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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!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Blood pressure shooting up
« on: December 20, 2009 at 08:32 PM »
You mentioned in another post that the doctors think you might have pre-eclampsia. You'll find out the results tomorrow of the 24-hr urine test, right?

I had pre-e, and I wish I had been more clear in describing my symptoms to the docs.  :( Be sure to let your OB know if you develop any other pre-e symptoms: sudden swelling in hands, face or feet; bleeding gums; terrible headache, dizziness, seeing spots, nausea, pain under the right rib that may come and go. My symptoms continued after delivery, and then I had this funky strange taste in my mouth, like cleaning products or ammonia. By then I had developed kidney failure so my body couldn't remove any toxins! Crazy, huh?

Keep me posted on how you're doing, okay?

Do you have a blood pressure cuff at home? I had pre-eclampsia, and at the point it was diagnosed my sister went out and bought a high-quality electronic one. The docs took my calls more seriously (it seemed) when I could tell them my specific readings.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: MIL coming to help - need advice?
« on: December 20, 2009 at 03:11 AM »
Glad you'll have the help! Since you and your MIL get along so well, this will be a great time for you to bond.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 30 wks/5 days and no cervix left!
« on: December 18, 2009 at 04:13 PM »
Hi, Connie!

How have you been these last few days?

Your short cervix is indeed a warning sign for preterm birth (see research on cervical length here: BUT, don't let that discourage you! You have the opportunity to be proactive. You're doing the right thing by taking your bed rest seriously! Did your OB mention staying on your side, not just sitting or reclining? My OB said "Gravity is the enemy" when it comes to a shortening cervix. So, I laid down just about ALL the time, with 15 minutes for meals and 15 minutes of reclining after eating.

I held on from 24 weeks to 39 weeks with a cervix length of 1.5 cm, so have faith. I was also getting the 17P shots. Are you?

Also be sure to call your OB if you have ANY of these symptoms of preterm labor:

Let me know how you're doing and what you're up to to keep busy!

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!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Incompetent Cervix and Cerclages
« on: December 14, 2009 at 03:32 AM »
Fantastic! The cervix can be dynamic, meaning that it can regain length, as well as lose length. The ultrasound technician I saw at my many cervix-length checks said she could often tell when women had been getting the 17P injections! And studies have shown that 17P can make a BIG difference in lengthening pregnancies. You can do this, mama!!!

P.S. More study data on the effectiveness of 17P injections and progesterone suppositories here:

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Paging joates: Re: Incompetent Cervix
« on: December 12, 2009 at 05:49 PM »
Hi, joates.
How'd your doctor's appointment go? How'd your cervix look?

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call! How's every one doing?
« on: December 08, 2009 at 03:18 AM »
You are doing a great job! You have been so proactive with treatment and prevention! Now is the toughest part: Take a step back, breathe, and do nothing. When you get down, you may want to have a special thought, like "This is only temporary. I will get through this and my baby will stay put."  I had a very irritable uterus, and my mantra was, "In this moment, I'm not contracting. That makes this a good moment."

Some doctors are dramatic, or insensitive, or both. But YOU are the boss of your pregnancy. And you're doing a fantastic job of that. Here's the research you were looking for on the relationship between cervix length and preterm labor: The timing of your next ultrasound will be perfect for identifying your level of risk. If your level of risk is high, you'll want to tell your doctor that you are interested in learning about biweekly fetal fibronectin testing. (Info here: , article dated 9-17-09) The combination of cervix length plus a positive or negative fFN test will help determine if you need to be in the hospital. Sending lots of positive vibes your way! You can do this!

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!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Incompetent Cervix and Cerclages
« on: December 07, 2009 at 03:53 AM »
Joates and Bellah1,
How are you ladies doing? Can you give us an update?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 34 Weeks with Twin Girls
« on: December 03, 2009 at 03:14 AM »
Congratulations!!! I'm thrilled to hear you all are healthy! How are YOU feeling? Any lingering signs of pre-e, such as headaches, seeing spots, dizziness, nausea or bleeding gums? The risk of pre-e remains until 6 weeks postpartum, so be sure to take good care of yourself, too. Also, call your OB immediately if you have any sudden swelling in your legs, feet, hands or face.

Congrats again! You've made my day!

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!

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 :)

(You can learn more about Karin's first pregnancy here:

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks 3 days-short cervix
« on: November 30, 2009 at 02:24 AM »
Thanks for sharing the info on how carrying lower could be a warning sign of a short cervix and potential preterm labor! That is so fortunate that you talked to your doctor about this pregnancy feeling different than your last one. Good for you for speaking up! And I'm glad he was proactive in measuring your cervix. I thought it was strange around 22/23 weeks when I felt (and looked) like I had dropped already. And indeed at 24 weeks my cervix was measuring 1.5 cm.

Let us know what your up to and how you're surviving bedrest! I post an Idea of the Day here: , and hang out on Twitter here:

Hey, hugabug. Just wanted to check in and see how you're doing! How has your BP been? Are you monitoring it at home or just at the doctor's office? How often do you have appointments?

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