through any holiday while on bed rest can be especially tough when you feel like you're missing out. Instead, try to consider it a marker in the passage of time, getting you even closer to a safe delivery date.

So tell us what you are thankful for. It can be big or small.

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 16, 2020
« on: November 16, 2020 at 09:19 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?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela



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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 9, 2020
« on: November 09, 2020 at 09:08 AM »
Hello, ladies!

You all are doing the most important job in the world and you deserve all the support you can get!

What are you looking forward to this week? If you don't have anything planned, plan something now for this week or the weekend. Ask a friend to stop by after work with a favorite takeout meal. Ask your partner to keep you company with a captivating show or movie, just to get in some snuggle time. Even if you don't want to trouble people by asking them to come over, ask anyway. They are looking for ways to help.

In the meantime, keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 2, 2020
« on: November 02, 2020 at 09:17 AM »
Hello, you wonderful mamas!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates! Did any of you think you might not still be pregnant in November? Well, you made it into another month!

Does anyone want to post any belly pix on our Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin I thought that might be fun! Join our private Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/579087339556440 Feel free to post pix there, too!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 26, 2020
« on: October 26, 2020 at 07:39 AM »
What's the craziest thing someone has said to you while you've been on bed rest? Here are my faves from my two pregnancies:

1) You're STILL pregnant? Maybe you didn't even need to be on bed rest.
2) I shouldn't say this, but you really remind me of Jabba the Hut.
3) "How are you doing?" ... said by a (male) doctor strolling right into my hospital room and starting up a conversation (and continuing it!) while I was using the bedpan!!!
4) Let me know if you need any help. I can give you the number of my cleaning lady.

I'm sure there were others! Tell me yours!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our Live Chat Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 19, 2020
« on: October 19, 2020 at 07:33 AM »
Hello, ladies!

For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and particularly those on bed rest, you're so focused on NOT delivering your baby that you may not think much about delivery. I wanted to share this quote on the power of giving birth, and to reassure you that you will be ready whenever the time comes!

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” – author Marcie Macari

I love that! What are YOU doing to get ready for delivery?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
--Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 12, 2020
« on: October 12, 2020 at 02:31 PM »
"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything."
--Dan Millman


And this is your time to cook! Let everything else fall aside...for now. So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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