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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Roll Call! May 28,2012
« on: May 30, 2012 at 02:53 PM »
Sorry I'm late... yet again!

I'm still carrying my little baby girl at 36 and 5 =) Cannot believe I've made it this far! Basically off of bedrest. Was up ALL night the other night with contractions but nothing felt different about them so I stayed home and dealt with it! I can't believe this baby was so anxious to come out a few weeks ago and now that I'm getting more and more uncomfortable she just wants to stay put! Oh well, more time to prepare which you can't complain about! Great job ladies =) This is my longest pregnancy yet!!! YAY!

I was never put on procardia or anything like that, but I'm sure someone will reply who has been =)

My situation was similar to yours... at 20 weeks we found out the short cervix and then we were checked the week after and then again the next week when I was admitted to the hospital for contractions and extreme shortening of the cervix. I stayed for a week but after that the two week checks became standard for us. As the pregnancy progressed I was hospitalized again and they never did a cervical check again because after so many weeks they say it doesn't matter. I got the weekly progesterone shots, but that's the only thing I had to prevent labor even though I went into labor twice! I am now 36 and 1 and have pretty much taken myself off of bedrest, but I know my doctor wouldn't mind since this is my 3rd and now my longest pregnancy =) My other two were born at 34 and 35 weeks perfectly healthy so I feel we are in the clear now =) I honestly can't see how most women stay pregnant for 40 weeks, I'm so uncomfortable already! Anyway, good luck to you on your bedrest. Please take it seriously and don't doubt it. It will get rough but it is ALL going to be worth it when you're able to bring home your beautiful baby!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: So done with bed rest
« on: May 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM »
I spent 7 weeks total in the hospital... One week one time and a 6 week stay. I have two children as of right now and just came home two weeks ago (now 36 weeks pregnant which makes for my longest pregnancy out of the 3!). It was amazingly difficult. The first week or two was probably the worse. Things got easier but they never got easy. I was an hour away from home and went days without seeing my babies. It was boring and miserable. There is no get out of jail free card when it comes to dealing with hospital bedrest or bedrest alone. You can only accept it and constantly remind yourself of the fact that things get better and this horrible but humbling experience will end and if you do things right you get the best, and biggest reward out of it =) There is a light at the end of the tunnel and while I didn't see it but a few times on my 16 weeks of bedrest, I see it now and everything seems worth it!

Things differ with every pregnancy you know =) With my first my water broke at home and I was in labor for over 18 hours! With my son I dilated to 6 without even knowing it and went in for a "routine" appointment. Was sent to L&D and kept overnight with no changes and sent home and then went back in less than 24 hours later and progressed to 7 and they broke my water and #2 popped right out 20 minutes later =)

I'm sorry to hear about your loss... I hope you're doing well.

I wish you luck on this new journey, I hope it all works out =)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for May 21
« on: May 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM »
Late again!

35 weeks 3 days!

We had an EXTREME stress day yesterday... I have not been officially taken off bed rest but I had no choice yesterday... My husband and I fought for most of the day over something stupid (I blame hormones, hehe) and then we finally stopped and got along and we get a call about his grandpa who is like a father to him. He had a second massive heart attack on his front porch mid sentence while visiting with 2 of his kids and his wife... It's absolutely amazing how life works... We got home after everything and I laid on the couch and was having regular contractions. Waited an hour or so and they just kept getting stronger and horrible! Since I'm already dilated to 5 we got the kids back up and brought them to Grandma's and went to the hospital. At 35 weeks they won't do anything to induce labor or stop it so after the contractions slowed we were sent home! Doing much better today, only one strong contraction so far but my husband isn't here so I am taking care of my daughter who is SO grumpy! Oh well, we will deal with it! Now my only problem is trying to figure out how to be the wife of a man who just lost the most important man in his life =( All while trying to make the arrival of my new baby girl a happy occasion...

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Finally back home
« on: May 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM »
I know EXACTLY how you're feeling =) I came home after 6 consecutive weeks in the hospital last weekend an hour away and it has been just what I needed... My spirits are much higher and I don't feel like this is such a horrible thing! My doctors still ordered me to strict bed rest so I do think that they think bed rest is helping... I however have been a little deviant as I like to make my kids breakfast (scrambled eggs, bowls of oatmeal or cereal, etc.) and sit and eat at the table with them =) I missed giving baths so I have also done that a couple of times but so far so good. I have passed the point where I had my second child, so that is a little accomplishment! Today I hit 35 weeks and am still committing myself to bedrest for another week but I do think I would like to go to the beach tonight and watch the sunset. My mom has one of my kids for the weekend so I have to take advantage of it. I do feel bad for my husband who has to take care of 3 of us, but he is doing great.

I have certainly noticed how weak I have become even with this little bit of increased activity. Holding my son wears me out and just basically moving a little more makes me extremely uncomfortable sometimes. I had my last progesterone shot last week so I'm thinking labor is in the near future. If I make it until next weekend this will be my longest pregnancy ever! Haha!

If I were you I would commit to bedrest for another couple of weeks at least! 32 weeks is so early! I know that my stubbornness put me in the hospital because I wanted to pick up a few things while I was out for my 28 weeks appointment... next day I was contracting and dilated to 5 so just be careful, I really think laying in bed helped keep your baby cookin! Good luck =D

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My story is just beginning...
« on: May 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM »
There are many ladies here that have had experience with cerclages! I hope they can help you and give you insight because I didn't have to have one. Listen to what the doctor says, it's hard, especially with already having a kid, but they know best (most of the time). I have been on bedrest since Feb 21st and it has been crazy... 7 weeks of that in the hospital =( I am home now and approaching the end of this wild ride! I never knew emotions could vary the way mine have over the last 3 months! Still being able to work is a blessing so take it as such =) I hope everything works out for you and it only makes sense to be worried right now! Good luck and God Bless =)

I am glad to hear that you got a few more weeks out of her and that she's in stable condition! Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers until you're out of the hospital!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for May 14
« on: May 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM »
I'm a little late and should just wait until next week buuut I am still here!

34 weeks and 5 days =D

So happy to have made it this far and GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL THE SATURDAY BEFORE MOTHER'S DAY!!! It feels AMAZING to be home after 6 long weeks on bed rest in the hospital... I am still on strict bedrest and had an appointment at my regular OB today and everything is still the same (dilated to 5 and 80%). I had my last progesterone shot which makes me kind of nervous that labor is coming in the next couple of weeks!!! I am not scared though, just not looking forward to the pain and hope it goes fast!

I told my Dad to be prepared as he lives about 10 houses down the road because if I go into labor that's about as far as I'll make it! Hehe... If my water breaks I'll be worried because my son was born within 20 minutes of my water breaking last year, but if it all starts with contractions I will be okay I think ;)

Hope everyone is doing great... I know it's hard but keep your spirits up because this will all end faster than it feels like it will!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Time Magazine
« on: May 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM »
I agree a lot with Rosa... By the time a child is 3 you should be encouraging he/she to become more independent and not be selfish enough to hold your child back by making them feel that need to soothed or comforted by their Mommy! I almost feel like these are the kids that are being made fun of later in life because they have no clue what to do without their source of comfort. I am all for nurturing kids, but if my kids get hurt they know they can come to me and they don't need to be attached to me in any way to know that!

I highly respect the fact that anyone breastfeeds but I do think there is WAY to much pressure around all of that... My kids were breastfed for about a month and they're among the smartest of any child around their age and have had formula! I think that pressures of breastfeeding put a lot of unneeded stress on new moms because a lot of times it's so difficult to get started. It's extremely insulting to ask if you're "mom enough". To insinuate that women who choose not to breastfeed or are unsuccessful at it aren't "mom enough" is absolutely rude, but I'm sure it was to catch attention. Anyway... props to those moms who breastfeed but I think a year is plenty or at least around there! And thank goodness for other options because having one isn't much of an option for a lot of people nowadays =(

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: My Audrey is here
« on: May 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM »
Congrats! So glad you didn't have to do the C-Section! Enjoy your little baby ;)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Time Magazine
« on: May 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM »
I realize this topic is going to get exhausted but it is very interesting to me and I'm not completely sure where I stand on the whole thing. I think breastfeeding is absolutely awesome and when I look back I am kind of sad that my experience with breastfeeding is discouraging me from even giving this baby a shot. My first two never wanted to latch... I tried all the time but could only pump and give it in bottles, which was okay because at least they still got the milk. Unfortunately it's SO much work with all the dishes it makes and then as soon as you're done pumping you have to feed the baby and then as soon as that's done you don't have very long before you have to pump again so I never lasted more than a couple of months =( I know I could have done it but I always felt like I was never getting a break. Anyway, my opinion is that breastfeeding should be the first option but personal choice comes before all and all lifestyles differ. However, I do not believe that you really need to have your baby on your boob until he/she is 3. I feel like it's more of the mother not wanting to let go of their child rather than the child getting much out of it besides being way to attached to their Mom. I don't know much about the attachment style of parenting but I would actually like to read this article in Time. I have slept with my children while they were babies many a time! A lot of times it was the only way I could get them to fall asleep, but I don't think my son has slept with us since he was 6 months (he's only 9 months but I doubt now that he sleeps alone and is comfortable he would fall asleep with us) and the same with my daughter. Anyone know more about attachment style parenting? Has anyone read the article? I don't mean to start a heated debate.... Just wanted to see what other people were thinking on the whole thing!

I hope sending your baby to the NICU doesn't happen :( My son was born at 34 weeks (I can't recall how many days) and he only retracted (trying to hard to breathe) for about an half an hour! It was a little scary and needed oxygen for a short time but he came home with me and was perfect! Hopefully if you had steroids, that might help! Good luck!

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