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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Wheelchair with cerclage
« on: November 10, 2017 at 11:02 PM »
When I was on bed rest I would use a wheel chair for my weekly hospital appointments... other than that I was lying doe on the couch for 4 months.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 3.2 at 16.4 weeks
« on: November 04, 2017 at 08:55 PM »
I know it’s hard but it is definitely possible. I’m not sure what my measurements were for my first child but I was on bed rest with my son for 4 months and at I think 20 weeks my measurement was 1.6 and he was born at 41 weeks. Anything is possible! Stay strong and start counting weeks and get busy with coloring/knitting/journaling or Netflix binging. Keep busy while your cooking. It’s hard and feels impossible but just try to stay strong.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks and sCL
« on: September 28, 2017 at 09:31 PM »
Hey there... I haven’t written in quite some time but thought I would check up and see if I can offer some hope.
 With my second pregnancy I had a sudden shortened cervix that went from 3.6 to 1.6 in 1 week and the MFM doctor at the hospital put me on strict bed rest and was already consoling me to the possibility that I might lose my child since it was a 2 cm change in a week. I was at 20 weeks at this point and she didn’t offer me a cerclage. So I went on strict bed rest and it was so hard and depressing st first and I was terrified of losing my baby. Every week I would get wheeled around in the hospital for my ultrasound and it the measurements would move up and down. At this point I was taking progesterone and really being strict on my bed rest.
To make a long story short....
My son arrived at 41 weeks!
Really no one was more shocked than me— the way they were talking in the beginning- you just never know. Stay strong!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My bed rest anniversary
« on: November 21, 2016 at 04:15 PM »
I just sent you a photo of my son in hopes that it brings other moms some inspiration.

Ceecee how awesome would it be if you lived closer to me. We could have met up for coffee to celebrate our bedrest anniversary.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My bed rest anniversary
« on: November 18, 2016 at 11:10 PM »
Hey Ceecee, I forgot how similar are stories were.
Today was my bedrest anniversary.
And I also didn't know a short cervix was a thing.
I had to go for a follow up ultrasound at 21 weeks because they saw a soft marker on the heart well in 1 week my cervix measurement went from 3.6 ( I believe) to 1.6 and I was told I might have a late term miscarriage because of the drastic drop in measurement.
All the advice Ceecee gave is amazing. We were all so supportive of each other and this forum was a huge motivator and help for me. I can't tell you how many times I cried and how scared I was but week by week it got easier.
Stay strong!
Read up on our stories and our Monday role calls.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 25 weeks with cervical length of 1.6cm
« on: November 16, 2016 at 05:00 AM »
Hey there.
It was around this time last year that I was put on strict bedrest at 21 weeks for a cervix that measured 1.6 with funneling.  It was too late for a cerclsgecand I was not offered one but I had to go in for weekly ultrasounds to measure my cervix, I was told because it had gone from 3.6 to 1.6 that I may lose my baby or have it very early so that I needed to take progesterone suppositories and if I had reached 24 weeks then I could get the steroid.
Well I'm happy to report my baby is now over 7 months old and I had him at 41 weeks!!!!
That's right 41 weeks. And I had to have a stretch and sweep to get the labour going too.
I drank water a lot- I was really strict on my bedrest, I got wheeled around st the hospital, I showered sitting down and ate lying down.
It was really hard so I watched Netflix, colored with my toddler and took up knitting.
Every week was a milestone and 1 week felt like a lifetime.
I ask you all to have faith and really take bedrest seriously.

I wanted to pop in and try to help others who are going through the most difficult time of my life but I've been super busy with the kids that I kept putting it off but I ask others to look back at my posts to see my full journey and others as well.
Best of luck.
If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'll try to check back tomorrow.
Oh I also took magnesium and vitamin d- very important.
I

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Baby girl born 8/06/2016
« on: June 14, 2016 at 10:05 PM »
Wow congratulations on the birth of your baby. I'm so happy you made it to 39 weeks.  God bless!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Future pregnancies
« on: April 15, 2016 at 07:54 PM »
My cervix was 1.6 cm at 21 weeks and I went on to 41 weeks on bed rest and progesterone suppositories. It's possible to go far on bedrest but I also think the progesterone helped a lot.

I know it seems so far away but once you hit 30 weeks it flies by. Stay strong and be positive.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bed rest is boring
« on: April 12, 2016 at 11:23 AM »
Hang in there! I know how hard it is to go through bedrest with another child, I have a 2 year old and I missed out on so many of the things I wanted to do.
Are you on strict bedrest or modified? Is it for s short cervix?
I was on strict bedrest for 16 weeks for a short cervix and I ended up delivering my baby boy 1 week overdue.
I used to colour, play blocks, read and play with playdough with my daughter.
For myself I treated myself to weekly massages, I learned how to knit, I watched tv and I bought adult colouring books. Once I passed 30 weeks, it really flew by.
Best of luck and stay strong. Set short term goals and before you know it, you will be off bedrest.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Baby is here!
« on: April 07, 2016 at 04:26 AM »
After 16 weeks of bedrest since week 21 with a funneling short cervix measuring at the time 1.6, I had my baby boy Monday night at 41 weeks 1 day.
He weighed 8 lbs 13 ounces.
I pray you all have success stories like mine. I hope my story helps encourage you ladies that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Take bedrest seriously but count small milestones and before you know it you will be off bedrest.
This site has helped me out tremendously and I hope it helps everyone here.
I will check back from time to time.
Keep those babies cookin'!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 30 weeks!!!!!
« on: April 07, 2016 at 04:20 AM »
Congratulations! That is an amazing goal and like Natig mentioned, it will go by quickly here on out.
And I bet you do go over. I did and my MFM Doctor said the same thing.

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Congratulations on your baby. That's is a great weight for 33 weeks and that's great news about her lungs. I pray her nicu stay goes by quickly so you can enjoy her at home!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Encouragement
« on: April 01, 2016 at 02:23 PM »
I have yet to deliver my baby boy but I want to offer all you ladies some positivity, and encouragement.
I've been meaning to reply to so many of your posts but now that I am off bedrest, I have been so busy making up for lost time, especially with my daughter.
For those who don't know:
At 21 weeks it was shown on a follow up ultrasound that my cervix was 1.6 and funneling which had the MFM pretty much not very hopeful that my baby would make it to viability (24 weeks ) considering my cervix was 3.6 one week prior. She said that drastic of a change has her very concerned. There was talk of admitting me but she decided I can do bedrest at home with progesterone suppositories (200mg) and weekly transvaginal ultrasounds. My cervix hovered mainly between 1.5-2.2 ish I would say. Towards the end 34 weeks I was at around 1.1 and that was my last scan. I got off of bedrest at 37 weeks and here I am at 40 weeks plus 5 days! I might have to be induced! It's crazy I did so many weeks of bedrest trying to keep baby in- crying daily especially in the beginning and worried and guilty because I couldn't be the mom I wanted to be to my 2 year old and here I stand overdue!
Please ladies anything is possible. I prayed a lot, I coloured ( myself and with my daughter), I learned how to knit, I watched tv etc.
Stay strong. I hope to post my birth story any day now. Keep positive.
Survivor of bedrest 16 weeks!

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Congrats again Natig. Your story is an amazing success story and you have overcome so many hurdles. That baby must be something extra special. I'm so proud of you and I hope your recovery is smooth.
Could you believe I have yet to have my baby- I'm shocked. I hope to post by success story soon. Good luck. I am checking up on this forum often and I've been meaning to respond but I've been in major nesting mode.
Stay strong ladies!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 21, 2016
« on: March 21, 2016 at 10:57 AM »
Hello!
Could you believe I'm still pregnant lol. I'm 39 weeks and 1 day. I'm thrilled to have made it to term and I'm due this Sunday but I'm so sore and achy. I'm hoping baby comes this week and that I won't have to be induced.
I'm looking forward to hearing more updates.
I'm proof that you can go all the way. My cervix was 1.6 at 21 weeks and here I am.

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