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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« Last post by Lilyndra on January 23, 2019 at 04:22 AM »
I’m now 33+2, been on hospital bedrest since 24+1 due to complete placenta previa and placenta increta causing antepartum hemorrhage. Discovered short cervix at 25 weeks measuring 1.9cm.

Obstetrician started making plans for surgery this week, tentative surgery date is set for 35+2. Knowing the end is in site is both scary and such a relief knowing we are almost there.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here-Rescue Cerclage 20 weeks
« Last post by julialynn on January 22, 2019 at 12:28 PM »
yes I have noticed I do feel a lot better now that I have been doing less! i still don’t know what contractions really feel like but whenever I feel any kind of pulling/tightening I just lay really still for a while to see if it goes away. four more weeks until 28 weeks and it seems so far away  :-\
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« Last post by Lauren237 on January 22, 2019 at 02:16 AM »

I'm 31+1 weeks today, bed rest for short cervix with twins since 24 weeks.

We had another cervix check today and it's gotten even shorter, which isn't great news. But no signs of labour yet so hoping to hang in there for a little while longer.

I completely understand how you feel Babyware - my husband has also been amazing, but I hate having to ask him to do literally everything around the house! And hard not to feel depressed/anxious during all of this. 

Hang in there!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 3rd cerclage and bed rest as last ditch effort
« Last post by Mamaato on January 21, 2019 at 09:11 PM »
Thank you for sharing and congratulations on getting this far. This is my 4th preventive cerclage and I have found it to be more difficult than my previous ones. I worked past my due date with my past 3 cerclages. For this pregnancy I have begun on bedrest since week 20. I am 27wk3days now
What's Your Story? Tell us. / 3rd cerclage and bed rest as last ditch effort
« Last post by Juliejuju on January 21, 2019 at 08:40 PM »
I am pregnant with baby # 4, 3rd cerclage.

I went into labor with baby #1 at 23 weeks, dilated to 3.5, 90% effaced. IV meds to stop labor and strict hospital bed rest and of course progesterone and betamethasone to prep lungs. I eventually delivered at 32 weeks. Daughter was in NICU for a month and had some issues for the first year. She is 5 now.

Diagnosed with incompetent cervix. Very healthy adult, no health issues at all. I’m a pediatric nurse.

 With baby #2 we kept monitoring and around 19 weeks cervix shortened a lot with funneling, having little to no symptoms. Rescue cerclage placed. A lot of pain with stitch, many infections, many hospital visits, of course progesterone but no bed rest. Stitch removed at 37 weeks and immediately dilated to 4cm. We all were twiddling our thumbs. She was born full term at 39 weeks! Doctors are still shocked that it turned out that way. Every pregnancy is different! She is 4 now.

With Baby #3 we monitored a lot sooner and at 18 weeks noticed cervix shorten, a lot. Cerclage placed. Lots of infections, even more triage hospital visits, a lot of pain and pinching and of course progesterone. Considered redoing stitch as it was unbearable but decided we could lose baby so I toughed it out. No bed rest. At 36 weeks I went into labor with stitch in but ignored it because I kept thinking, I have a stitch in place, I would know if I was in labor. Contractions got worse/pain intense and I went into hospital in so much pain as stitch was tearing through. Epidural and stitch removed in OR and delivered 5 hours later. She is 2.5 now and fine other than born with sensorineural hearing loss discovered at birth, not related to any prenatal history or birth. She wears hearing aids (since 6 weeks old) and attends a private school and doing fantastic.

Now with baby # 4 we monitored but I wanted a cerclage to cut down on transvaginal u/s and infections/trauma. Again didn’t have symptoms other than back ache and pressure. Cerclage scheduled for 18 weeks but moved it up due to advanced shortening. Barely had cervix left to stitch. So much pain, pressure, back pain. Many times in OB triage and hospitalized briefly. My body felt/still feels so heavy, constant back pain and discharge. At the time, i advocated for an u/s to check stitch and I was 0.8 with funneling on the stitch. I did not want to be hospitalized and promised to quit my job, get all day assistance for 3 kids and to comply to strict bed rest at home. Not my first rodeo here.
The high risk doc laid it all out and said we are out of options. Because I cannot feel my contractions or dilation until about 6 cm and I went into labor with the stitch in, he was wanting to hospitalize me. Risk that I would tear through stitch resulting in uterine rupture and a 27 weeker in NICU. He gave betamethasone injections to prep babies lungs and agreed to send me home that night. The next day he agreed to give me one week at home on strict bed rest. He said there is no such thing as bed rest with 3 small kids but knew I was a nurse and was very serious about avoiding the prison of the hospital.
After 1 week, cervix no longer funneling as bad and measured 1.1cm. Bed rest doing its job and Doc agreed to let me continue bed rest at home. It’s been almost 4 weeks on strict bed rest at home and hopefully another 4-6 weeks. Getting progesterone injections, seen every week and terrified to be admitted into hospital. Having a lot of pain and pinching and in general a lot of issues with the stitch but trying to be optimistic. We have been through the alternative, hospital bed rest and NICU. We’ve been through a lot but have a community to support us and an awesome husband.

Anyone else had several cerclages? Did each one feel worse?
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here-Rescue Cerclage 20 weeks
« Last post by Juliejuju on January 21, 2019 at 07:58 PM »
I’m so glad things are calming down for you! I was put on strict bed rest with a stitch in (3rd cerclage, 4th baby- 3 kids under 5) due to funneling and tension on the stitch. With each cerclage I have pain, pressure/tension and pinching. When I stopped moving, went on bedrest, my symptoms went away. Rest rest rest!
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« Last post by Babyware on January 21, 2019 at 05:03 PM »
Hello I am new here and very excited to chat with you ladies.

I am 27+3 weeks with my second child. My first was born at 25 weeks and is doing great.

I started strict bedrest about two weeks ago for a incompetent cervix (less than 1mm) with no signs of labor.

This has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. My husband is very supportive but I’m so used to doing everything for my self. It’s hard for me to sit and watch my house not be as clean as I’d like and it’s hard not being able to do things with my daughter. I’ve get depression try to take over my mind and negative thoughts but I’m trying my best to be and stay positive.

I look forward to hearing more of your success stories.
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« Last post by Angela on January 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM »
"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.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Made it to 24 weeks praying to make it it 28
« Last post by Kellymay2019 on January 17, 2019 at 01:11 AM »
Well hi kTtwins!!
Congrats to making it to 29 weeks almost at 30 exciting!!!  Your story gives me hope that I can make it as far and hopefully start measuring longer! Good luck with your upcoming appointment I hope the babies are doing well!!!! Keep us posted.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short cervix with twins
« Last post by Lauren237 on January 16, 2019 at 10:42 PM »
That sounds so similar to me and looks like we're only a week apart! I'm sorry to hear you're also going through this but it is comforting to know I'm not alone :)

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