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Pregnancy Complications / Re: Doctors pushing me to get up now?
« on: October 25, 2017 at 10:24 AM »
Hi, mkille. It's been awhile since we've heard from you. How are things going? Let us know if you're still cookin'. Sending positive thoughts!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Where to begin?
« on: October 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM »
Hi, Andrea.

It has been a long time since you're last update. How are things going?

You're back! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm guessing your excited but probably a bit nervous, too. One of the best indicators of how your pregnancy will go will be your cervix length at around 18 to 20 weeks. Do you have an ultrasound scheduled for that already --  it's usually called the "growth scan." You're a pro, so you probably remember that.  ;)

With all of your experience, you will be empowered! You are going to do great. I hope you'll check in for this week's Monday Roll Call, and you could send people to this post so they can get to know you.

Talk soon!


Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 23, 2017
« on: October 23, 2017 at 04:58 PM »
What's the craziest thing someone has said to you while you've been on bedrest? Here are my faves from my two pregnancies:

1) You're STILL pregnant? Maybe you didn't even need to be on bedrest.
2) I shouldn't say this, but you really remind me of Jabba the Hut.
3) A (male) doctor strolling right into my hospital room and starting up a conversation (and continuing it!) while I was using the bed pan!!!
4) Let me know if you need any help. I can give you the number of my cleaning lady.

I'm sure there were others! Tell me yours!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 15, 2017
« on: October 16, 2017 at 11:51 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.

Keep 'em cookin',

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Safety of vistaril
« on: October 09, 2017 at 03:31 PM »
Congrats on 27 weeks! That's good to hear that things have settled down for you. Getting into a routine is good, too. Many ladies have said the sooner they got into a routine the easier it was. Maybe it's about setting expectations for the day, or just getting used to the idea of letting go of your "normal" life for a bit. That's great that you can still do some work for home. Is it giving you a chance to stay in touch with co-workers? At least it's a chance to take your mind off of things. Positive thoughts coming your way!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 9, 2017
« on: October 09, 2017 at 10:10 AM »
Happy Monday!

I hope each of you will schedule something today to anticipate. For example:

*Order a new book/movie/game that you have been wanting.
*Have a great friend bring you lunch or dinner from a favorite place.
*Ask someone to finally take care of that thing around the house that has been driving you crazy but you just haven't felt comfortable asking.

Remember that you are an important person doing an important job!  Don't hesitate to ask for the care and attention you need.  :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Safety of vistaril
« on: October 04, 2017 at 02:58 PM »
Welcome to the group!

Strangely enough, I have never heard of Vistaril in my nine years of running this site. Did they tell you how it works or what it is supposed to do?

Most often I see nifedipene being prescribed for uterine irritability. Take a look at this page for info about nifedipine and some other medications that have been used to treat preterm labor:

Did they tell you the length of your cervix? Are you happy to be back at home? Are you settling into a routine?

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: We made it!!!
« on: October 04, 2017 at 02:50 PM »
Welcome to the world, Perla! We've been happily waiting for you!

Thank you so much for sharing your story so we all can see that ANYTHING is possible... no matter what the diagnosis! My biggest congratulations!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for Oct. 2, 2017
« on: October 02, 2017 at 09:15 AM »
Happy Monday! And welcome to another month!

Let us know how you're doing... AND let us know what you're eating. What kinds of meals and snacks are easiest to prepare (or not have to prepare) on bedrest?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« on: September 25, 2017 at 10:25 PM »
Hi, Andrea. I'm so glad you joined our group! Can you tell us why you've already been placed on bedrest? Any issues so far, like contractions or a short cervix? Or is it because of challenges with past pregnancies? It's sounds like you've had some tough times before.

How long have you been on bedrest? How are your children adjusting so far? I hope you don't mind all the questions. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and I'm sure many other bedrest moms will be keeping an eye on you!  ;)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« on: September 25, 2017 at 09:53 AM »
First off, I'm thrilled to share this message from BabyB#2:

After 5 months of bedrest, 6 1/2 weeks of that in the hospital.  I had my cerclage removed on Wednesday the 13th. Baby girl decided to come on our wedding anniversary 9/15.  She was 36+3, No NICU time, thank goodness.

Sending you my biggest congratulations! I get chills every time I hear a success story like this! For anyone else reading this post, don't give up hope.

So ladies, let us know how many weeks along you are. What are you looking forward to this week? I haven't hosted a Live Chat in a while because turnout was low, but I'd like to start it up again. If you think you would generally be available on Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern, let me know. And if you'd like to chat tomorrow at 2, let me know:

Keep 'em cookin'!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 18, 2017
« on: September 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM »
Hello, ladies!

How is everyone doing? How many weeks are you? Any surprise trips to L&D last week? And who is holding smooth and steady?

I just wanted to say a quick word about preeclampsia today. I never expected that I would get it, and no one ever does. It can come on quickly, so I want to encourage all of you to keep an eye out for its symptoms: high blood pressure, protein in the urine, hyperactive reflexes, pain under the right rib, sudden swelling, sudden weight gain, nausea or vomiting, shoulder pain, vision changes (spots, blurriness), headache, lower back pain, racing pulse, confusion, shortness of breath or chest pain. You can learn more at If you have ANY of these symptoms, report them to your doctor right away.

Looking forward to your updates!


Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 11, 2017
« on: September 18, 2017 at 10:29 AM »
Oh, , Jessica. That sounds absolutely horrible.  :'( I can't imagine. I truly hope that you're not in pain today. Hopefully you're are feeling better and can start to get excited. You made it to term! You really did it!

Please do keep me up to date, even if it's to say you are still cookin'. Maybe you can post an update on today's roll call. Even when no one responds, we still have many of our ladies reading the posts. Positive thoughts coming your way for a safe and speedy delivery.  :-*

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Hoping
« on: September 16, 2017 at 02:00 PM »
Yes, the race where you see the finish line but never get any closer to it! Great way to describe it. I was on bedrest for 6 weeks for my daughter (Baby #1) and then 16 weeks for my son. With my daughter I was dilated 1 or 2 cm from 33 weeks on. I forget exactly how it progressed with my son, but it seems like I held out for about a month at the end at 3 to 4 cm dilated. I couldn't believe I was STILL cookin'.

Happy to hear you are holding steady. "Steady" is really the best word you can expect in this situation. Once you get your c-section date, maybe you could make a visual "count down" to Baby Day. Here are some ideas from Pinterest:

Keep us posted on how you're doing and let us know how it goes when you get home this week!

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