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Irritable Uterus? Bedrest
« on: November 13, 2018 at 01:54 PM »
Hi all,

I am 26 weeks along with my second baby. I have a 3 year old son, and had two early miscarriages (5-6 weeks) before getting pregnant this time around. Everything was fine until around 22 weeks when I started having lots of Braxton Hicks and some super light spotting. Around 24 weeks i had consistent contractions that were 2 min apart, so went to labor and delivery and got a shot of turb and fluids which stopped the contractions. My doctor has put me on bedrest even though my cervix looks fine, placenta is normal, and baby is growing normally.

Just curious if anyone else has been put on bedrest for an "irritable uterus". I am totally willing to comply if it is necessary for a healthy baby, but it seems so extreme to me... It's been extremely hard to be in bed all day when I have an active son and I'm used to working part time.

Anyway, just curious if anyone has any input. I'm an occupational therapist so the idea of not moving around for 3 more months makes me nervous, but I want a healthy baby!


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Re: Irritable Uterus? Bedrest
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018 at 03:10 PM »
Hi Kluitt, I have a friable cervix and have been told to "take it easy".  My group of doctors do not advocate bedrest but if you look through the forum, tons of moms say that bedrest help them continue to carry their baby as far as they did.  I also have an active toddler (2 yo) and I know how difficult it is to just have time to sit.

I found out I had a short cervix around 22 weeks and was experiencing lots of Braxton Hicks and had some spotting.  I was going to chuck it up to pregnancy pains but decided to call my OB.  They had me come in and then referred to the U/S specialist and that's when I found out about my short cervix.  I don't think I would have found out otherwise.  I am now 25 weeks and taking progesterone suppositories. 

If cervix, placenta, and baby checked out fine yet Dr. recommends bedrest, I would say listen to your body and doctor.  Bedrest can sound intimidating but if you need the rest, rest - even if it means just sitting down for 10 minutes.  I think women (mamas) carry a lot on their shoulders and I wouldn't want you to feel responsible for any changes on the well-being of your thriving baby.  Good luck and keep us posted!