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Welcome to our newest members! I have seen many ladies join the group these past few days but not post. We'd love to get to know you!

So ladies, let us know how many weeks along you are. What are you looking forward to this week?

I hope we'll have a great turnout Thursday for the Live Chat. Set an alarm so you don't miss it! ALSO: Would anyone like to have this week's Live Chat on Zoom?

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 3, 2020
« on: August 03, 2020 at 09:04 AM »
Welcome to August!

A big welcome to our many new ladies who joined last week! And to our oldies but goodies, congrats for still being here! EVERY day counts! So give us an update: How many weeks are you? Why are you on bed rest? Any appointments this week?

I hope you all can join us Thursday for the Live Chat. It's always fun, but even more so when we have several moms on. QUESTION: Would anyone like to do the Live Chat on Zoom instead? In the meantime...

Keep those babies cookin'!

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Preventing and treating preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/prevention-treatment/preventing-preterm-birth/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 27, 2020
« on: July 27, 2020 at 09:14 AM »
Hi there! It's almost August and here you are! Your dedication to your babies is wonderful.

Just for fun, share with us which TV shows you are watching. I'm trying to limit how much I watch at night. It's so easy to get sucked in, and I feel like I HAVE to let my brain zone out after a packed day with working at home and the kids at home for the summer ... and for the last 4 months!

It's a stressful time for you, so you need to give your brains a break, too. Anyone have any recommendations for a comedy, or something just silly? Any dramas to take your mind off things? I've been catching up on Ozark and started the new Unsolved Mysteries.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas! Hope to see you on the Live Chat Thursday!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Preventing and treating preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/prevention-treatment/preventing-preterm-birth/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 20, 2020
« on: July 20, 2020 at 09:03 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? Be sure to set an alarm for Thursday's Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 13, 2020
« on: July 13, 2020 at 09:12 AM »
Looking forward to hearing from my ladies!

My son will celebrate his 12th birthday this week. The time has gone way too fast! And that means KeepEmCookin.com is closing in on 12 years old, too! My 15 weeks on bed rest with him is what inspired me to create this group.   ;D

You have to celebrate the small stuff when you are on bed rest. What will you celebrate this week?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
--Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for July 6, 2020
« on: July 13, 2020 at 09:10 AM »
The small things are everything right now, and every victory (like getting through the night with no troubles) is something to celebrate. Positive thoughts coming your way! (((hugs)))

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for July 6, 2020
« on: July 06, 2020 at 09:40 AM »
"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 those babies cookin'!
Angela

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Hi, Magnolia.

That's a great sign that you're still cooking a few weeks later. It often seems like if everything can be stabilized then your chances of still cookin' for weeks and even months are very good. You can probably tell that from the success stories here. Stay aware of what you're feeling and never hesitate to call your OB office with any concerns at all. You'll do great!

Once you get to 24 weeks, ask your OB about exercises that are safe to do. Nothing strenuous, of course, but things like ankle rolls and safe stretching to keep you flexible and the blood pumping.

Emotions are all over the place during pregnancy as it is, so this is really tough. SO many moms talk about being worried with every move they make, every twinge, every contraction. I was that way for sure! Something that helped me was this mantra: "In this moment, everything is okay, and that's something to feel good about." I hope that can help you, too.

I'll be thinking about you!
--Angela

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern on Thursdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 29, 2020
« on: June 29, 2020 at 08:00 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.
 
I'm looking forward to your updates! Hope to see you all on the Live Chat on Tuesday.

Keep those babies cookin'!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 15, 2020
« on: June 15, 2020 at 09:48 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!

I hope to see you all on the live chat Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays 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 June 8, 2020
« on: June 08, 2020 at 08:10 AM »
Music! Take some time today for music.

First, think of a song that has always inspired you, like the theme from Rocky, or "Roar" by Katy Perry, or a favorite workout song. Next, pick a song that will take you to another time and place in your life when you were carefree, young and idealistic. Finally, pick a song that means something special to you and your partner, perhaps a song from your wedding or a song from when you first started dating. Don't underestimate the power that music can have on your mood!

As always, let us know how many weeks along you are and how the past week has been. And, tell us a song that inspires you. Here are a few links to get you started:

"Ain't no Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABfQuZqq8wg
"Fighter" by Christina Aguilera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PstrAfoMKlc
"Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn676-fLq7I
"Survivor" by Destiny's Child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmc8bQoL-J0
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

What songs inspire you?

Also, we have lots of visitors to the Monday Roll Call each week, but very few people posting. KeepEmCookin has the greatest impact when we share and connect. Please take a couple of minutes to register and post. Thank you!

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 1, 2020
« on: June 01, 2020 at 10:20 AM »
Hi, ladies! How's the weather near you?

Try to find a chance to spend some time outside. For example, while eating a meal (when you'd be sitting up anyway) or reclining on a lounge chair. Do you have any other suggestions on how you can make spending some time outside happen?

I hope you all can join us Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time for the Live Chat. It's always fun, but even more so when we have several moms on. In the meantime...

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 25, 2020
« on: May 26, 2020 at 08:41 AM »
Hello, ladies.

With the long weekend, were you able to spend any extra time with family? Or social distance with friends? Who is looking forward to an OB appointment this week? Did anyone have one last week you'd like to tell us about. We're looking forward to your updates!

Hope to see you all in the Chat Room Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

Keep those babies cookin'!
Angela

Please give $2 or more to help KeepEmCookin.com stay online. PayPal: https://bit.ly/2Yz78G8
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 18, 2020
« on: May 18, 2020 at 09:17 AM »
Hello, ladies!
So tell us what's new! Does anyone have any new books or movies to recommend to help pass the time? Also, does anyone want to propose a topic for our live chat Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific? Or, we can keep it open to discuss anything.

Keep those babies cookin'!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 11, 2020
« on: May 11, 2020 at 11:02 AM »
Hello! Here's something to get the week started with some positive thoughts!

Tell us the most important thing you've learned while on bed rest. It can be philosophical or something practical (like knitting or a craft, or something you read in a book about newborn care) or something silly or fun (like how many animals have blue tongues: bit.ly/1QSkfen)

I'll start. When I was on bed rest, I learned that there is only so much in life you can control. For everything else, you just HAVE to let go.  (I also learned that my husband has NO idea how to fold towels, but he CAN cook.  :D )

Hope to see you all on the live chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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