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Hello, ladies!

It is almost Thanksgiving, and you may be feeling a bit down about it. Getting through any holiday while on bedrest can be especially tough when you feel like you're missing out. Instead, try to consider it a marker in the passage of time, getting you even closer to a safe delivery date.

So tell us what you are thankful for. It can be big or small.

Keep looking forward, mamas!

***We won't have a Live Chat this Thursday, but will be back next week.

Hi, Toni!

Thanks for the email you sent me yesterday. I'll respond to you here because I know other moms are going through these same emotional and physical challenges. You are in a tough spot, for sure. It sounds like you can be thankful for discovering that your cervix had shortened and that your OB was able to do the cerclage.

Has your OB talked about vaginal progesterone? I have seen many many women here keep cookin' for weeks and oftentimes months with the combination of a cerclage and progesterone. That could happen for you, too.  :)

For your anxiety, guided meditation can really help. Take a look at these:

Another way to manage anxiety can include writing down all of your anxious thoughts to get them out of your head and on to paper. They've been documented, so you don't have to keep running them through your mind.

Here are a few of my favorite "short cervix" success stories:

Hope all this can help you! Keep us in the loop! Especially after your next OB appointment. That will help, too.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 12, 2018
« on: November 12, 2018 at 02:04 PM »
Hello, ladies!
You all are doing the most important job in the world and you deserve all the support you can get!

The last couple of weeks on the Live Chat have been pretty slow. It would mean a lot to me, and especially the other bedrest moms here, if we could count on more of you to come out. It can be a lot of fun! Please let us know if you will be on the chat Thursday. :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Shortening cervix
« on: November 06, 2018 at 05:50 PM »
I'm sorry that I somehow missed your post. I hope you'll let us know how you have been these past few weeks. Any pressure or contractions?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Intro (placenta previa)
« on: November 06, 2018 at 05:48 PM »
Happy to hear you have some good news to share! Though I know you're still in a tough spot waiting to hear about the accreta. I'm not familiar with how OBs identify it or judge how serious it is. Could you tell us about that? When will you go back to the OB? Or are you seeing an MFM?

Positive thoughts coming your way!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New Here - Short Funneling Cervix
« on: November 06, 2018 at 05:43 PM »
Hey there!
I'm so glad you found our group. We know exactly what you're going through. Let us know what the MFM has to say today. Sending positive thoughts your way!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 5, 2018
« on: November 05, 2018 at 01:08 PM »
“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
-- Margaret Thatcher

And you will get your own way, ladies! One day at a time...   ;) As always, let us know how you're doing! Also, I hope to see ALL of you in the Chat Room Thursday at 2 pm Eastern.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Live chat: Join us every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms:

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 29, 2018
« on: October 29, 2018 at 02:17 PM »
Hello, ladies!

For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and particularly those on bedrest, you're so focused on NOT delivering your baby that you may not think much about delivery. I wanted to share this quote on the power of giving birth, and to reassure you that you will be ready whenever the time comes!

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” – author Marcie Macari

I love that!

Question for you all: Would anyone be interested in me starting a private Facebook group? Would you be more inclined to post there instead of here?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Live chat: Thursdays at 2! Join us every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms:

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for October 15, 2018
« on: October 24, 2018 at 08:25 PM »
Hi, Chibi.
Thanks for checking in. Many women say the first two weeks of bedrest are the toughest, so you've made it over the first hurdle!  :) From what I have seen here, it seems that if the cervix can stabilize, it can hold steady for a while, as opposed to a quick change downward. I wonder if progesterone suppositories would be helpful in your situation to continue to keep the cervix stable. You could ask your OB.

I hope you will join our Live Chat tomorrow. I think it'll lighten your mood to talk to some other moms who know what you're going through. The chat is at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific)

Hi, Saryines. I've been thinking about you. How have these last few days been? Are you back at home? Positive thoughts coming your way!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call AND a Success Story
« on: October 22, 2018 at 11:37 AM »
Success Story!
I'm dedicating today's Roll Call to Jmomma and her incredible success story. She joined the KEC Forum when she was only 19+5 weeks along with a 1.8 cm cervix. She was a very active member and continues to inspire us with her story below, which she sent to me just a few days ago...

I delivered our baby on August 7, at 38+4. He was 6lb9oz, 18 inches long, and everything was perfect, no NICU time at all. I went into labor during the night with contractions that became steady and painful and did not go away. I was so sure they would eventually stop, so I got ready for work in the morning and by the time I was done getting ready, I had to stop and breath through each contraction because they hurt so much. It turns out by the time we got to the hospital, I was complete. I still ended up with a c/s because the doctor was not comfortable with me pushing being that I already had 2 previous c/s. I'm glad I got to experience labor with contractions, and no medication. They hurt so bad, but I realized I could count down from 30 and by the time I got to 1, they would be over and I felt 100% fine until the next one came on. They were much different than the pitocin contractions.

I hope all the "new" mommas stay strong and keep cooking, and the mommas that were due around the time I was are all doing well with their babies!

Congratulations, Jmomma!

Current bed rest moms and moms-to-be: Be sure to post an update here to let us know how you're doing. How far along are you? What are you looking forward to this week?

NEW DAY FOR LIVE CHAT: Our high-risk pregnancy  and bed rest Live Chat is now on THURSDAYS at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for October 15, 2018
« on: October 22, 2018 at 11:29 AM »

That's fantastic news!!! I am so happy for you! I'm going to cut a paste your story into today's Monday Roll Call. It will inspire SO many women. Thanks for taking the time to come back and share your success story.  :-*

That's horrible. What about staying at a hotel nearby instead? You could have care when you need it, but not be as trapped as you are. It would likely be less expensive and you could spend time with your husband. Also, can you call your insurance company and ask them what their protocol would be? Please, please call them.

Are you having any contractions?

Hi, Michelle.
I've been thinking about you lots. How are you doing? Did you talk to your OB?

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 15, 2018
« on: October 15, 2018 at 12:54 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.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!


UPDATE: High-Risk Pregnancy Live Chat: Now on THURSDAYS at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific)

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