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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 08, 2019 at 10:25 AM »
Hey all!

Well we had our baby boy yesterday (Monday) after 20 hrs of labour, he was sunny side up and then I think the magnesium dip slowed things down as well, but I was too dilated (7cm) for them to want to keep him in longer (and I was ready for him to be out at that point as well). He's doing really well. He was born at 30 weeks on the dot, 3 lbs 7 oz. He was on oxygen for 20min only and is now just on cpap with room air and they are really pleased with how he is doing. His weight is above average for his gestational age which will definitely give him a good start.

My favourite bedrest snack was cottage cheese with blueberries or babybels.

I'll miss hanging out with you wonderful ladies! I was so happy to find some great support here. We were diagnosed at 22 weeks with a short cervix and was on fairly strict rest for about 5 weeks. I was admitted to hospital at 25&5 and they thought he could be coming soon, so I'm super happy with making it to 30 weeks!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 24, 2018
« on: December 25, 2018 at 04:46 PM »
I'm still cooking! 28 & 1 today, same gestational age my first was born at so I'm feeling pretty comfortable at this stage. I'd prefer the LO arrive sometime after January 1st though just to make the Christmas season in future years less hectic! lol

We're still just coasting along, no huge changes at all. I'd rather sit up more, but I get pelvic pressure then so I only sit up as needed (to keep the headaches at bay mostly and eating).

Had a very nice low key Christmas at home. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas wherever you may be!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 17, 2018
« on: December 17, 2018 at 09:37 AM »
I’m 27 weeks today. I’ve been on bedrest with bathroom, shower and kitchen privileges in the hospital for just over a week. Everything seems stable. At last check (a week ago today) I was 3-4 cm dilated. I’m mostly just reading or watching tv. They want me lying down most of time, so it’s hard to do things like knitting or crocheting. Resident who came around for rounds this morning said they are going to try to get me home by Friday! Since I’ll be close to 28 weeks then.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here! Cervix 1.7 inch at 28 weeks
« on: December 14, 2018 at 04:23 PM »
Hi Triciabyrd,


I've been on some kind of bedrest for the last three weeks, I'm currently in the hospital since my cervix has dilated even more (was 1 cm Nov 30th, currently 3-4 cm). I'm 26&4 today, my big goal is go make it to 28 weeks, it's a huge milestone in the NICU world so congrats on getting to 28 weeks :).

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 10, 2018
« on: December 10, 2018 at 11:23 AM »
I’m still cookin, but things have progressed since last week. I’m now 2-3 cm dilated and my waters are bulging through. Was admitted to hospital after losing my mucus plug and just having a gut feeling that I should go in to get checked. Nov 30th I was only 1cm dilated. So things progressed pretty fast. Thankfully my cervix still has a little length. It actually hasn’t changed since my ultrasound Nov 30th. So that’s good news. They kept me in labour and delivery overnight and until just after 2pm before moving me to a ward for bedrest. I’m currently strict bedrest and all the fun things that go along with that (no sitting up to eat and bedpans!!) I got my second steroid shot last night, so I’m hoping that once that’s kicked in all it will I’ll be allowed bathroom privileges and maybe even a shower! I think the bedpans have been the worst so far. The little guy keeps flipping around. I’m hoping he settles head down and stays, he usually settles head down when I’m sitting up. But since that’s not allowed he’s all over the place. Really would like to deliver vaginally if he cooperates. My oldest who came at 28&1 was head down the whole three days before he was born. Got 5-6 hrs sleep last night after less than an hour the first night. So much more emotionally stable today. I can’t believe how emotional I was when I was changed from modified bedrest to strict. Apparently it’s pretty odd for this hospital, I’ve had both a nurse and a resident say that I should be able to use the washroom. The residents response what I said I didn’t have bathroom privileges was ‘that’s bananas’. Should have a different doc today, so hopefully I’ll get some leniency. It’s amazing how such a small thing can make such a difference.

Listen to that mother’s intuition ladies! I basically went to L&D because I felt something was off after losing my mucus plug, but I lost my mucus plug a full month before my last was born so I didn’t think much of it. But as the day worn on I thought it would be better to get checked out.

Because there is still length I’m hoping to keep him cookin into 27 weeks, maybe longer. Today is 26 weeks. Had an encouraging talk with someone from the NICU and things are much more positive than I thought for 26 weeks. Hopefully whenever this guy decides to show up, he’ll take after his older brother who was a nicu superstar.

Just spoke with Maternal Fetal Medicine doc. I’m off strict bedrest. I told her she completely made my day. She said it’s a possibility to maybe even go to 34 weeks if everything stays stable and possibly a possibility to go home once the little guy decides to hang out head down. So lots of good news. Of course he could still come tomorrow, but lots of hope that he’ll be able to cook longer. They still want me hanging out lying down most of the time. But bathroom privileges and shower privileges totally makes up for it!!

Thanks HeatherB. At least it's coming up. The closer I get the easier I breathe.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Update- Long overdue 'success' story
« on: December 05, 2018 at 11:35 AM »
It's really great to hear success stories!! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad your little one is doing well :).

My first was born at 28 weeks & 1 day, with only a couple days notice that he was coming early (I was hospitalized 2 days before he was born with threatened preterm labour). They weren't sure why he came early, 10 days before I was hospitalized I was started on high blood pressure meds that I was pretty sure I didn't need as much as they thought I did, but they wouldn't let me monitor at home before starting (my BP is always higher at a doctor's office and I really wasn't comfortable with the OB clinic I was being seen by). When I was admitted they took me cold turkey off the high bp meds (they said babies don't tolerate a huge drop in BP well and that could be what was starting thing) and monitored every 3 hrs when I was awake, bp was totally normal and the nurses were telling me that I was on a really high dose and that normally they would start people on a lower dose and work up. Needles to say I thought him coming early was pretty much 100% due to the meds that it looked like I didn't really need.

So I started this pregnancy with a midwife and she sent me out for a consult at 22 weeks with our local MFM office because of my history. My 20 week ultrasound showed my cervix length was normal (but they didn't do a trans vaginal ultrasound, so maybe it was on the shorter side). At my consult they did a trans vaginal ultrasound and said they were getting results ranging from 21mm - 28mm and so they took over care from midwife and told me to take it easy, don't lift anything heavy, put on progesterone supositories and I'd see them in a week. We had talked about putting in a stitch, but they were leary about doing it so close to 24 weeks (I was 22 & 4 at the time) and I wasn't comfortable about doing it then either. Next week there was still length to my cervix, but it looked like it was open on the ultrasound so got an exam on top of the ultrasounds, cervix was still closed. Follow up a week later, still length, but looked like my cervix was even more open on the ultrasound so another exam and it felt like my cervix open 1-1.5. So now I'm not quite on bedrest yet, but I'm housebound except for appointments, but I'm basically taking it as easy as possible and sitting with my feet up almost all day. I was cooking breakfast and lunch before for myself, now I'm just grabbing food that I don't have to cook. I stay at home with my almost 4 year old, but thankfully my husband works from home too, so he's there for backup if I or my little guy need anything (or if the little guy decides he doesn't want to listen to Mom). I follow up again with my MFM doc in another 10 days, so hopefully nothing changes by then!

I'm 25 weeks and 1 today and really hoping minimum to make it to 28 weeks (which of course falls on Christmas eve!). Obviously longer would be better and full term would be sweet! So whatever extra time on top of the 28 weeks would be fantastic. I'm hoping that it was the meds my last pregnancy that triggered things to happen when they did and this little one gets to cook longer.

I've dealt with a lot of low energy issues over the past 7 years or so, so I thought it would be easier than this. But my energy has been fantastic this pregnancy compared to normal, so its one thing to rest and do nothing when you feel awful, but it's completely another to do it when you feel fine.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 3, 2018
« on: December 04, 2018 at 09:06 AM »
I watched my son and hubby put up the tree yesterday and encouraged them on. Normally it's something I'd do by myself, my son who's almost 4 loved decorating the tree and it was wonderful to see how happy it made him. I've been doing all my shopping online, but then I usually do :).

I'm trying to keep busy with knitting and crocheting. I've been knitting a long time, but just started teaching myself how to crochet in the past year. I'm knitting small baby blankets for a friends chapter of Hope Boxes (they make up boxes for families who have had miscarriages or a still birth or infant loss) and with the crocheting I'm working on getting the NICU Octopus pattern down. I'm in Canada and we have a Canadian branch of Octopus for a Preemie, they have a specific pattern you follow with specific materials you can use, all Octo's go through a inspection process and are washed and dried before being distributed to hospitals where they are used in the NICU's (not all hospitals in Canada accept them, but there are more that accept them than not). It feels good to have something to do that's useful. I've only been on this restricted on movement (not quite bedrest, but close) since Friday, so the stir crazy is starting to settle in, so its good be not just be able to do something but feel useful at the same time.

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