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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 9
« on: January 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM »
33 weeks tomorrow! 
I too am so glad that the forum is back up and running.  I felt lost without the few days it was down.  (It's become part of my everyday routine) I have my doctor's appointment on Thursday, so hopefully everything goes well.  It's great to see that there are so many bed rest moms that have made it full term.  I know the waiting has got to be really tough now!

Yeah!  So glad to hear you were able to come home. (even though I felt reassured at the hospital, it feels so much more comfortable at home.)
Try to do the best you can with bed rest at home it can be hard sometimes (I know).  My doctor said something that has stuck with me.  We want to get through this pregnancy knowing that we did everything we were able to- no matter what happens:  rather than second guessing and saying "what if I would have done this" or "what if I hadn't done this"... 

Keep taking it one (day/hour) at a time and you'll get there.

I started with the basics. Comfy clothes: a couple pairs of pants and a couple shirts, socks, and undies.  (When I'm first admitted I'm not allowed to wear them, but after a day I slip my pants on and then once my IV is out I put on a shirt)  And I made sure that I have extra toiletries... (toothbrush and things) and they stay in a bag within my bag.  Next, I made a list of other things I would want/need but can't stay in my bag. 
Computer and cord, phone charger, book to read, contacts...
I keep my bag in the living room and then I try to keep what I can of these items on top of my bag so they are there, but I know where they are when I need them. 
If it does end up being a prolonged stay, hubby can always bring in more as you want/need.  (the idea you mentioned of bagging and labeling some of your crafts is a really good idea!)
Hope this helps.

32 weeks tomorrow  :) 
I am so thankful that I did NOT deliver in 2011!  We had two L&D stays, but luckily we made it through it. 
I have a doctor's appointment Wed with an ultrasound to see how much baby has grown.  Can't wait to see baby again and know that he/she is doing okay. 

“Women wanted for anxious journey. Lost wages, bitter emotions, long months of complete boredom, constant worry, positive outcome unexpected but possible. Happiness and parenthood in case of success.”

This statement fits perfectly for us ladies on bed rest.  Thank you for posting; and for making this website!

I actually made it through an appointment without being sent to L&D  I'm so excited!  I did not have a cervical length check and my doctor said I probably wouldn't have any more.  He doesn't think they will be of much "help" since I have started to dilate.  I also found out that I was/am (still) dilated to 1.  I will be going in weekly for appointments which is fine by me... that means I get to get out of the house/off the couch and I will be reassured that everything is okay.  (sometimes I feel like once a week is not enough)  I'm still on strict bed rest but I did talk him into letting me eat at the table- so long as I'm not there for more than 15 minutes. 

Thank you for the advice AngelLily and Kari.  Giving myself a "goal" of having a certain amount of water drank by lunch and then rewarding myself is a good idea.  And although I don't mind drinking water, I have been getting tired of it.  So a flavor boost just might do the trick. 

K2626- I know several other people mentioned what their doctor said for 'When to go to L &D'.  My doctor said something similar to those.  I think the best thing to do would be to ask your doctor exactly what would constitute a trip to L&D for you based on your history.  Each doctor has their own set of "rules" and my doctor even said that it would really depend on the patient's situation and history.  I don't know with having lost your mucus plug if your doctor would want you to come in sooner than 6 and it also might depend on if you've dilated any.  I've noticed that my contractions pick up at night and first thing in the morning.  I think it might be related to when I take my medicine and the fact that I don't drink as much water before bed and then have gone all night without my substantial fluid intake.  I try keeping a cup of water on my night stand to help. 

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 26
« on: December 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM »
31 weeks tomorrow and still cooking after another hospital stay Thursday-Saturday for preterm labor.  Luckily I was able to go home and spend Christmas there with my hubby and 3 year old. I was in charge of video taping while the little guy opened his presents.   :) 
I have another appointment this Wednesday.  At my last two appointments I ended up being admitted to hospital and of course we weren't prepared.  SO this time we are going to go in ready (hoping to jinx ourselves into not having to  ;)).  We also had been going in on Thursdays... so we changed the day.  It can't hurt! 

   I'm so sorry to hear that your contractions are starting up again. :(  Hopefully they can get them back under control. 
When I was in the hospital, I worried that my 3 year old would be scared by all the machines and things at the hospital.  So as soon as he got there my husband and I pointed out and told him what different things were...  like the IV was giving mommy medicine and so on.  I also had a machine hooked up to my legs to keep the circulation going (prevent blood clots) anytime I got up to go to the bathroom it would beep until a button was pushed.  We gave him the "job" of pushing the button anytime it beeped.  He really liked that.  Luckily when it came time to leave he was excited about the elevator ride and pushing the buttons in there, so he wasn't upset.  Distractions are great for kids this young. 

You have the right idea.... taking it a _____ at a time.  Hour would probably fit best at this point.  Angellily is right.  It's okay to be upset, but you are in the best place right now and you still have hope that things will turn out.  It's good to prepare yourself that there is a possibility that you might deliver now or in the near future, but try not to dwell on it.  It hasn't happened yet! 
Good Luck!   

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Need advice!
« on: December 25, 2011 at 02:26 PM »
I hope everything works out for you with your sil.   Both my parents and my MIL smoke, so we have been battling the smelly clothes too.  Luckily, my MIL doesn't smoke much and when she does it is outside.  I don't notice the smell as much with her as my own parents.  My parents don't smoke in the house- but you can't tell the smell is pretty bad.  I hadn't figured out a way solve that problem until hopefully this Christmas.  My sisters and I got both of them an electronic cigarette.  I'm hoping this helps in more ways than just the smell and smoke. 

I was able to come home on Christmas Eve! I'm on strict bed rest now... not allowed to get up for anything but restroom and I can take a very quick shower.  It's kind of hard asking hubby to get me things... like snacks, more water... in the past I would have gotten them myself.  The only other part I'm having difficulty with is hydrating!  I have never been a big fluid intaker.  So the amount of water I'm expected to drink seems impossible to me. I'm going to try my best though.   
Sara, I no longer have all of my placenta issues. Thank goodness! The only thing I have now is an accessory lobe.  I know I read somewhere that as the baby gets bigger, there is not as much amniotic fluid.  But it sounds like if they mentioned low fluid- that's not really the case for you.  Hopefully you can get some reassurance when you next see your doctor.
Angellily, hopefully if you are starting to dilate things will go slowly as they sometimes can.  I'm really hoping to prove those doctors wrong too, but going further than they "expect". 

Merry Christmas to all!

Thanks for the replies AngelLily and Sara. I know exactly what you mean as far as not knowing if these contractions are going to "do" something or not.    I did end up getting released on Sunday- taking procardia every 12 hours.  I also had a cervical length check before I left and it was 2.7...  this is up from the 2.2 it measured Thursday, so more good news.

Unfortunately, when I went back to the Dr for my checkup (this Thursday 12/22) I received some not so good news.  First off was my cervical length.  It had shortened again, this time to 1.7.  Back on the monitors I go to check for contractions.  Doc said I was having some, but not a bunch.  He wanted to check my cervix for dilation.  I'm not exactly sure what final terminology was said, but he said  my cervix was a lot softer... and something about one finger in and could touch the head.  (to me this sounds like I'm dilated to 1- but don't really know)
After consulting with the high-risk doc, it was decided that by definition- contractions with cervical change I was in preterm labor.  So back to L & D I go.  The mag by itself really seems to have wiped out the contractions (they became more frequent from the office to the hospital- yet I still wasn't feeling them).  I've got my fingers crossed that I will get to go home Christmas eve so I can wake up and watch my son open his gifts from santa.  (We have a back-up plan just in case.)
I'm wondering if my cervical change has anything to do with contractions though. The ones I'm having are not "strong" and even the doc said this last time they were minimal.  Could it just be my cervix isn't holding up the way it's supposed to be?  If that's my issue what can be done at this point in the pregnancy that isn't already being done?  (p-17 shots, bed rest...)  One doc on call made it sound like I'll be lucky to make it to 34 weeks. 
I'm trying to keep my hopes up for a longer pregnancy...  I really want to make full term.     

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Baby Faith is here 40 weeks 2 days
« on: December 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM »
congratulations!!  Best Wishes for you and your family!

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: low amniotic fluid levels?
« on: December 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM »
  It's good to hear that baby is doing so well!  I can't give you any information on the low fluid, but I have an accessory lobe with this pregnancy too.  From what I understand there are not generally any physical issues with the lobe during pregnancy for you or baby.  The important part is going to be delivery.  An accessory lobe can have a habit of not coming out during the delivery of the placenta.  This can cause infection and other issues during your recovery.  What I was told, is that you just need to make sure the doctor/midwife that delivers your baby, knows about the lobe so they can make sure it and all parts come out with the placenta.   (I'm not exactly sure how that is accomplished, but at this point it's not my top priority). 

  Hope this helps!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 19th
« on: December 19, 2011 at 01:42 PM »
30 weeks tomorrow and I'm on my 12 week of bed rest.  I had quite the eventful weekend with preterm contractions, but I am now home taking procardia twice a day along with my weekly p-17 shots.
This baby is getting bigger and bigger.  The estimated weight on Thursday was 3.3 lbs I guess my doctor told my husband that the steroid shot I've received could play a part in this.  Not only does it help with lung development, but also the brain and the stomach.  
I go back to the doctor's on Thursday, so hoping everything  goes well.

 SO just a little more background info for this pregnancy.
At 18 weeks I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa and a hematoma, therefore was put on bed rest.  My cervix measured 2.6 cm. (this was never a real concern for some reason)
We later found out that I also have an accessory lobe...  That was an interesting several appointments.  Cervix is staying stable... 2.7 & 2.9
24 weeks I started having contractions- although they were very sporadic not painful.  I was monitored and checked...  Cervix was still stable at 2.9, but tech thought the placental lobe may be detaching... and possibly another hematoma.
26 weeks rescanned for cervical length and to check placenta and lobe.  Cervix is 3.2 (yeah).  Placenta looks like it is no longer previa, lobe is there and attached.  BUT, there is a band of tissue hanging on or floating or something above my cervix.  Dr thinks that it is scar tissue. 
29 weeks scanning to check cervix and placenta and other issues.  Scan goes really well.  Dr did not see the band of scar tissue anymore.  Placenta is up out of the way...  lobe is there.  Cervix  dropped to 2.2.  Dr is very surprised by this.  Asks if I've had any contractions... just the sporadic ones I answer.  She does a manual exam and says that I'm dilated a fingertip (not much at all) but wants to hook me up and check for contractions.  IT turns out I was having them every 3-5 minutes!
 Needless to say I was whisked away to L & D and started on Mag... didn't help, added another drug, didn't help, added procardia and we finally saw some changes! 
 I am currently sitting in L&D with preterm contractions. I've been here since Thursday and hoping I get to go home tomorrow.  (I really thought I'd get to home today, but that was turned down)  They are calling it preterm contractions - not labor, because I have not had any cervical change.  (good news- but confusing... how am I supposed to know when I'm in labor?)  They also did a FFn test today and it came back positive...  I know this means nothing in the scheme of things... just one more "reason" not to be released yet.  I'm on 24 hr observation with out any Mag but still taking the procardia.  The way I understand it, I will continue to take this two times a day when I am released.  I thought this was kind of weird. I figured I'd take it as needed.   (I'm already taking the p-17 shots since 16 weeks)  So.  That's where I am as of right now... 

I was diagnosed with GD with my son (over 3 yrs ago).  I don't remember a lot about it, but I don't recall feeling hungry all the time. 
One thing you could do would be to talk to your GD doctor about being hungry and your concerns for the twins.
I went to a class that taught all about GD and how to get the most out of my carbs I was allowed based on serving portions.  Also how to read labels on foods. If you haven't taken a class, I would highly recommend it.
You'll want to make sure your eating the more filling carbs that your allowed and get the most of your allowed carbs.  For instance, lets say a soft taco with meat is 2 carb points, but a hard shell taco with meat is only 1/2 carb point.  I'd get the hard shell, then I could have more food whether that be more hard shell tacos or something else. 
You can also go for those carb free foods.  A lot of vegetables are considered carb free if you eat less than 3 cups raw or 1 1/2 cooked.  Pile these on your plate and eat them as snacks in between meals.  (My GD teacher said it was very important to get my three snacks in!) 

I hope I helped a little, and sorry if you already knew all this.

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