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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 28 weeks - 2nd Pregnancy
« Last post by Angela on April 25, 2018 at 06:32 PM »
Congrats on a stable cervix! Did they talk to you about anything you can do to increase the amniotic fluid, such as drinking a certain amount of water? Or how often you should lay on your side to increase blood flow, which will help with growth? I can't provide medical advice, but those might be some questions to ask.

It's so stressful, but I hope you can still stay optimistic. You first posted five weeks ago and here you are ... still cookin'.
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 23, 2018
« Last post by jmomma on April 25, 2018 at 11:55 AM »
23+5 here, only 2 more days until the 24 week mark. It's such a relief, and yet not that much of a relief because I'm still worried about a micro preemie at this stage.

But my last cervical check at 23 weeks showed I was still at 31mm, so I'm "off the hook" so to speak without more checks or any further treatment or restrictions at this point. I go back in 5 weeks for a growth scan, but that's it.

I have been feeling slight contractions here and there almost daily (just a few here and there, nothing painful and nothing steady), which is how it was with my 34 weeker, so that makes me a bit nervous. I didn't feel hardly any with my first (full term) the whole pregnancy. I think it's normal to feel them more with subsequent children though? Otherwise, no other signs of labor.

Congrats on the book Angela!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 28 weeks - 2nd Pregnancy
« Last post by Margueritevdw on April 25, 2018 at 06:44 AM »
Hi. I had my check up and baby is still not picking up enough. Also seems like the abdominal / head ratio is moving in the wrong direction and I have very little amniotic fluid left. My Dr sent me to another Dr for a second opinion and they agreed to wait until next week to re-evaluate, but they both think its likely that we will deliver early. Next week baby will be 34weeks. Efw @ 33weeks was 1.6kg.

I'm off the nefidipine now as my cervix is stable.
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Pregnancy Complications / Re: Short cervix 1.8 @ 19 weeks
« Last post by MrsB2 on April 25, 2018 at 06:33 AM »
Thanks so much ladies!

That’s brilliant - low risk! I am sure you will be able to start to relax now and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. You really are getting there now and beyond 28 weeks is amazing. Keeping my fingers crossed that all continues to go well and I look forward to hearing about your little baby when he/she arrives!
Xxx
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Hi! New to bedrest
« Last post by AlyssaS on April 24, 2018 at 01:37 PM »
Hey Sarah,

How are you doing today? I’m sorry that you ended up in L&Adam last week- that must have been scary and stressful. That’s great news about the negative FFN test.
Definitely hard on our husbands too. I wish mine would talk more- he’s been a rockstar- but quiet about everything going on.
I was 32 Weeks on Sunday- we are heading to the doctor this afternoon for our weekly appointment and they are also going to do an ultrasound to see how big the baby is.
Hope you are doing well today;) Talk later
Xo
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THANK YOU for this post x  I am having mono/di twin boys and my cevix went from 4cm to 2cm to 1 cm in 3 weeks.  I am 25 weeks today and holding at 1cm, cervix soft but closed and terrified.  Had a negative FFN last week which will be redone at 26 weeks.  If that is negative am hoping to get to 28 and then with meds maybe the 30s where neurological outcomes get so much better.
I am on modified bed rest but havent been out or up really in weeks my body aches from laying sideways.  only leave house for weekly appointments...this post is so reassuring thank you.  There is hope xxx
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If you are reading this I'm guessing you were like me, terrified, confused alone and wondering how to keep your baby safe.   You are NOT alone!  Join the keepemcookin chat at 2pm CST every Tuesday.  Find a community and look #incomepetentcervix up on FB. 

I found out I had scarring on my cervix that was causing funneling and a short cervix at 22 weeks.  I went in at 20 weeks and was 2.7 cm so the doctors scheduled a follow up for 2 weeks later.  At 22 weeks my cervix had shortened to 1.1 cm which the doctor said was 80% effaced, and I was too far along for cerclage.  A cerclage would have been to risky due to membranes in the funneling.  I panicked and cried and went to this forum and a few others. 

The doctor had me on strict bed rest and crinone for the remainder of my pregnancy up until 36 weeks.  I got up for the bathroom and to shower.  SBR is no joke.  I recommend buying everything you can on amazon - granola bars (you'll need a backpack full of them), water bottles (you will not get up to refill your water), nail clippers, pbj sandwiches, netflix (watch Parenthood if you haven't - lots of seasons and positive storyline), books, etc.  Recline on your car seat on the way to the doctor and elevate your pelivc bone to alleviate pelivic pressure whenever possible.  I put a pillow under me to elevate.  Try to keep your feet up. 


I did wish that I knew right away what shortened your cervix and what I should avoid.  So here is a list of things that do shorten your cervix-
 - Hot showers so take cold ones!
 - Walking and sitting upright so lay horizontal or at 45 degrees.  Purchase a bed rest pillow for back support.  There are a bunch on Amazon
 - Dates start uterus contraction so avoid those
 - Sex - sperm has prostaglandins in it which softens the cervix.  Sorry no sex until after you have a cute, adorable babe or 34-36 weeks
 - Anxiety - doesn't shorten your cervix but fear and anxiety can impact your baby so stay calm and stay positive.  Easier said then done, but listen to positive pregnancy podcasts and know that you can do this.  Other women have done it and you can too.

I had friends and family help out with meals and honestly heated up hot pockets and ate things that I could grab on way back from the bathroom and heat up in less than 5 minutes. 

4 months later I had my baby.  I made it to 41 weeks and 1 day and YOU CAN TOO!!  I was able to work from home every day which was  surprisingly great even though stressful, distraction.  It's so hard to be hopeful when you are so scared about your cervix, but know that this is the best thing for your baby.  You can do it.  You are strong and you are doing everything you can to protect that nugget.  Listen to meditiations on youtube, pray, listen to Parijat's calming presentation (she is on this website), read, and work if you can.  It's true that bed rest is basically two 12 hour days.  Split up your day if you can and know that every minute you are closer to a healthier baby. 

Best of luck and prayers to everyone on bed rest.  You can do it!  Just stay still and keep that baby cooking.  You are going to be an amazing mom!!
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 23, 2018
« Last post by Gethaline on April 23, 2018 at 07:34 PM »
congrats on the book!  i bought something similar on amazon for my 5 year old.  Id like to join live chat tomorrow.  Thx
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for April 23, 2018
« Last post by EnglishRose23 on April 23, 2018 at 02:09 PM »
We are celebrating 23 weeks today   :D

Fairly stable weekend after a very rough week of preterm labor last week.  Baby doing well,  my next check will be on Wednesday so hopefully I won't be anymore dilated.  Bad news is i'm pretty sure i've been losing my mucus plug the past few days but we are grateful to have made it this far.

@Angela, congrats on your book!!
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for April 23, 2018
« Last post by Angela on April 23, 2018 at 08:38 AM »
Happy Monday, ladies. I'm looking forward to your updates!

I have an exciting update today. I have co-authored a children's book. It's called "Stuck In Bed: The pregnancy bed rest picture book for kids ... and moms." It's about a boy whose mom is on bed rest and the questions he has, which are then answered optimistically by his mom. It's playful and fun, and then there are tips for moms for making the most of this time together. The Launch Party is Wednesday, and we'll have giveaways and will be reading the book live. You can find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stuckinbedbook/ Here's a link to it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HnPmNW

How have all of you been? What's coming up this week that you are looking forward to?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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