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I'm so happy for you Cswain!! Are you on modified bedrest, and what did the doctor say was allowed? When do they plan to remove the stitches? I'm glad to see you doing so well.

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I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow.  I like putting regular clothes on too. My husband puts a basket at the end of my bed that has my maternity clothes in it, so I don't have to go to the closet much. I have noticed my hair growing longer. I'm not allowed to go back to work even though I'm on modified bedrest. My job is really physical. I am a fish hatchery technician and  my agency does not allow light duty, so it's a little weird not working but I'm making the best of it.

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Hello SuzieQMom,

I'm so happy you have made it to the viability week! That is fantastic news. I don't blame you for not wanting to sit outside after all the fluid discharge, but I'm happy it wasn't amniotic fluid.  When I had bulging membranes at 20 weeks with some discharge the fluid was watery.  That's the best way for me to describe it. I thought for sure it was amniotic fluid.  They said it was just water. I asked them where is it coming from.  They said the amniotic sac actually has 2 membrane layers, with the outer layer kinda of like a protective barrier with a layer of water sandwiched between the inner and outer layer. Apparently,  it's so thin, that the outer layer weeps and water crosses the membrane when there's irritation or pressure. That's how it was explained to me.  Anyhow,  stay in bed as much as possible. Those babies are certainly worth it. Do you know the gender of your twins, or are you waiting?

I've been doing better since I am now on modified bedrest.  My heartburn isn't quite as bad.  My husband has been worried that I've been walking around too much.  It's amazing how much stamina I've lost after this many days on bedrest.  My heart pounds rapidly with any walking I do.

Hang in there!!

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Defining 'Rest'
« on: April 08, 2017 at 10:54 PM »
Hello Lulabelle,

I've had to ask pinpointed questions to my doctor about what rest, or in my case what the definition of strict and modified bedrest means. I've heard mixed reviews about bedrest, but my doctor strongly believes in it as do I.  I'm 32 +3 weeks and have been on strict bedrest up until Thurs of this week since my emergency cerclage was placed at 20 weeks. My baby is also a result of IVF.

Due to the fact that you had a bleed more than 2 weeks after your stitches, I wouldn't feel comfortable if I was you unless I was on bedrest until at least 26 weeks.  Obviously,  I don't know you're entire situation and I'm not a health-care professional, but I wouldn't risk it. 

My strict bedrest was defined as laying down with my feet elevated at all times except for bathroom breaks and a quick shower every 2-3 days.  I would go no where except to my weekly doctor appointments that are 1 hour from my house.  My seat had to be reclined back for the drive, and I had to be in a wheelchair to get to and from the car and the doctor office. No walking was permitted, so I wore compression socks to prevent blood clots and I turned often. I rotated between a bed and 2 recliners, and my family and friends come to visit and help me out.

My modified bedrest is very similar except they're allowing me to walk a little around the house,  and I can now eat sitting up without having my legs elevated. I can sit upright, and I don't have to use a wheelchair anymore.   No lifting is allowed.

Anyhow,  I know every person and doctor recommendations are going to vary. 

I'm sorry to hear about your previous loss , and I pray everything goes well!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 3, 2017
« on: April 08, 2017 at 10:30 PM »
Thanks andi-pants! I will check into that.

I do feel it's getting a little better now that I'm on modified bedrest. They're letting me sit straight up while I eat which I can already feel the difference. 

My husband is amazing too!!  He has been so caring, helpful and supportive. We've been through so much trying to get pregnant. We've been trying for 10 years, and finally went through in vitro fertilization using a donor egg last year.  We ended up miscarrying our first try, and then tried again and this one stuck. At 20 weeks when we almost lost her to this IC, we've decided over the weeks of my bedrest that we're just going to be thankful for this one. I don't think I can ever go through all of this again even though we have 5 more viable embryos frozen.  I admire those women who can endure the bedrest multiple times. We're just financially and emotionally spent, but still very happy that our baby was saved.  I'm just hoping she stays in until at least 37 weeks!!

I really hope your cramping and headaches have not persisted!

Hang in there!

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Yes, I'm at 32 weeks +3.  You must've hit your short term goal of 23 +5, so I hope they were able to give you the steroids. They've kept me on oral antibiotics since my cerclage at 20 weeks too. I also got the steroids. I had to use a wheelchair all the way up until Thursday of this week, but my husband had put a recliner out in the garage,  so I could at least get some sunshine. Are you going to have to stay in the hospital your whole pregnancy,  or do you know?

Keep me updated on your progress, if you don't mind. This can be a lonely journey, so it's nice to converse.


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Hello Hopeful Mama,

I nearly lost my baby at 20 weeks after bulging membranes. I had an emergency cerclage the following morning and have been on bedrest ever since. Now, 84 days later I'll be 32 weeks tomorrow and I'm going to modified bedrest. I've been on the Makena progesterone shots ever since once a week, and they still have me on antibiotics 3× per day. I also have had to take blood thinner injections my whole pregnancy,  but my doctor said yesterday my stitches are holding great. My stitches come out at 37 weeks.

I wanted to share my story because at the beginning I never thought I'd make it this far. I worried so much until I got past 26 weeks. I still am nervous just not as much as I was. I really feel I've benefited from the bedrest.

Just take it one day at a time!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 3, 2017
« on: April 05, 2017 at 05:38 PM »
Wow Andipants! Thank God for husbands, right!

I've had heartburn and acid reflux so bad from having to eat lying down. I've thrown up a couple times from it.  My favorite food before pregnancy was pizza, but it's not while I'm pregnant because of the heartburn it gives me.

I've been on bedrest for 84 days, and I'm going to modified bedrest tomorrow!! I'll be 32 weeks tomorrow. I'm so happy I've made it this far! The doctor told me yesterday that our baby girl looks great. My emergency cerclage stitches are holding well and my cervix looks tightly shut.

Shout out to everyone on bedrest.  We can do it!!


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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 19 weeks and "hanging by a thread"
« on: April 05, 2017 at 05:30 PM »
Hello Monkeygirl,

Stay as optimistic as you can, but it's normal to be worried. I had bulging membranes and was dilated 2 cm at 20 weeks. I had an emergency cerclage and been on strict bedrest since.  I will be 32 weeks tomorrow,  so I get to switch to modified bedrest tomorrow!! I've been on the Makena progesterone shots because I've had bad side effects with prometrium. Hang in there. I really do believe in the bedrest.

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Thank you SuzieQMom!

It's easy to worry and warranted. I went through the same type of worries. I know our situations are a little different since my bedrest has been at home, but I used to worry when I'd go to my doctor's appointments. I live 1 hour from my doctor and every week I had to ride in the car. The seats don't lie back all the way, so it worried me. I'm not quite at the anxiety I was in the first few weeks. 26 weeks was when I felt a little better.I read an article about a Mom in your similar situation that managed to save her babies by drinking lots and lots of water. I wish I remembered the details of the story or had the link. Hang in there, and hugs to you!! I know some feel bedrest doesn't help, but my doctor and I definitely feel it's helped me.

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Hello SuzieQMom-

I'm certainly thinking and praying for you. I don't think the worry and anxiety stops, so I take it day by day. I'm 31 weeks today after an emergency cerclage at 20 weeks. The bedrest is difficult, but I only take a shower about every 2-3 days. I'm hoping you make it to 23 - 24 weeks and beyond.  I've set small goals and hope they continue.

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Hello!

I'm on Day 76 of bedrest, and I'm at 31 weeks! I'm so happy to have made it this far.  A lot of my anxiety has diminished compared to 11 weeks ago, and in 1 week the doctor is allowing me to go to modified bedrest!!

I look forward to my weekly appointments so I can see my little girl on ultrasound. I just had my 38th birthday, and the doctor allowed me to go out on my boat as long as my feet stayed elevated. My husband put a fishing pole in my hand,  and I actually caught fish lying down.  My husband has been pushing me down our driveway in my wheelchair for short walks which has really upped my spirits!!

My hardship has been dealing with the medical bills that are still rolling in from when I had to be airlifted to the hospital for my emergency cerclage surgery at 20 weeks. The financial part of this whole ordeal has been a nightmare, but we're just trying to focus on the positives!!

I hope and pray that everyone is doing well. I still have a ways to go, but happy I've still got my baby cookin!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Stupid abruption, stuck in hospital
« on: February 18, 2017 at 06:36 AM »
I'm giving you a bunch of virtual hugs! I'm so happy for you that your baby is doing okay.  Keep your chin up and know we're all praying for you.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 13, 2017
« on: February 15, 2017 at 02:32 AM »
Happy Valentines Day!

Congrats Cranberry48! I'm happy to hear your baby is doing well. Sorry to hear Mamma bear about your cramping and bleeding,  but happy your baby is doing okay.

I'm 35 days into bedrest after an emergency cerclage, and I  will be 25 weeks on Thursday. My doctor said my baby girl is doing well, I just have to stay on bedrest with my feet elevated. It's getting a difficult because of all the laying down my acid reflux and heartburn are that much worse. This week I'm having trouble sleeping. I'm still thankful that my baby is doing so well. They estimate her weight to be 1 lb. 14 oz. I hope everyone has a great week!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 6, 2017
« on: February 08, 2017 at 07:09 AM »
I will be 24 weeks on Thursday! At 20 weeks an emergency cerclage was placed after bulging membranes. I've been on bedrest ever since. We have too slow of a connection for Netflix, but I've been watching The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion, the National Geographic Channel and reruns on TV LAND. Hope all is well with everyone. It is nice I have something to go to for support. 

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