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Making the Best of Bed Rest / I am the new girl
« Last post by AngleaJle on January 22, 2021 at 04:36 AM »
Wow, this post is fastidious, my younger sister is analyzing such things, therefore I am going to inform her.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 18, 2021
« Last post by Angela on January 18, 2021 at 05:19 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.

So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are. See you on the Live Chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin',
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 11, 2021
« Last post by Angela on January 11, 2021 at 07:15 AM »
There's a passage from a book called "Start with Why" that has stuck with me for a few years now. One example from the book is about an expedition to Antarctica, and it made me think immediately of all the bed rest moms I’ve known.

On December 5, 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven men set out for the Weddell Sea on the Endurance, a 350-ton ship that had been constructed with funds from private donors, the British government, and the Royal Geographical Society. … But the crew of the Endurance would never reach the continent of Antarctica. Just a few days out of South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic, the ship encountered mile after mile of pack ice, and was soon trapped as winter moved in and with furry. Ice closed around the ship “like an almond in a piece of toffee,” a crew member wrote.

Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the Antarctic for ten months as the Endurance drifted slowly north until the pressure of the ice floes crushed the ship. On November 21, 1915, the crew watched as she sank in the frigid waters of the Weddell Sea. …

Stranded on the ice, the crew boarded their three lifeboats and landed on tiny Elephant Island. There Shackleton left behind all but five of his men and embarked on a hazardous journey across 800 miles of rough sea to find help. Which, eventually, they did.

The book's author, Simon Sinek, goes on to talk about how none of the crew died and how there was no mutiny. Then he shares the ad that Shackleton ran to find and hire his crew, and that is what reminded me of women on bedrest facing a high-risk pregnancy:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

These men came to the challenge with a certain mindset that I think helped them to power through.

I think an ad for pregnancy bedrest would look something like this:

“Women wanted for anxiety-filled journey. Lost wages, bitter emotions, long months of complete boredom, constant worry. Happiness and healthy baby in case of success.”

I know you didn’t answer a want ad, but there is no one I would rather have on the KeepEmCookin ship than you. You are strong in spirit and mind. You believe in beating the odds. And for months on end, you don’t give up.

Now let's hear some weekly updates!

Keep 'em cookin',
Hi, Amber.

I had preeclampsia, too. My blood pressure was creeping up the last couple of weeks (38 and 39), but immediately after delivery it was out of control. I could barely speak or walk and having a lot of bleeding. Many people believe that preeclampsia goes away after delivery (even medical professionals), but I've met so many women here for whom it got worse after delivery.

Please talk to your family about helping you keep an eye out for symptoms that are new or get worse (see below). Sometimes we are so focused on caring for our newborns that we don't focus on ourselves. My family thought I felt and looked as bad as I did from having a natural delivery and just being tired. I ended up at the ICU a week after delivery with kidney failure. No one knew what to look for, so please share this with your family and don't wait to go to the hospital. Symptoms are:

High blood pressure
Protein in your urine
Changes in vision
Swelling of your face, hands or feet
Pain in the abdomen, shoulder or lower back
Shortness of breath, feeling panicked or like something just isn't right

I'll be thinking about you lots for a safe delivery and recovery from preeclampsia. Keep letting me know how you are doing. Keep 'em cookin'!  :)

Thank you so much for your kind words and suggestions!

I am so sorry for your loss too. It is such a heartbreaking thing to go through that only the ones that have been through it can understand. I will definitely look into all the games/puzzles and crafts that you listed. I love to read, watch tv and color so I will do that! I also love mysteries so binge worthy TV is wonderful. The doctor just told me that I will be delivering at 36 weeks as long as we are all healthy until then, not 37 weeks as planned since I have preeclampsia.

Bless you for taking the time to start this and let moms know that they are not alone!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 4, 2021
« Last post by Angela on January 04, 2021 at 10:14 AM »
Hello, you wonderful mamas!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates! Did any of you think you wouldn't still be pregnant in 2021? Well, you made it into another month! And year!

Does anyone want to post any belly pix on our Facebook page? I thought that might be fun! And here's our private page:

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Hi, there.

First, I am so sorry for the loss of Autumn and Amelia. It's heartbreaking. I lost a twin at 17 weeks during my second pregnancy, and I understand completely the anxiety that being back in the hospital is sure to bring.

It is wonderful you have come so far with your twins. I know you're still under a lot of stress, though, no matter how far you get. From my experience, anything at all that can shift your focus away from what you're going through can ease things. Coloring, knitting or needlepoint (or other craft), online brain games ( is mindless for when you can't concentrate and uses up lots of time), binge-worthy TV shows. I watched a lot of mysteries.

Another idea is physical puzzles. I like "Traffic Jam", Dog Pile and Coggy

Have you joined our Facebook groups? I'm trying to increase the interaction we have over there:



I know this is such a tough time. Remember that every day counts. I'll be thinking of you!

I was pregnant with triplet girls two years ago but delivered at 26 weeks. Two of the girls were sharing everything so through the whole pregnancy we were worried about A & B (AnnMarie & Autumn) but Amelia (C) was fine in a sack by herself. We would go to the specialist twice a week and everything was going alright until one day they couldn't find Autumn's heartbeat. We ended up deciding to deliver them all when they told us that Autumn had gone to heaven. 4 days later because of some crazy fungus that Amelia contracted, she passed away as well. AnnMarie was kept at Cooks NICU for 4 months which was the hardest thing my husband and I have ever had to go through. Having two funerals for my two babies was more than I thought I could EVER get through. BUT AnnMarie has thrived and is now 2 1/2 years old and doing amazing. Now I am on bed rest for the 2nd day with my twins (boy and girl this time) and I really don't know how to deal with it. Just being back in the hospital gives me anxiety thinking about the babies Ive lost before. This pregnancy has been COMPLETELY different though. They aren't sharing anything and have been growing and developing great so far. I have just had high blood pressure so they want to keep me on bed rest until my scheduled c-section on the 19th. What does that mean? What am I supposed to do with myself? We are blessed to have family and my mom is at home taking care of Annie and our home but it is so hard not being able to see her because of Covid restrictions. How is everyone else dealing with being on bed rest? I am so used to taking care of everything (like most of us are) so how do they expect me to just sit, rest and not worry myself sick?

Any suggestions would be great!

I don't know if you are still on here or checking this but I just found out about this and wanted to see how you were doing. This is my second day on bed rest and my husband works from home too and we have a 2 yr old girl. He is able to come up here any time but I feel bad when he does because I know he cant rest here. I am 35 weeks pregnant with twins. They are doing great but my blood pressure has been really high. I am supposed to stay here until my scheduled C-section on January 19th. I broke down yesterday when they told me that. My daughter, AnnMarie, is a triplet but we lost her two sisters when they were born 2 years ago. AnnMarie had to be in the NICU for 4 months because I delivered at 26 weeks. She is doing AMAZING now but needless to say I haven't been away from her more than 2 nights (now) so I do not know how I am supposed to do this.

Hope all is well with you.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 28, 2020
« Last post by Angela on December 28, 2020 at 11:19 AM »
Who's still cookin'? You're soooo close to a 2021 baby!

Share with us three wonderful things that you're looking forward to in the year ahead.

Keep 'em cookin',
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