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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 36+6 and big thanks
« Last post by Angela_fr on July 17, 2018 at 12:06 PM »
Hello,

My name is Angela and I live in France.

I would like to thank you Angela for the existence and very kind and encouraging thoughts shared by you and the community on the KeepEmCookin.com forum. I was rather a silent participant until now.

Here is my story :
Frightened by a rough unexpected diagnosis : short cervix (1,5 cm) with funnel at 22 weeks, I was desperately searching "refuge": a think positive, objective information, positive response to cope with my medical situation and emotions. And I finally found it all on KeepEmCookin.com!

In my case, I had to go through some phases:

-  At first I didn't think it was that important to just rest, I still did some "easy" work around the house... And at 28 weeks my OB-GYN decided I needed to be immediately hospitalized for 2 days for steroid injections. I didn't tolerate it very well, it irritated my uterus and I started to have Braxton contractions just a few hours after the first injection. So I needed to be kept under surveillance in the hospital for 2 additional days with Adalat (Nifedipine) meds.
- After hospitalization, I got to accepting to totally leave my independent, active life behind, isolate myself and... rest in bed all day long! That was a huge deal for me! I left all house chores to my husband, I hired a cleaning company to help us and just rested.
- At 32 weeks my OB-GYN announced me great news : my strict rest gave results, the funnel disappeared and I gained 0,6 cm! So my cervix was ferm and measured 2,1 cm!

Of course during all this time I was constantly reading the forum, especially during the most depressing moments.

Today I am celebrating 36 weeks and 6 days! Baby is still moving and kicking me, I have trouble sleeping, moving around, my feet are swallowing, but how great is the feeling that I made it, that there's no more preterm birth risk!!

If I could give a last piece of advice to the (new) members it would be the following : please accept and understand that bed rest is the main cure for the preterm birth pregnancy risk. Do not try to cheat your body by doing easy chores, you'll loose at this game for sure! Bending and lifting stuff around engage your belly muscles to work and that's bad for your uterus and cervix. Do what you want while im bed: read, watch tv etc... Avoid any stressful situation, stay positive, pray!

Note: I've tried checking my work emails also from bed, it didn't work either because of my emotional instability. I couldn't control my emotions, the smallest thing became stressful very quickly... So after my hospitalization I completely cut off the corde. Isolation and complete cut off from the real events of life helped me stay positive.

Regards,
Angela
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Hey. I'm new around here.
« Last post by ninjapandacookie on July 16, 2018 at 09:39 PM »
Hi everybody. I'm new around here and terrified!

I suppose I should share my story so far.

After 5 early miscarriages, I was super excited to make it to my 19w ultrasound with a living baby in there. Our anatomy scan went great, up until the ultrasound tech discovered that I had a short cervix - .8cm at its shortest point, and funneling. I was prescribed progesterone supplements and pelvic rest, but no bed rest - much to my surprise.

At 22+2, my waters broke (PPROM) - by the time I got to the hospital an hour later, I had no measurable amniotic fluid left. However, my cervix was still closed. I spent 3 days in the hospital getting pumped full of antibiotics and having my vitals checked. After consultation with the neonatologist and two MFMs, we decided to start steroids at 23+5. I've been sent home to begin bed rest, and though the MFM recommended "modified best rest" I get up for the bathroom every 4 hours but that's it, because I'm just so terrified. Today I'm 22+6, and I head back for hospital bed rest at 23+5 until who-knows-when.

I'd really love to hear from others who have been through this experience - I have no idea what to expect, no clue what else I can do to help give this little one a better survival chance, and no idea how to keep myself sane right now.
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Lauren--

Congrats on your 33+ wks, it is so comforting to know that real labor feels different and more intense. You just uplifted my mood!
Hope your son is thriving.

M
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / My story- Brand New Here!
« Last post by Chaiela on July 16, 2018 at 01:30 AM »


Hello everyone,
My name is Chaiela (pronounced Shayla). I was referred to this forum by a nurse at the hospital I was recently admitted to. I just wanted to introduce myself and my situation. I am 29 years old, Florida born, GA raised but now residing in San Diego, CA. I am 21 weeks pregnant with my first child. My husband and I couldn’t be more excited, him especially since it’s a boy! The situation: I went last week for my anatomy scan. Of course not knowing what to expect. After the tech finished he says everything looks great, baby is healthy just have to have to doc check you out and you’re done. This was my husband’s first appointment with me due to being in the Navy so he was just excited seeing so much of baby. The doctor comes in the tech followed with a wheelchair and he says we need to rush you to L&D because your cervix is extremely short and your baby could be born any minute. I immediately burst into tears. My husband tried comforting me but soon enough tears were on his face too. We get to L&D, they put me in trendelenburg (all too familiar being that I’m a respiratory therapist) and begin to prep me for the O.R. I’m still lost and in shock not really processing what a cerclage is. To get to the point tomorrow makes a week post cerclage with a .8 cm cervix, funneling, 2 cm dilated at the time of surgery. My concern is I wasn’t put on bedrest, no meds given to prevent labor or infection. But I’m positively hanging on to my prayers and my faith. My son will live. Sorry the long post just a dramatic entrance LOL! Please share your stories with me especially if they are similar. xoxo
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Hey ms79,

Congratulations on making it so far!

We just had our little guy at 33+6 and he is doing so well.

I had lots and lots of contractions this pregnancy.  At 21 weeks, I was diagnosed with irritable uterus.  Due to all of the intervention that I had, cervical cerclage and pessary ring, they were unable to get an accurate measurement of my cervix via ultrasound.  However, several visits to L&D assured me that my cervix was closed and hard.

The weeks leading up to his birth, I noticed more and more tightenings.  8-10 an hour was not uncommon for me, either.  In the NST test the day before I went into labour, they noted 3 within the 20 minute period.

When I eventually did go into active labour, my water broke and true contractions immediately followed.  There is no way that I would have mistaken these contractions for irritable uterus or Braxton Hicks.  They were strong and painful.

From what I understand, it's rare to go into labour without feeling true contractions, especially at your gestation.  Keep an eye out for changes in your discharge, and continue to take it easy, just like you're doing :)

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!!
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So...not only am I a little oven but also a doctor and this process is driving me crazy. FTM, baby boy. All your ladies stories are what keeps me sane and hopeful.
At 21wks my cervix was 1.9cm. I went to med school a while ago and this was not a standard of care--measuring cervical length at the time.
I was told to "reduce my work schedule" and started on progesterone  suppositories. I stopped working out. Strict pelvic rest (that was hard! I was insanely horny)
At 22wks went up to 2.3cm, and we resumed planning for a baby moon.
At 24wks, back to 1.7, cancelled baby moon. No other precautions apart from no working out that i imposed, continued progesterone. I take daily walks, at least 20min twice a day, but at times i did a 4mi and a 6mi. Slow pace.
At 25 wks, 1.3cm. Sent me to l&d and noted that i was not in labor.
At 26wks, 1.4cm,
At 28wks, 1.4cm
At 30 wks, 1.4cm
This was the best. All steady and passed a ctitical stage. I went to a couple prenatal yoga classes, i was on a high.
Then, i started paying attention to contractions. They were definitely there for weeks but i brushed them off. Mild discomfort, belly would get super tight, press on my bladder, etc. Sometimes 8-10 an hour, sometimes less. Was told to go and check and was monitored. Yes they saw contractions but decided to let me go.
At week 32, went for usual (and last, i hope!) cervix scan and was at 0.6cm. Nothing but alarm on all doctor's faces-- "are you feeling contractions?" Duh. Yes, as i have been saying for weeks now. Was admitted to hospital, 2 shots of steroids. The nex day was still at 0.6cm. Released to go home.
Since then ive been totally bummed. I havent changed much of my activity, but, honestly, unless i see data in scientific literature i am not going on bed rest. Not that anyone recommended it but it is my fear and i have much respect for all of you who can do it. I cant. In fact, bed rest is more harm than good but it makes everyone feel like they are doing something.
My biggest fear is that i go into labor and not notice it as i have all these subtle signs yet it doesn't feel lile the real thing. And some stories make you realize that you may not know.
My other reason for posting is that, if some other md was following me, i may have gone on bedrest 3 mos ago! And, as proof, you can make it to 33 wks without it and staying mildly active.
I want him to cook more but i also have to stay sane. I want to do a couple more surgeries and see some more patients before this baby comes out.
Oh, and the contractions! Total medical mystery, btw.
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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Anxious about every symptom
« Last post by jmomma on July 13, 2018 at 07:14 PM »
I'm so familiar with the anxiety around that time! You're so close to viability, and yet not there yet. It's such a stressful time, so, hugs. I will say it sounds like what you're dealing with is normal; I know vaginal progesterone definitely causes more discharge, so I wouldn't worry about that too much, especially because the length of your cervix sounds fantastic. That's longer than any measurements I ever had, am I'm still here at 35 weeks. As far as back pain, if it's really, really bothering you to the point where you're extremely uncomfortable, then I might call, but if not, I'd also attribute it to normal pregnancy pain. I've had some pain and cramping throughout, and often it was either due to baby's position, or needing to take a BM (sorry for the TMI!). Given your cervical length though, I would not worry too much about the symptoms you're describing. Try not to stress, that's not helpful to the baby either!
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Congratulations Lauren!! Best wishes to Tommy as well! You've been very positive and inspiring, thanks.
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Our little Tommy was born on Tuesday at 5am via c-section at 33+5, weighing 5 pounds.

I woke up in the middle of the night as my waters broke and was transferred to the hospital via ambulance.  I began to contract immediately, 2 minutes apart.  Because baby was footling breech, vaginal delivery was out of the question.

We are happy to report that Tommy is ridiculously healthy and is a total rockstar in the NICU.  He currently requires no medical intervention aside from a feeding tube, which he will use until he has enough stamina to breastfeed and get the required amount of nutrition.  He's well on his way and usually latches immediately.  I'm a little bit further behind and only producing about 1ml of colostrum when I pump.

If he continues on this path, Tommy will be released in 2 weeks time!

Anyways, we are absolutely THRILLED, in LOVE, and EXHAUSTED.

Good luck to all the other mama's out there!
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for July 9, 2018
« Last post by jmomma on July 11, 2018 at 04:59 PM »
Oh man, I'm teeerrrible with songs, never remembering the singer/song name/lyrics lol. Basically what sticks with me is a good beat and the chorus  :P I really like classical music (instrumental classical, like Bach and Mozart type stuff) because it's so calming and makes me feel like my brain is being fed musically.

I'm 34+5 today, officially longer than I was pregnant with my last baby! I had a ton of contractions Saturday night, and was close to calling the on call OB, but they ended up subsiding eventually. Since then I've been having some somewhat painful ones in the evening, but nothing regular. I'm not sure I'll make it to 40, but I'm very glad I'm almost to 35. I'm hoping my chances of baby having to be in the NICU are becoming less and less, as my 34 weeker was only in for 12 days. I have an appointment on Friday and will bring up the contractions and see what they think. I'm getting very swollen and uncomfortable these days, but still very happy to be pregnant. People are so kind to me these days. Probably because they feel sorry haha.
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