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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by littlemissamanda on June 25, 2018 at 09:30 PM »
So late to the news. Congratulations, EnglishRose. Hope your little one is continuing to do well and your NICU stay is as short as possible.
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 25, 2018
« Last post by Angela on June 25, 2018 at 12:14 PM »
Welcome to another Monday Roll Call!

I know it can be tough to stay motivated, so I thought it might be good to share the things that brighten your day most. For me, the highlights of bed rest were negative FFN tests, seeing my babies on ultrasound, and having my husband paint my toenails. One night he set up a "romantic" dinner on a card table next to our bed. We called it "dinner on the terrace." What keeps you going?

And as always, let us know how many weeks along you are and if you have any appointments to look forward to this week. If you had any appointments last week or any trips to L&D last week, let us know how those went.
 
Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Placenta Previa at 14 weeks and counting
« Last post by Lauren on June 25, 2018 at 03:59 AM »
Great article! Thanks for sharing :)
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Placenta Previa at 14 weeks and counting
« Last post by KateL on June 25, 2018 at 12:11 AM »
Came across this article from a year ago (so maybe it's been posted already, elsewhere on this forum), but it gave me some additional helpful things to think about in the context of bedrest and high-risk pregnancy. I love what the writer said: "There is no primer for how to be a high-risk pregnant woman." Every woman's story is different, and there is no crystal ball to tell you how your own story will go. That said, I found some really reassuring insights here. Thought I'd share this, hoping it will encourage some of you ladies, too: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-high-risk-pregnant-women-need-to-hear_us_5890d278e4b04c35d5835354
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here! 18 wks
« Last post by Lauren on June 21, 2018 at 08:32 PM »
I am/was in a similar situation to you - previous loss at 24 weeks, and high anxiety throughout this pregnancy.

A few things helped me get through the second trimester. 

One was to repeat the mantras:

"This baby will be happy, healthy, thriving, and FULL TERM".

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"This is a different pregnancy, a different baby, a different story with a different ending".

Another thing that has helped immensely is this support group as well as a few forums on Facebook, including one called "Incompetent Cervix".  I especially like participating in the Tuesday chats on this group that begin at 2pm EST.

Finally, after a long stint on bedrest starting at 16 weeks and an already established relationship with an amazing therapist, my family doctor and OB conferred and decided that it would be best for my mental health to be on anti-anxiety medication.  I was prescribed a low-dose of Celexa which is pregnancy safe with a very low dependency rate.  If your anxiety is really getting to you, I would suggest talking to your doctor about that.  I've been waking up happy every day since the meds took full effect, with the exception of one trigger day.

Wishing you all the best as you count down to your goals and eventually make it to full term!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / New here! 18 wks
« Last post by Emilymychal on June 21, 2018 at 04:34 PM »
Hello all,

I just joined this forum and thought I'd introduce myself. My first child was a 24 weeker due to spontaneous preterm labor. He's now 8 and healthy. I'm currently 18w3d with my second pregnancy and it seems the closer I get to 24, the more nervous I get about being able to make it that far, if that makes sense. I am on progesterone suppositories and get transvaginal ultrasounds every other week. Hoping to find wisdom and comfort in this community as I navigate this pregnancy!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Placenta Previa at 14 weeks and counting
« Last post by KateL on June 21, 2018 at 03:47 AM »
Lauren, thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm so sorry for your loss of your earlier pregnancy. And yet what an amazing thing to have made it this far with your current pregnancy, defying the odds, as you say. This is really encouraging and inspiring. Thank you, as well, for your suggestions for coping with the strains of bedrest and so much uncertainty. I agree with you that keeping to a physical routine will help, moving from bed to couch, etc., and I will give that a try. I really appreciate your comments. Continued good luck to you!!
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by jmomma on June 20, 2018 at 04:59 PM »
Congratulations on making it this far EnglishRose! Prayers that your NICU stay goes well and your baby grows and thrives.
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for June 18, 2018
« Last post by jmomma on June 19, 2018 at 05:54 PM »
31+4 today. I'm not on any restrictions, but have been laying pretty low as it's gotten hotter. I get pretty swollen in the heat, so try not to do much. I have all this motivation to hang out with friends, but after a full day with the kids, I just want them in bed early and want to relax on the couch watching TV or reading, so that's what I've been doing lately haha. I'm very much looking forward to being able to exercise again though. As much as it's nice to take it easy, I just want to be active again.

I should be able to make the chat, I actually remembered today.
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Placenta Previa at 14 weeks and counting
« Last post by Lauren on June 19, 2018 at 03:29 PM »
Hi Kate,

I can’t offer much about placenta Previn, but I can relate to what you are going through with bedrest and the hard feelings that come with it (full story: pregnancy complications —> sludge/contractions/short cervix - 16 weeks)

This is my second pregnancy, with a previous loss at 24 weeks. I’ve been on bedrest since 16 weeks. My prognosis was not good. On top of incompetent cervix, I had a few other complications that made this pregnancy very high risk. I don’t believe that either of my OBs thought I’d make it to 24 weeks. I spent many days in my second trimester fighting through anxiety and sadness, over my loss and the potential loss of this pregnancy. It was incredibly difficult.

My family doctor, in consultation with my OB, eventually prescribed an anti-anxiety medication (Celexa), which has helped immensely. After 24 weeks, I started to see a huge difference in my emotional state. Things were starting to look up.

Somehow I’ve defied the odds and we have made it to 30+5.

I’m still on bedrest, but have developed a routine that keeps things “normal”. I find that getting dressed each day and changing locations for the day (bed to couch in the living room) makes life a little more bearable. Not sure if you’re able to do that on SBR, but could be something to look into.

I’m so sorry to hear that you are dealing with bedrest and uncertaintly, and while not being able to fully take care of your little one and work. Sounds like you have some great supports on your side to help you get through this.

Wishing you all the best!
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