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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 18!
« on: January 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM »
Question of the day: When is your next OB appointment? How many weeks will you be then? Are you looking forward to your next appointment or dreading it?

Did you know? We do a roll call here each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here! How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest?  Share as much as you'd like!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 02:31 PM »
Everyone on bed rest needs entertainment recommendations. Tell us 2 movies, 2 songs and 2 books you would take if you were stranded on a deserted island.

And if you want to compare bed rest to being stranded on a deserted island, go right ahead!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! Who's still cookin'?
« on: January 11, 2010 at 08:22 AM »
We're doing a roll call each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here!

How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest? Any recent OB appointments? Share as much as you'd like!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! Jan.4, 2010
« on: January 04, 2010 at 07:58 AM »
Happy New year!

Introduce yourself, or give us an update. How many weeks are you? Why are you on bed rest or why is your pregnancy high-risk? What are you looking forward to most in 2010? Any resolutions?

Fill us in!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! December 28, 2009
« on: December 28, 2009 at 08:47 AM »
We're doing a roll call each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here!

How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest? Any recent OB appointments? Share as much as you'd like!

How did you make your holiday special? What was your favorite gift or event?

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! December 21, 2009
« on: December 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM »
We're doing a roll call each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here!

How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest? Any recent OB appointments? Share as much as you'd like!

Also, how are you making the holidays special, even though you're on bed rest?

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! December 14, 2009
« on: December 13, 2009 at 11:10 PM »
I thought I'd post this now for our Aussie members for whom it is already Monday (G'day!), and those here on the East Coast who might still be up in an hour.

We're now doing a roll call each week on Monday. Introduce yourself! Let us get to know you! And feel free to reach out to one another here!

How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest? Any recent OB appointments? Share as much as you'd like!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Roll Call! How's every one doing?
« on: December 07, 2009 at 10:42 AM »
Hi, everyone! TheeBabyLady thought it might be fun to do a roll call each week. I think it's a great idea!

Each Monday we'll check in and see how everyone is doing. How many weeks are you? Are you at home or the hospital doing bed rest? Why are you on bed rest? And recent OB appointments? And so on. Share as much as you'd like!

Looking forward to it!
Angela

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Karin from Australia has sent me her story to post here. About a week ago, she sent me a personal e-mail and I was so inspired by her that I asked her to share her story with you. I admire her strength and how proactive she was with her second pregnancy. A great attitude and strong fortitude is what I dream of helping moms of preemies build as they decide to continue to grow their families. I hope her story inspires you!
--Angela

Pregnancy after Pre-eclampsia and HELLP
It took much time and thought for us to have another child after our first child was born at 32 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, our baby boy was very small and had many issues including the need to be placed on a ventilator. His first year of life was tough but he is now a healthy and happy little boy with only a few minor issues resulting from being born premature and under 3 pounds.

As for myself it took 2 years for my body, especially my liver, to recover from HELLP syndrome and once we got the all clear we decided to have another child. We knew that it would be another tough pregnancy and there was a good chance of having pre-eclampsia again, however this time we took no chances and went to the best OB we could find that specialised in this field.

Due to my history I was closely monitored from the start and put on all the pre-eclampsia preventative medications such as aspirin and
calcium. I was only working part time but gave up all work at 30 weeks and did as little as possible.

Things started to wrong again at 34 weeks, and I was put on blood pressure medication and constant fetal monitoring and growth
scans. I was told to stay home and rest as much as possible but at 35+5 weeks after another day of monitoring at the hospital my blood pressure was all over the place and I was placed in hospital on bed rest - the aim was to get to the magical 37 weeks.

I did not move from my bed except for a shower and to go to the toilet - each day consisted of fetal monitoring and medications every 4
hours. At 36+6 weeks I was given steroid injections and at 37 weeks I delivered by c-section a perfect baby girl that never saw the inside of a NICU or special care nursery and it is thanks to the doctors and nurses that I got my wish of having a "normal" birth and being able to have my child with me all the time from birth.

We have since decided not to have any more children, as I am simply not built for this baby-making thing and we are very grateful for the
two beautiful kids that we have :)

Karin
(You can learn more about Karin's first pregnancy here: www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/?p=181)


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Here's mine: Don't let a day go by without telling her, "You are a great wife and mom."

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Anyone have an incompetent cervix?
« on: October 27, 2009 at 05:14 PM »
Have an incompetent cervix? Some OBs now call it “insufficient cervix.” Sounds better, I think! What do you think?

Also, check out this fascinating image from article by Dr. Jen Gunter of an insufficient cervix: http://tiny.cc/6ZfFQ. It might help to understand what you are looking at if you check out this image of a cervix at a normal length: www.fullterm.net/info/fetal_test/what_fetal.html

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It seems a lot of moms-to-be on bedrest use the "down" time to start a blog or spend more time on the blog they already have. I know other moms would love to read about what you're going through, whether it's related to pregnancy, bed rest, or a completely different topic all together! Please use this post to tell us when you post a new update to your blog, along with the link, and maybe a few words about the topic.

This will be a great way for everyone to get to know one another!
--Angela

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What symptoms were you having? Did you call your doc or go to L&D? What advice would you give to other women who think they might be in preterm labor?

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Do you think there is a genetic link to preterm labor and/or preterm birth? Why or why not? Did your mother or grandmother have issues with preterm labor or preterm birth? Your sisters?

If anyone is able to find a study that explores a genetic link, please let me know...

UPDATE (2/8/2010): New Research Shows Genes Of Pregnant Women And Their Fetuses Can Increase The Risk Of Preterm Labor. Click here: www.keepemcookin.com/news.aspx

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FETAL FIBRONECTIN TEST

The fetal fibronectin test is a very effective tool for determining when labor in eminent. Fetal fibronectin is a sticky protein that keeps the baby's fetal membranes attached to the mother's uterus during pregnancy. This protein is normally detected in vaginal secretions before 22 weeks and after 35 weeks when it begins to break down naturally . This test may show that fetal fibronectin is present, even before other signs of preterm labor occur. A negative result reassures you that there is more than a 99 percent chance you will not deliver within the next two weeks. A positive result does not guarantee that labor will occur within a specific time frame, but it does allow you and your doctor to treat the preterm labor more aggressively in order to prevent preterm birth.

You can learn more at www.fullterm.net

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