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Hi everyone,<br><br>
Well the good news is that my fetal fibronectin test was negative. But they put me on a monitor for a while yesterday and said I was having a lot of contractions, more than I realized and strong enough evidently to warrant bed rest...I know that there is a lot of mixed thinking out there on bedrest but my MW says she doesn't want me doing anything that could stir up the contractions (my doula was a bit skeptical I could tell but didn't say too much -- she said it's important to get to 34 weeks if possible and today I am 32 -- but since my cervix isn't opening it's not officially PTL). And I feel good and the baby is moving and is healthy.<br><br>
I am working from home but I am not even supposed to be sitting up in a regular chair so probably we are getting the glider I've wanted since my DS was born but never had a bit earlier than we planned...I am finding it hard not to be active...I also don't want to atrophy before labor. I am not super athletic and am on the slender side to begin with so I need to muster all the strength I can for labor. I have been doing yoga my whole life and pre natal yoga up to now and I wonder if it's ok to keep going.<br><br>
If anyone has experience/wisdom on this I welcome it...<br>
Thanks<br>
Maura
 

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Well, I can't comment on the PTL and related bedrest issues, but I can assure you that your muscle atrophy won't be that bad. My last pregnancy I was on bedrest from 30 weeks on, and still managed to have a great (and short) labor experience - only six hours from first contraction to baby. I've been on bedrest since about 23-24 weeks with this one, and have definitely experienced more muscle loss than last time, but I'm still thinking positive and looking forward to a manageable labor. Your body will do what it needs to do when the time comes.<br><br>
That being said, I do have a bit of unsolicited advice on something else you mentioned. If you're not supposed to be sitting, I would forego the glider, but rather lay on a flat surface (couch/bed) on alternating sides. The reason being, if you're in the glider, you'll be resting on your back, and the baby will be more likely to turn posterior. If you stay on your sides, the chances of posterior are lower. And, muscle atrophy or not, a posterior birth experience is not easy! (My first one was, and you can't pay me to sit at an incline for any dollar amount in my last trimester! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I'm on bedrest for PTL and how the nurses/doctor explained it to me was gravity is not your friend. So any position where gravity is allowing the baby to rest on your cervix will increase the likelihood of moving things along (pretty much any form of sitting up). I try to lay mostly on either side but propped up a bit (my body just can't take laying flat 24 hours/day!). I try to limit my time propped up on my back because I keep hearing that it will turn baby "sunny side up" but sometimes I just have to because it is the only position that I am not in pain (I have chronic neck/back pain that is much worse with all this inactivity).<br><br>
But if your midwife just doesn't want you to stir up your contrax, you probably have more freedom. That's great that your cervix hasn't opened yet, and really great that your fibronectin test was negative! Mine was positive and my cervix was opening but has stayed put since I went on bedrest and drugs. My doc wants me to get to at least 35 weeks. 3 weeks to go!<br><br>
Good luck (and stock up on books, movies, crossword puzzles...time can move really slowly!).
 

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Thank you both for your pointers! I didn't know that about the positioning. I hope my guy stays over easy! If the FFN test had been positive I think I'd be making whatever accomodations I can to lie down as much as possible. I am working full time from home which basically makes it impossible for me to lie down all the time though. My impression was the MW wanted me to keep my feet up. I told her about the glider and she was like yeah, put your feet up.<br><br>
We really need my income since we are buying a house & moving and my job is the sure thing right now. But even since I have modified my activity I am not getting the back crampiness I was having before, so it must be having an effect.<br><br>
I want to get to at least 35 weeks too, I am hoping 36 even. My doula said 34 weeks is an important threshold. Let's all hang in there babies at least 3 more weeks!!!
 

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((hugs)) I'm sorry to hear this & hope that you can get some rest... It sounds like it's helping you already. I hope that little one stays put until at least 36 weeks!<br><br>
I'm in essentially the same position as you now. The midwife is letting me still go to work, but I'm supposed to be putting my feet up as much as possible. I'm *thisclose* to bedrest, which would be financially devastating to us, actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Laura,<br><br>
Thanks -- I hope you don't have to go on bedrest. THe financial pressures can be stressful -- and that's not what any of us need right now.<br><br>
Take care & hugs to you & your baby too (stay in there all you little guys and gals till you are at least 36 weeks!)<br>
Maura
 
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