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So sorry for the loss of your baby.   Prayers for all of you.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Looking for hope and advice at 21 weeks
« Last post by Angela on May 24, 2019 at 04:34 PM »
I am so very very sorry. When you are ready, there are a few groups for infant loss I'd like to recommend:

Connected Forever:
Share: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group:
Return to Zero:

The value of the support of other parents can't be measured. They understand what you are going through and can offer you so much comfort.

With thoughts of healing,
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Looking for hope and advice at 21 weeks
« Last post by alexoakland on May 24, 2019 at 01:16 PM »
Sharing in case anyone else finds this down the road that we lost the baby. Water broke at 21 + 2, but at least the mom is safe.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Looking for hope and advice at 21 weeks
« Last post by alexoakland on May 22, 2019 at 09:03 PM »
I'm writing from the end of the worst week in my life. My wife had an incredibly easy pregnancy -- no nausea, low risk for birth defects, and all signs pointed towards a perfectly healthy baby. We were laughing all the way to our 20 week ultrasound, where we learned that her cervix was 5mm. She started having regular contractions (between 4-12 per hour).  Kaiser said they couldn't recommend cerclage when she was having regular contractions and put her on progesterone. 

It hasn't helped. Her cervix went down to 3mm, then dilated. We are both so scared, and don't know whether to give up hope.  It feels like our hospital is giving up on us, and I was wondering if anyone out there has had a similar situation (with regular contractions for a week) and ended up carrying to viability.

Also, has anyone had a cerclage performed when they were having contractions? I can't tell whether Kaiser isn't recommending one out of concerns for the health of the mother or because they don't think it's worth it to try to save the baby.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 1.13 cm at 20 weeks
« Last post by kkbwill on May 20, 2019 at 07:44 PM »
Thank you for the encouragement and there update.   The thought of being in the NICU is a scary one but it’s encouraging Hearing others who have been on that path and are now doing well with their sweet babies at home! 
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 26 weeks, emergency cerclage, short cervix
« Last post by kkbwill on May 20, 2019 at 07:38 PM »
Glad to read that cerclage is holding for you!  I totally understand about feeling anxious and  worrying about every little ache/pain.    I’m the same way.   It’s hard to know if it’s normal pregnancy pain or the start of preterm labor.  I’m going in every 2 weeks too but they aren’t doing cans for me anymore.   Just the fetal fibronectin test.  I wish they would still scan to give me the reassurance that cervix hadn’t shortened more.  Hang in there!   
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 20, 2019
« Last post by Angela on May 20, 2019 at 06:54 AM »
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 1.13 cm at 20 weeks
« Last post by hpatel on May 17, 2019 at 12:23 PM »
    My story exactly same as yours until 20weeks..,& also had heavy bleeding episode at 15 weeks. Baby is ok. On complete bed rest now ..
I am 17 weeks now.
Hope everything goes well. Trying to be positive.
All the best all ladies on bedrest!
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Weird sensations - cerclage?
« Last post by Karla on May 17, 2019 at 04:01 AM »
I had an emergency McDonald cerclage places at 22 weeks. I am now 28 weeks. Over the last fortnight I have experienced some pulling/pinching/ shooting sensations. I had my cervix checked a couple of days ago and it’s currently sitting around 2cm for the last few weeks. My specialist couldn’t explain the sensations other than maybe it’s the tie rubbing against  my vaginal wall.
Anyone else had these sensations??
I have not experienced any of these in my three previous straight forward pregnancies.
I think mental health is really important and if checking reassures you that is never a bad thing. Good luck!
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