Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Northampton, MA
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I was on bedrest from 29-35 weeks, but I don't think I really needed to be. I went into "preterm labor," but I don't think it really was PT labor because my cervix never dilated. I was having BH contrax. every five minutes, so I was put on meds. and bedrest. I stopped taking the meds (allergic reaction), but stayed on bedrest for six weeks. I still had the BH contrax. all the time, though not as much as when I was walking around. I had been teaching kindergarten full-time up until then, and I was really tired. In some ways it was nice to be told to take a break, although I did get really bored.
I went off bedrest at 35 weeks and made it all the way to the scheduled c-section at 38 weeks, 2 days (both of my babies were breech, and I couldn't find anyone who would assist me in delivering them vaginally). I would have gone longer, but I really just couldn't take it any longer. I never thought I would put my own comfort before my babies, but I was really, really done. Those last few weeks (35-38 weeks) were the hardest weeks of my life.
I drank lots and lots and lots of water and milk (the easiest way for me to get enough protein). My babies weighed 8-7 and 6-4 and were very healthy.
Good luck and congratulations!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.