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Your responses give me the chills and bring happy tears to my eyes. Thank you for finding a light in of all of this and sharing that with us.

Hello! Here's something to get the week started with some positive thoughts.

Tell us the most important thing you've learned while on bedrest. It can be philosophical or something practical (like knitting or a craft, or something you read in a book about newborn care) or something silly or fun (like how many animals have blue tongues:

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

Hope to see you all on the live chat tomorrow!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Im back with baby #4
« on: May 10, 2018 at 12:13 PM »
I'm sorry to hear you're in the bed rest club again.  :( Good for you for going to get checked out right away. I think that is going to be a big part of you cookin' as many weeks as possible. Any time something has changed, and of course if you're having contractions, always call. I know you will stay on top of it.

Will you be able to line up childcare of some sort? For me, I called it a patchwork of helpers: parents, siblings, college students. It was tough to patch together, but I had help for a large part of each day. I stayed on a futon in the family room so that I could still be a part of the action. It can be so hard.

We will certainly be here for you!

Hi, Alet.
I am so very sorry you have had such a difficult pregnancy journey. I wanted to let you know I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you and wish you the best at your appointment tomorrow. Please let us know how it goes. (((Hugs)))

Congratulations on 36 weeks! Now you get to be a "normal" pregnant lady. Go buy yourself a cute maternity outfit and flaunt that belly. Enjoy it!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 7, 2018
« on: May 07, 2018 at 11:46 AM »
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 tomorrow. :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for April 30, 2018
« on: April 30, 2018 at 12:55 PM »

A big welcome to the many new members of the Keep 'Em Cookin' community who have joined us this past week! I'm thrilled you found us! And many thanks to ALL of you for the great support you're providing one another. You are an amazing group of women!

I thought I'd do a fun question this week, to help keep you focused on the end goal: What do you dream of doing with your baby someday? Is there a certain activity? A hobby you'd like to share? A place to go? Tell us!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Congrats on 35 today!!! Let's get you another 2 weeks.  ;D

Indeed, we are going to miss having your expertise and kindness here. But until then ... we're all sending positive thoughts to keep that baby cookin'!

Pregnancy Complications / Re: Short cervix 1.8 @ 19 weeks
« on: April 27, 2018 at 01:12 PM »
Congratulations! I am so happy for you that I have chills. It's time for non-stop snuggles!

Thanks for posting your success story! Amazing! Has there been any study regarding hot showers causing the cervix to shorten? Or did your OB recommend against them? Thanks for the additional info.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 28 weeks - 2nd Pregnancy
« on: April 25, 2018 at 09:32 PM »
Congrats on a stable cervix! Did they talk to you about anything you can do to increase the amniotic fluid, such as drinking a certain amount of water? Or how often you should lay on your side to increase blood flow, which will help with growth? I can't provide medical advice, but those might be some questions to ask.

It's so stressful, but I hope you can still stay optimistic. You first posted five weeks ago and here you are ... still cookin'.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for April 23, 2018
« on: April 23, 2018 at 11:38 AM »
Happy Monday, ladies. I'm looking forward to your updates!

I have an exciting update today. I have co-authored a children's book. It's called "Stuck In Bed: The pregnancy bed rest picture book for kids ... and moms." It's about a boy whose mom is on bed rest and the questions he has, which are then answered optimistically by his mom. It's playful and fun, and then there are tips for moms for making the most of this time together. The Launch Party is Wednesday, and we'll have giveaways and will be reading the book live. You can find out more on Facebook: Here's a link to it on Amazon:

How have all of you been? What's coming up this week that you are looking forward to?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Hi, Wren.

How is everything going? I think your message may have been bumped down before people had a chance to see it. Speaking of "bumps" I think you have a very good chance of cooking' for many more weeks! I've seen women stay at 1 cm dilated for many months, and even women at 2 or 3 stay that way for a month or more. Of course, it's still scary and stressful when everything isn't going as you hoped.

Are you on any medications to calm the contractions, or have they calmed on their own this past week? When is your next OB appointment? Do you have other children?

Postive thoughts coming your way!  :D

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 16, 2018
« on: April 17, 2018 at 11:48 AM »
OBmom and EnglishRose: I am sorry these last few days have been so tough. It really wears you down. Try to find those moments when you can say "Right now, everything is ok."

Jmomma: Good to hear you're moving along steadily. I'm sending positive thoughts for a great cervix length on Friday! Definitely let us know how it goes.

It would be wonderful to see you all on the Live Chat today. I think it would be good with everything that has been going on these last few days, even if just to know that you aren't alone in this. The Live Chat is 2 pm Eastern time:

Hope to talk to you all later!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 16, 2018
« on: April 16, 2018 at 02:25 PM »
Hi, OBmom.

Good to hear you are heading in to get checked out! I know it sets off an emotional chain reaction in you and everyone around you, but there's no such thing as too many trips to Labor & Delivery. Not today, my friend! Let us know how it goes!

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