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Making the Best of Bed Rest / February 13th Roll Call!
« on: February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM »
Hello, supermoms!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates! Also this week, please tell us the most important thing you've learned while on bedrest. It can be related to bedrest or just something you've learned (like about knitting or a craft, or something you read in a book about newborn care, or something silly or fun).

I'll start. When I was on bedrest, I learned that there is only so much in life you can control. The rest you just HAVE to let go. (I also learned that my husband has no idea how to fold towels.  :D )

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Did you miss the March of Dimes bedrest #pregnancychat today on Twitter? The transcript is available here: https://marchofdimes.tweetreach.com/share/reports/82023f6430f38c170dbf3f7fe7d0ab56c4fde31c

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 6
« on: February 06, 2012 at 10:07 AM »
This weekend my son (while playing with his Batman and Robin figures) said he wished that he had a Wonder Woman figure so that I could be her.  ;D 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. And our bedrest graduates too! So thank you!

Anybody have any appointments this week? I hope to see you all at our live chats on Tuesday and Thursday! I'm already excited about next Tuesday's chat when Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Dr. Adam Wolfberg will be joining us again. Get your questions ready for him!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Please take the postpartum depression survey conducted by Case Western Reserve University http://filer.case.edu/~axp335/postpartdep.htm

They are studying the effects of high-risk pregnancies/bed rest on emotions. Thank you!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 30
« on: January 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM »
Hello, ladies!
What is everyone looking forward to this week? I'm looking forward to my daughter getting her report card today. I asked her what she thought her teach her would say, and she said that her teacher will say she needs to practice her lowercase letters.  ;D I try to take time to treasure milestones like these, just like I did with bedrest. Being a mom is tough work, and you deserve to pat yourselves on the back!

Also, if we have any bedrest graduates checking in today, Case Western Reserve is doing a postpartum study on women who had high-risk pregnancies. If you've delivered within the past 6 months, please answer the short survey here: http://filer.case.edu/~axp335/postpartdep.htm.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 23
« on: January 23, 2012 at 08:08 AM »
Hello, supermoms!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates, but first I want to let you (our most active forum members) know about a decision that is going to be made by the FDA soon about the use of progesterone gel to prevent preterm birth.

An advisory committee made up of physicians and public health professionals from around the country voted Friday 13 to 4 not to support FDA approval of progesterone gel for the prevention of preterm deliveries among women with a short cervical length in the second trimester. The ultimate decision will be made by the FDA’s Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products by February 26 (but could be made much sooner). Please read the full article here, based on my attendance at the meeting: http://www.keepemcookin.com/news.aspx

You'll see at the end of the article that you can write, call or fax the director of the FDA’s Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products to share your opinions. There have been multiple studies that show that progesterone gel works, but the FDA chose to review only one study and then "slice and dice" the data in a way that the results appear insignificant. Again, please see the article above.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Roll Call for January 16, 2012
« on: January 16, 2012 at 08:25 AM »
Happy Monday!
I am VERY excited to be attending the launch of the Prematurity Prevention Network, this week in Washington, D.C. Of course I will be sharing any new information I learn, and I plan to make many connections with people who can help our efforts here on KeepEmCookin. The event and the network are being organized by the March of Dimes. You can learn more here: http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/medicalresources_pprc.html

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.

Also, I will be at the March of Dimes event on Thursday when we have our regularly scheduled chat at noon. Are any of you available to host the chat? It just involves staying in the chat room from noon until 1 in case anyone wants to talk. Any volunteers?

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chat on Tuesday at 2 pm (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 9
« on: January 09, 2012 at 09:05 AM »
Last week was a tough one. I did 6 weeks of bedrest for my daughter and 15 weeks for my son, so I know where you all are coming from when you post about how tough bedrest is. And I always encourage you to persevere, to push through it. Well last week, as many of you know, this Forum was hacked and down for three days. The days went by and the cost of repairing the forum kept growing. Just like when I was on bedrest, I felt defeated. I felt like my life was not in my control. I couldn't shake the feeling of being beaten down.

We have a few advertisers (http://www.measure2besure.com), to whom I'm extremely grateful, but the bulk of the funding for keeping KeepEmCookin.com up and running falls to me personally. The idea of coming up with the money to cover the cost of the Forum repairs actually made me sick to my stomach. I admit, I wallowed for a couple of days, just like it's okay for bedrest moms to have a pity-party now and then. I felt like the universe was against me.

But then I thought about why I started KeepEmCookin. I refuse to believe there isn't a solution--for any problem. We know that bedrest, cerclages, tocolytics and progesterone can help to prevent preterm birth. There are no guarantees, but we can fight the problem. Same thing with the forum. I'm working with my web design firm to make sure we don't get hacked again. There are no guarantees, but darn it, I'll fight. It doesn't change what has already happened, but I can change my approach and my attitude.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Endurance: A motivational message
« on: January 02, 2012 at 09:14 AM »
I just finished a book by Simon Sinek called “Start with Why.” It’s about how great leaders and great companies have a “why” at the root of everything they do. There was an example he gave about how to find the people who believe what you believe, because those are the people who will believe in your “why” and support your larger goal. Something about the example of an expedition to Antarctica made me think immediately of all the bedrest moms I’ve known and ever will know. Take a look at this excerpt, and let me know what you think!

“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 finally 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 author 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.”

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

“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.”

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.

Keep 'em cookin’ mamas! And when you can, please share our positive and proactive message with others. Together we can reduce the risk of preterm birth.

Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Happy New Year! Roll Call for Jan. 2, 2012
« on: January 02, 2012 at 09:13 AM »
Happy new year! Not just another week down, but a new year. Who thought they'd be having their babies in 2011 and didn't? Did we have any deliveries last week? Let us know what else is new!

Also, PLEASE read the post called "Endurance." I read a passage in a book recently and it made me think of all of you moms on bedrest and our honored bedrest graduates.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 26
« on: December 26, 2011 at 09:55 AM »
So ladies, what did you do to make the most of the holiday weekend? Did you spend some time with someone you love? Someone who makes you laugh? Share a highlight with us!

My highlight of the weekend was that my husband and I seemed to look at each other more, which is something I've forgotten to do as much since we've had kids. Sure, we were usually looking at each other in response to something the kids had done, but it was so nice to share a smile. Ask your partner to join you on bedrest now and then so you can stay connected!   :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 19th
« on: December 19, 2011 at 08:20 AM »
Happy Monday!
I know we had at least one delivery last week! Congrats to HollyRN and Baby Lucas!  And for all those who are still cookin', let us know how you're doing.

With Christmas six days away and Hanukkah starting tomorrow, this may be an emotional time and a difficult time if you're not where you'd ideally like to be or are missing special friends and family. Just try to remember, right now, YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. You are where you need to be to keep your baby (or babies) safe, and if you are dealing with your own health issues then you are doing all you can to keep yourself safe too. Stay positive, mamas!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Roll Call for Monday December 12
« on: December 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM »
Who's still cookin'? Any deliveries last week?

What do you ladies have planned for this week to help pass the time?

Also, if you have any shopping to do on Amazon, please click the Kindle Fire link at the top of any page to get to the Amazon website. When you do, Amazon will give 6% of the purchase price of whatever you buy to KeepEmCookin. KeepEmCookin is self-funded, meaning I pay for hosting and maintaining this site out of my own pocket. I'm happy to do it, of course, but every contribution helps!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Cal for Dec. 5
« on: December 05, 2011 at 11:48 AM »
Be honest. Who didn't think they'd make it to December? And here we are!

Tell us what you're doing to capture the holiday spirit even though you are on bedrest! Can you or will you be able to see a tree or a menorah from where you are? Listening to special music? Are you shopping online, or having someone do some shopping for you? Are you able to have friends or a leader from your religious community come visit you? And, for those who aren't linked to particular religion, there's always the "Festivus" episode of Seinfeld! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS7-jcsB_WQ Laughter is universal! ;D

Any deliveries last week? And for those who are still cookin', let us know how many weeks you are.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at noon (Eastern time): http://www.keepemcookin.com/thechatroom.aspx
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/symptoms.aspx
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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http://bit.ly/ujS1OG

This survey looks at your attitudes and preconceptions about high-risk pregnancy. It has the potential to help the Preeclampsia Foundation develop a longer future study that may affect how and when women receive treatment for preeclampsia. Thank you!

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