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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll call for February 27, 2017
« on: February 27, 2017 at 09:17 AM »
I wish I could respond to all of the chores differently. I went a little overboard with nesting yesterday and ended up with cramping and spotting and a really sore back, but it all resolved when I laid down and put my feet up.

I'm 2 days away from my first goal, to reach 24 weeks so the baby is viable. I have a fun 3D scan scheduled for Saturday so we can finally find out if this baby is a boy or a girl, so we're all pretty excited about that.

I hope everyone is doing well this week, that our pregnant mommas are still pregnant and that our NICU mommas and babies are doing well too!! <3

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for February 20, 2017
« on: February 21, 2017 at 02:13 PM »
I'm 23 weeks tomorrow, still pregnant! I'm closing in on my first goal, which is to hit viability, my cervix is holding steady, no cerclage for now just the progesterone shots. Still working (I can't afford to not work, if I don't work we will have nothing to eat), but I do work from home so that helps. Hope everyone else is doing well this week too!! :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 30, 2017
« on: January 31, 2017 at 01:16 PM »
I'm 20 weeks tomorrow, so way early to be funneling again :( My doctor can't place the cerclage so they sent a referral into the IWK high risk team to see if they'll try to place one. More waiting. I had a Makena shot today and I will remain on bed rest. I was on bed rest from 29-37 weeks last time so bed rest isn't new for me, but not happy that I'll have to go through 9 more weeks of bed rest than I did last time! Just worried and hoping that baby stays put!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 30, 2017
« on: January 30, 2017 at 03:53 PM »
I had my anatomy scan today with another cervical length scan. Good news is that everything looks ok with baby, bad news is that I have a marginal placenta AND I have funneling. Meeting with my doctor tomorrow to discuss options, looks like they will try to place a rescue cerclage. For now I'm on strict home bed rest and pelvic rest :(


So I'm having a serious flare up right now (I don't have Crohn's Disease, I have Behcet's Disease, which for me affects my GI system and has symptoms very similar to Crohn's), my stomach is full of ulcers and I can't even get water down without horrible pain. I just spent the weekend in the hospital and I'm home again today; I got admitted after I couldn't get anything down past the pain, not even water, and I began vomiting a mix of blood and bile. The pain is coming back and if I can't meet the amounts set out for water and liquid nutrition intake I'll have to go back and get re-admitted. They're talking tube placement now to bypass my stomach as I'm down almost 15lbs in the week since this flare up started with no end in sight, the meds aren't working and the flare up is now spreading from my stomach to mouth/esophagus as well. This is incredibly stressful considering my history of preterm labor, this is the first time I've had a flare up during pregnancy. I'm 18 weeks on Wednesday and they're now using language like "if you make it to viability, we'll have to consider early delivery". The "if" has me just sick with worry, and if the goal for delivery is viability I'm extremely worried about how baby will do and this pain is making it impossible to function. Just stressed and needed to vent.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 9, 2017
« on: January 09, 2017 at 08:29 AM »

I'm 17 weeks on Wednesday, this baby is trying to kill me already. Aside from the ruptured hemorrhagic cyst at 4 weeks and the stomach ulcer a month later, the stomach ulcer has now returned for an encore. Very sore stomach and not able to eat anything right now so I'm surviving on ensure and ulcer meds. Still working because we can't afford for me not to work and I'm self employed so even if my doctor were to sign me off work, I still can't access EI (even though I have to pay in). This sucks.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 19, 2016
« on: December 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM »
Hello! I hope everyone is doing well, sorry to see some new "faces" (screen names) but welcome anyhow!

I'm doing ok, 14+1 today, still feeling SO sick, still having to pay a ridiculous amount for my diclectin prescription (no prescription coverage this time around, which sucks). I go in for my next appointment on Jan 3rd with a new doctor. All has been going well, I invested in a home doppler to calm my nerves some. I check baby's heartbeat every night before I go to sleep, baby is doing well, I'm starting to show....doing my best to take it easy. Still having spotting on and off, I'll get a cervical length scan on the 3rd (I will be 1 day shy of 16 weeks then) as well to establish a baseline for my cervical length. Hoping everything looks good and that this spotting isn't a sign of cervical shortening this early!!!


Yes, still working from home, which is fantastic!! No idea what the future holds but working and saving as much as I can now in case I end up having to take time off of work farther down the line! And CONGRATS TO YOU on hitting 37 weeks! That is awesome!!!!  :)

Just checking in really quick! I'm 12 weeks tomorrow, next appointment is Jan 3rd, had a little scare with getting a call from my doctor's office to say that my bloodwork was flagged and I needed to be seen immediately. I had just had the first blood anomaly screen done so I was a little panicky, but everything was fine with that it's just my iron is really low (from the bleed I had when my cyst ruptured at 4 weeks). I will be 1 day shy of 16 weeks at my next appointment so I'll be getting a cervical length scan done that week, if it's good I'll go for another one when I have my 20 week anatomy scan, then again at 24 weeks, and every 2 weeks after that. Still on reduced activity, will be until I deliver, but so far so good. Hoping to avoid bed rest this time around and DEFINITELY hoping to avoid hospital bed rest this time around as well!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for November 14, 2016
« on: November 15, 2016 at 08:15 AM »
First off, congratulations msjlow12 on the arrival of your baby!!!!!!

Glad to hear everyone else is doing well and still pregnant! I'm 9 weeks tomorrow, still doing well. I have the NT scan in 3 weeks and will have a cervical length scan at the same time to make sure everything is looking good. I have hyperemesis again so things have been rough, spent this past weekend in hospital for IV fluids and meds. I'm the sole breadwinner right now so this is super stressful. My prescription for diclectin was $193 and change! And that's only a month's supply! I could only afford to get half of it filled, couldn't afford to fill the ondansetron at all, and I have no idea how I'll pay for the other half of the diclectin. I don't want to take the ondansetron over the diclectin, it is cheaper but there are questions now about its safety (it can cause heart/kidney defects? My son has a heart murmur that he sees the cardiologist for once/year, I was on ondansetron for the whole pregnancy with him). I can't not take the diclectin because if I don't I'll be too sick to work but I still have bills to pay that can't get put off. And I'm self employed so EI/disability isn't an option for me (we have to pay in but can't draw). Feeling super stressed right now :(

Last night I had a nightmare that I went into PTL again, it was so realistic, I could smell the ambulance, feel the contractions, felt that same horrible sense of fear and dread. I hope that's not a prediction of things to come.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for November 7, 2016
« on: November 07, 2016 at 11:46 AM »
Still cooking here, I'll be 8 weeks on Wednesday. I just had a bunch of bloodwork done to check my hormones, blood count, etc to make sure everything is going well and that my hemoglobin and such are rebounding after the bleed. I'm trying to take things easy until my care is transferred to the high risk team. Still hoping for no PTL this time around, trying to stay positive. In addition to taking my regular prenatal, and my iron pills, I've also started taking a prenatal DHA and EPA supplement, my OB suggested it to me saying there is early research showing that it reduces the risk of a host of pregnancy complications including PTL :D Anything to lower that risk as much as I can!

Glad everyone is doing well this week! Sending everyone positive thoughts for happy, healthy, FULL TERM deliveries :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for October 31, 2016
« on: November 01, 2016 at 01:25 PM »
Hello everyone! I am 7 weeks tomorrow, so far so good. I'll have another ultrasound at 12 weeks, then one at 16 to get a baseline for my cervical length and then the 20 week ultrasound. If my cervix is holding up well we won't do another cervical length scan for 4 weeks after the 20 week scan, but if there is evidence of shortening we'll have to change the plan.

Glad to see everyone is doing well! Thinking of all of you and wishing everyone a happy and healthy pregnancy <3

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for Oct. 24
« on: October 25, 2016 at 11:58 AM »
Doctor's appointments used to be the highlight of my week because I got to leave the house!!!! LOL Hoping I don't have to go down that road again this pregnancy, but I'll just have to wait and see.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Pregnancy #4 - dealing with "PTSD"
« on: October 25, 2016 at 07:54 AM »
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am 6 weeks along today, relieved that there is someone else on here so early in their pregnancy. It seems like forever away to even reach viability at this point!

I'm a so very sorry for your loss, that must be extremely difficult.

I hear you about the PTSD-like symptoms. For me it is every time I see or hear an ambulance, and more recently when I was put in the same observation room at the small local hospital that I was in when I first went into preterm labor with my second child. It brings back flashes of just not feeling right, of driving to the hospital, of being told I'm being admitted, of being started on procardia and being given a suppository medication to try to stop the contractions, of having my IV started, of being monitored again and again, the look of panic on the doctor's face when she checked me and felt bulging membranes, of being transferred by ambulance (lights & sirens and all) to the big hospital 3 hours away, of having to stop along the way at another hospital to get checked because my pain was so bad they were worried delivery was imminent. Of arriving at the hospital and signing the release forms for a c-section because my son was breech. Of being started on the mag and feeling like absolute death. Of having the NICU staff come in with a huge binder full of photos and information to prepare me for what may be to come. Of the paralyzing fear when I was sent home almost a week later, wondering if my son would live if I went into labor again so far away from a hospital that could actually help him. Of several more mad dashes to the hospital when the contractions's like a highlight reel of bad memories that flash through my brain, unwanted and uncontrolled, every time something reminds me of that day.

Sorry for the ramble, just wanted you to know that you're not alone <3

Also, at almost 7 weeks, you must be due in June, yes? I'm due June 21st. There is a secret facebook group for us June mommas, send me an e-mail to if you'd like to be added :)

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for Oct. 24
« on: October 24, 2016 at 04:20 PM »
BlossominSpring, did you by chance stop by Sherbrooke Village? If so, we own the farm across the river, just passed the hospital :)

and StillExpecting, this is baby #3 for us :) Baby #2 was my first wee trouble maker and it looks like his little brother or sister to be is going to follow in his/her big brother's footsteps as opposed to big sister's footsteps (she has always been my laid-back easy going most non-trouble maker ever! Never talks back, gets straight As in school, does well in her extracurriculars, etc, my second is more of my wildcard)! LOL

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