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Trackmonkey

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26+5 & Counting!!
« on: May 03, 2011 at 02:10 PM »
Where to begin!?!?! I'm new to this site and hope to gain support through this difficult process.

My husband and I lost our first child at 22 weeks in October 2009. The amniotic fluid became infected and I gave birth to her. Although, she did not make it long, she defied the doctor's guesses on how long we would have with her. We had a precious two hours and twenty two minutes with her. Our precious Kylee Amanda sure was a fighter!! We were able to work through the emotions together and received peace from our Savior, Jesus Christ. During a time of such great turmoil, we were so thankful for our relationship with Him!

Needless to say, we took some time to heal and tried having children again in July/August 2010. We became pregnant right away, but had a miscarriage shortly thereafter. It was challenging, but for us, it would have been harder to lose the baby again at further gestation. We were on vacation during the miscarriage and that was also difficult. The doctor gave us a green light to try again whenever we were ready and we decided to try right away. We became pregnant right away again and this pregnancy is the one we are fighting to get further along.

The pregnancy appeared to be going by the books. No problems at all and I appeared to be healthy. We went to a high risk specialist at 12 weeks to discuss testing options and opted against testing. We then began seeing the specialist at 16 weeks at two week intervals. Due to our previous loss, they wanted to watch us more closely. Thankfully, my OB and the high risk specialist work closely together and are a great team. I then went to the 18 week appointment and my cervix was opening and baby was head down. This was a HUGE surprise and we had no idea!!! We were rushed to the hospital for monitoring and to have a cerclage placed.

The cerclage was placed at 18 weeks 5 days. The surgery went according to plan and they were able to get 2.5 cm of my cervix. I was on bedrest at home for two weeks after that and was able to go back to work on light duty for the following two weeks. My doctor put me on Nifedipine around 20 weeks as needed if contractions continued. At that point, they were occurring regularly in the evenings. However, at 22 weeks I was back on bedrest at home due to a trip to Labor and Delivery for increased contractions and also began taking Nifedipine every six hours. In the next two weeks I found myself in L&D two more times. Again, due to increased contractions. I was admitted into the hospital for observation at 23 weeks 5 days. My doctor then determined I would be on bedrest at the hospital and the risk of having the baby in the next two weeks was extremely high.

They prepared my husband and I the best they could with information on pre-term birth, survival rates at this young gestation and I received steroid shots to help mature the baby's lungs. It was also determined I have Strep B and was given antibiotics for two days. We have defied the doctor's and are currently at 26 weeks 5 days!!! We are praying for a full-term baby and so thankful for each day our baby girl remains safe in the womb. Each day decreases her time in the NICU. The plan currently is to reevaluate at every two weeks to determine if I will be released or remain in the hospital. I have a hunch my doctor will be pretty conservative due to our previous loss.

Doing well for the most part on bedrest at the hospital and some days are better than others. I am currently able to take showers and go to the restroom on my own and can also do a 20 minute wheelchair ride outside. :) We did the glucose test for gestational diabetes today and I passed so glad I don't have to modify my diet!!

Phew!! That was a book!!! At any rate, I look forward to getting to know your stories and find inspiration in them! It's a long road, but so glad we have an option to be on bedrest at the hospital to save our baby's life!

CHALLENGES: Hospital food and upcoming Mother's Day.
PRAISES: 26+5 today, support from my husband and a steady flow of visitors.
Due Date: 8/4/11
Cerclage placed at 18 weeks.
Bedrest at home weeks 18-20 and 22-24.
Bedrest at the hospital at 24 weeks.
One live birth at 22 weeks. Our precious Angel baby, Kylee Amanda.
One miscarriage at 7 weeks.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Phillipians 4:13

Preemie Prints

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Re: 26+5 & Counting!!
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011 at 10:23 PM »
Wow what an inspiring story! Hang in there :) You are the best mom in the world right now to your little one, that is a reason to celebrate even though it is in the hospital! Hopefully you will have some small surprise that will bring joy to your day! God bless!!

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Re: 26+5 & Counting!!
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011 at 06:55 AM »
Dear Trackmonkey,

What a terrible loss you have been through and what a rough time you are going through right now - I hope with all my heart that she stays there for many weeks to come.

And congratulations on passing the Glucose test - I passed mine today as well :-)

Best Regards/Line
Due date: 16/7/2011
3th pregnancy
2 previous early losses
Placed on bedrest this pregnancy @22+6 weeks for Cervical shortening

Fields of gold

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Re: 26+5 & Counting!!
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2011 at 08:24 AM »
I hear you on the hospital food - can anyone bring you in food? I had to do that after awhile because I couldn't eat what they were trying t feed me and my moral was really low and I needed to feed the baby.

Trackmonkey

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Re: 26+5 & Counting!!
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011 at 09:46 PM »
Thanks for the words of encouragement and ideas, everyone! We're still hanging in there!

A few friends do bring in food here and there, and I look forward to those days especially!
   
Due Date: 8/4/11
Cerclage placed at 18 weeks.
Bedrest at home weeks 18-20 and 22-24.
Bedrest at the hospital at 24 weeks.
One live birth at 22 weeks. Our precious Angel baby, Kylee Amanda.
One miscarriage at 7 weeks.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Phillipians 4:13