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Perhaps what we think is genetic is really due to our nutrition and lifestyle that has passed down through generations....
After all, the way we (women) cook is usually how mom cooks.  If that is the case, genetics plays a much smaller role.

So true about all the work our husbands do.  My hubby is the busiest person I know... until I got off bedrest.  :o)  It's time to give him a little bit of a break before baby arrives.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Off Bed Rest, Feel the Stress
« on: May 24, 2010 at 01:36 PM »
Hi all.

I am off bedrest at 36 weeks.  I was only on bedrest for ~4 weeks and was kept quite busy, days just flew by.  I relaxed so much during this time that I saw it as practice for The Bradley Method (relaxation method for natural childbirth).

Well, as it turned out... the day I got off bedrest... boy, I felt the stress however mild it was.  I couldn't believe it.  I could feel mild stress!  So, unlike me to notice.  Fortunately, the mild stress feeling went away, but it was interesting to go from such a relaxed bedrest no-stress state to just a normal non-bedrest day... and feel the difference.

My previous post:
The beginning of my story:

Since my last post about being OFF bedrest, I learned that EFFACEMENT has NOTHING to do with when you give birth.  How can that be, you ask?

My hubby and I were reading on page 52 of Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon, and she writes "...I was completely effaced (and the cervix was even slightly open) two months before I went into labor...effacement tells you nothing about the day and hour of your birth..."

I was shocked that my doctors/midwives didn't tell me this.  In my case, I had no PTL symptoms except 50-75% effaced at 30 weeks, and this would have been real good for me to know.

I ran this through my Bradley instructor who replied "...people are always surprised when I tell them that effacement, and even dilation to an extent, tell us NOTHING about when labor will begin!".
I had already canceled my Bradley classes due of bedrest, but I can't believe she didn't tell me this before when I told her my news... nevertheless, there it is.

So, the same day, I ran into an OB at my church where I mentioned this and she confirmed it!  And went on to say how amazing it is what our bodies do to prepare.

Doctors/Midwives dont' tell us this?

I realize this may not be true for everyone (even if there are no other symptoms), but excuse me... it's something I would have loved to know back at 30 weeks when this all started.  It's huge when making decisions based on doctor advise.

Well, I just needed to say that...

Off bed rest,

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: OFF Bedrest
« on: May 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM »
Thanks all!  I am thankful all has gone well thus far, but pray that I can be off bedrest and make it to 40 weeks, +/-2 weeks.

Blessings to you and  yours.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / OFF Bedrest
« on: May 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM »
I am 35 weeks 3 days and just came from my midwives appt.  (You'll have to read 'My Story' to get the whole scoop.).

I had a good visit and since I don't have the usual symptoms of preterm labor and I am not diagnosed with cervical incompetence (although, one could wonder), I am being put off bedrest at 36 weeks... this Sun/Mon.  Yeay.

Update:  Just want to add a link to 'my story' and another question I posted which I wonder about.
My Story:
Cervical Incompetence Question for you:

Forgot 1 more tip of advice:  Allow 3-5 hrs between meals so food can digest...otherwise, it will sit in your intestines (most likely) rotting & producing gas while it digests your newly eaten food.  No snacking either.  It's not an easy one though and I'm not sure if I'd recommend it (b/c I'm not 'qualified') and, I know I get hungrier more often now!  And I eat often.

Oh yeah, and milk combined w/ sugar also produces gas.  (i.e. no ice cream)

Every body is different, so although my body could use properly combined foods, my hubby can eat anything and not be affected.  Guess he just digests better than I do.

It's interesting you mention that the gas gets 'stuck' b/c you're not moving.  Are you allowed to do pelvic rocks?  You get on all fours and rock your it.  If so, I've noticed that helps get the gas out.

Update: I googled and found it on a website which also said to do abdominal breathing for gas.  I can see how that would help.  The mamasonbedrest blog mentioned that some women on bedrest have shortness of breath...probably b/c they are breathing w/ their chest (shallow) instead of their abdomen (deep).  Check out that blog...don't have it off the top of my head... I'm replying from mobile phone.)

Breathe deeply.

drapkowicz, I hope you are feeling better.  That is some serious gas pain!  I would certainly be concerned about what I'm eating too if it causes so much pain and contractions ...or can be mistaken for contractions.  I've had issues w/ gas & find they are resolved with proper food combining.  When do you notice it most?  Here are some food combinations that cause gas (so don't eat them together):

fruit & nuts (e.g. no PBJs, just PBs or Js... :-) )
fruits & starchy vegetables (e.g. no fruit with or after a broccoli/potato meal)

No beans or legumes that were not soaked and drained before cooking (soaking helps them to be more digestible, removing 'toxins', I   think, and enzyme inhibitors)

There are more, but those are the ones off the top of my head.

I hope you welcome such nutrition info.  People often do not realize how food affects their wellbeing.   I am not a nutritionist but have read so much about it in the last decade.  I love living foods too... and, although I am an engineer, I am a certified living foods chef too.  Of course, I wish I could have had a living-foods pregnancy, but there is just only so much time.

I'd write more, but I'm on my mobile w/ no internet... for a week or so.

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Q: PTL a risk to Mother?
« on: May 13, 2010 at 02:33 PM »
I've read a couple times that PTL can put a baby and mother at risk.  What exactly do they mean about the mother?  What is she at risk for?  This is new to me... can someone explain?

How common is depression while on bedrest?

I've only been on bedrest for 4 weeks, and I certainly haven't felt depressed, nor sorry for myself... (but in physical pain - hips, shoulders - yes).
Maybe it's because I have already done many of the items listed here that would apply to me.  The best one on the list is being in the "center" of the home... it's been like that since day 1, so I recommend it too.  All the others are great too.

But, I must say, we should probably ask for more help with food... which is difficult when close friends are hours drive away, there is no family nearby, and co-workers don't know how to make vegan food.  Ah well, I will admit... it's really just an excuse for us not to ask for help.  I guess I didn't really answer the question.  I'll have to think about it.  :)

Thank you for that reply.  I had no idea how kegels could affect contractions!
I suppose I am 'allowed' to do them because I don't have those symptoms.

Well, I hope your body will know just what to do when it comes to labor & delivery.
And mine too!  *smile*

I'm starting 34 weeks, today!  And, the midwvies said I can skip my appointment this week if all is well.  I plan to cancel it.

Looking forward to a delivery in the mail... baby stuff!  I have no idea what could be in there, except the thoughtfulness of a good friend.

Hello all.

I have a few questions for those with cervical incompetence.  I have not been diagnosed w/ it, but one could wonder...

Would you please take the time to answer them?  The questions are in redHow much protein (in grams) do you eat daily?  And how much water (in oz) do you drink daily?

Thanks in advance!

The reason I ask is because the health-nut in me likes to do a lot of research and find natural ways for healing.   Now, don't tune me out yet.  I was taking the Bradley Method course just prior to being put on bedrest and it emphasized a lot on exercises, relaxation, and nutrition.  Dr. Bradley's nutrition chart recommends a lot of protein... a lot!  I am a vegan, and although disappointed that the Bradley Method has not come up with an easy-to-read-and-use vegan-equivalent nutrition chart, I do not know if I met the daily "Bradley" recommendations.

Then, I read a book with stories about labor and delivery where a women had a high protein diet (the Bradely-recommended 80-100g/day, more for multiples) and she was past her 40 weeks (I can't remember how many weeks she was).  They had to rupture her membranes because they were so tough and strong... due to her 100g protein per day.  (The story was in either the book Homebirth in the Hospital by Stacey Marie Kerr, MD or Natural Chidbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon.)

Side note:  Now, kegel exercies also help tone & support the uterus, rectum, and cervix.

So, this has been in my mind lately... protein.

And, I googled to see what I could find about Dr. Bradley, protein, and cervical incompetence.  My search has been futile... until I ran into this website ( where it reads "incompetent cervix... Part of this can be counteracted with proper diet - a diet that is well balanced, for one thing, and includes a great deal of water, as well as tons of protein, can help to strengthen membranes and maintain hydration through the entire body, thus lowering risks"

Finally, some light!  So, I ask:  What is your daily protein intake?  Is it 80-100g/day?  What is your daily intake of water?  Although Bradley recommends intake to thirst, I want to ask:  Is it at least half your weight in oz per day?  Or 64 oz daily?

It's like my little unscientific survey.  I had a hard time reaching 80g/day on a vegan diet but I did eat a lot of beans & nuts.  Greens have amino acids - the building blocks of protein - but they don't show how to count that.  My water intake was good (I only drink water anyway).  I am guessing I had about 50g/daily of protein.

Here's a protein counter if it helps:

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