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Thanks for joining us! Bed rest can be VERY lonely. Could friends or family members visit you after work or on the weekends? I know I didn't want to "trouble" anyone, but I think the days would have gone quicker if I had set up visits to look forward to.

How many weeks are you? And why are you on bedrest?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: praying for a miracle at 23 weeks
« on: October 29, 2009 at 06:44 PM »
I am so very very sorry for your loss. No parent should have to lose a child. Please know that you have the strength and support behind you of every mom who has lost a baby. Please don't hesitate to ask for whatever help you need, whether it is a day from now, a month from now, or a year from now. You can always find an understanding ear here, and don't be afraid to ask friends and family for whatever you may need. They want to help, but might not be sure how to. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Anyone have an incompetent cervix?
« on: October 29, 2009 at 01:51 AM »
I would call it my "idiot cervix" during my many trips to L&D!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Anyone have an incompetent cervix?
« on: October 27, 2009 at 09:14 PM »
Have an incompetent cervix? Some OBs now call it “insufficient cervix.” Sounds better, I think! What do you think?

Also, check out this fascinating image from article by Dr. Jen Gunter of an insufficient cervix: It might help to understand what you are looking at if you check out this image of a cervix at a normal length:

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bedrest due to PROM
« on: October 22, 2009 at 08:51 PM »
Hi, Stephanie.
I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a new member of the forum who is also on hospital bed rest. Thought you two might want to chat and offer each other support. The link is

The topic is "praying for a miracle at 23 weeks."

How are you adjusting to hospital bedrest? Do feel like you are getting into a routine? And has that made it any easier?

Thinking about you!

First H1N1 article I've seen with a first-hand account. Horrible. (via Twitter @mamasonbedrest)
A Pregnant Woman’s Ordeal

Great question! I'm very interested in hearing what you all think about this. Are you afraid the vaccine could do more harm than good? If you don't get the vaccine, what will you do to limit your chances of getting H1N1?

I'll also provide a link to the Centers for Disease Control recommendation:
What Should Pregnant Women Know About 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu):

And the following from the CDC:
What studies have been done on the 2009 H1N1 flu shots and have any been done in pregnant women?
Studies to test the 2009 H1N1 flu shots in healthy children and adults and pregnant women are being done now. These studies are being conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). More information can be found at

It seems a lot of moms-to-be on bedrest use the "down" time to start a blog or spend more time on the blog they already have. I know other moms would love to read about what you're going through, whether it's related to pregnancy, bed rest, or a completely different topic all together! Please use this post to tell us when you post a new update to your blog, along with the link, and maybe a few words about the topic.

This will be a great way for everyone to get to know one another!

What symptoms were you having? Did you call your doc or go to L&D? What advice would you give to other women who think they might be in preterm labor?

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: MIL coming to help - need advice?
« on: September 15, 2009 at 03:17 PM »
Have your MILs been a help or a hassle? Any funny stories to share? Or advice?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Placenta Previa
« on: September 15, 2009 at 03:15 PM »
Hi, m&m'smommy. How have you been doing? What have you been doing to fight the boredom at the hospital? Any news on how the placenta previa is looking? Let us know...

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the proportion of first births to women aged 35 years and over increased nearly eight times from 1970 to 2006. In 2006, about 1 out of 12 first births were to women aged 35 years and over compared with 1 out of 100 in 1970. According to preliminary data, the proportion for 2007 (the most recent data available) was the same as in 2006.

We know that “advanced maternal age” can increase the likelihood of birth defects, low birth weights and multiple birth. Do you believe moms 35 and older are also more likely to experience preterm labor and preterm birth?

Please share your opinion, experiences, and any data.

Hi, TwinMom.
Just wanted to check in and see how things have been going this past week. Are you adjusting to hospital life? Any contractions or bleeding lately? Have you had any ultrasounds this week? Let us know!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bed rest and worried about bills
« on: August 25, 2009 at 03:41 AM »
Hello! Welcome to the forum. You post an excellent question about applying for disability, dealing with bills, etc. I tweeted a request on Twitter, so hopefully some other bed rest moms will have some advice and experience to share with you here.

What can you tell us about the process so far? So you applied for short-term disability through work? And what kind of coverage does that provide; for example, a certain percentage of your salary?

Thanks for sharing!

Hi, TwinMom!
How many weeks are you? How long have you been in the hospital? Do you know the gender of the babies?

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