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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Round two! (Loss briefly mentioned)
« on: March 02, 2018 at 07:40 AM »
Hi girls.... I’m back on rest for baby number two.  My first pregnancy, I was put on bed rest and progesterone at 22 weeks with a shortened cervix (1.7cm).  I delivered him via section at 39weeks and all was well! 

This pregnancy has been a tricky one!  I have a septum in my uterus....  I miscarried a twin on the right side of my septum at 11 weeks, and continued to bleed for months.  This led to anemia, constant fatigue, and I started picking up every cold and illness.... I was constantly sick.  The loss was overshadowed with the joy that we still had one healthy baby that had a strong heartbeat! 

  Currently, I’m on “light rest”, and progesterone, so off work but home and able to cook a dinner, use the washroom, shower, do a little yoga...etc.  I am currently 27 weeks and my cervix has been 1.9cm the last three weeks.  Doctors seem happy that my cervix is somewhat stable.

My cervix is complicated.... it’s dynamic so lengthens and shortens depending on how much pressure is put on it.  Has anyone ever used a pregnancy support belt to take some pressure off their pelvic floor?  I’m wondering if it’s worth investing in something?

I must say this is all less terrifying the second time around!  I’m so lucky to have a healthy boy (at daycare all day lol) and a supportive partner (who takes that healthy boy to daycare every day).  He’s also stuck with all the laundry and vacuuming, bath time and bedtime.... this momma can’t lift! 
Hang in their’s all gotta be worth it in the end!!! 

What's Your Story? Tell us. / My success
« on: November 23, 2016 at 07:36 AM »
Ladies,  a year ago I task embarking on a bed rest journey.  At 24 weeks, my cervix length was 1.7cm and My obgyn thought i was about two weeks away from a section.   Baby was breech and stuffed into my uterus with a septum.  Things were not looking good..... BUT.... connecting with other expecting moms on here, making a bed rest schedule and accepting help from others all contributed to a healthy baby boy born at 39 weeks.  As I remembered last Black Friday I sat home buying gifts off the internet and getting the fed ex guy to put them in gift bags and put them under the tree.... I want every expectant parent out there to stay positive and support each other through this time.  It's not easy, but totally worth it!  We are the lucky ones getting followed by doctors, and receiving assistance and support.
I hope a year from now all of you can look back at your bed rest journey, and think about how worth it it was.
Takecare friends

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 28, 2015
« on: December 30, 2015 at 09:48 AM »
Hi all... I'm happily sitting at 34 weeks, which was a goal I set ten weeks ago, and seemed unattainable.  Believe me girls, if I can do it, you can do it! Survived the holidays and all the visitors, my husband cooked a great turkey.  We had planned a Christmas trip away to celebrate our anniversary, thankfully we also purchased insurance and will go another time with the baby! I'm still taking progesterone and will do so until week 36. I've started to move around a little bit more, it feels great to nest and not just boss other people around....don't get me wrong ough I spend a good 22 hours laid up each day. 

I've also started to get bad hip pains.  They mostly come at night, and not sure what to do to prevent them.  If I awake in the night I can get a drink, use the washroom but as soon as I lay back down the ache is back.  Anyone else experience this?

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Online prenatal courses/resources?
« on: December 17, 2015 at 08:17 AM »
Our university has a nursing program, and their nursing students will go into the home and do some basic preparations with the parents to be.  There may be other organizations in your area that will do something similar?

Hi all...on Friday I graduate from bed rest to restricted activity! I will be 32 weeks, and since week 24 my cervix has held pretty strong. (Currently at 1.85cm).  Although it is very exciting there is so much hesitation that comes with it and so many question! My doc has been really good about it all...she explained my new situation as being able to sit up to eat a meal, make a meal, 20 min of prenatal yoga, and 30 minutes max of walking at the mall or down the road each day.  She encouraged my husband to keep doing everything around the house (laundry vacuuming etc) so thT I could use my standing time to build muscles back up and do something enjoyable!

It's all very exciting for us, although I feel like we are on our way out of the woods, I know that there are still some weeks to come of laying on my left side.  We are so thankful to be at 32 weeks..... I honestly had my doubts that this milestone would ever come!

Jralex- I too had a rough week and am checking in late. 

Although I am not dilated, my cervix took a big shrink up this week.... I had been holding steady at a solid 2.6-2.7cm, and this week went down to 1.8cm.  My doc told me to take comfort in that it is still longer than it was when we first started measuring, but if I had any cramping or signs of labour to go straight to labor and delivery to get the shots of steroids. 

I was negative about everything for a few days, but have jumped back on the positive train today as I reached my 28 weeks mark and this was my first goal.  Now I am looking ahead, taking it easy and determined to make it to 30 weeks then to 32. 

Wishing all you ladies well, if you are like me and find yourself on the negative train allow yourself the moment to feel scared and sorry, but then get on that positive train again because that is really what is best for you and baby!  I had to start a gratitude list at the end of my journal to help keep my head clear and optimistic. 

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: First post, short cervix
« on: November 15, 2015 at 03:00 PM »
That's great that it lengthened a bit!!! This is similar to my my first appointment they described my cervix as incompetent, but with the progesterone and bed rest they've now labeled my cervix as dynamic....also dynamic sounds much better than incompetent! I'm now 27 weeks and feeling great that I'm almost to my first goal of 28 weeks.  Hang in there you are not far behind!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bed rest SUCCESS! Meet our daughter
« on: November 12, 2015 at 08:46 AM »
Congrats!  Gives me so much hope that I will make it into the third trimester and beyond!  These positive stories are great reminders to stay horizontal when we get frustrated! And believe me, I've been getting frustrated more and more lately.  Thanks so much for sharing your success with the group!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: First post, short cervix
« on: November 12, 2015 at 08:44 AM »
Hi there Anne23!  My cervix measure 1.7cm at 24 weeks, and I have also been on 'light work load' for the past 16 days.  I've also been taking progesterone every night.  The great news is that with these interventions, my cervix has measure 2.6-2.7 the last three check ups!  So although frustrating, I am totally following doctors orders, even though that means accepting lots of help from others!  Including my mother in law!  I know she enjoys it  a little too much to cook for her boy again and dust the house while I lay helpless on the couch. She also does lots of passive aggressive things like rearrange the pictures on the fridge, and books on the bookshelf, but I am at the point now where I just laugh it up, and I know a happy husband now means a happy wife!  It is so difficult to rely on others, but I truly believe that I need to stay horizontal as much as possible! 
Hang in there, get a schedule and stick to it to remain as sane as possible :) sending positive vibes your way!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for November 9, 2015
« on: November 09, 2015 at 01:27 PM »
Hi all... Made it 26 weeks and 3 days!  having a tough time sleeping at nights.  It's hard not to nap during the days, but I've been fighting it! I Can feel baby getting bigger, which is great, but am nervous he/she is running out of space!  My uterus has a small partial  septum in it, and baby is transverse breech so I can feel it's head sticking out my side at times. 

Having my cervix checked again Tuesday and have just been practicing positive mantras reassuring myself that I am strong and my baby is strong and I am certain that bed rest is working!
Good luck to all you lovely ladies out there.  My boss stopped by and brought me an adult colouring's been very therapeutic and a great time filler.  You can order them on Amazon and are totally worth it in my opinion..... My eyes can only take so much screen time!

Have a great, healthy week growing babies!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Jonah Paul is Here!
« on: November 05, 2015 at 08:57 AM »
Well done!!! You are a superstar, and giving us other ladies a great story to hear!  All the best in the upcoming weeks. 

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: FTM- on bed rest at 25 weeks...
« on: November 05, 2015 at 08:54 AM »
Thanks so much   Kmuss I am getting checked every week to see how it's going. I had envisioned and positively predicted a length of 1.9 so was blown away when they told me 2.7! I will need to have a c-section because baby is transverse breech, so any signs of labour and I'm off to the maternity ward! But for now just staying laid up,taking it easy

I'm pumped to almost be at 28 weeks..... Then maybe get to 32 weeks!!!!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: FTM- on bed rest at 25 weeks...
« on: November 03, 2015 at 01:57 PM »
Had my cervix measured again today, and it has lengthened!!!! I am up to 2.7 cm with pressure on my cervix.  The neonatal doctor said that they originally though I had an incompetent cervix, however now she says it's a dynamic cervix that will shorten and lengthen with different amounts of pressure.  They said for me to stay on strict bed rest until I hit 28 weeks, and then I can maybe go to the movies, or to the store!!! Feeling very good and staying positive!  Bed rest is not a vacation....but it does make a difference!!!! Hang in there's gotta be worth it in the end. 

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: FTM- on bed rest at 25 weeks...
« on: October 30, 2015 at 08:57 AM »
Congrats on the 28 week mark!  This is my first goal.... 28 weeks and then 32.  Good luck with your check up, I hope that everything goes well.  I love reading all the successful stories and am settling in moving from the couch to the bed.  I've got a good list of questions now to ask my Doctor on Tuesday, where as before when she told me about the cervix issue I was speechless and didn't know what to say or ask. 
In fact, my notes that I took are ridiculous, and say no vacuum, no sex and feet up.  Now I feel a little more educated about the subject and can ask some relevant questions. 

Thanks all for responding,hoping to keep this baby cooking for many many more weeks!   

What's Your Story? Tell us. / FTM- on bed rest at 25 weeks...
« on: October 29, 2015 at 03:59 PM »
This is my first pregnancy and I have had a ton of curve balls and minor complications that are adding up.  At 20 weeks, I was sent to the neonatal specialist for an ultrasound, and she found that I have a septum in my uterus.  She told me to prepare for a smaller baby, and possibly a preemie.  My husband and I started stock piling and getting ready for baby.  I had another appointment at 24 weeks and 5 days, and although the septum isn't a factor any more, my cervix has shortened to 1.8cm. 

Dr. put me off work immediately, and restricted activity, taking progesterone vaginally.  I was not taking this seriously at first, however when she told me that when the cervix gets to 1.5cm she admits her patients to the hospital for complete bed rest, and starts a round of steroid treatment for baby's lungs.  This is when I understood the severity of this.   

So here I lay, spending time with positive thoughts and envisioning my cervix lengthening and becoming stronger.  Has anyone had experience with their cervix lengthening after these treatments? 
I am determined to keep baby cooking for as long as possible.  Bed rest might drive me bonkers, but am glad that there is a community out there for support. 
Good luck to all of you while you are on your pregnancy journeys!

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