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I totally understand how you feel and how you feel like if you jostle anything, you could pop open at any minute...

I had a cerclage at 22 wks and am now at 36 weeks with the cerlage having been removed recently. I was on bed rest the entire time and I am continuing to self impose bed rest so I can try to make it at least one more week. But I agree with justjestoyou... ask your doctor about anything and you can trust that cerclage stich... I saw it when they took it out and it looks like the zip ties that you would use for keeping computer/tv cables organized!! :D

take care and take it easy... don't fight bedrest and go with the flow and it will pass, I promise!

I was on strict bed rest for 10 weeks and am now on modifed bed rest and will soon be released from bed rest altogether. I am excited about getting out and about a little, but I have such little energy. It takes all my morning energy just to get up and showered to go somewhere, then I have to lie down for 45 min before we can leave the house.

I felt my legs getting weaker through out my time in bed and they are slowly getting better, but my endurance hasn't seemed to change any. I thought bed rest was frustrating enough, but now that I can do a few things, I barely have the energy. And forbid me to say this, but sometimes I get so tired I just want to get back in bed!!!! (10 weeks ago I could not have imagined saying that!)

If there is anyone out there who is doing bed rest for a second time or is getting off bed rest, I would love advice on how to cope with bed rest recovery. And for those of you currently on bed rest, know that it will take time to recover from your confinement... you can't just hop out of bed and go to the grocery store. And that can be just as frustrating as staying in bed!!!! So take your time and let your family know that you won't be back to your old self immediately after. And then you may have to take care of a baby too.....


What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 4th time lucky.......(hope so)
« on: May 06, 2009 at 11:20 PM »

I am so sorry to hear about your struggles and I can't imagine how challenging it is to have seen your other babies leave this earth. I know it is some thing I worry about everyday. And being on full bedrest with hardly anything else to occupy your mind can make it seem all the more worse.
What makes me hopeful about your condition is that your doctor is being proactive and putting the stiches in early. My stiches weren't put in until I was 22 weeks and my doctor didn't give me alot of hope. But I am here at 30 weeks and still doing well. I know bedrest can be so limiting and sometimes I feel bad having to rely on others. But you are doing the right thing and the bed is the safest place for your little one.
From one bedrest inmate to another (I have been on bed rest for two months now), what helped me was making a calendar of the time I needed to achieve and having a little party for myself when I finished a week or a month. It is definitly normal to be frustrated and don't let those feelings go unsaid. You can make it through this time in bed and your baby will love you for it.

Keep going!  ;)

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Opinion on Moderate Bed Rest
« on: May 02, 2009 at 10:42 PM »
Wow! I am going through the exact same thing with my family....

I have been on strict bed rest since 22 wks and my dr is going to allow me to become a little more active at 32-34 wks. But my family thinks that I should stay horizontal for as long as possible. I WAS excited about my baby shower as a celebration of getting out of confinement but my family wants to cancel it. I sit here and worry all day about the health of my first baby and the shower was getting my mind off of things for a while as well as seeing some people that don't live in my house. But now it feels as if I could be confined forever....

But I decided that I needed to express to them that I needed this baby shower for my emotional stability. It will be fun to get some presents, but really I want to celebrate the addition to our family and the challenge of making it so far in this pregnancy, being so much more complicated than expected. After I told them how I felt and how I needed something fun to look forward to after two months in bed, they began to understand and the shower is still on.

I encourage anyone having similar problems to talk openly and honestly about your emotional status with your family, whatever it is, because they will not understand unless they have been through it themselves. Bedrest takes a toll on alot of areas of your life and I personally think it is difficult to understand, even as you are going through it yourself.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bedrest 22 weeks w/cerclage
« on: April 30, 2009 at 05:20 PM »
I totally understand your frustration. I was put on bed rest at 22 wks after my cerlage and the first two weeks were the hardest! I cried and my husband didn't know why I was crying. I was scared because this is my first pregnancy and I had no idea that something like this could even happen. But the days have passed and I have been on strict bedrest for 7 weeks... my doctor said she will let me go to modified rest at 32 weeks. So only a few more weeks to go....

I don't want to sugar coat bed rest because it is hard and it is a marathon and you feel like you will never see the light of day.... but you will get through it and if you are following dr. orders, it will be wonderful in the end.  I am trying to use my time to catch up with old friends (via facebook) and learn about taking care of a baby. I also tried some craft projects like making notecards and knitting ... not as successful at knitting!

Keep going!!!

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