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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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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 5, 2020
« on: October 05, 2020 at 08:35 PM »
Happy Monday!

I hope each of you will schedule something today to anticipate, and then tell us what you did. For example:

*Order a new book/movie/game that you have been wanting.
*Have a great friend bring you lunch or dinner from a favorite place.
*Ask someone to finally take care of that thing around the house that has been driving you crazy but you just haven't felt comfortable asking.

Remember that you are an important person doing an important job!  Don't hesitate to ask for the care and attention you need.   :)

If you're reading this, I hope you will post a message here. Something as simple as telling us how far along you are and how long you've been on bed rest helps other moms to know they aren't alone in this. Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 28, 2020
« on: September 28, 2020 at 08:54 AM »
I thought I'd do a fun question this week, to help keep you focused on the end goal:

What do you dream of doing with your baby someday? Is there a certain activity? A hobby you'd like to share? A place to go? Tell us!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 21, 2020
« on: September 21, 2020 at 07:50 AM »
Welcome to our new members! Thanks for joining, and I hope to see your Monday updates here each week! It's a great way to get to know the other bed rest moms.

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 on the Live Chat. It's so much fun when we can get three or four moms on at  once. Please take a moment to set an alarm on your phone. See you there! http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela


Live chat: Join us every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms. http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 14, 2020
« on: September 14, 2020 at 02:55 PM »
Hello, ladies!

How is everyone doing? How many weeks along are you? Any surprise trips to L&D last week? And who is holding smooth and steady? I'm looking forward to your updates!

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/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 7, 2020
« on: September 07, 2020 at 09:49 AM »
Happy Labor Day! Tell your babies not to get any wild ideas.  ;)

My kids are heading back to school tomorrow. Anyone else? My "bed rest babies" are a middle schooler and a first-year HIGH SCHOOLER! They'll be starting the year off learning from home, which is disappointing, but kids are pretty darn resilient!

What do you all have planned?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 31, 2020
« on: August 31, 2020 at 12:27 PM »
How about a Zoom chat this Thursday?!? I've noticed that our turnout for the Thursday Live Chats has been low. Is there something about the chats that we could do differently? Would you like to receive a reminder e-mail? Chat on Zoom? Just let me know... Your participation is what makes it work.  ;D

Let us know how your last week has been. Any news to share?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 24, 2020
« on: August 24, 2020 at 08:24 AM »
Today I want to share some wisdom from my late grandma:

Don't meet trouble halfway.
Let it travel the full distance,
because something usually happens to it before it arrives.


Anxiety and worry seem to be such a common part of bed rest. There's just too much time to think about all that might go wrong! Try not to get trapped in that kind of thinking. Instead, feel confident knowing that you are doing all you can to keep your baby (or babies) safe.

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/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 17, 2020
« on: August 17, 2020 at 11:11 AM »
Hello, you wonderful mamas! I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates!

I have a favor to ask. We have had MANY new members join this past week, but only a couple of new posts. If you're reading this, take a few minutes to share your story here: http://forum.keepemcookin.com/index.php?board=5.0

We'd like to get to know you!

Also, I'm really looking forward to Thursday's Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific. We have the best time when we can get a few of you on together. Please let me know below if you can attend. Be sure to set an alarm on your phone so that you don't miss it. http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

Keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 3, 2020
« on: August 17, 2020 at 11:06 AM »
I am so sorry. Your mind is probably all over the place, wanting to be positive but also realistic. I will say that I've seen some miracles here with women whose water broke yet they stayed pregnant for weeks or longer. I understand that me sharing that might not matter much to you because you are not them. You are YOU with your own set of circumstances. Still, I wanted to let you know it is possible.

Have you asked about your hospital's policy on resuscitation and other active measures? Some hospitals use 23 weeks as the cutoff and others use 24. Have they offered for you to have a social worker or other mental healthcare professional come talk to you? I hate to think of you going through through so many difficult emotions alone if they have someone you can talk to. I don't know if you believe in prayer or thoughts of positivity, but I am sending both. (((hugs)))

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 3, 2020
« on: August 13, 2020 at 03:21 PM »
Hi, Adognurse! How have theses last couple of days been?

I have a few more messages for you from our Facebook groups:

From Parijat Deshpande, High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist:
I interviewed an amazing women about her PPROM success story in my podcast. Hope this helps! http://bit.ly/dmep116

From Nikki:
I was pregnant with twins and at 17 weeks and 5 days I gave birth to baby girl A but after they put a cerclage in and kept my other daughter cooking all the way to 34 weeks. It's such a tough situation that you are in but every day that goes by is better and better. Just take it day by day and know that you are not alone. Wishing you positive vibes.


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for August 3, 2020
« on: August 11, 2020 at 10:08 PM »
Hi, Adognurse! I posted about your situation on our Facebook page and have a few responses from there for you! People are often slow to respond on the Forum, so please do join our pubic and private Facebook groups as well:

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

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

Messages from our members on Facebook:

From Ashley: First baby I was on strict bedrest at 25 weeks to 35 weeks with .5 cm of my cervix left and we made it to 38 weeks. Second baby I had a cerclage placed at 15 weeks and we made it to 37 weeks with no bed rest. Please keep the hope. Your body is capable of amazing things 💜 there are many success stories on this forum. Cling to the positive. That’s what helped me get through it.

From Samantha:
I was on hospital bed rest 22-28 weeks. Daughter spent 69 days in the nicu and is 7 now 💜


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for August 10, 2020
« on: August 10, 2020 at 08:45 AM »
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/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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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/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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