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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 16
« on: April 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM »
I'm ridiculously overdue for this announcement, but as a way to encourage anyone out there who's at high risk due to an abnormal uterus  and incompetent cervix, here goes: I'm happily a graduate of KEC! My son was born at exactly 37 weeks on March 6th! He was born 6 lbs, 4 oz and is now a strapping 10 lbs, 12 oz. My first baby was born at 29.5 weeks so I definitely attribute the success of this pregnancy to having the cerclage put in at 13 wks, being on modified bedrest since then, and the weekly 17P shots. I delivered within a week of the cerclage removal. I'm so happy to be among those women with a bicornuate uterus who delivered full term!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: I had a Leap Day Baby!!
« on: March 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM »
Congratulations! Glad to hear that you and Baby Will are safe.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for February 27
« on: February 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM »
36 weeks today! YAY! Last 17P shot tomorrow and cerclage removal on Thurs. Fighting a cold and having difficulty sleeping these days, but all's well. Wishing everyone a good week!

Thanks, Darline. This is very helpful! I'm carrying my baby really high, front and center as well. I definitely agree about the maternity belt, w/c I've used since the 5th month. I'll check out the body pillow. It doesn't help that I had a weak back to begin with. Iz all guhd though. Thanks for the info!

35 weeks and 1 day today! I've been on modified bedrest since the beginning of my 2nd trimester. I'm thrilled to have made it past my first child's gestational age (29.5 wks) and everything since has been a new experience. For one thing, I can't imagine getting any bigger. It's so difficult to move around (I inch my way to the bathroom), and my hips are achy from laying on the side. I almost wish I could be strapped to some kind of rotisserie-type contraption to ease the pressure on my belly as I flip from side to side ;D.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone's experienced back spasms in their pregnancy? From what I've read on Google and books so far, it's most likely the result of the baby's position. It started a few days ago and is very sporadic. The spasms move from my lower back all the way up to almost the base of my head. Totally freezes me up. Happens when I lay back down, even though I do so gently. I had really bad back labor with my first and know what the tightening around the abdomen feels like. I've never experienced "painful/cramp like" abdominal contractions, so I can't help but wonder if these back spasms are a form of BH contractions. If it persists, I'll call the doc. Just wondering if anyone's experienced it. Thankfully, I've not had any of the PTL symptoms, so I'm hoping to chalk it up to normal pregnancy discomforts.

Wow, I'm sorry you had to deal with such pain b/c they didn't bother to check if you were going through labor. Nuts! But congratulations on your baby boy. Glad to hear he's doing well. Keep us posted on his milestones in NICU and best wishes for a swift homecoming!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My little one is here at 38+3 weeks
« on: February 22, 2012 at 02:39 PM »
What an exciting delivery! Congratulations!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: It's February, and I'm still pregnant!
« on: February 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM »
Yay! 36 weeks and off bed rest! Take it easy getting back on your feet and best wishes for the delivery.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Veralynn arrived 1.23.12
« on: February 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM »
Wow, congratulations on a wonderful job of keepin her cookin that long! That's wonderful!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 30
« on: January 31, 2012 at 09:55 PM »
32 weeks today! Woohoo! Scheduled the cerclage removal for late in my 36th week.    Fingers crossed that my baby stays put at least until then!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call for January 16, 2012
« on: January 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm at 30 weeks today! My first child was born at 29.5 weeks, so it's a particularly important milestone for me. At my U.S. last week, the perinatologist said that I have a really good chance of making it full term. YAY!!! My cervix has remained closed and long. I attribute it to having the cerclage put it at 13 wks, being on modified bedrest since then, the weekly 17P shots, and of course my wonderful hubby for handling the more strenuous activities involving our 4-yr old. If all continues on this path, my cerclage will be removed on my 36th week. Doc says that only 14% of women deliver within a week of the cerclage removal, but given my history of IC and 20-minute labor, I'm preparing myself for a delivery around that time. I still have to take it easy and have interim goals of reaching 32, then 34 weeks, and so on. But I'm so happy to have made it this far! With each passing day, I grow confident that I will be among those women with a bicornuate uterus who can deliver full term. Fingers crossed!

Wishing everyone a good week!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Baby Shower Question
« on: January 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM »
Hi there,

With my first pregnancy, I opted to wait until my baby was born mostly b/c of practical issues....I was in the hospital on bedrest and although they could have accommodated a baby shower in one of the rooms, I had to pee every 20 minutes and contractions
sent me to the hi-risk unit 3x. Baby showers can also be exhausting as you can't help but do more than you should (sitting up too long, chatting a lot, etc. -- things that you don't realize take up a lot of energy particularly if you've been relatively inactive for weeks).

I registered for everything online during bedrest, and gave immediate family members/closest friends the green light to purchase the essentials like a car seat as it was my first baby and I didn't have anything. My baby was born at 29.5 weeks, and she had to stay in the NICU for 7 weeks. We scheduled the baby shower once we were assured that she was doing well and hubby and I felt comfortable leaving her for a few hours. I had the peace of mind that my baby was going to be all right, so I was able to enjoy the baby shower. And it was nice to be up and about during the event:).

It's what you feel comfortable with. I know it's difficult not to let pessimism sneak in, but here's wishing that you make it to 36 wks and beyond -- so that your baby can attend the shower with you!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My princess is here! ;)
« on: November 18, 2011 at 01:58 PM »
YAY, congratulations!!! What a special birthdate and lovely name! Laila is on my list too:) Amazing that you made it through 10 weeks of bedrest! Best wishes to you and your family!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: cerclage & bedrest, now what?
« on: November 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM »
Julez, thanks for the info. My next appt is at 24-weeks, so it's helpful to know about measurements before and after the stitch. I had no idea.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Gadgets to make bedrest more comfortable
« on: November 14, 2011 at 10:47 AM »
My hubby bought me the Table Mate II this weekend. It’s great! It tucks in under the bed like a hospital bed tray and you can adjust the height and incline as needed so that you can use it at the couch as well. It makes working on my laptop a lot easier.

Anyway, it made me wonder what other folks use to make bedrest a bit more comfortable. The other thing that I like is a portable massager that I use to relieve my restless legs.

What’s your favorite bedrest gadget?

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