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What is the most important thing a man can do for his partner if she is on pregnancy bed rest?
How are you handling the housework?
What help do you have? Family? Nanny?

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Hi, Taryn.
I always feel strange saying welcome to the board, when it is often such difficult circumstances that bring people here. But you are welcomed, and I hope you'll reach out to us as much as you'd like. I wanted to direct you to some info on the steroid shots. Here's an overview: http://www.keepemcookin.com/prevention.aspx (about three-fourths the way down the page).

And here's an article, from 2/2/09, on the most current study about doing a second round of steroids if/when labor appears to be imminent:
http://www.keepemcookin.com/news.aspx

Hope those help! This is such a stressful time, so I hope our group can provide you with reassurance whenever we can!

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Paging Rheam1984
« on: March 28, 2009 at 02:18 AM »
How are you doing? I know the losses you've faced have been so hard. Do you feel you are coping OK? Do you have good support? Have you seen your OB recently, and have you thought about when you might try again?

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CDC Reports Slight Decline in Perterm Birth Rate

The annual percentage of preterm births in the United States dropped to 12.66 percent in 2007, compared to 12.8 percent in 2006, according to preliminary data released by the CDC last week.

"It is a small victory, but still significant," says Angela Davids, founder of
KeepEmCookin.com, an organization that educates women about the risk of preterm birth and
the warning signs of preterm labor. "If the percentage of preterm births in 2006 had been the
same as it was in 2007, there would have been 6,528 fewer babies born prematurely in 2006," Davids
says.

Read more at http://www.keepemcookin.com/news.aspx

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What do you all think about this article? Too negative? Or realistic?

(Reuters Health) – Being born too early can do lasting damage. A team reports that many 12-year-olds who were born prematurely with a very low birth weight have lower IQs and more developmental problems than similarly aged children who were born at term.

Dr. Betty R. Vohr of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and colleagues compared outcomes of 375 children with birth weights between 600 and 1250 grams born between 1989 and 1992 with 111 age-matched full-term "control" children.

MORE: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090316/hl_nm/us_preterm_birth_can_have_persistent_effect_1

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I've talked to quite a few women lately who have said that their doctors won't stop labor once they have reached 34 weeks. One of the doctors at my OB/GYN's office said the same thing  (because their "NICU outcomes were so favorable," he said), but my usual doctor said to continue with bed rest and nifeipine until 37 weeks. Developmentally speaking, there is a world of difference between 34 weeks and 36 weeks, and even a big jump between 36 and 37.

Had anyone's doctor said that they won't stop labor after 34 weeks? And why would this be the standard protocol?

We have a right to medical intervention when it is in the best interest of our babies, and if it is not a risk to ourselves (as with preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, etc.). Shouldn't our goal be 40 weeks? With my first pregnancy I didn't know what the treatment options were. With my second pregnancy, I did, and I was able to ask the right questions and keep my little guy cookin'. I want that for EVERY pregnant women. If you haven't had a chance already, please take a look at the most current treatment options here: www.keepemcookin.com/prevention.aspx

I look forward to hearing what you ladies think...

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Article for Single Moms on Bed Rest
« on: February 22, 2009 at 04:17 AM »
Full article:
http://www.pregnancytoday.com/articles/single-mother/single-moms-on-bed-rest-6348/

Excerpt:
Being prescribed bed rest during pregnancy is never easy. But when you're a single mom, being put on bed rest comes with unique problems. Depending on their restrictions, single moms may need help with everything from food preparation to childcare to household chores. Even when family and friends volunteer, it's often difficult to accept help.

Ladies, what other advice can you offer?

Any single moms out there who want to talk? What makes bed rest especially challenging for you?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / 5 Ways Prison Is Better than Bed Rest
« on: February 20, 2009 at 03:53 AM »
Five Ways Prison Is Better than Bed Rest

1) Daily showers
2) One hour of exercise each day
3) Time spent outdoors on chain gang
4) Spending time with others in similar circumstances
5) Conjugal visits

Any other comparisons, ladies?
And, who wants to start a topic for "5 Ways Bed Rest Is Better Than Prison"?

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / An anniversary
« on: February 14, 2009 at 07:10 PM »
I really thought February 28th would be the hardest day. That is the day in 2008 that we had our "big" ultrasound at 19 weeks, only to find out that one of our twins had died in the womb. But today has been surprisingly tough. Tonight we're getting together with all the same family members we had dinner with last year on the weekend after Valentine's Day. While we were eating dinner, I felt both my babies kick at the same time. One up high on my right side, the other down to the left by my pubic bone. It was amazing, and one of the most unreal -- yet so VERY real -- moments of my life. That night, the family was so excited and so happy.

I had a doppler a few days later, and was able to tell the nurse exactly where the babies were. We found the heartbeats with no problem. I'm trying to hold on to the good parts of these memories, but I guess it is too soon to think that I won't feel the bad parts, too. I just hope I can keep it together tonight. I haven't done a good job of that today! We have a wonderful little boy who is just the happiest person you'd ever meet, and I am so thankful.

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I've come across a  number of women dealing with preeclampsia, or who had preeclampsia that went undiagnosed. If anyone has any questions, I went through it and I'm happy to share everything  I experienced if it means even one woman can avoid what I went through. My preeclampsia led to kidney failure, and I missed the first two weeks of my son's life while I was sick and in the hospital. The recovery was long and frustrating.

The Preeclampsia Foundation (www.preeclampsia.org) is an excellent source of information.

Of course, everyone is welcome to vent, chat, or ask questions here.

--Angela

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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Paging plmommy
« on: January 16, 2009 at 03:48 AM »
Just wanted to see how you’re doing. How are you holding up in that SoCal heat? And how's your DD? Do you have help at home during the day? Do they go out and run around with DD? I was so worried about my DD getting as bored as I was!

Aren't you getting close to 20 weeks? Have you had the "big" ultrasound yet?

Take care!

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If anyone comes across any new information, studies, or treatments related to preterm birth, please reply to this topic. Please provide us with a link, and maybe tell us a little bit about why you found the information helpful.

Thanks everyone!

P.S. You can view additional articles about preterm labor and articles about bed rest at www.keepemcookin.com/news.aspx

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Mommy Is on Bed Rest
« on: December 21, 2008 at 03:10 AM »
How are your children handling your bed rest?

This was one of the toughest things for me: How am I going to take care of my two-and-a-half year old? Is she going to "get mad" at Mommy for not being able to play the same games, to dance, or to take her to the park? And who is going to do the every-day things, like puttting her on the potty and making her meals?

Ultimately, it meant organizing a patchwork of a few sitters and several family members for 10 hours a day while my husband was at work. It was SO hard to feel like other people were raising my child while I just laid there. It did help that we moved a futon mattress into the family room so I could still be part of the action and there was room for my daughter too. And you know what, my daughter almost always chose spending time with me over anyone else. We played educational games on my laptop, we colored, we talked in Spanish, and we read A LOT. And I could still give her hugs, even though I wasn't able to pick her up during my pregnancy.

What activities are you doing with your child or children while on bed rest?

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Welcome to the club!  I'm Angela. I am 35 years old and the mother of two (and the founder of this forum). I hope other women will share their stories so that we all can learn from their experiences! My story is posted at www.keepemcookin.com/about.aspx, and I hope you will post your story here on the Forum (even if your story is still in the works)! You will want to register first in order to post and reply to messages. It takes about 30 seconds, and it is free.

Once you've registered, click on the "Home" button above, then click on "What's Your Story?" and then click on "New Topic" on the right-hand side.

Write as much as you like. And tell us about you! Your name, interests, career, child’s name or initial (for example, I refer to my daughter as Miss L. and son as Mr. G.), at which week you were put on bed rest (if applicable), cause or suspected cause of preterm labor, any warning signs you had, and any information you would like to share that you believe may help others.

Be sure to check out the other forum categories, too!

    * Making the Best of Bed Rest
    * Other Pregnancy Complications
    * Mommy Is On Bedrest. Now What?
    * Is There a Genetic Link?
 
Keep 'Em Cookin', mamas!

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