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You're in a really tough position. I know you want to be as safe as possible. I think you need to talk to your OB. Let his/her office know that you need at least a 15 minute phone call to talk this through. Like you said, we can't provide any medical advice. My suggestion is to ask your OB what the standard procedure in Canada would be. Would it be the same as the treatment you are receiving now?

In the U.S., you wouldn't be put on hospital bedrest at 30 weeks with a 2.26 cervix unless you had bleeding or leaking fluid, or very high blood pressure. They would tell you to take it easy/lay down at home and call them if you were to continue to have contractions. You would NOT be hooked up to an IV, and you wouldn't be given any shots every few hours. You might be put on a medication that helps reduce contractions, but ONLY if that is an issue. Also, you have the right to refuse the IV.

PLEASE PLEASE call your doctor. You doctor MUST tell you what s/he would do if you should up at his or her office with the same symptoms. Has s/he talked to the doctors in Greece? And received ALL test results? Is your doctor concerned about you flying? How long is the flight? Could you stay at a hotel nearby? Again, I can't provide medical advice. Only you and your doctor can decide what is best. Let me know how it goes. Sending prayers.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Cerclage or no cerclage
« on: October 12, 2018 at 07:04 PM »
Hi, Allison.

We haven't heard from you in a while. How are you doing?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 33 Weeks, Day 25 of bed rest
« on: October 12, 2018 at 07:03 PM »
Hi, Chelsea. How have you been doing these last couple of weeks?

Hey, ladies.
I haven't heard from you in a while and I'd love an update. Hope to hear from you soon!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 8, 2018
« on: October 08, 2018 at 12:00 PM »
Happy Monday!

I hope each of you will schedule something today to anticipate, and then tell us what you did. For example:

*Order a new book/movie/game that you have been wanting.
*Have a great friend bring you lunch or dinner from a favorite place.
*Ask someone to finally take care of that thing around the house that has been driving you crazy but you just haven't felt comfortable asking.

Remember that you are an important person doing an important job!  Don't hesitate to ask for the care and attention you need.   :)

If you're reading this, I hope you will post a message here. Something as simple as telling us how far along you are and how long you've been on bed rest helps other moms to know they aren't alone in this. Keep 'em cookin', mamas!


UPDATE: High-Risk Pregnancy Live Chat: Now on THURSDAYS at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll call for October 1, 2018
« on: October 01, 2018 at 12:52 PM »
Happy Monday! And welcome to another month! So here's something new... I have been hosting the Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern on Tuesdays for years and years. Starting this week, I'm changing it to Thursdays at 2 pm. Will that work better for you all? Who can make it this week?

Let us know how you're doing... AND let us know what you're eating. What kinds of meals and snacks are easiest to prepare (or not have to prepare) on bed rest or limited activity?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

High-Risk Pregnancy Live Chat: Now on THURSDAYS at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific)

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 33 Weeks, Day 25 of bed rest
« on: September 27, 2018 at 03:09 PM »
Hi, maddoxsmommy7.

I've been thinking about you these last few days. How are you feeling? Did you and your OB talk about getting the steroid shots and when it would be a good time to do that, if so?

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll call for September 24, 2018
« on: September 24, 2018 at 01:37 PM »
Welcome to our new members! Thanks for joining, and I hope to see your Monday updates here each week! It's a great way to get to know the other bedrest moms.

So ladies, let us know how many weeks along you are. What are you looking forward to this week?

I hope we'll have a great turnout tomorrow on the Live Chat. It's so much fun when we can get three or four moms on at  once. Please take a moment to set an alarm on your phone. See you there!

Keep 'em cookin'!

Live chat: Tuesdays at 2! Join us every Tuesday at 2 pm Eastern time for a live chat with other bedrest moms.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 33 Weeks, Day 25 of bed rest
« on: September 21, 2018 at 09:08 PM »
Hi, Chelsea.
I completely understand how you're feeling and I know many moms here have felt those same emotions. The guilt, feeling like you failed somehow and that feeling of just wanting it all to be over. A high-risk pregnancy wears you down emotionally, no doubt. Then the things you would normally do to lift your mood (like exercise, shopping, going out with friends) are all off limits. No one knows how hard it is.

If you can accept what is out of your hands, that helps. I wish I had done that so much earlier.

It also helps to control what you CAN: eating well, inviting friends over, and checking in with your OB whenever you have ANY concerns. Are you checking your blood pressure at home? I had pre-e and the symptoms worsened quickly. Not to be a negative Nellie! Ask your family to keep an eye on you too for any symptoms:

One other suggestion for helping your stress might be to check out the book called "Pregnancy Brain." The author is a friend and colleague of mine and the book is all about managing stress during a high-risk pregnancy. She has some exercises that you can do right then and there to shift what your body is experiencing. Here's a link: 

I'm glad you reached out to us! Keep us posted, okay? (((hugs)))

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Cerclage or no cerclage
« on: September 20, 2018 at 02:05 PM »
Hello, vtmama.

Did you decide to get the cerclage? How have you been? Is your cervix length holding steady?

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Short cervix
« on: September 20, 2018 at 02:02 PM »
Hey there, Smittymelly! My old friend! Thanks for joining this post.

Miffer: How are you feeling? How have your OB appointments been going?

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pprom at 25+6
« on: September 20, 2018 at 02:01 PM »
I just came across this blog post from just a few days ago. I think it will offer you some hope.

The author wrote:
"Sebastian was born at 29 weeks 5 days, weighing at 3 lbs 5.6 oz. He is a PROM survivor. My water broke at 16 weeks on May 02, 2018. He was born 08/04/2018." Please scroll down to the story about Sebastian.

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Pprom at 25+6
« on: September 20, 2018 at 01:47 PM »
You must be so emotionally and physically drained with all you've been through the past few weeks and now the PPROM.  :( What are the docs telling you so far? Any signs of infection? I'm guessing they're giving you antibiotics to avoid that. How are your fluid levels? The amniotic fluid continues to be produced, so hopefully they will stay steady. Thank goodness your cervix is closed!

How are you keeping busy in the hospital? Are you having visitors? I hope you're staying social, even if you don't feel like it. Being around other people will help to keep you positive and motivated.

Let us know how you are doing. Positive thoughts coming your way!

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: 4cm dilated 75% effaced 29+2
« on: September 20, 2018 at 01:42 PM »
Hi! I am sorry you have had such a tough time with your pregnancies. I'm guessing your OB will be keeping a close eye on you, which is certainly an advantage this time around. You're also doing a great job staying in tune with what you're feeling and getting checked out. Keep it up! In this group, I have seen several women go on for another month or more with dilating to 4 cm. Sending you positive thoughts that you'll get there, too!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 25 weeks & bulging waterbag
« on: September 20, 2018 at 01:34 PM »
How are you doing? What has been going on the past few weeks?

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