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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 25
« on: January 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM »
Who's still cookin'? How many weeks are you? What are you doing to keep busy?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 18!
« on: January 18, 2010 at 03:18 PM »
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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I've added a new page to KeepEmCookin and want to know what you think. http://bit.ly/11O1Ln

What could I add or change?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 07:31 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 01:22 PM »
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 12:58 PM »
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 01:47 PM »
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 04:35 PM »
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 14, 2009 at 04:10 AM »
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 03:42 PM »
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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Are you blogging about preterm labor, prematurity awareness of pregnancy after a preemie? Please respond to this message to post a link to your blog or website!

www.keepemcookin.com/featured-news.aspx


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November Is Prematurity Awareness Month

All month long, KeepEmCookin.com will be hosting a Q & A with three guest obstetricians. They'll be available to answer your questions about preterm labor, preterm birth, and pregnancy after a preemie.  Look for questions and answers here: http://bit.ly/11O1Ln

Send YOUR questions to info@keepemcookin.com

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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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