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I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow. My growth scan at 28 weeks looked great, so for now I don't need to go back to MFM. I have my glucose test tomorrow, so hopefully I pass that. Overall I've been feeling really good, and according to MFM I can continue all activity as normal, as I have been so far. I'm breathing easier and easier, but still am praying so hard to make it to full term; even though my son was born at 34 weeks which is great, I so very much want to just bring my baby home right away. But I'm still very thankful to be this far along.

27+5 today; 2 more days until 28 weeks and the third trimester! I can't wait. I have a growth scan on Friday, so I'm praying everything looks good, but I'm so grateful to have made it to the next goal. I'm looking forward to seeing how things look and what they have to say about any restrictions or not. I'm getting to the point where I'm super worried about my water breaking at any moment...

Since growing up and entering the work force, then having kids, I've slacked so much with reading. And I waste WAY too much time on my phone. So I'd like to come up with a reading goal, as my "to read" list is a mile long. Mostly it consists of faith based (philosophical, theological, apologetics) type books, but I also have a lot of classics I'd like to read or re-read. I LOVE classics.

I've been following your posts OBMom. Congrats on making it this far, how amazing! Keep us posted!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for May 7, 2018
« on: May 07, 2018 at 11:35 AM »
Hi there, 25+3 today! So very happy to be here, but still super nervous about making it to full term. I think having a preemie (although he was a 34 weeker, which is very, very good) is making me more nervous about it happening again, versus the last time when I didn't know what to expect at all. But I'm feeling fine, and everything has been going well so far, so I have no reason to be anxious at this point. I think I'll breathe much easier when we make it to 28 weeks.

My hips and pelvis and lower back have been soooo achey lately. Each pregnancy gets worse, I feel like I'm breaking apart when I walk! Hopefully I can get back to normal after pregnancy; I know after my last baby, running hurt SO bad when I started to get back into it.

I may be able to make the live chat tomorrow, I keep forgetting each week, but it should work out tomorrow if I remember!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 30, 2018
« on: April 30, 2018 at 02:30 PM »
Hi there! 24+3 today. I'm so happy to have made it to this goal, but still very much looking forward to the next one of 28 weeks. I had sporadic contractions Friday, and a few over the weekend, and they make me slightly anxious because I keep having thoughts about my water breaking. It's broken on it's own with both my previous pregnancies, so I know what it feels like and I keep envisioning it happening right now. I think part of it was due to baby's position though, I think he/she was low over the weekend because I had to keep going to the bathroom, and just felt heavy and out of breath, but today I feel great. No urge to urinate constantly, I don't feel heavy, and no contractions. So my paranoia may have just been due to a baby pushing right up against my bladder ha.

I love being pregnant, although the riskiness and anxiety are major dampers now, but with this one more than my others I'm reaaallly looking forward to the newborn stage and having a baby to snuggle and watch grow and reach milestones. Since he/she will be our 3rd, it's kind of hard to think of things to lug 3 kids along to, but I'm really looking forward to being able to go on walks again. I'll have the older 2 in the double stroller and the baby in a carrier, so I think it'll work. I'm very much looking forward to getting in shape again.

Oh Lauren, I'm so sorry for all you've gone through, but very happy you've made it this far. I'll be keeping you and baby in my prayers, I can't imagine all the stress you're dealing with, but it does sound like your doctors are on top of your care!

I had PROM at 34 weeks with my second. I had quite a bit of discharge the whole pregnancy, but earlier in the day that I went into labor, it was more watery and more frequent. Then at on point I shifted on the couch and it was definitely a bigger than normal gush and I just knew. It was the 2nd time my water broke (it broke on it's own with my first too) and for me, when I pee, I can't stop it, so that's also how I know it's different. It just keeps leaking despite tightening up to stop peeing. The 2nd time around it wasn't as much as the first time (with my first it leaked on the floor and was soaking a pad), but it was much more noticeable than discharge.

I'm sorry you were not happy with your care, it seems it's always hit or miss when there are many doctors in a practice.

Since this is my second go around of the cervical issues, I do know that sometimes they are extremely quick, just to check the length, and most of the time the baby isn't even looked at, as long as your anatomy scan and everything else checked out fine. And yes, vaginal u/s can be painful and cause cramping afterwards.

Is this your first? From everything I've experienced and read, it's not standard practice to start progesterone for a first pregnancy unless you have signs of PTL or a really short cervix, but since yours seems stable, I don't think it would warrant progesterone at this point. I know it's tough, but I think there just isn't a way to know if it's helpful at this point with a first pregnancy. All the signs DO point to you being able to carry to term even with you not on it right now.

Also, unless there are concerns about the baby's growth, at least in my experience, I don't receive growth scans at all. With my 1st, I just had an u/s at 6 weeks because I had some bleeding, then the anatomy scan at 20 weeks and that was it. With my second I had the cervical scans until 24 weeks and none after. With this baby I am scheduled for a growth scan around 28 weeks, I think because the baby is measuring somewhat small, but I know it's because I ovulated later than they are calculating, so I'm not too concerned.

I totally get the anxiety. I'm very much the type of person that needs constant reassurance, and every little thing makes me paranoid. However, based on the research and based on the assurances of one of the doctors I saw who I immediately knew knows his stuff, I'm convinced the care I'm getting (and from what it sounds like, you're getting as well) is right in line with everything proven to help at this point. Anything more is just there to "make us feel better" because as the doctor put it, often doing something feels better than doing nothing even if it truly doesn't help.

And I know how hard it is to just wait it out. I've been there once and am there again (I'm 24 weeks today!) I wish there was more I could do to ensure I won't deliver early, but at this point medically, everything IS being done that can be, and the chances are good, but even with all that there's still the chance of going into PTL. Just be sure to watch for any real signs of labor, listen to your body, and enjoy the milestone you have reached and focus on meeting the next one!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 23, 2018
« on: April 25, 2018 at 10:55 AM »
23+5 here, only 2 more days until the 24 week mark. It's such a relief, and yet not that much of a relief because I'm still worried about a micro preemie at this stage.

But my last cervical check at 23 weeks showed I was still at 31mm, so I'm "off the hook" so to speak without more checks or any further treatment or restrictions at this point. I go back in 5 weeks for a growth scan, but that's it.

I have been feeling slight contractions here and there almost daily (just a few here and there, nothing painful and nothing steady), which is how it was with my 34 weeker, so that makes me a bit nervous. I didn't feel hardly any with my first (full term) the whole pregnancy. I think it's normal to feel them more with subsequent children though? Otherwise, no other signs of labor.

Congrats on the book Angela!

I've been anxious about this exact thing littlemissamanda! I'm also 22 weeks, and have my last cervical length check on Friday (when I'm 23 weeks). I've been wondering and worrying what to do after, although I believe after that mark, until you actually experience symptoms, the best thing that has been shown to prevent PTL is progesterone. At least in my case, where I've already had one PTL. I'm not exactly sure what the research says about first time moms, although I think you've got the odds in your favor with a cerclage and the great measurements you've been having.

My cervical lengths have not warranted any sort of restrictions at this point, even when they were around 26mm. At my last appointment I was measuring 31mm (so I seem to be lengthening!), and have really not been taking it very easy at all, other than avoiding major heavy lifting and any kind of exercise or prolonged walking. So at least in my case, at this point, my CL doesn't seem to be affected by more activity. I truly believe it's the progesterone that's helping the most, as the research shows!

So all this to say, unless I hear differently, I'm not sure the research shows anything beyond 24 weeks as necessarily beneficial (other than continuing progesterone). You've been doing all that needs to be done (cerclage, bi-weekly scans) and since those have come up good, I think you already fall into the percentage that has a good chance of not going into PTL. I will still be asking my doctor Friday though, because I agree, it seems like all the safety nets are just gone.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 16, 2018
« on: April 16, 2018 at 02:36 PM »
Good luck OBMom! I had my last at 34 weeks, and we did spend 12 days in the NICU, but he's perfectly healthy and thriving today at almost 16 months. Hang in there!

22+3 today and still cooking and feeling well. I will have my last cervical check on Friday when I'm 23 weeks to see how things look. I have to ask what to do going forward, depending on how my cervix looks. Unless there really isn't anything after 24 weeks until I start experiencing PTL signs? I don't know. I'm not on any kind of restrictions yet, but obviously want to do what is best to not go into PTL.

I don't really have a mantra other than daily prayers for a strong cervix and full term baby!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 9, 2018
« on: April 09, 2018 at 02:20 PM »
I'm not currently on bed rest, but taking time on my appearance is something I enjoy in general. I imagine if I was on bed rest, it would be one of the things I'd do to pass the time. Looking good is one of those things that makes me feel good, so I'd want to keep it up.

I'm 21+3 today, and my cervical check on Friday was amazing. My cervix was measuring 35mm! 2 weeks before it was 28mm, and 2 weeks before that it was about 26mm. I have not been advised to do anything differently, so I really haven't, other than getting progesterone shots now. I'm wondering if the progesterone has really been that miraculous for me! I have one more cervical check before the 24 week mark, when they stop checking, which is crazy to think about. Although I'm still extremely nervous about delivering a preemie again, so I hope they have a good plan in place even if they aren't monitoring my cervix bi-weekly. I will ask at that appointment.

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pelvic pressure?
« on: April 05, 2018 at 02:48 PM »
I"ve had that feeling too some days, but I think it's been baby pushing on my bladder because I pee a lot more on days like that. TMI, but I also feel pressure like that when I haven't had a BM in a while. It is always much better once I go. Could you be slightly constipated at all?

It doesn't seem to be happening as much these days, but a few weeks ago I'd have a day or 2 where I had the "something could fall out" kind of feeling, and on those days I'd rest extra (I'm not on any bed rest at the moment). After taking it easy, it always went away.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 2, 2018
« on: April 05, 2018 at 02:43 PM »
I'm 21 weeks tomorrow, and have another u/s. At my anatomy scan 2 weeks ago, my cervix was 28mm, so that was good, and the anatomy scan was great, so I've been feeling pretty good, but now I'm nervous as usual to see where things measure tomorrow. I'm starting to feel the baby move more consistently and love it.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 19, 2018
« on: March 19, 2018 at 04:22 PM »
18+3 today. I have my anatomy scan on Friday, when I'll be exactly 19 weeks. I'm excited, but also nervous, as I always am for them.

Last week my cervix was down from 32mm to 26mm, but they still weren't concerned and said I didn't need any restrictions, which seems kind of crazy to me. If I feel off, I take it easy, but otherwise, I'm keeping up my activity as normal, other than no exercising or crazy lifting. I will keep having cervical scans every couple of weeks (and this one will just be 1 week since my last one), so they definitely are keeping a close eye on it before making a decision on a cerclage. I also started Makena shots last week. I do trust their judgement on the latest research, but it seems like they would want me on pelvic rest at this point. But according to the different doctors in the practice, my cervix still looks "great", so I think they are waiting to see if it hits 25mm or below, which would then be the point we discuss other measures.

Friday can't come soon enough, it's always so hard to wait in between scans to see what's going on with the ol cervix.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for March 5, 2018
« on: March 05, 2018 at 12:48 PM »
I'm 16+3 today. I had an u/s last Thursday and my cervix was 32mm, so the doctors were not concerned at all, no restrictions, no cerclage yet, and will continue to check it every 2 weeks. I was extremely relieved, but now I've read that 32mm is on the short side for how far along I am. So I'm still trying to take it somewhat easy, but it's hard with a 3yo and 14mo. The real test will be at the next scan; that's when I found out with my last pregnancy that my cervix was short (18 weeks), so I'm anxiously waiting for that.

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