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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Modified Bed Rest -- Scared
« on: May 02, 2009 at 11:11 AM »
While I did not have this situation, I can tell you, as a physician assistant and clinical exercise specialist who works with pregnant women, the the reason for this prescription is to lower the amount of time you are upright and hence the amount of pressure applied to your cervix. It's actually really great that your OB put you on modified bed rest. So many OB's simply go for the big guns and put a woman on full bed rest. This really isn't necessary in a case like yours. If you minimize the pressure on your cervix, you reduce the risk of preterm labor.

So as much as possible, sit with your feet up and/or sit reclined. That will distribute your weight and not apply so much pressure to your cervix.  While cerclages are quite effective, the more you can reduce downward pressure (as when you stand up) the better. Believe it or not, your little "Sweetie Pie" is so well insulated, he or she is just fine.

You're doing great. Best of luck to you.

Hi Britta,
I am with everyone else when I say, Hang in there!! Bed rest it the toughest thing, especially for independent, proactive women..

As for the discomfort, do what you can to get comfortable in bed. Have you considered the "U" pregnancy pillow?? It's this giant pillow that is horseshoe shaped. You can wrap it all around you and support those parts that are just aching. The baby stores here have them. I only used a body pillow when I was pregnant, but being able to rest my belly on a pillow and put that pillow between my knees really did a lot to relieve pressure on my lower back. Also, place pillows behind your back. The cushioning helps.

What type of support do you have? Do you have family nearby? Friends? Perhaps you could put together a list of the things that you really need done and when friends and family ask, they can each take a task.

I know that it seems like time is creeping ever so slowly, but hang in there and remember to be good to yourself.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: On bedrest and bleeding
« on: April 18, 2009 at 01:11 PM »
Hi. I'm Darline Turner-Lee and I work with women on bed rest. I read your post and was wondering if your doctor has you on stool softeners?  When I was having my children, I was taking a prenatal vitamin with Iron. It bound me up something fierce!! So during my pregnancy my OB had me taking Colace tablets (docusate sodium. they look like little vitamin E tablets). She also recommended that I eat a high fiber diet so I ate oatmeal with raisins most mornings, lots of fruit and drank lots of water. I had the advantage of being able to walk around which helped to keep things moving. I had c-sections with both of my kids and remained on the colace for quite some time post partum so that I would keep my stools soft and not strain thus putting pressure on my c-section incision.

Are you on strict bed rest or what I like to call "house arrest?" If you are on house arrest, walk around your house a bit. The movement will stimulate your circulation, increasing blood flow to your colon, increasing the cleansing process an facilitating elimination.

Hope this helps.

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