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With my first pregnancy, there were two times I ended up at labor and delivery for crazy contractions after eating some very delicious (and very salty) cream of crab soup. With my second pregnancy, I didn't even go NEAR that restaurant! So, this got me wondering if other women had experienced the same thing. I posted the question on Twitter.

Question: My BH/preterm labor contractions often got worse whenever I ate salty food. Anyone else have that problem?

*I did when I was pregnant. It's because dehydration make BH / contractions stronger. Drink lots.

*Probably dehydaration from the salt?

*Yes. Many things did that for me including salt(hi blod pressure), not enough food, & stress. Had preeclampsia last preg.

Please share your experiences and opinions!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 25
« on: January 25, 2010 at 02:24 PM »
From Twitter:
matt_lindsay23 @KeepEmCookin I am still cookin....31 weeks!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 25
« on: January 25, 2010 at 02:22 PM »
Michelle: I know you're going crazy. Since this is you're last time, for awhile at least, with a kid-free house, how will you make the most of your time? Is there anything you've ever wanted to do that you can do on bed rest? When's your next ultrasound?

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 30 wks/5 days and no cervix left!
« on: January 25, 2010 at 10:17 AM »
That's so wonderful you've made it past 36 weeks. I am SO very happy for you!

So what are you doing to pass the time in the hospital?

Also, there is an organization called the Acts of Grace Foundation. They send care packages to moms on hospital bed rest. To request a package, email marlena@actsofgracefoundation.com. Hang in there! It will all be worth it!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 25
« on: January 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM »
From Twitter:
Sunshine229801 @KeepEmCookin I had my baby.
and
gabbygirl2006 @KeepEmCookin we're still cookin :-)

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 25
« on: January 25, 2010 at 07:51 AM »
Who's still cookin'? How many weeks are you? What are you doing to keep busy?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Irritable Uterus: Looking for advice
« on: January 24, 2010 at 09:51 AM »
What a good question about bed rest doing more harm than good! There's no proof that it works because there's never been a study on bedrest with pregnant women. How do you tell half the women in a study to go ahead and stay active even though they're having contractions or other signs of preterm labor, right?  :) And how honest would women bedresting at home be? Would they document every bathroom trip, or half hour sitting up because their sides were sore, or standing to hug their children goodnight?

Many women do say they feel weaker after bed rest, but once you are caring for a newborn I think we all get back into shape pretty quickly! I went for a long walk around the neighborhood to show off my daughter the day we brought her home! (after 6 weeks of bedrest) With my son, where bed rest was almost 4 months and I was having post-pregnancy complications, it definitely did take longer to feel like myself again.

What I know for sure is that whenever I wasn't lying on my side, the contractions would kick in and I'd get that feeling of pressure. I understand what you mean about feeling "like a fraud," so you have to remember that YOU are your baby's best advocate. What mom wouldn't do something if she thought is could possibly help her baby?

That is SO wonderful your mom is coming to stay with you! See, what mom wouldn't help her baby, even a grown-up one?  :)

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Irritable Uterus: Looking for advice
« on: January 23, 2010 at 10:27 PM »
How are you doing? I had an irritable uterus/shortening cervix, with both my pregnancies. I was on nifedipene for my second pregnancy, which would usually limit the contractions for a week or two, and then we'd need to increase the dose. We upped it 4 times, I think. Maybe it's time for you to get an increase?

Do you feel a difference on the days when you use the lounge as your home base during the day? More contractions, or the same? I was on bed rest with my son while my daughter was 2 to almost 2 1/2, so I totally understand you wanting to do those things like getting him dressed and comforting him.  It was SO weird those times when I could "hear" other people caring for my daughter with me not around. Broke my heart plenty, for sure. Could your son have set times that he could come upstairs each day? Maybe the inlaws could bring you and him a morning snack to share on the bed? Followed by storytime or a game? Then maybe another visit in the afternoon for snuggling, singing and scribbling?

Let me reassure you though; you son will forget about your days on bed rest faster than you'd imagine. I had a futon, computer, mini-refrigerator, lap desk, you name it, set up for me in the living room. One night when my bed rest had ended, we put all that stuff away. In the morning, my daughter came downstairs, looked around with a strange look, and then nonchalantly asked, "Can I have a muffin for breakfast?"  And THAT was the end of Mommmy on bed rest. LOL!

Let us know what's up. We're here for you...

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A thoughtful Twitter friend recommended this resource for finding antepartum doulas (super-caring women who help moms on bed rest). The organization is the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA).
Go to:
http://asp.cappa.net/www/membership/member-directory.asp

Scroll down to search under "Services Offered." Click on "antepartum doula" and then click search. It's that easy!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 18!
« on: January 18, 2010 at 09:57 PM »
MKtarrant: I understand completely! Hopefully you bed rest days will be short and sweet and you will have a long healthy pregnancy!

Christy: My mom was a preemie too! Two months early. Is it rude for me to ask how old your mom is? Mine will be 60 this year. That's a big part of the reason I started www.KeepEmCookin.com. It's crazy how little progress has been made in 60 years when it comes to preventing preemies. BUT, I will say there are many more options today than 10 years ago. (Info on current treatment and prevention here: www.keepemcookin.com/prevention.aspx)

Does anyone else have a preemie mom? Let us know if you think it is genetic...


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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 18!
« on: January 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM »
Question of the day: When is your next OB appointment? How many weeks will you be then? Are you looking forward to your next appointment or dreading it?

Did you know? We do a roll call here 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?  Share as much as you'd like!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 09:54 PM »
Here are mine. I tried to just go with my gut and not think about it too much.

Movies: Goodfellas, Xanadu
Songs: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Cannon in D
Books: Wonderland Avenue, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Who's next?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 04:02 PM »
My picks would be Goodfellas, Xanadu, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Cannon in D, Wonderland Avenue, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

Are you more interested in local, national, or world news?

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Deserted Island: What would you bring?
« on: January 12, 2010 at 02:31 PM »
Everyone on bed rest needs entertainment recommendations. Tell us 2 movies, 2 songs and 2 books you would take if you were stranded on a deserted island.

And if you want to compare bed rest to being stranded on a deserted island, go right ahead!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call! Who's still cookin'?
« on: January 11, 2010 at 08:22 AM »
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!

Keep 'em cookin' mamas!
Angela

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