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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for Oct. 24
« on: October 24, 2016 at 11:21 AM »
It's been almost 4 years since I was here last and in that time I often thought of your grandmother's pearls of wisdom :) She seems like she was a very smart lady! <3

I am really struggling with the anxiety right now. My first child was born at 39 weeks healthy and happy, no pregnancy complications. With my second, I went into preterm labor at 29 weeks (and several more times after that) and had to spend a lot of time at the big hospital 3 hours away from my home in rural Nova Scotia. I spent weeks at 4cm dilated and 80-90% effaced with bulging membranes, but he was ultimately born at 39+4 healthy and screaming (although we barely made it to the hospital, once he decided it was "go time" that was it!).

I am here again because I am now considered high risk for PTL in this pregnancy (due to my history last pregnancy). I will be 6 weeks on Wednesday and already this little bean is causing a ruckus! A little over a week ago I was suffering severe right sided pelvic pain. I went to the ER and was admitted immediately for a suspected ruptured ectopic pregnancy (the pain combined with my high heartrate, low blood pressure, and slight fever kind of sent everyone into panic mode). After many blood tests and ultrasounds it was determined that I had what appeared to be a ruptured hemorrhagic ovarian cyst on the right side. I lost a fair amount of blood but not enough to need transfusion, thankfully. They gave me the option of doing surgery to remove the ovary immediately or watching and waiting, I chose the latter because they thought it would be a lower risk to the pregnancy. So far so good, I have been home since last week, the pain is almost 100% resolved. I have an ultrasound this Wednesday to check baby's viability and to make 100% sure that baby is in the uterus where he or she belongs. We are expecting everything to look good as my HCG levels have been doubling appropriately, but only time will tell.

I am so happy this resource is here, I look forward to getting to know everyone again, and I am wishing you all a happy, healthy, and BORING 9 months of pregnancy (I mean boring in the best way possible, I learned last time that any extra pregnancy related excitement tends to be bad/nervous/stress excitement due to PTL scares, NICU tours, at the like, so I hope y'all stay as bored as possible and only have good excitement!) :)

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back again
« on: October 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM »
Glad I was helpful :)

I am already having a bit of an eventful pregnancy, 8 days ago I was admitted for severe right sided pelvic pain with a slight fever and signs of volume loss (low bp, high heart rate, cold hands/feet). I was admitted immediately for suspected ruptured ectopic (they originally thought appendix but I had mine out when I was 3 so that isn't possible). I was kept overnight for observation and tests, after a bunch of ultrasounds and bloodwork I was found to have what appeared to be a ruptured hemorrhagic ovarian cyst on that side and TWO sacs in my uterus (one measuring on track one measuring behind and not likely to be viable). My options were to remove the ovary immediately and risk the pregnancy or try to wait so I could keep my ovary and if the bleeding stopped and risk the pregnancy. I decided to wait and, thankfully, the bleeding stopped on its own and I didn't lose too much blood so I did not require a transfusion (just have to take iron pills along with my regular prenatal until the doctor tells me otherwise).

I have another ultrasound on Wednesday of this week to check the viability of the babies, already preparing myself for the loss of the smaller twin, just hoping for one healthy baby with a good heartbeat, anything else is icing on the cake, really. I will also have my first cervical length scan at the same time and will be monitored every 2 weeks for changes in my cervix. It is going to be a very long 8 months!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Back again
« on: October 21, 2016 at 03:41 PM »

I was here a few years ago after going into PTL with my second child at 29 weeks, after 8 weeks of bedrest, I was finally allowed up, I spent weeks at 4cm dilated, 80-90% effaced, with bulging membranes. I just found out I'm pregnant with baby #3 and I'm looking for ways to prevent PTL from happening in the first place this time around :)

Prachi, just a little bit on the coming back from bed rest:

If you are allowed off of bed rest before baby comes, make sure you try to walk a little bit every day. DON'T push yourself, but it will help to get a little strength/stamina built back up before labor starts.

After baby comes, start slow. I started at ~200lbs (I'm 5'4) and completely deconditioned from the 7 long weeks I spent on bed rest (I know it wasn't long at all compared to some of you ladies, but it felt like an eternity to me). I started with walking down the driveway to get the paper. Then a little farther, and a little farther. I have worked up to walking 2 hours in the morning, breaking for lunch, doing T25, then walking for 2 more hours in the evening when my oldest gets home from school. I also do a boot camp class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (it is free through our local recreation department and they have an open gym on at the same time for my oldest to play). Start small and build from there, you can get back to where you were before bed rest, but it will take time. Don't try to do everything at once, you'll hurt yourself (I learned that the hard way! LOL). I'm now 157lbs and getting closer to my pre-pregnancy weight of 120. The weight and drop in fitness level didn't happen over night, you won't be able to "fix" it over night either.

I'd suggest getting an app like MyFitnessPal and using that to track your calories and exercise (you can enter breastfeeding as a food, I don't know why they have you add it as a food, and it bumps up your caloric requirement accordingly) to help you achieve your health and fitness goals :)

Good luck! You're so close, 31 weeks is awesome! Keep that baby baking!

I should also add that I had positive fFN tests several times as well...the odds weren't in my favor, but long odds doesn't mean that there is no hope of going full term :)

I have a similar story. I went into preterm labor at exactly 29 weeks and spent 4 days in hospital. I had good cervical length at that point (3.2cm) but I was dilated. I went into preterm labor 4 more times and my cervix thinned until it was about 90% effaced and I spent weeks at 3-4cm dilated (I was 3cm dilated by 33 weeks). Each time, they were able to stop my preterm labor with IV meds.

The situation isn't hopeless. I spent many nights crying myself to sleep, sure that he would come that night. He stayed cookin' until 39+4. When he did decide to come, though, he did it in a hurry. The little stinker darn near came in the car! I wasn't in the hospital for 10-20mins and he was born, haha.

Here is my little guy now, 9 months old and healthy and strong. 23lbs and 30 inches tall :)

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Oliver Paul's Birth
« on: May 20, 2014 at 02:44 PM »
Congratulations! I wish you both a speedy and uncomplicated recovery!

@Kimmd, I'm mostly a lurker now as I had my bed rest baby back in August. Just wanted to say that I'm wishing your baby a quick and uneventful NICU stay! All the best to you and your little fighter!

Congratulations! I wish your son a full and speedy recovery, and as boring of a NICU stay as is possible :)

My silver lining of bed rest is that it made it possible for me to carry my little guy to full term!

This is me right after getting home from the hospital after my first episode of preterm labor (I still have my hospital bracelets on!), I was 29+4:

Here is the ultrasound picture they gave me to try to make me feel better, I was 29+1 along. They were doing the ultrasound to decide whether to let me try to deliver him vaginally or whether to do a c-section. He was breech, so we decided on a c-section. At the time I wondered if it would be the last picture I had of my son alive and healthy:

And here is my boy at 29 weeks old, happy, healthy and thriving! 29 weeks old has a lot of meaning for me because at 29 weeks pregnant I went into preterm labor the first time. The first time was by far the worst, especially when they were having trouble stopping it, but we got through it. The best thing about going through bed rest is my healthy son:

I hope the pictures help to put it in perspective for all of the moms currently struggling through bed rest. It is tough and it sucks but it is SO worth it. A healthy baby is about the best silver lining there is. Good luck to all of you ladies, I hope you all reach full term!

Have you asked for a rescue cerclage? What about a second opinion?

Also, I went into preterm labor at 29 weeks, farther along than you but still early. I was transported from my local hospital to a hospital 3 hours away (the bigger hospital had a NICU capable of taking a baby at 29 weeks gestation, my local hospital couldn't take anything before 34 weeks gestation). I had a ton of meds on board and my labor wasn't stopping. They started talking c-section (my boy was breech at the time) and had me sign the forms in case they had to take him. They also had the NICU team come and talk to us and show us pictures of the different lines, vents, tubes, etc that he might have if he were born that night. It was terrifying. They told me we could wait another couple of hours and if my labor didn't stop we had to go for the section. Well, shortly before they were going to take me for the c-section my labor just stopped. It stopped suddenly, no petering out or slowing down, the contractions just stopped. I spent 4 more days in that hospital before being sent home on bed rest. I was 3cm dilated and ~70% effaced.

I was hospitalized 3 more times for preterm labor after that. My cervix was quite dynamic, it would lengthen, then shorten. But I kept cookin'. Finally at 39+4 my baby boy was born. He came in a real hurry, we barely made it to the hospital, but he came full term and healthy.

Hang in there! I know it's tough, especially being on bed rest and all you have to do is sit and worry about your baby (or babies in your case)...try to relax and find something to occupy your mind (reading, crochet, netflix, etc). Good luck to you! I wish you a happy, healthy, and full term pregnancy!

You are absolutely a success!!  You kept that baby in as long as you could and gave him a fighting chance, that is awesome!! With a mom as strong as you he is sure to overcome his challenges and go home a strong, healthy, boy!!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Eleanor Rigby
« on: March 02, 2014 at 08:25 PM »
Congratulations!! Wishing you a safe and healthy NICU stay!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Eleanor Rigby
« on: February 27, 2014 at 09:29 AM »
Hi! I read a few days ago that your water broke. I'm just wondering how you're doing? I hope that your baby is still cooking safe and sound!

Just wanted to say that I'm thinking of you and your baby and I am sending positive thoughts for a safe, healthy, and happy delivery and short, uncomplicated and BORING (well, as boring as any NICU stay can be) NICU stay!! Good luck!

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