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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call! How's every one doing?
« on: December 07, 2009 at 10:18 PM »
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 10:42 AM »
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 06, 2009 at 10:53 PM »
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 02, 2009 at 10:14 PM »
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 29, 2009 at 09:24 PM »
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?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Incompetent Cervix and Cerclages
« on: November 16, 2009 at 11:03 PM »
I'm very sorry for your loss. Perhaps you can find hope from my success story.  I was 1.5 cm at 24 weeks and held out to 39 weeks (even with several episodes of preterm labor along the way). I was getting weekly progesterone shots, taking procardia/nifedipene every 8 hours (then every 6, then every 4) and I took bed rest very seriously. I stayed on my side absolutely as much as possible. And I've talked with many women who did a combo of progesterone/bed rest/cerclage in their pregnancies following preemies. Many went on to have full-termers, and most added several weeks to their second pregnancies.

I felt like a weirdo going into L&D as often as I did, but every time I was indeed in labor and they were able to give me IV fluids and a boost of meds to stop it! Never hesitate to call your OB, or just go straight to L&D. Keep us posted, ok?

Also, you may want to print out this list of preterm labor symptoms: I kept it on my fridge!

Hi, miraclebabe.
Welcome to the forum! How many weeks are you? When were you put on bed rest?

Here's mine: Don't let a day go by without telling her, "You are a great wife and mom."

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bedrest due to PROM
« on: November 06, 2009 at 10:19 AM »
Hi, Stephanie.
I've been thinking about you. How are you doing? Please let us know that you are still cookin'.

Also, I posted some new info on the website today about PROM: "How can I avoid premature rupture of membranes (PROM) with my next baby?" Answer:  Thanks for your recommendation to include it! I'll continue to add more information about PROM and PPROM to the site.

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 02:44 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 28, 2009 at 09:51 PM »
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 05:14 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:

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