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mekvien

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Im back with baby #4
« on: May 09, 2018 at 07:16 PM »
Cant say Im excited to be here again  :-[ but thankful for the support.  Id hoped this pregnancy were going to be different...easier.  But alas, here I am at 26 weeks on modified bedrest again.  I say modified because no matter what doctors orders, its impossible for me to be on real bedrest with my 4 and not even 2 year olds here.  Went to L&D yesterday for intense contractions and downward pressure.  It was so bad I couldnt walk to my kitchen without seriously feeling like this little girl was going to fall out.  I get multiple contractions an hour, every day.  They checked my cervix, im about 1cm dilated and 40% effaced (last time I was checked before my cervix was at 2 cm).  Im on progesterone injections but other than that, nothing else has or is being done to prevent further cervix changes.  Im scared.  I want very much to make it to August 1 (due Aug 12) at the least but seems like thats years away.  It would be the longest ive ever carried, so although it seems like a far cry to hope for, I am hoping anyway!! 

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018 at 09:12 PM »
How far did you make it with your others? I'm also 1cm dilated 50% effaced since my last L&D trip at 22 weeks. Have stayed more or less stable since then though. I hear you on the modified bedrest, I only have my 4 year old at home, but parenting from the couch/bed is challenging on his best days. We hired a babysitter to come and help on my "bad" days when I'm having stronger contractions or other symptoms so I can at least be completely off my feet when it is most important. Can't afford the care, but it is still cheaper than the hospital bills that come with a preemie so trying to look at it as an investment! Hope you have some friends/family you can reach out to for extra help with your little ones. I'm due August 20th so we are very close  ;D

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2018 at 12:38 AM »
We lost our first son at 36 + 6 during birth  :'( and I was in preterm labor with him.  Our second son came after preterm labor and steroid shots and the whole gammit, at 35 + 5.  I had my daughter at 38 weeks with P17 injections.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2018 at 12:13 PM »
I'm sorry to hear you're in the bed rest club again.  :( Good for you for going to get checked out right away. I think that is going to be a big part of you cookin' as many weeks as possible. Any time something has changed, and of course if you're having contractions, always call. I know you will stay on top of it.

Will you be able to line up childcare of some sort? For me, I called it a patchwork of helpers: parents, siblings, college students. It was tough to patch together, but I had help for a large part of each day. I stayed on a futon in the family room so that I could still be a part of the action. It can be so hard.

We will certainly be here for you!

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2018 at 07:52 PM »
So sorry for your loss. For that to happen so late in pregnancy it must be hard to feel like you've  reached "safety" at any point.

Glad the P17 got you there with your daughter. Sometimes those shots feel so hopeless to me when I'm threatening preterm labor anyway, so it is reassuring to read about you making it to term with their help! I will be following your story and hope to see you make it to your August 1st goal!!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2018 at 11:25 PM »
Thank you ladies!  Ill be 27 weeks tomorrow.  I do put my kids in daycare a few days a week which really helps, but I still have to get them ready and drive them there and/or pick them up and do bedtime routine.  I have another ultrasound at 32 weeks to check growth of the babe and measure my cervix, but thats so far away.  My kids are SO busy (almost 2 and just turned 4), its exhausting!!  I now look forward to Mondays because I have daycare help!  And I can work my business from bed, which is a TOTAL blessing.