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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Safety of vistaril
« Last post by banjo1243 on September 27, 2017 at 07:58 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm new here. I was admitted to the hospital at 23 weeks 6 days for preterm labor. It does not appear cervical insufficiency was the cause, but my cervix was shortened by contractions that were effective enough to cause me to dilate. They managed to stop labor at the hospital with magnesium and indocin. They also started offering vistaril to me, to help with uterine irritability. I stayed in the hospital 10 days; I'm now home and 25 weeks 4 days.

My question is: what experiences do you have with vistaril? The doctors assured me up and down that it is safe, and that it has been prescribed for 40+ years for circumstances like mine. But, I have since read that it is a category C drug, and have heard from one OBGYN who said she does not prescribe it, has not encountered it in her career, and that it is not an evidence-based intervention.

Thoughts? Thank you!
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« Last post by Angela_Unglued on September 26, 2017 at 08:21 PM »
Thank you Andrea. It is a struggle definitely. Especially with young children that don't understand and still need us to do not mommy things for them. My toddler is also exhausting usually. Today he was calm, thanks to TV but it is only my first day of adjustment and I know he won't always want to sit around doing nothing with me. My husband helps but he works and when he comes home I know he is stressing.
I hope things go well for you and your contractions stop. Although this isnt my first time pregnant, I am having a hard time differentiating between contractions or just back pain due to laying on uncomfortable furniture. Intuition tells me it's the latter but I'm so paranoid right now lol.
Thinking positive thoughts for you and everyone here.
Can I ask, what is SCH?
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« Last post by andreak on September 26, 2017 at 05:17 PM »
Welcome Angelaunglued! I wish none of needed this support and we all had normal pregnancies, but alas, that is not the case. Good for you for sticking to the restrictions, I keep finding it hard and I'm going slightly stir crazy.

I'm on bedrest since 7 weeks when a SCH was discovered and given my history they didn't want to take any chances. Now that contractions have started in the last few days, I have been trying to take it as easy as possible. Definitely a little nervous but trying to stay positive!
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« Last post by Angela_Unglued on September 26, 2017 at 12:13 PM »
Hi I am a little late as I just became aware of issues I'm having about 24hrs ago. I am 24 weeks with a baby girl as of yesterday with my 3rd pregnancy. First resulted in stillbirth of my daughter at 26 weeks and 2nd was a relatively normal pregnancy resulting in my healthy full-term rainbow son, who will be turning 4 in November.
I have a shortened cervix measuring at 1.5cm and some funneling of membrane. My midwife has deferred care to the Dr and I will see her next Thursday after using Progesterone suppositories. I am on modified bedrest now. No work, no intercourse, no exercise, no outings, no bending, lifting, etc. and advised to be off of my feet as much as possible. I am allowed only to leave home for any reason but once a day as living on the 3rd floor makes the stairs an issue. I am also refraining from cooking and cleaning. It is a very different lifestyle I am not used to as I do a lot for my active toddler and my husband with back problems.
Another thing I am doing is trying to stay positive and not stress. I keep telling myself, One day at a time. But I am also very depressed and scared so it is hard to keep pushing that away.
I will try to make it to the chat today at 2. I hope to get to know many ladies who know what I'm going through and learn from and support each other.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / 24 weeks and sCL
« Last post by Angela_Unglued on September 26, 2017 at 10:11 AM »
I am new here as just yesterday at scan it was discovered that my cervical length is drastically shortened to 1.5cm, so I'm kind of freaking out and depressed and stressing but as I hear that that doesn't help my case so I'm here looking for shared wisdom from others who have been there. Right now I am feeling torn in from guilt that I am usually the one doing everything for my husband and toddler but now I have to relinquish that for a bit.
I'm also depressed and jealous that I couldn't have a "normal" pregnancy like so many ladies before me. Although with my previous pregnancy with my son the only issues were a low lying placenta during 4th month and gestational diabetes but before that we suffered a loss at 26 wks due to umbilical cord accident with my first daughter. My family was devastated and I never want to lose my babies again.
This baby is doing well but I have so much uncertainty as this challenge is a brand new one for me and I know how bad things can go. I am looking for positivity and hope but also looking to be informed and prepared.
Pregnancy Complications / Re: HBR due to dilation; talk of sending me home at 32w??
« Last post by aciric on September 26, 2017 at 08:38 AM »
Hi there,
At my 20 weeks US cervix was 2.4. My doctors didn’t recommend a cerclage at that time but I was put on progesterone suppositories and strict bedrest at home. At my 22 week cervix was 2.2 and at my 24 ultrasound I was diagnosed with dynamic cervix varying from 1.7-2.2. They checked me one more time at 26 weeks and my cervix was 0.7-1.7. I have been on strict bedrest at home since 20 weeks when we caught the cervix shortening. I was hospitalized a few times with premature contractions and thankfully, they never caused any cervical changes or dilation.  Also, magnesium worked every time and they slowed down. I was also put on procardia because I have an irritable uterus too so that has been helping my contractions as well. I am currently 34+2 and doing good at home on bedrest. My doctor is going to take me off all medications around 36 weeks and we will see how much longer after that I will go into labor. Throughout this whole experience, I have always been told that it is better to have a dynamic than an incompetent cervix because the incompetent constantly shortens and the dynamic one goes back and forth like a sponge. Hang in there, and keep cooking baby :) I took my home bed rest very serious, because I was also scared of not being monitored at the hospital and it totally worked for me to get me as far as I am now. Hope this helps to give you some positive reassurance!
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« Last post by Angela on September 25, 2017 at 10:25 PM »
Hi, Andrea. I'm so glad you joined our group! Can you tell us why you've already been placed on bedrest? Any issues so far, like contractions or a short cervix? Or is it because of challenges with past pregnancies? It's sounds like you've had some tough times before.

How long have you been on bedrest? How are your children adjusting so far? I hope you don't mind all the questions. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and I'm sure many other bedrest moms will be keeping an eye on you!  ;)
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for September 18, 2017
« Last post by JessicaRN2009 on September 25, 2017 at 08:43 PM »
After 5 months of bedrest, 6 1/2 weeks of that in the hospital.  I had my cerclage removed on Wednesday the 13th. Baby girl decided to come on our wedding anniversary 9/15.  She was 36+3,No NICU time, thank goodness.

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for september 25, 2017.
« Last post by andreak on September 25, 2017 at 07:57 PM »
Hey everyone! I'm 16 weeks pregnant tomorrow with baby number 5. Modified bedrest at home because honestly my high risk drs don't know what to do with me. So one day at a time, keep on keeping on! I've got 3 littles that I homeschool from my couch and then the toddler who makes everything exhausting. How can one little girl be more tiring than the 3 older ones combined?! This week is my last with my family dr, high risk takes me from Oct. 1st on. I've always prayed for one low key non eventful pregnancy, but it's not in the cards. Happy to be here and get to know all of you!!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Where to begin?
« Last post by andreak on September 25, 2017 at 07:46 PM »
Hi everyone! My name is Andrea and this isn't my first rodeo. I'm 16 weeks pregnant tomorrow with baby number 5. The longest I've kept a baby in is 36 weeks and the shortest is 32 weeks. I'm basically on bedrest from start to finish, although around 32 weeks I stop caring as much and start doing stuff again. My story is a little unique in as much as my cervix never dilates. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and have had 2 strokes while pregnant, making my high risk drs shake their heads when I come back again a few years later. Anyway, I'm initially put on bedrest for SCH and just the fact that my muscles start to act strangely. Then around 18-20 weeks I start contracting. Strong, timeable contractions. My cervix spasms shut, so no worries there, but after months of such constant and painful contractions, either I end up with a placenta abruption or baby goes into distress because they just can't handle the contractions any longer.  So that's pretty much it. We are just waiting for the craziness to start and hoping and praying we can keep the contractions at bay for as long as possible. Oh, and as a side note, the latest I can go is 37 weeks (although I've never made it that far) because I develop cholestasis where my liver shuts down and poisons me and baby. So, fun times all around. Very glad to be here and to have found a support for the many more weeks I'm going to be stuck on this couch!
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