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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 23,2019
« Last post by Angela on Today at 06:54 AM »
Welcome to our new members! Thanks for joining, and I hope to see your Monday updates here each week! It's a great way to get to know the other bedrest moms.

So ladies, let us know how many weeks along you are. What are you looking forward to this week?

I hope we'll have a great turnout Thursday on the Live Chat. It's so much fun when we can get three or four moms on at  once. Please take a moment to set an alarm on your phone. See you there!

Keep 'em cookin'!

Live chat: Join us every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms.
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Short cervix with no bed rest?
« Last post by Daizy_Gurl on September 20, 2019 at 08:35 PM »
Personally I was on bed rest but I know my OB always discussed how bed rest isn’t conclusive and that we’d never know if it was bed rest that allowed me to successfully carry until 37.5 weeks.

I was diagnosed at 19 weeks with 2.4cm where pelvic rest , avoidance of lifting and progesterone was diagnosed. Then at 24 weeks 0.9cm with internal funneling when bedrest was prescribed and at 28 weeks it had progressed to being “non-existent”. My restrictions were lifted at 35weeks.

Wishing you all the best but my suggestion is if you feel bedrest would be best for you and your mental health then I would insist on it.
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Short cervix with no bed rest?
« Last post by jt512 on September 20, 2019 at 08:16 AM »
Hi ladies-

I lost my first pregnancy at 20 weeks after being found with a short cervix at my 18w ultrasound (1.8 cm). They started me on progesterone suppositories and pelvic rest. Within 2 weeks I went into labor and lost our baby girl.

After many miscarriages, I am pregnant again. Had prophylactic cerclage placed at 14 weeks, have been on Makena injections since 16 weeks and my cervix had been measuring >3cm all along. At my 24 week ultrasound, they found my cervix had shortened to 2.8 cm. At the time my MFM doc recommended pelvic rest, no heavy lifting, no strenuous exercise and said we'd recheck in 2 weeks but I pushed for a recheck in 1 week. At the 1 week recheck (3 days ago) it was 1.5cm. Upon exam, they said my cervix is still closed and don't recommend any change in treatment. I asked about bed rest again and they recommend against it. I am getting a second opinion this week.

Is anyone here with a short cervix and who is NOT on bed rest? If so- I need some encouragement! How many weeks before you delivered? I am so worried that not being on bed rest could make things worse and that I'll deliver way earlier than if I wasn't on bed rest.  I'm in the medical field and know all about the research that says that bed rest might not necessarily help/could do more harm, but I am still terrified.

Any encouragement or advice would help. Thanks in advance
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 16, 2019
« Last post by Orla on September 18, 2019 at 12:09 PM »
Hi everyone
I’ve been in hospital for 36 days today due to bleeding from placenta previa.  It’s mostly been quiet but I had a huge hemorrhage last Friday with a trip to L&D and so close to emergency c section. Thankfully both bleeding and contractions stopped and I’m still pregnant, 32 weeks and 5 days today. Anyone else going through anything similar?
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 16, 2019
« Last post by Angela on September 16, 2019 at 07:59 AM »
Hello, ladies!

How is everyone doing? How many weeks are you? Any surprise trips to L&D last week? And who is holding smooth and steady? I'm looking forward to your updates!

Keep 'em cookin'!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 9, 2019
« Last post by Angela on September 09, 2019 at 08:45 AM »
Hi, ladies!

I thought I'd do a fun question this week, to help keep you focused on the end goal: What do you dream of doing with your baby someday? Is there a certain activity? A hobby you'd like to share? A place to go? Tell us!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

*We won't have a Live Chat this week. I will be at the National Coalition for Infant Health Summit. See you next week for the Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Thursday.
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short Cervix Twin success story
« Last post by Umar on September 05, 2019 at 05:36 AM »
Hello there

I am so happy to read your story..i motivates me and my wife..we had conceived first twins in 2018 November but they had to do induce labor to remove the babies because my wife was havin high bp and went into preeclampsia stage so we had to discide to deliever the babies which didnt survive...we got the good news again this year tat she is pregnanct with twins everythin was going normal till 21 week wehn my doctor said that she would be needing cervical cerclage as the cervix is opened a bit..till now she is javing full bed rest  babies are healthy thank god..we sre keepin a close eye on bp wich is controlled..she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes 2 weeks before she is tkain medicine fir thst as well its almost under cintrol too...and her fever is between 37.3 to 37.5 it at times jumpes to 37.8 but doctor says nuthin ti worry abt ..she is in full bed rest and hopin to hold my babies would be kind enuf to share any kind of info which can help me and my wife to get thru this tough time rest is whatever god wills
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for September 2, 2019
« Last post by Angela on September 02, 2019 at 10:23 AM »
Happy Labor Day! Tell your babies not to get any wild ideas.  ;)

My kids are heading back to school tomorrow. Anyone else? My "bed rest babies" are both middle-schoolers.

I've noticed that our turnout for the Thursday Live Chats has been low. Is there something about the chats that we could do differently? Would you like to receive a reminder e-mail? Just let me know... Your participation is what makes it work. Thanks!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New and trying not to stress
« Last post by Angela on September 01, 2019 at 11:08 AM »
Hi, Val. Hi, Grace.

How are you both doing? Still cookin'? I'd love to hear an update and I'm sure many other moms visiting the site would, too. Your post has been read by 195 people! Staying connected is what will get you through!  :)
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Short Cervix Twin success story
« Last post by Maymay86 on August 31, 2019 at 05:24 AM »

The stories on this site kept me going through this incredibly difficult pregnancy. I promised myself that if I had a good outcome, I would write my story here to give other ladies in my position hope.

I learned I was having twins at my first trimester ultrasound and I knew this would not be an easy pregnancy. I already have two girls, both whom I had to have a cerclage for. The first I made it to 37 weeks, with a 3 week stint on hospital bedrest (funneled down to stitch at 24 weeks) and home bed rest the rest of the time. and the second to 38 weeks with a two day stint at 26 weeks for the same reason.

I always go down to the stitch Around 20-24 weeks. I should mention I lost my first baby at 23w6 when I was diagnosed with incompetent cervix.

My cervix has been through so much, and this twin pregnancy was not what it wanted. At 13 weeks I had a preventative Macdonald stitch which failed by 18 weeks because I was dilated to 3cm. I had to have an emergency cerclage, that one removed and re placed higher and with strict bed rest I made it to 28weeks before I started contracting and eventually bleeding.

I was at the hospital and on magnesium drip for two weeks before my cervix began to tear through as baby A was putting too much pressure on it. Exactly at 30 weeks they had to cut the stitch which caused my cervix to dilate to 5cm immediately. My water broke soon after and I delivered twin boys at 30 weeks. They were in the NICU for 47 days and now, two months later have no pre term related health issues.

I’m so glad I made it and have my healthy boys sleeping here. This journey had been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, from 2 months bed rest to NICU stint, but my advice is to do the bed rest! Don’t listen to the docs that say it is not proven to help, because that, the stitch and progesterone are what kept my boys in.

Good luck to anyone going through it and remember you are lot alone.
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