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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Placenta Previa at 14 weeks and counting
« Last post by KateL on June 19, 2018 at 02:27 AM »
Hello All,

I'm new to the forum and am happy to have found you. I'm 37 years old and 19w pregnant tomorrow with a baby boy. I've been on home bedrest for nearly 5 weeks now (strict bedrest the last 4 weeks). I was surprised at 14w with bright red bleeding and lightheadedness, and thought it was a miscarriage. The ultrasound showed that the baby was doing fine, and that I had placenta previa. A subsequent ultrasound at 15w showed a hematoma in addition to the previa.

At first, my OB was optimistic that the placenta previa might resolve as the pregnancy progresses. My latest ultrasound at 17w2d showed no hematoma, but no progress with the placenta previa (in fact, the previa was clearly shown as complete). The doctor is now anticipating this will be a condition I have throughout the pregnancy. If I stop bleeding for 2 weeks, the doctor said, we can talk about increasing my activity level somewhat.

However, I've been bleeding virtually every day for the past 5 weeks. Usually it's dark red / brown blood, but that took a frightening turn around the time of my anatomy scan at 17w2d. The day after the scan, I started bleeding pretty heavily, bright red, which lasted for 3 days. I monitored it under consultation with the doctor and then finally went to the hospital on the third day. Baby was still doing fine, my iron and blood count levels were good, and I was told there is nothing to do but rest at home, at this point.

I've continued with moderate, dark red / brown bleeding every day, throughout the day. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I may be on strict bedrest throughout the rest of this pregnancy. If I can make it to 36 weeks, I'll have a c-section at that time.

I have a vivacious 19-month-old daughter. I work full-time, and I'm fortunate to have a job that has allowed me to work from home during bedrest--though it hasn't always been easy to concentrate, with the emotional ups and downs of this condition. We also have a wonderful nanny who has continued to look after our daughter during the week. So I have been able to do the strict bedrest pretty well, to keep up my usual work schedule from home, and there has been relatively minimal disruption to our daughter's life. I'm trying to focus on all of the positives right now, and often this is enough. But I also cycle through periods of fear and sadness over the sheer uncertainty of this condition and the pregnancy as a whole, and how difficult bedrest has been (I've always relied on exercise to help me deal with stress, and it's really hard not to have recourse to that right now). Like I said, I'm grateful to have found this forum and to be able to hear your stories, as well.
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by Jadeandrainbowbub on June 18, 2018 at 10:24 PM »
Congratulations! I am so glad your little girl is doing well! :) You did so well to get as far as u did! I hope your NICU journey is uneventful and you can take your bubba home soon :)
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for June 18, 2018
« Last post by Lauren on June 18, 2018 at 04:24 PM »
Hi all!

We usually have friends over in the evening and invite them for dinner. I love cooking and after years of practice, experimentations, and failures, I’ve become pretty skilled in the kitchen and my friends know it! But since I’m on BR, I’m unable to cook or make things that are beyond basic. So, instead, we’ve been doing cooking lessons, and I instruct the guests from the couch (I have a clear view of the kitchen). The bonus is that we have a great time cooking together, we eat delicious food, and my friends walk away with new skills and recipes.

Recently, I’ve been able to move around a little more and have been enjoying meals and tea outside on the patio. Yesterday a few friends came over and we made acrylic dirty pour paintings together (so fun, so easy, and you can do it easily while sitting).

I’m unsure if I will be able to make the chat tomorrow as a friend is coming over for lunch. Will do my best to say hi!

Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 18, 2018
« Last post by Angela on June 18, 2018 at 03:24 PM »
We're closing in on the official start of summer! It's exciting to see time passing, but I know it can be a tough time as friends and family are having cookouts and weddings while you're stuck at home. This is a time when it is especially important to invite people over so that you don't feel quite so left out. Does anyone have suggestions on things you can do when visitors come over?

I'm looking forward to your updates! Hope to see you all on the Live Chat tomorrow.

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Pregnancy Complications / Re: Progesterone side effects
« Last post by OBmom on June 18, 2018 at 12:32 PM »
Hey ladies.

Just a quick note to put your minds at ease.
Progesterone levels measurement isn't routine before starting treatment. That's because progesterone levels in your blood don't necessarily reflect what's happening locally. Since absorption is so focalized, no significant rises in blood levels are expected.
What CAN happen however is that progesterone increases your respiratory frequency. This is more common in the first trimester, and your head processes this as "a need to breathe more often and more shallow". Basically anything goes to up your metabolism and help get more oxygen for Baby.

Just relax and enjoy the help your cervix is getting! =)
Pregnancy Complications / Re: Progesterone side effects
« Last post by Lauren on June 18, 2018 at 03:18 AM »
Hi Charlotte,
I am also on progesterone suppositories (200mg), but I have not experienced shortness of breath. Bloating in the first trimester and an increase in discharge.
My doctors didn’t test my progesterone levels, either.
I would definitely bring this up at your next appointment!
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« Last post by Lauren on June 18, 2018 at 03:16 AM »
Glad to hear that your little girl is doing well!
Wishing you the shortest possible stay in the NICU!
Wow, I’ve never heard of such a dynamic cervix!

Glad you were able to run through all of your options with your doctor. Hopefully the progesterone and bed rest helps alleviate some of the contractions.

I’ve also been experiencing contractions/tightenings throughout this pregnancy. To our knowledge, they are only Braxton Hicks, although they started so early, who knows what influence they’ve had on my cervix.

Anyways, glad to hear you’ve reached the 20 week mark! Keep us posted on your progress!
Quick update, holding on at 20+4!
At our weekly scan last week we had some interesting developments. My OB has diagnosed me with a dynamic/incompetent cervix - she said she’s never seen one so dynamic in her career. The technician actually took a video of our ultrasound which showed my CL at 3.1cm which, in a matter of seconds, funnelled down to <1cm (almost to the base of the cervix) and then a few seconds later it closed right up, back to 2.9cm. It was pretty remarkable to watch. While this was happening I was experiencing some tightening in my abdomen. My OB was happy that we did not place a cerclage because the rapid movement and funnelling would have continually pulled at the stitch.
Unfortunately this means there aren’t any (additional) interventions we can try at this point but my OB was happy with the progress we’ve made so far. Looks like bed rest and progesterone are gonna be my BFFs for a while (fingers crossed). The pessary idea didn’t fly due to the limited evidence available and the OB did not want to increase risk of infection when the CL gets as low as it does.
Some days are good, on others I feel like the tightening increases, particularly at night. For those that have contractions or tightening, do you feel like the progesterone starts to wear off as you approach your next dose? Just hope we are able to keep cooking for many weeks to come. The uncertainty of it all is overwhelming sometimes.

Hope all of you mamas are doing well!
Pregnancy Complications / Progesterone side effects
« Last post by Charlotte on June 18, 2018 at 12:46 AM »
Hi ladies

I'm a week into using my nightly 100 mg progesterone pessaries. About three days after I first started I experienced a sudden shortness of breath. It's been gradually increasing day by day and to the point where I can now feel it even at complete rest. I have continued to take them daily.

I was just doing some research of my own before I go back to see my doctor tomorrow and came across some forum discussions where women who were taking progesterone with their IVF treatment had experienced similar shortness of breath. Also just googling "shortness of breath" + "pregnancy" indicates that in a normal pregnancy it may be the increased progesterone that causes shortness of breath for a lot of women.

Anyone else experience this? Could it be that I have too much progesterone now? My doctor didn't actually test my levels before he put me on the pessaries but I'm not sure if it's standard practice to do so? Were any of you guys tested beforehand?

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