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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short cervix with twins
« on: February 13, 2019 at 09:10 PM »
Hey, Lauren! Big congrats on hitting 34! Your story will definitely inspire other moms! Keep those babies cookin'! Hope to see you on the Live Chat tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern.

Goldielocks: Hope to see you, too!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: PPROM @ 31w 5d
« on: February 13, 2019 at 09:06 PM »
Hi, Moonrising.

Rachel posted this message for you on our Facebook page:

I know exactly how you feel. I was on strict hospital bed rest for almost 4 months due to incompetent cervix (yes, months) and I know what you mean about having to use the bathroom while others are in the room! I had a roommate for a little while and she had very few restrictions while I wasn’t even allowed to sit upright. Very stressful situation all around, but eventually I got a private room and I was able to put things in perspective. My goal was a healthy baby and my daughter was born at just over 38 weeks. She’ll be 10 years old next month.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 11, 2019
« on: February 11, 2019 at 06:22 PM »
Hugs and kisses, ladies!  :-*

Will you be doing anything special with your sweetie for Valentine's day? I know holidays can be difficult when you are on bedrest, but hopefully you will be able to enjoy a meal or a movie together. Finding time for romance (or just feeling connected) is especially tough when you're on bedrest. You really have to work hard to make those opportunities happen.

And for those who think Saint Valentine can take a hike and keep on walking, what are you looking forward to this week?

I hope to see you all on the live chat Thursday! Set an alarm on your phone so you don't miss it.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Not my first rodeo
« on: February 09, 2019 at 06:32 PM »
Hi, Bed Bound.

Brandi left this message for you on our Facebook page. She has a success story to share!

Brandi Leigh I was having Bh since 15 weeks and was on pelvic rest bc spotting early on . I finally got off pelvic rest and got put back on pelvic rest around 20 weeks or so. At 21 weeks check or so I had a short soft funneling cervix. At 22 weeks i was contraction with a super short cervix funneling and soft dialated 1. I went to hospital and was there on hospital bed rest and given meds to stop contractions and steroids for babies lungs. I got released to go home had to stop working and be on modified bedrest at home.

I literally did nothing I got up to potty and put stuff in microwave that's it. I have 2 kids at home so.it was so hard bc it was summer and they were off school. I was on progesterone suppositories and nipheipine. I stayed modified bed rest and I took it very seriously mom gave me a recliner to put my feet up and all. I learned to like tv, which I hated before bc I am such an active person.

I stayed on bedrest and progesterone until 35 weeks. It was a long journey with lots of scarred and hospital visits but 37 weeks i was induced and delivered 2 healthy babies at 37+1.

Try not to stress drink tons of water and learn too be sitting on your butt to keep the baby safe and inside as long as possible. I didn't mention I was recovering from shoulder surgery a couple weeks I found out I was pregnant.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 5, 2019
« on: February 06, 2019 at 02:59 PM »
Hello, ladies!

Thanks for sharing your plans! It's a question that often comes up often, so I think it's interesting to see what other moms chose to do. For me, I had a shower at my mom's house (about half an hour away) at 36 weeks. With my son, I felt too nervous to buy anything except for two T-shirts, but my mom brought us a big gift bag of boy's clothes once he arrived safely. I will always remember that!

Moonrising: I have only 2 (!!!) pictures from when I was pregnant with my son. I felt down, and worried, and frumpy, so it just didn't seem important then. I really regret it. If you get the OK from your OB (maybe once you get to a certain point) maybe your partner or a friend could come and take a few pictures. You might also look into a photographer who will come to you. They may have a backdrop they could set up behind you.

Who will be joining us for the Live Chat tomorrow? Take a minute now to set an alarm for 2 pm Eastern. It'll be fun!

Sending you all lots of love and positive thoughts! 

--Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 5, 2019
« on: February 04, 2019 at 12:39 PM »
It's February and here you are! Your dedication to your babies is wonderful.

Are any of you planning to have a baby shower? If so, at how many weeks along? Or will it depend on when you get off bed rest? Or, would you do a "meet and greet" after the baby is born? Where would you have it? At your house so you don't have to travel? Or do you think your OB would give you the OK to go to a friend or family member's house?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 28, 2019
« on: January 28, 2019 at 12:21 PM »
Hi, ladies.

I was remembering a time when I was playing with Batman and Robin figures with my son. He said that he wished that he had a Wonder Woman figure so that I could be her. 

Of course, that made me think of all of you! You are Wonder Women, doing everything you can for your babies. And you're also so wonderful for the support you provide each other! Whenever someone's having an especially tough day or week, you all are there. So thank you!

Anybody have any appointments this week?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats THURSDAYs at 2 pm (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Preventing and treating preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/prevention-treatment/preventing-preterm-birth/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« on: January 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM »
"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything."
--Dan Millman


And this is your time to cook! Let everything else fall aside ... for now.

So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are. See you on the Live Chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Set an alarm on your phone to join our live chat on THURSDAY at 2 pm (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 14, 2019
« on: January 14, 2019 at 01:50 PM »
How are we two weeks into 2019? I hope it has been moving quickly for you as you head toward the finish line!

There's passage from a book called Start with Why that has stuck with me for a few years now. One example from the book is about an expedition to Antarctica, and it made me think immediately of all the bedrest moms I’ve known.

On December 5, 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven men set out for the Weddell Sea on the Endurance, a 350-ton ship that had been constructed with funds from private donors, the British government, and the Royal Geographical Society. … But the crew of the Endurance would never reach the continent of Antarctica. Just a few days out of South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic, the ship encountered mile after mile of pack ice, and was soon trapped as winter moved in and with furry. Ice closed around the ship “like an almond in a piece of toffee,” a crew member wrote.

Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the Antarctic for ten months as the Endurance drifted slowly north until the pressure of the ice floes crushed the ship. On November 21, 1915, the crew watched as she sank in the frigid waters of the Weddell Sea. …

Stranded on the ice, the crew boarded their three lifeboats and landed on tiny Elephant Island. There Shackleton left behind all but five of his men and embarked on a hazardous journey across 800 miles of rough sea to find help. Which, eventually, they did.

The book's author, Simon Sinek, goes on to talk about how none of the crew died and how there was no mutiny. Then he shares the ad that Shackleton ran to find and hire his crew, and that is what reminded me of women on bedrest facing a high-risk pregnancy:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

These men came to the challenge with a certain mindset that I think helped them to power through.

I think an ad for pregnancy bedrest would look something like this:

“Women wanted for anxiety-filled journey. Lost wages, bitter emotions, long months of complete boredom, constant worry. Happiness and healthy baby in case of success.”

I know you didn’t answer a want ad, but there is no one I would rather have on the KeepEmCookin ship than you. You are strong in spirit and mind. You believe in beating the odds. And for months on end, you don’t give up.

Now let's hear some weekly updates!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

See you at the Live Chat THURSDAY at 2 pm EST/11 am PST! http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 10, 2019 at 06:48 PM »
Quick reminder! We are 10 minutes away from the Live Chat. Hope to see you all! http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 08, 2019 at 05:29 PM »
Congratulations, Pixiejan! It is wonderful you were able to get so many extra weeks of cookin'. I'm happy to hear your son is doing well. We will certainly miss you here! There are some absolutely amazing preemie parent support groups out there. Here's a list: https://preemieparentalliance.org/member-directory/

Lots of love to you and your bigger family!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 07, 2019 at 11:24 AM »
Welcome to another week! Tell us how many weeks along you are, what you have planned for this week, and what your favorite bed rest food is.

I ate a lot of string cheese and nuts when I was on bed rest, and also yogurt that I kept in a small fridge next to my futon on the floor in the living room. I wanted to be where all the action was with my 2-year-old Miss Sunshine. Every day was a party on the floor! Kids are very adaptable, thank goodness!

Looking forward to your updates... and to seeing you on the Live Chat on Thursday. We had the best time last week!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 31, 2018
« on: December 31, 2018 at 03:37 PM »
Who's still cookin'? Did any of you worry about having a 2018 baby? You're soooo close to 2019!

Share with us three wonderful things that happened to you this year. I'll start:

1) Publishing "Stuck in Bed" after more than a year and a half of collaboration with my co-author and illustrator.
2) Celebrating my 14th anniversary with my husband, who grows more special to me every year. (And who put up with my craziness during my two pregnancies on bed rest!)
3) My kids finding their passions: drawing anime characters (my daughter) and playing the baritone horn (my son).

I'm looking forward to your weekly updates and what made 2018 special for you.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

P.S. Set an alarm on your phone. :) Join the Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Thursdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 24, 2018
« on: December 24, 2018 at 03:01 PM »
You've made it another week! Let us know how you're doing ladies!

I know the holidays are an extra difficult time to be on bedrest. You may not be seeing everyone you hoped to see, and you may have to put aside your usual traditions. Try to stay focused on what this extra time cookin' will mean for your baby for the rest of his or her life.

Count your blessings, and even write them down and share them with your partner or a friend. Don't hesitate to ask someone for what you need: a glass of water, another serving of mashed potatoes, a listening ear or a big hug.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

P.S. I won't be able to host the Live Chat on Thursday at 2 pm EST/11 am PST as I usually do. If someone would like to host it for me, please let me know and I will post it on Facebook and Twitter.  http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 17, 2018
« on: December 17, 2018 at 02:13 PM »
Five Ways Prison Is Better than Bed Rest

1) Daily showers
2) One hour of exercise each day
3) Time spent outdoors "in the yard"
4) Spending time with others in similar circumstances
5) Conjugal visits  ;)

I haven’t shared that in a while, so I thought our new members might get a kick out of it!

As always, let us know how many weeks along you are, and what you've been doing to stay busy. Also, take a moment today to connect with another member by responding to her post. Stay connected…

And keep 'em cookin'!
Angela


P.S. Set an alarm on your phone. :) Join the Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Thursdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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