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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 19, 2016
« on: September 19, 2016 at 05:28 PM »
Hi there. I'm 21w1d today. I had an appointment last Thursday and they said my cervix had stabilized and that was great! Yay! They still want to monitor it weekly until 24 weeks though. I think I did a little too much over the weekend, and *may* have felt a couple contractions, but I'm not sure. My belly didn't get hard all over, it was just a slight tightening feeling internally below my belly button, maybe the pelvic area, but not quite that low. It could also have been the baby stretching, but I'm not sure. Does this sound like a contraction to anyone? I'll bring it up at my next appointment on Wednesday. I only felt one or 2 (at different times of the day) on Friday, and maybe 1 or 2 yesterday (also at different times of the day).

I have an appointment Wednesday morning already and don't know if I should call sooner or not.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 12, 2016
« on: September 12, 2016 at 08:37 PM »
Mimisid-I don't have a cerclage or anything, I think depending on what my appointment in a week shows, we will discuss more then.

You're so close to 34! I would feel pretty confident buying baby stuff at this point if I were you. It might be nice to get it out of the way sooner than later!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 12, 2016
« on: September 12, 2016 at 03:04 PM »
I'm 20+1 today, and so, so anxious to make it to the 24 week mark first of all. It seems like an eternity away, which is really sad because I love pregnancy so much, and otherwise feel so good. I have another appointment with MFM a week from today, where I will find out more of an action plan. So far it's 200 mg of prometrium a night, and being a "couch potato". No strict bed rest or any specific restrictions other than no sex, exercise, or extensive walking. I'm hoping it's ok that I'm up to shower and get ready for the day and walk to and from my car for work and such.

I'm really dreaming of next summer, where I'll be able to go to the park with my toddler and baby strapped to me or in the stroller, and just doing things with the 2 of them together. I also dream of taking them to the lake on hot summer days.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here, 19+5, 1.8 cm cervix
« on: September 12, 2016 at 02:28 PM »
Thanks for the information Karen, and I'm so sorry about your losses. I definitely want to do everything I can for the baby, but right now bed rest isn't really possible since I work (it's a desk job though, and I can sit practically the entire day). I will do it of the doctor prescribes it, but so far I've just been laying down as much as possible at home, or sitting. I'm not doing too much walking or standing, other than my shower and getting ready in the morning.

I'm torn because the studies don't officially recommend strict bed rest, but the anecdotal stories show it working. I hope taking the middle ground is ok, just taking it really easy at home but not strict bed rest, at least until my appointment a week from today.

I'm also torn if I should get a second opinion, since this group of doctors seems to be pretty relaxed about things...it's such an awful mind game.

I think what's really hard now is trying to look out for symptoms if I feel "off" in any way. I have a fair amount of discharge, but it's been going on all pregnancy, even when I had an u/s early on and it showed my cervix long and normal. I'm also paranoid when I feel the pressure to have a BM...my stomach also feels "heavy" when I stand up or walk, but I also think that's normal for pregnancy. It's just so hard. I'm praying to make it to 24 weeks first of all, and then we will go from there.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here, 19+5, 1.8 cm cervix
« on: September 09, 2016 at 07:05 PM »
Hi Jmomma, so sorry for your loss but congratulations on your new pregnancy. Sad to hear you've been having a worrying time although you're in very good company here on this site and will find lots of positive stories.

I have a cerclage this pregnancy but for my first pregnancy (I have a two year old too!) I didn't. Then I had a shortened cervix (1.8) and pre-term contractions but managed to make it to 37 weeks with just bedrest, no progesterone or stitch. It was very nervewracking but the outcome was so positive and well worth it. My doctors didn't prescribe bedrest either as I'm in the UK and it's not common practise here but I just followed my instinct as I wanted to feel I was doing everything I could to help the situation.

I'm now on bedrest again as I'm 25 weeks with baby number two. I have a short cervix and a cerclage but again just want to feel I'm helping things to keep cooking. My doctors said it was a really positive sign if you'd already carried a baby to term. I know it's so so hard when you have another child at home but don't feel shy to call in favours to help you rest up - family, childcare, help with shopping and cooking, cleaning etc. You'll find some brilliant advice here from other moms who gave been in the same boat.

Wishing you a peaceful and easy few weeks and keep your eye on that 24 week milestone as a good place to aim for. Take care.

Were you on the live chat this week by chance?  :) I was on as a guest for the first time.

Thanks so much for your advice and positive encouragement!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / New here, 19+5, 1.8 cm cervix
« on: September 09, 2016 at 02:09 PM »
Hi all! This is my 3rd pregnancy. I have a 2 year old whom I had with no complications at 40+2, and miscarried at 13 weeks in January. At my routine ultrasound at 18 weeks they found my cervix was about 2.4 cm, and I had a contraction that shortened it to 1.9. One week later (yesterday) at the ultrasound I had with MFM, it was 1.8. So far I'm on 200 mg of progesterone suppositories, and told to "take it easy", no walking, exercising, sex; basically be a couch potato. I have another appointment on 9/19 to see if my cervix has stabilized. I did not have any funneling or bulging bag of waters. They will see how things look at the next appointment, and cerclage was mentioned, but we will see then. The doctor said they don't like to do them if they don't have to, but it seems that there is so much success with one...

Of course I'm extremely nervous and just looking to make it to the first goal of 24 weeks for starters. Any success stories or women in a similar situation would be great to hear! It seems that a lot of women on here are or were on bed rest, and so far my doctors haven't recommended that, so I'm hoping "taking it easy" like I have been is ok for now.

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