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post #201 of 264
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hugs arlene!

thank you all for the continued support of one another. i am home...amelia's in the nicu. so, i'm crazy busy. my birth story is here if you are interested. welcome to emily and mandy.

hugs arlene!! thinking of you.

can't wait for birth stories from cali, dani, arlene, amanda! everyone is so close!
post #202 of 264
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Originally Posted by star*mora View Post
being at the hospital definitely made me want this homebirth even more,
This is exactly the way I feel after last Friday. I'm sorry you are having a rough time-7 days, though, that's fantastic!

Amelia is beautiful...I can't believe how big she is! Praying your NICU time is short lived.

My test was negitive so yay for no preterm labor right now! My mw had me start epsom salt baths and I cannot believe how well they work to relax me and slow my contractions WAY down. I was skeptical but...wow...they got me through the rest of my weekend with very few (comparitively) contractions.
post #203 of 264
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hugs arlene!

thank you all for the continued support of one another. i am home...amelia's in the nicu. so, i'm crazy busy. my birth story is here if you are interested. welcome to emily and mandy.

hugs arlene!! thinking of you.

can't wait for birth stories from cali, dani, arlene, amanda! everyone is so close!
CONGRATS B4M.. AMELIA.. WHAT A PRETTY NAME.. AND SHE'S ANGELIC!! YOU DID IT!!!
post #204 of 264
thanks precious, jen and mandy

mandy am so glad for you re. no preterm labour. continued labour-less days for you! an epsom salt bath sounds so good right about now.

afm, my 2ry midwife conferred with a few of the other midwives and were suggesting an u/s to check fluid levels. but an appt was nowhere to be found (ottawa is a city of just over 1 million people so you would THINK it would be easy enough to get an appt last minute if needed, but i guess it isn't considered high risk enough- i was leaning towards not getting an u/s at this point). my primary is back on call tomorrow so she and i will discuss and see what's going on. i did clarify again with my 2ry that the positive was the nitrazine test and the negative was the fern test which is more specific anyhow.

but 4 phone calls with my 2ry today - has to be a record ...and more to come tomorrow

i told her i have no edema, no fever, clear fluid that is odourless and since the office couldn't secure an u/s for me today or tomorrow then i am going to try not to worry about it. my primary knows my history really well so if she thinks i need an u/s i know she'll set up one at the hospital immediately. i am tired and i think i am going to have a small glass of wine tonight to calm my nerves and maybe help me sleep off a bit of this anxiety.

jen, hang in there - hopefully amelia will be out of the nicu soon!!!
post #205 of 264
Hello bedresters,

Although I am not actually on bedrest for pregnancy purposes, I feel a connection with the women in this thread. I broke my ankle last week (at 24 weeks) and sprained my other one, so I'm not allowed to use crutches, so even though I am encouraged to move around, my inability to walk has pretty much confined me to bed and the couch (I use an old office chair to wheel between the two and the bathroom). My baby was more active than ever in the days after the accident, but in the past day has really settled down, so of course I am worrying that something is wrong. But seeing all the bestresters here who are doing so well with their pregnancies has given me reassurance that everything will be okay.

What I am wondering is whether others are getting back pain from lying around all day, and what do you do about it?
post #206 of 264

My baby's here.

It's a boy! We made it to 35 weeks, exactly. 6lb 8.2oz and 18in!

We had to wait until 48 hours pp, but then we left the hospital and brought him home.

Working on nursing and helping 2.5yo sister adjust. All's well, but we're tired.

The only trouble he had was a low blood sugar (got down to 14 or 17 depending on who you talk to. He was back up to normal and they had stopped checking before 24 hours pp.

He's barely yellow and looks great...hoping for no jaundice trouble this time.

Hugs to you all...hang in there mamas.
post #207 of 264
i know i posted congrats in our ddc, but congratulations on a healthy baby and making it to 35wks. great size and hopefully the next few days will get progressively easier!

another big 35wkr - yay (i say this as i had a 34wkr - 33+6 - and everyone thought he was a good size in the nicu and he was not quite 5.5lbs - what a difference a week makes!

enjoy your newest family member!!!
post #208 of 264
Yay! Congratulations! That's really cool to hear that you got to go home so fast. Enjoy your babymoon!
post #209 of 264
i'm still leaking a fair bit (and the mixed results from sunday's hospital visit didn't help) so my primary mw definitely wants me to have an u/s - she called a few of the obs she knows at the hospital where she has privileges so it should be some time tomorrow. i feel less anxious now that i am 36+2 as of tomorrow - although i do so want to have a home birth and that is 5 days away.

and jen, you need to change your location - you aren't in baby jail anymore!!!
post #210 of 264
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It's a boy! We made it to 35 weeks, exactly. 6lb 8.2oz and 18in!
Congratulations!!!

I have my level II u/s today. I'm 19w2d. I am going a little nuts just waiting to hear about my cervix, heh. And, of course, I would have to have had a sex dream with orgasm (I was able to stop most of it) and the lovely cramping afterwards right before my alarm. Anyway, my appt. is at 9am this morning. I'm so glad that I'll be able to know soon what is going on, good or bad.
post #211 of 264
good luck tellera
hope it's a nice long and closed cervix
post #212 of 264
Thank you Star! Yay!!!

I could not have hoped for better news! My cervix is still at 3.2cm and no funneling, all closed! This means there has been no change since my last scan 3 weeks ago, and I am doing a lot better now than with my last pregnancy at 19 weeks (where I was 2.1cm and funneling). I am so happy at this moment.

I meet with my OB Monday, the peri recommended I increase my bedrest but says it's ultimately up to my OB since I'm not being followed solely by the peri. So we will see, I will be voluntarily increasing it even if the OB doesn't say it's necessary, at least until I'm 28 weeks (should I be fortunate to get that far).

post #213 of 264
great news tellera!
that is slightly better than i was at 20wks (i was 3.1cm
and i didn't go on bedrest until 31wks when i was down to 1.9
so enjoy yourself and go for a nice walk or something - i know that's what i'd do

sounds like your cervix is being nice and cooperative!!!!!!!
post #214 of 264
Thank you! I went out to lunch with DH, since he had taken the day off. It was so nice, we sat outside and I felt kinda normal for an hour.

How often did you get cervical u/s? I am thinking it will be every 2 weeks, does that sound standard?
post #215 of 264
oh! I forgot to add that this baby is a girl! I have one living boy, and my loss last year was also a boy. I'm really surprised this is a girl. I'm happy and sad. I feel like our family was "meant" to be two boys, since my second baby was a boy, too. But I know that that is what it was to be then, and this is what it is going to be now, two sons - one with us on earth, and one girl.
post #216 of 264
Hi there, can I butt in and ask a question?

I'm 21 1/2 weeks now and might be on bedrest at some point in this pregnancy. My youngest was born at 35 weeks. I just had a preterm labor scare but my cervix actually closed back up for now .. but the OB recommended progesterone shots.

I'm just trying to find out more about them. So anyone here who's been on them, could you tell me about side effects and if they seem to work. That is, if they got you further in your pregnancy than previous pregnancies and things like that. Also, do the babies tend to come out right when you stop the shots, or not necessarily?

Thanks!
post #217 of 264
The shots are said to lower your risk by 30%. So if you have a 50% chance of having PTL again, your risk is brought down to 35%. With my first child, I had bedrest from 32-36 weeks and she was born at 36 weeks. With this one, I had the 17P shots, and was on bedrest from 31.5-36 weeks. And she is still inside cooking! I've been at 4cm and 80% effaced for weeks now. My last shot was at 34 weeks.

I really think it's different for everyone. I didn't have any side effects from the shot. The bigger the needle, the less it hurt. Rub the shot site after the shot.
post #218 of 264
On the topic of asking about experience with shots, I'm supposed to get a steroid shot on Monday... Aside from failing the drug tests for the Olympics, can anyone tell me what I should expect?

Anyhow, I'll be 26 weeks and a few days then, and I've had low fluid for a while now (and one ultrasound showed no fluid, but I've had at least some fluid since then and before then) though it's not clear yet when they'll want me to actually check into the hospital (late October at the latest, though...) Thankfully, I don't seem to have had any premature labor, though it's looking like the best I can hope for now is going to 34 weeks. (This would make the baby's birthday a few days from mine, and November is already a crowded birthday month in my extended family, so maybe it's fate... ) I'll just take it week to week and day to day, I guess... That's what I've been doing.
post #219 of 264
The steroid shots hurt. You get 2 of them 12 or 24 hours apart, I can't remember. I can't pinpoint how they made me feel since I was on other meds in the hospital for PTL. Good luck!
post #220 of 264
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Originally Posted by dani76 View Post
The steroid shots hurt. You get 2 of them 12 or 24 hours apart, I can't remember. I can't pinpoint how they made me feel since I was on other meds in the hospital for PTL. Good luck!
Thanks. Now that you mention the 12 to 24 hours apart thing, I'm wondering if they want me to get them when I actually check into the hospital, which hopefully won't have to be Monday...
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