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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short Cervix
« on: March 18, 2019 at 08:12 PM »
I'm so sorry she's having these health challenges. All those extra weeks of cookin' will certainly help. Please keep us posted, okay? I'm sending prayers and positive thoughts in the meantime.

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Hi, Linds!

Congratulations! It is wonderful that he had all those extra days of cookin' during your six weeks on bed rest. You are a tough mama. If you'd like to get some support as a preemie parent, there's a list of organizations here: https://preemieparentalliance.org/member-directory/ There are also Facebook groups as well.

Your hospital might even have a parent mentor program or parent counseling available to help you handle the stress of the NICU after a complicated pregnancy. Wishing you lots of snuggles both in the NICU and out.

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Who's still cookin'? Any deliveries last week? Any St. Patrick's Day babies? What do you ladies have planned for this week to help pass the time?

We had a couple of ladies come out for the Live Chat last week. I hope we can add a few more this week. It's a lot of fun when we get a crowd! Our Live Chats are Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

It seems like many new members joined last week, so I hope you all will take a minute to fill us in on how you're doing, either here or in a "Share Your Story" post. Keep 'Em Cookin, mamas!

--Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 11, 2019
« on: March 14, 2019 at 03:12 PM »
Hi, Heather.

A headache that won't go away can be a sign of preeclampsia. How has your blood pressure been? Any sudden swelling in your feet, face or hands? Are you feeling dizzy or seeing spots? Please let me know.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for March 11, 2019
« on: March 11, 2019 at 11:33 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. So 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 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join the Live Chats at 2 pm Eastern on Tuesdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 4, 2019
« on: March 05, 2019 at 04:37 PM »
Hi, Linds! You're getting there. I have seen many moms who made it to 33 stay stable and go on to deliver at 37 weeks and beyond.  :)

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 4, 2019
« on: March 05, 2019 at 12:33 PM »
Hi, Heather. Congrats on 36 weeks and still cookin'! I'm very excited for you! It's crazy to think you'll be meeting your baby so soon.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for March 4, 2019
« on: March 04, 2019 at 02:58 PM »
Hey, pretty ladies!

It's a new month and you are still cookin'! Let us know how many weeks along you are, and what you've been doing to stay busy. Also, take a moment today to connect with another member by responding to her post. Stay connected…

Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern on Thursdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Hi, Vanessa!

I have LOTS of messages to share with you from our members on Facebook. We are all cheering you on!

From Melissa:
I know from experience how hard of a time this is—no one gets it who has not been through it. But you can do it. You can. Take it one hour and day at a time. Every day is a victory. Sending strength, prayers and good vibes your way. Hang in there.

From Thee baby Lady:
Oh sweet mama....thinking of you during this time of uncertainty. Please know that you are in our thoughts and never alone. May your boys grow strong every day. <3 Big HUGS.

From Jenny:
Thinking of you and your babies, every day they're growing stronger.

From Skye:
You are amazing!!!!

From Claire:
Stay strong Mumma! One day at a time. Gratitude for the small wins.

From (another) Vanessa:
Everyday is a victory. Read and interact with people who have success stories. Keep your mind strong.

From Sara:
You’ve got this mama. Take it a minute at a time, a day at a time. Sending you all my thoughts and prayers! 💙💙

From Stephanie:
You are an amazing woman and mom! I have been there and while it seems endless now every single day makes a difference. Every single day is a victory and testament to you strong mama!! You can do this. You will be mad and sad and lonely and that’s ok. Most of all, you will be a mom doing everything she can for her babies. I am sending you love and hugs and strength from another mama who has been there - it will be so worth it. You got this ??

From Alison:
Sending positive vibes your way. Every day is a huge success, so just remember to get through each day!

From Emma:
just thinking of you x

From Sue:
Hang in there and do the best you can for those precious babies!

From Christina:
My cervix went at 22w with my twins. Once was IUGR and it was all just so scary. I ended up on hospital bed rest. The docs had me upside down, on magnesium, etc. The 24/7 monitoring was painful trying to find my little IUGR baby...please just find even more strength that you knew was ever imaginable to endure this. I will send prayers for you, the little ones and the medical team working to keep those babies put!

 From Stephanie: 💙

From me:
Wishing you the best!!! Sending prayers...













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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 25, 2019
« on: February 25, 2019 at 12:14 PM »
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom."  --Viktor Frankl

So, ladies, what do you wish you could respond to differently? Your partner? This pregnancy? Your children? Your thoughts?

How are you responding now, and what would it look like or what would you say or think to respond differently? How will it free you?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Thursdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 18, 2019
« on: February 21, 2019 at 04:08 PM »
Quick reminder ladies! Join our live chat today at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific. You can create a screen name or join us anonymously. See you soon!  http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 18, 2019
« on: February 18, 2019 at 01:42 PM »
Hello, ladies!

How do you look? I know it may seem silly to get dressed or put on makeup to sit around the house, but you might find that it boosts your spirits! It was really tough to style my hair with no mirror, but I still found it relaxing to brush and blowdry my hair. When I had visitors, a few strokes of lipstick seemed to help me feel like myself again. And don't underestimate the power of a body lotion in your favorite scent.  :)

What are YOUR beauty tips for bedrest? Do you feel like your appearance can have an effect on your mood? Feel free to offer your thoughts, or just let us know what's new and how many weeks along you are.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Live Chat on Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time.  http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short cervix with twins
« on: February 13, 2019 at 09:10 PM »
Hey, Lauren! Big congrats on hitting 34! Your story will definitely inspire other moms! Keep those babies cookin'! Hope to see you on the Live Chat tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern.

Goldielocks: Hope to see you, too!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: PPROM @ 31w 5d
« on: February 13, 2019 at 09:06 PM »
Hi, Moonrising.

Rachel posted this message for you on our Facebook page:

I know exactly how you feel. I was on strict hospital bed rest for almost 4 months due to incompetent cervix (yes, months) and I know what you mean about having to use the bathroom while others are in the room! I had a roommate for a little while and she had very few restrictions while I wasn’t even allowed to sit upright. Very stressful situation all around, but eventually I got a private room and I was able to put things in perspective. My goal was a healthy baby and my daughter was born at just over 38 weeks. She’ll be 10 years old next month.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 11, 2019
« on: February 11, 2019 at 06:22 PM »
Hugs and kisses, ladies!  :-*

Will you be doing anything special with your sweetie for Valentine's day? I know holidays can be difficult when you are on bedrest, but hopefully you will be able to enjoy a meal or a movie together. Finding time for romance (or just feeling connected) is especially tough when you're on bedrest. You really have to work hard to make those opportunities happen.

And for those who think Saint Valentine can take a hike and keep on walking, what are you looking forward to this week?

I hope to see you all on the live chat Thursday! Set an alarm on your phone so you don't miss it.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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