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My first baby was born at 33 weeks and now I have a second baby born at 39+3 days.  The first time it seemed like things happened so fast. This time almost anytime I was up I would start having contractions/tightening/cramping. My doctor never prescribed bedrest the second time because my cervix stayed closed.  The contractions would freak me out, especially with my history, but I would always listen to my body and rest when needed even though I wasn't on bedrest.  I think we need to rely on our doctors knowledge and expertise, but at the same time listen to our bodies.  I know the first time I was on bedrest I didn't do much resting - I was doing my work from my laptop and I could tell.  This time I wasn't on bedrest, but I rested when my body told me too.  I also didn't hesitate to always let my doctor know what I was feeling, have cervical checks, push for FFN tests when I felt they were needed and transvaginal US if cervical check wasn't conclusive. I do think bedrest is helpful, especially if you listen to your body and rest when you need to. I know it is scary to have a history of preterm labor and the symptoms that can come and go. I know it is also emotionally racking to wonder if the contractions are going to lead to preterm labor and the saga that follows.  I was almost more emotionally beat at the end of my second pregnancy than physically beat, but in the end I had a healthy full-term baby. That's more than I could of asked for. Rest even on bedrest seemed to be key.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Bed Exercises...safe or not?
« on: February 22, 2011 at 12:03 AM »
I am a physical therapist and when I worked in a hospital setting we would get doctors referrals for most if not all bedrest mommas to teach bed rest exercises. The doctor referral part is probably the most important part however since they know your condition and history.
With that said; It sounds like the post above had a handout, which is better than this post, but I thought I would write what we prescribed in case there was anything different.
 We typically prescribed leg exercises because you arms are generally still doing something, but arm exercises are OK too. While lying down,
1)taking your straight leg out to the side and back in (like making a snow angel with only your legs),
2)bending knees up from straight position (dragging heel up the bed and back down to straight leg position),
3) With bent knees dig heel into bed for 10 second holds for hamstring strengthening,
*4)ankle pumps,
5)glut (bum) squeezes,
*7)tightening the muscles around your knees for 10 seconds and releasing (quad sets), - like you are trying to straighten your leg as much as possible.Your heel will probably raise off of  the bed.
6)Pillow squeezes; place a pillow between bent knees and squeeze for 10 seconds,
*7)Kegel/Pelvic floor squeezes - each of these were generally done for 3 sets of 10.
* I starred the ones I wouldn't skip unless you have any of the following.

Any increase in abdominal pressure, discomfort, pain etc and we would advise to skip the exercise or do fewer to avoid taxing the body. Even though we didn't prescribe sidelying leg lifts or another exercise some people call clamshells (sidelying with bent knees and ankles together) - lift knee up to separate legs, they would also be appropriate.  If you are on modified bedrest and your practicioner OKs getting on all fours (quadriped position) you can also do pelvic tilts and alternating arm or leg lifts for back strengthening.  Pelvic tilts can be a lifesaver for low back pain in any position.  Arm exercises are generally safe as well and you can purchase resistance bands or tubing to get a little more of workout. The bands can be attached to a bed post to be able to do more exercises as well.

Hope this helps

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: How do u relieve stress on bed rest?
« on: January 10, 2011 at 02:11 PM »
Feeling the same way about stress and I tried the download awhile back that Angela posted and it worked like a charm. I use it often. Hypnobabies also has a free download that has helped - I fell asleep listening to it. http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=4058#2freemp3
I also have a stress ball that I can squeeze or use elastic resistance bands for upper arm exercises to disperse the tension and feel a little less like a slug, this is generally OK to do on bedrest, but it is always good to check with your practitioner.

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So, so glad everything went so well for you and baby! Hurray for full-term. All of my baby things are washed and put away and ready for baby. I told my mom that I thought I was overcompensating because of the first one coming early. Her first was early and she said she did the same getting ready ahead of time thing with her second baby, who ended up being born on her due date.  I am hoping for the same.
I've been interested in hypnobabies, I planned on an epidural for my first baby and didn't end up getting it until I was 9. I often think, maybe I should have just finished without it?? Do you have any thoughts on the program, preparation or use of hypnobabies. Thanks and again, WAY excited for you.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for Jan. 3, 2011
« on: January 04, 2011 at 11:04 PM »
My appointment this week was today instead of the usual Monday so I waited to post. Nothing new to report which is good news. 27 +1 today, still cooking away.
One question, I asked about the FFN test and my doctor said they don't use it routinely, only if you are currently having PTL to try and determine if your contractions might cause you to deliver.  She also said she could do another cervical length via US, but since I am not having regular contractions, it probably wouldn't change anything they are doing if it has shortened. It sounds reasonable, but I also feel like information can help make decisions whether resting is enough or if further investigation is needed. She ran my case by the specialist and they agreed with just continuing biweekly appointments.   Is this on par with what others have experienced?

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Vent away :) Took my glucose test today, I'll have to post the results tomorrow. I have a father-in-law, mother-in-law and father with diabetes. It really takes a lot of lifestyle change and figuring out what works for you at what time of day. 

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Welcome and glad you found us! Wishing you the best with the rest of your pregnancy.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 27th!
« on: January 02, 2011 at 10:00 PM »
Great news Raizel on your baby, Michael! So, so happy for you. That is my dream to take my baby home from the hospital with me too! So excited for you!
Autoimmunelife - glad your baby girl is here safely - hope you are both doing well.

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I had my first baby at 33 weeks and completely understand the issues that come along with even a later pre-term birth. So hard to leave a baby at the hospital. Sending thoughts and prayers your way to get the care and rest you need to make it to full-term. I have realized I need to counsel with my doctors and count on their expertise, but I also have to listen to my body. i just posted something on the Monday roll call under "making the most of bedrest". It's a story of my grandmas who had her first baby pre-term, bedrest for a week with the second and full-term for the last 4!!! Hoping for you with good medical care you  will make it full-term! We're all here for you.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 27th!
« on: December 29, 2010 at 09:43 PM »
The holidays did make things go by faster! I just realized today that I hadn't been on this site for Monday roll call when I am usually on 2-3x/day checking for anything new  :) 26+2 today and looking forward to 28, full-term is seeming like much more of a reality.

I also talked to my grandma over the holidays. I had remembered that she had a baby at 34 weeks who died because back then they didn't have the medical interventions they do now. His name was Paul and he lived for 3 days. She had to lie in bed on her stomach with her bum in the air to try and keep him in. Times have changed, but we're still in bed with preterm labor, just without our bums in the air :)
Anyway, I realized she had 5 healthy children after that (my mom included) so I asked her about it. She said with her second baby, my uncle, she was on bedrest in the hospital for a week before she delivered and all the rest she delivered full-term with no bedrest and fast deliveries (like 30-50 min - a little too fast for me, but a fast labor sounds good compared to the last one where it was on and off for days due to meds/interventions). It really gave me hope for this pregnancy and any future pregnancies I may have. Just thought I would share a story of hope with all of you and from a time where medicine was different and not a lot of interventions. We can do this with a little bedrest and care.

One other funny story since we all probably need a laugh, (as if this post isn't long enough yet) ;D I had a dream the other night that I went into labor at 27 weeks at home. My mom was there and told me I was a 7 (why my mom was checking - I dunno). Instead of rushing to the hospital I stayed home because I was doing okay. I felt like I needed to push and my mom said I was I 10 so I delivered the baby. I remember thinking, "That didn't hurt as bad as I remembered" The baby seemed fine when I delivered it so I was like - what do I do now? do I call 911?  We ended up calling 911, but the line had been hijacked and my sister was trying to get through to the hospital. So bizarre,but I am glad my baby was OK and mostly glad it was just a dream. No worries mamas, in real life I would have gone to the hospital.  Hahaha

So excited for the full term mamas out there - pillowqueen, Ems and 122910
*Jac - that's such great news that your fluid levels are down and your baby is growing so well! Hope things go well at your appt in Hamilton too. I love the small celebrations like watching a movie downstairs!
* Lyns - it's awesome you know so much about your baby and that you've made it to 33 weeks. YAY for past 32 - another milestone.
* Tntmom - Ya for 25 weeks. I will likely start FFN at my next appointment and see where we go from there. Hoping for good news for you.
* Christina - you do have some big decisions, but we're all here for you. Great work keeping your babies cooking to 25 weeks so far!
* Pixie - glad your blood pressure is back down and you are 3 weeks further along than your last baby! I also completely agree when moms whine about keeping their babies in to full-term. I had a baby at 33 weeks and even though she wasn't an extreme preemie, a stay in the NICU is no fun. I don't think they realize what they are saying.
* Ely - Another momma at 25 weeks, so excited for you. It sounds funny and I don't even know where it came from, but I keep thinking ahead to the next milestone and saying to myself "Keep your eye on the prize"  It kind of makes me laugh to myself too. 28 weeks is my next goal too. It seems there are many of us with close due dates, I love it!

Hope you all have a fabulous week and a happy new year!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Happy Holidays
« on: December 25, 2010 at 07:23 AM »
Merry Christmas to all of you and thinking of all of you this holiday season especially!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2010 at 07:22 AM »
Thanks Jac! You really said a lot of the same things I have been feeling. The lack of the buildup for the season, trying to get back hope and something you've said a few times that stayed with me - grieving the loss of an easy pregnancy. I really have wanted (both times now) a healthy pregnancy where I worked and exercised up until the day I was due and magically the baby would be born, both of us happy and healthy. I am starting to regain that hope for making it through this and letting go my feelings about not having an easy pregnancy.
I was feeling so sad that Christmas was coming and would soon be over and I would have to wait another whole year for a perfect Christmas, but last night I kind of chuckled to myself when I read something about having the spirit of Christmas all year long.
I know it is that same spirit that can help carry all of us through our pregnancies. It eased my heart remembering I could carry it with me all year and it didn't end when things are over today.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas,at home, at the hospital or wherever you may be!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: What to bring to hospital for HBR?
« on: December 25, 2010 at 07:12 AM »
I also thought of a laundry bag for your clothes if you want to make sure to get them back and have someone who can come and pick it up to wash.
I hate having wet hair and also wanted my blow dryer (to blow in bed of course)
If you wear contacts I appreciated having my glasses handy for when I didn't feel like putting in my contacts or for things that came up when they were out.
Slippers

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 20
« on: December 20, 2010 at 03:38 PM »
Congrats Ritziebeaver make it full-term!
Congrats Lynsrich also on a big milestone.
JacErnst, isn't it great having husbands home for a bit! Mine is taking the week following Christmas. I am glad you have made it another week and it is your presents being delivered and not your baby!
I am 25 weeks now and counting. I am hoping the holidays make the days go by faster. :)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 21 weeks w/bulging membranes
« on: December 18, 2010 at 09:29 PM »
Feeling scared and nervous is something we have definitely all been through. Sending you strength to make it to when your doctor can evaluate and help you make the best decisions for you and your baby. Keep us updated.

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