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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Wheelchair with cerclage
« Last post by SamRose on November 12, 2017 at 06:03 PM »
Thank you for the replies! My husband has been super over protective during all of our various complications. So when he came home one day and was like I have a surprise for you and it was a wheelchair.... I rolled my eyes and gave him a bemused smile.

It’s only been 5 days since the cerclage has been placed so I’ve been chillin in bed or on the couch only getting up to shower or pee and taking a short walk around the house to stretch my legs and keep the blood moving. I’m not quite ready to brave the outside world. One more week to 24, our first goal!
I had sch from week 8-16. I was on strict bedrest whenever there was active red bleeding and modified when it was spotting or brown. It did go away my high risk ob described mine as the layer between the amniotic sac and placenta separating and that area needed to fill up with something so it filled with blood. It eventually fused back together and all the blood reabsorbed or found its way out. It was scary but women with extremely large tears go on to delivery happy healthy babies.

As for the shortening cervix, you unfortunately don’t feel it getting shorter or opening up. It just needs to be monitored and measured via ultrasound. There are lots of success stories on here about bedrest buying you more oven time. As for what pain requires you to go to the hospital, I would ask your ob specifically what you should be on alert for. Period cramps and lower back pain from what I’ve read are the common descriptions for labor pains.

Hang in there!
Hi ladies,

I've found so many of your stories here encouraging and also very helpful to try and understand what is happening to me.
I have been on modified bedrest in the first trimester, because of two small placenta detachments,which have since healed (or so we thought) so I went back to work.

Week 19 I started bleeding heavily in the middle of the night. It was scary and I was traveling at the time so had to go to the maternity of the nearest hospital to find out if the tiny lady was still OK... She was but I had a large sub chorion bleed. I don't really know what it is, but it's been explained as a bleed between the placenta and the amniotic membrane. I was told to rest.

Back home I checked in with my Dr who put me on bedrest but told me not to worry too much, my cervix was still closed and 3.8cm

Check up a week later showed that the cervix was shortened to 3.3 cm and slightly open. I was put on strict bedrest (toilet "privileges" only) and have to take progesterone and magnesium. Apparently my uterus is contracting because of the blood, which is now surrounding most of the amniotic sack. And the blood also weakens the membranes. I'm really scared.

The little lady moves around a lot when my uterus is relaxed, but is still and scrunched up the rest of the time.

I was told to go to hospital if I have any pain or further bleeding. I don't know what constitutes "pain" exactly. My uterus is uncomfortable nearly 50% of the time, especially at night, but the pain is not as much as period cramps... So does that mean its OK? I feel it tightening up all the time. It's hard but not painful.

Is there any way of recognising if my cervix is shortening further or opening? Can you feel it when it happens? I just don't know how to recognise if I have to go to hospital or not... So I lie in bed obsessing over every twinge or pain not knowing what it means...

Any advise from you dear ladies would be much appreciated - even if it's just to tell me to stop being a wuss.

I have a lot of respect for the stories and strength I read about on these posts, thank you for sharing. And sorry this is such a long rant..

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Short Cervix at 26 weeks
« Last post by Angela on November 12, 2017 at 11:43 AM »
Hi, Taylor! I'm sorry I missed your post until now. You will see on here that we have had many women with a short cervix like yours make it to term when they're getting good care. It sounds like you and your OB are on top of it with progesterone suppositories and modified bedrest.

In my case, my cervix was 1.5 at 24 weeks. I had preterm labor with my first pregnancy, so I was getting the progesterone shots as a preventative measure starting at 16 weeks. Still, my cervix was shortening. So at 24 weeks I went on modified bedrest. I had several rounds of preterm labor, and I always went to the hospital to get checked out. I guess my biggest piece of advice is to listen to what your body is telling you, and never hesitate to call your OB with any questions or concerns.

Is this your first pregnancy?

Try to stay positive. You could still have many weeks of pregnancy ahead of you!

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Wheelchair with cerclage
« Last post by Angela on November 12, 2017 at 11:15 AM »
Hi, SamRose.

We have a few more responses for you, from some of our Twitter bedrest moms:

@Kaymo_Ma says:
I used it each time I went for appointments. Was on complete bed rest. Carried baby to nearly 38 weeks.

@lostgirl0983 says:
I haven’t needed it yet for appts, but I have used one so I could get out briefly with my husband and start a layaway for Christmas. I do have my hubs drop me off at the door now. No parking lots for me anymore.

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Cerclage placed
« Last post by kelsknob on November 12, 2017 at 01:54 AM »
Hi Samrose! I had my cerclage placed at 18 1/2 weeks due to 9mm cervix and funneling too. Unfortunately, my funneling didn’t go away. That’s great news that you are no longer funneling! I have been on modified bed rest since 21 weeks. I will be 27 weeks on Tuesday. If no one has told you yet, make milestones to reach that has helped me. Right now our next milestone is 28 weeks, however we are hoping to get into the 30s too! I’m sending positive vibes and thinking about you. Let’s keep these little ones cooking!!

Oh also, I’m on vaginal progesterone too and my doctor said just put it in like a tampon, if you’re using your finger, I just use the length of my finger and no more than that.

Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Snot like discharge
« Last post by SamRose on November 11, 2017 at 03:47 PM »
I just experienced that this morning. I had my cerclage placed a few days ago and up until today i haven’t had any discharge. From what I could find, as long as it doesn’t smell or isn’t bleeding enough to soak a pad it should be normal. That’s from my discharge paperwork and what the discharge nurse told me on Wednesday. I’ll still mention it to my doctor though.
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Wheelchair with cerclage
« Last post by Smittymelly on November 10, 2017 at 11:02 PM »
When I was on bed rest I would use a wheel chair for my weekly hospital appointments... other than that I was lying doe on the couch for 4 months.
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Wheelchair with cerclage
« Last post by SamRose on November 10, 2017 at 04:59 AM »
My husband brought home a wheelchair for me to use going to my checkups. Anyone else doing this?
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Cerclage placed
« Last post by SamRose on November 09, 2017 at 04:13 AM »
My cerclage was put in yesterday at 22 weeks 2 days. I was down to 9mm with funneling. After my recheck this morning my functioning cervix is at 1.4cm and the funneling completely closed giving me some cushion and bringing the total cervical length to 3.1cm yay! My doctor said we could loose the bonus length but not to worry as long as we don’t go below 1.4cm

I was discharged this afternoon and am home on modified bed rest. I can take periodic 10 minute breaks throughout the day to stretch my legs and keep the blood circulating. Otherwise I need to be in bed, laying on the couch, or resting in a recliner for the remainder of the pregnancy (which hopefully will be a good while longer) Fingers crosses we make it into the 30s.

I’m a little concerned about my vaginal progesterone and how far to insert it?
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