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Hi, Vanessa!

I have LOTS of messages to share with you from our members on Facebook. We are all cheering you on!

From Melissa:
I know from experience how hard of a time this is—no one gets it who has not been through it. But you can do it. You can. Take it one hour and day at a time. Every day is a victory. Sending strength, prayers and good vibes your way. Hang in there.

From Thee baby Lady:
Oh sweet mama....thinking of you during this time of uncertainty. Please know that you are in our thoughts and never alone. May your boys grow strong every day. <3 Big HUGS.

From Jenny:
Thinking of you and your babies, every day they're growing stronger.

From Skye:
You are amazing!!!!

From Claire:
Stay strong Mumma! One day at a time. Gratitude for the small wins.

From (another) Vanessa:
Everyday is a victory. Read and interact with people who have success stories. Keep your mind strong.

From Sara:
You’ve got this mama. Take it a minute at a time, a day at a time. Sending you all my thoughts and prayers! 💙💙

From Stephanie:
You are an amazing woman and mom! I have been there and while it seems endless now every single day makes a difference. Every single day is a victory and testament to you strong mama!! You can do this. You will be mad and sad and lonely and that’s ok. Most of all, you will be a mom doing everything she can for her babies. I am sending you love and hugs and strength from another mama who has been there - it will be so worth it. You got this ??

From Alison:
Sending positive vibes your way. Every day is a huge success, so just remember to get through each day!

From Emma:
just thinking of you x

From Sue:
Hang in there and do the best you can for those precious babies!

From Christina:
My cervix went at 22w with my twins. Once was IUGR and it was all just so scary. I ended up on hospital bed rest. The docs had me upside down, on magnesium, etc. The 24/7 monitoring was painful trying to find my little IUGR baby...please just find even more strength that you knew was ever imaginable to endure this. I will send prayers for you, the little ones and the medical team working to keep those babies put!

 From Stephanie: 💙

From me:
Wishing you the best!!! Sending prayers...

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 25, 2019
« on: February 25, 2019 at 07:14 AM »
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom."  --Viktor Frankl

So, ladies, what do you wish you could respond to differently? Your partner? This pregnancy? Your children? Your thoughts?

How are you responding now, and what would it look like or what would you say or think to respond differently? How will it free you?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 18, 2019
« on: February 21, 2019 at 11:08 AM »
Quick reminder ladies! Join our live chat today at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific. You can create a screen name or join us anonymously. See you soon!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 18, 2019
« on: February 18, 2019 at 08:42 AM »
Hello, ladies!

How do you look? I know it may seem silly to get dressed or put on makeup to sit around the house, but you might find that it boosts your spirits! It was really tough to style my hair with no mirror, but I still found it relaxing to brush and blowdry my hair. When I had visitors, a few strokes of lipstick seemed to help me feel like myself again. And don't underestimate the power of a body lotion in your favorite scent.  :)

What are YOUR beauty tips for bedrest? Do you feel like your appearance can have an effect on your mood? Feel free to offer your thoughts, or just let us know what's new and how many weeks along you are.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short cervix with twins
« on: February 13, 2019 at 04:10 PM »
Hey, Lauren! Big congrats on hitting 34! Your story will definitely inspire other moms! Keep those babies cookin'! Hope to see you on the Live Chat tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern.

Goldielocks: Hope to see you, too!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: PPROM @ 31w 5d
« on: February 13, 2019 at 04:06 PM »
Hi, Moonrising.

Rachel posted this message for you on our Facebook page:

I know exactly how you feel. I was on strict hospital bed rest for almost 4 months due to incompetent cervix (yes, months) and I know what you mean about having to use the bathroom while others are in the room! I had a roommate for a little while and she had very few restrictions while I wasn’t even allowed to sit upright. Very stressful situation all around, but eventually I got a private room and I was able to put things in perspective. My goal was a healthy baby and my daughter was born at just over 38 weeks. She’ll be 10 years old next month.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 11, 2019
« on: February 11, 2019 at 01:22 PM »
Hugs and kisses, ladies!  :-*

Will you be doing anything special with your sweetie for Valentine's day? I know holidays can be difficult when you are on bedrest, but hopefully you will be able to enjoy a meal or a movie together. Finding time for romance (or just feeling connected) is especially tough when you're on bedrest. You really have to work hard to make those opportunities happen.

And for those who think Saint Valentine can take a hike and keep on walking, what are you looking forward to this week?

I hope to see you all on the live chat Thursday! Set an alarm on your phone so you don't miss it.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Not my first rodeo
« on: February 09, 2019 at 01:32 PM »
Hi, Bed Bound.

Brandi left this message for you on our Facebook page. She has a success story to share!

Brandi Leigh I was having Bh since 15 weeks and was on pelvic rest bc spotting early on . I finally got off pelvic rest and got put back on pelvic rest around 20 weeks or so. At 21 weeks check or so I had a short soft funneling cervix. At 22 weeks i was contraction with a super short cervix funneling and soft dialated 1. I went to hospital and was there on hospital bed rest and given meds to stop contractions and steroids for babies lungs. I got released to go home had to stop working and be on modified bedrest at home.

I literally did nothing I got up to potty and put stuff in microwave that's it. I have 2 kids at home was so hard bc it was summer and they were off school. I was on progesterone suppositories and nipheipine. I stayed modified bed rest and I took it very seriously mom gave me a recliner to put my feet up and all. I learned to like tv, which I hated before bc I am such an active person.

I stayed on bedrest and progesterone until 35 weeks. It was a long journey with lots of scarred and hospital visits but 37 weeks i was induced and delivered 2 healthy babies at 37+1.

Try not to stress drink tons of water and learn too be sitting on your butt to keep the baby safe and inside as long as possible. I didn't mention I was recovering from shoulder surgery a couple weeks I found out I was pregnant.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 5, 2019
« on: February 06, 2019 at 09:59 AM »
Hello, ladies!

Thanks for sharing your plans! It's a question that often comes up often, so I think it's interesting to see what other moms chose to do. For me, I had a shower at my mom's house (about half an hour away) at 36 weeks. With my son, I felt too nervous to buy anything except for two T-shirts, but my mom brought us a big gift bag of boy's clothes once he arrived safely. I will always remember that!

Moonrising: I have only 2 (!!!) pictures from when I was pregnant with my son. I felt down, and worried, and frumpy, so it just didn't seem important then. I really regret it. If you get the OK from your OB (maybe once you get to a certain point) maybe your partner or a friend could come and take a few pictures. You might also look into a photographer who will come to you. They may have a backdrop they could set up behind you.

Who will be joining us for the Live Chat tomorrow? Take a minute now to set an alarm for 2 pm Eastern. It'll be fun!

Sending you all lots of love and positive thoughts! 


Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for February 5, 2019
« on: February 04, 2019 at 07:39 AM »
It's February and here you are! Your dedication to your babies is wonderful.

Are any of you planning to have a baby shower? If so, at how many weeks along? Or will it depend on when you get off bed rest? Or, would you do a "meet and greet" after the baby is born? Where would you have it? At your house so you don't have to travel? Or do you think your OB would give you the OK to go to a friend or family member's house?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 28, 2019
« on: January 28, 2019 at 07:21 AM »
Hi, ladies.

I was remembering a time when I was playing with Batman and Robin figures with my son. He said that he wished that he had a Wonder Woman figure so that I could be her. 

Of course, that made me think of all of you! You are Wonder Women, doing everything you can for your babies. And you're also so wonderful for the support you provide each other! Whenever someone's having an especially tough day or week, you all are there. So thank you!

Anybody have any appointments this week?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« on: January 21, 2019 at 07:37 AM »
"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything."
--Dan Millman

And this is your time to cook! Let everything else fall aside ... for now.

So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are. See you on the Live Chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin',

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 14, 2019
« on: January 14, 2019 at 08:50 AM »
How are we two weeks into 2019? I hope it has been moving quickly for you as you head toward the finish line!

There's passage from a book called Start with Why that has stuck with me for a few years now. One example from the book is about an expedition to Antarctica, and it made me think immediately of all the bedrest moms I’ve known.

On December 5, 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven men set out for the Weddell Sea on the Endurance, a 350-ton ship that had been constructed with funds from private donors, the British government, and the Royal Geographical Society. … But the crew of the Endurance would never reach the continent of Antarctica. Just a few days out of South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic, the ship encountered mile after mile of pack ice, and was soon trapped as winter moved in and with furry. Ice closed around the ship “like an almond in a piece of toffee,” a crew member wrote.

Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the Antarctic for ten months as the Endurance drifted slowly north until the pressure of the ice floes crushed the ship. On November 21, 1915, the crew watched as she sank in the frigid waters of the Weddell Sea. …

Stranded on the ice, the crew boarded their three lifeboats and landed on tiny Elephant Island. There Shackleton left behind all but five of his men and embarked on a hazardous journey across 800 miles of rough sea to find help. Which, eventually, they did.

The book's author, Simon Sinek, goes on to talk about how none of the crew died and how there was no mutiny. Then he shares the ad that Shackleton ran to find and hire his crew, and that is what reminded me of women on bedrest facing a high-risk pregnancy:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

These men came to the challenge with a certain mindset that I think helped them to power through.

I think an ad for pregnancy bedrest would look something like this:

“Women wanted for anxiety-filled journey. Lost wages, bitter emotions, long months of complete boredom, constant worry. Happiness and healthy baby in case of success.”

I know you didn’t answer a want ad, but there is no one I would rather have on the KeepEmCookin ship than you. You are strong in spirit and mind. You believe in beating the odds. And for months on end, you don’t give up.

Now let's hear some weekly updates!

Keep 'em cookin',

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 10, 2019 at 01:48 PM »
Quick reminder! We are 10 minutes away from the Live Chat. Hope to see you all!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 08, 2019 at 12:29 PM »
Congratulations, Pixiejan! It is wonderful you were able to get so many extra weeks of cookin'. I'm happy to hear your son is doing well. We will certainly miss you here! There are some absolutely amazing preemie parent support groups out there. Here's a list:

Lots of love to you and your bigger family!

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