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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:

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Bedrest due to PROM
« on: October 22, 2009 at 04:51 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!

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 11:17 AM »
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 11:15 AM »
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...

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 24, 2009 at 11:41 PM »
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?

Here's a link to the article on bed rest exercises:

And an excerpt:


 And also help speed your bed rest recovery

By Darline Turner-Lee

Bed rest is seldom in any woman’s plan for her pregnancy. Yet each year some 700,000 to 1 million women willingly succumb to their obstetricians’ bed rest prescriptions to ensure the best hope for their babies.

However, bed rest is not without risk. Numerous research studies report that inactivity—even for as short a time as two weeks—results in loss of muscle mass and strength. NASA studies done to evaluate the effects of weightlessness on female astronauts found that in 60 days women lost up to 25 percent of muscle mass and nearly half of their muscle strength.

Hmmm. I can only offer my personal opinion, but if it were me I would have hesitations after this doctor blew off the test so easily. It is FDA approved, has been studied by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

I guess I see his point about it making women "nervous" if they get a positive result, but then that gives you the power to take action. Or more likely, inaction--more bed rest. Ha ha. Why not have the information to make an informed decision?

I don't know if you had a chance to check out how the test works, so I'll put a link here: It's really pretty cool. FFN is a protein that should not be present in vaginal secretions between 22 weeks and 35 weeks, so I would guess a doctor would want to test every two weeks from 22 to 34 weeks. If you weren't having any preterm labor symptoms and/or your cervix was looking long and closed on ultrasound, I could see why they would test less often.

I'll pose this question on Twitter, and we can see what other moms think...

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Heart Burn???
« on: June 09, 2009 at 10:50 PM »
Here are a few replies from Twitter:

heartburn often increases on bedrest because you're laying down so the acid isn't fighting gravity anymore

to lessen effects of acid reflux, have dh raise the headside legs (wooden blocks work well) a few inches to reintroduce gravity

My heartburn on bedrest was pretty bad too. It seemed to always happen before bed time. You can take Tums, but check with your doc first to see if that is the best option for you. In some cases it could be TOO much calcium. There's a heartburn med called Reglan that was recently given a blackbox warning (just in case OB or nurse mentions that as a possibility). Here's the warning on Reglan: (Article is dated 2.26.09).

Hope you can get some relief soon!

I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope it helps to give you some closure, or to somehow makes sense of thing, that they were able to explain the cause. Hopefully it was a one-time, rare occurance.

I'm excited to see that you've been researching options like 17P and cerclage. And, there are a few less-invasive options for prevention. With your next pregnancy, you can request that your OB perform regular measurements of the length of your cervix by ultrasound. Cervical length is an excellent indicator of preterm birth. There's lots of info on that here:

There's also the Fetal Fibronectin Test (FFN), which can be done every two weeks starting at 22 weeks. The test can predict the likelihood of preterm birth, based on the presence (or hopefully lack of) fetal fibronectin in a vaginal swab. There's more info about the test here:

Feel free to stop by the forum anytime! I wish you the best!

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