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  #21  
June 14th, 2011, 09:49 AM
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Hi there-
Sorry to hear about the stressful news...but remember! it doesn't necessarily guarantee another NICU experience.
I would suggest that if you might see bed rest in your future that you take it upon yourself to do as LITTLE as possible.
Remember to breathe, stressing out about it can't help!
Easy for me to say I know..because I'm not in your shoes at the moment...although I may be sometime since I recently found out that I am 5 weeks pregnant!
Excited and scared at the same time!
Question....did your docs say anything about pelvic rest? I am wondering if it is safe to have sex during a high risk pregnancy?
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June 14th, 2011, 10:02 AM
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OMG! just read something that might make you feel better!
On another forum, a woman reported that her cervix was shortening but she decided to lighten up on what she was doing and....her cervix lengthened!!!
I didn't know that was possible!?!?
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June 14th, 2011, 02:40 PM
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Hi there-
Sorry to hear about the stressful news...but remember! it doesn't necessarily guarantee another NICU experience.
I would suggest that if you might see bed rest in your future that you take it upon yourself to do as LITTLE as possible.
Remember to breathe, stressing out about it can't help!
Easy for me to say I know..because I'm not in your shoes at the moment...although I may be sometime since I recently found out that I am 5 weeks pregnant!
Excited and scared at the same time!
Question....did your docs say anything about pelvic rest? I am wondering if it is safe to have sex during a high risk pregnancy?
Nope, my docs have not put me on pelvic rest--which is one of the things that tells me I'm probably more worried than necessary, because if something was fishy, I'm sure that's one of the first things they'd do. I will say, we're not DTD that much because I'm tired a lot and DH is scared of something going wrong.

I actually have been trying to take it easy the last few days, I feel like it's the only thing I can do at this point. But I work full time--at a desk, so it's not strenuous, but I can't lay down. I wish there were like cervix-thickening foods you could eat or something.
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June 16th, 2011, 11:18 AM
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Week 23!

I can't believe I'm 23 weeks already. It just feels like time is flying by, and yet, it also feels like a loooooong time until October.

I'm feeling a little less frightened than I was last week. I've come to the realization that what I'm scared of is having another NICU experience, and even if my cervix is incompetent, which we're not sure it is, that doesn't mean I'm going to have another preemie, because there's stuff we can do to keep Maggie cooking. The key is that I'm being monitored closely so they can do what needs to be done to keep her from coming early. So, I'm just trying to stick with my mantra: Keep Calm and Carry On.

Upside to being 23 weeks: I'm only a week away from "viability"! Downside to being 23 weeks: the hip pain at night is starting to drive me completely insane. I can only lay on one side for so long before my hip is aching like crazy, and by 4AM, both sides are so sore that I'm laying on my back, which then triggers my sciatica. So basically, I can't win...and that's with a body pillow, which at this point doesn't appear to be helping at all. Le sigh. Also, the heart burn has come back with a vengeance, and the gas, OMG the gas. My poor husband, I'm like a one-woman band at night, it's insane.

The last several days I've been feeling a LOT more movement, to the point where I said to DH, "I am starting to wonder if Maggie is going to have ADHD, she never stops moving!" She also keeps kicking me in the cervix, which does not help with my fears, and also feels so weird! I wish she'd kick me someplace else instead!

So tomorrow is yet another progesterone shot, and then a week from tomorrow is my next cervix check, and the doc I'm seeing that day is the one who delivered Jim. Keeping my fingers crossed that it's good news!
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June 24th, 2011, 07:26 PM
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Week 24--Viability!!!

I am feeling SO much more positive after today's appointment! My cervix is actually a teeny bit longer than it was last week, and even when she had me bear down on it, it didn't shorten. The doc I talked to today was so positive about how things are going that he said he thinks if I had another kid after this one, I wouldn't be considered high-risk for that pregnancy, after how well things are going this time! I am SO RELIEVED. I'm now back to being able to imagine going full-term, instead of worrying every night that my water is going to suddenly break.

Also, my BP was good, and there's plenty of fluid in there. Seriously, it was all good news, and I didn't have any questions for the doc because everything has been so normal. He told me to keep up the good work.

Maggie is measuring in the 60th percentile for a 24-weeker, and the doc told me today that usually whatever percentile they're at now for size, that's the percentile they'll be at when they're born. So he said assuming she's full-term, she'll probably be around 7 lbs. Sounds absolutely PERFECT to me! She was yawning and drinking her fluid today during the ultrasound, and bouncing her butt on my cervix. Absolutely no issues seen with her at all--the only out-of-the-ordinary thing with her is that she has kinda long legs, which obviously isn't a bad thing!

Now that I'm feeling so much better emotionally, I can focus on the annoying pregnancy symptoms. I'm having sciatica, my hips hurt sleeping on my side, I have heartburn and gas, and I'm starting to have marginal swelling in my hands/feet at the end of the day. And I'm having CRAZY dreams, like I had one the other night where I was the mistress to a sultan in some oil-rich country, it was very weird! So I'm not having super restful sleep because I keep waking up from the dreams, with sore hips, and having trouble going back to sleep.

But seriously, all that is 100% worth it to have a full-term healthy baby, and I am so grateful that I'm on track to that right now!
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June 25th, 2011, 08:37 AM
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What an exciting update Beth! I'm so happy that things are looking good for you and Maggie! I anticipate your weekly updates.
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June 25th, 2011, 07:05 PM
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I am soo excited to see your update !!
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June 26th, 2011, 08:00 PM
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Thanks, guys! I was pretty happy to have such a good update, I'd been just barely containing my terror for the last two weeks and I'm SO relieved now.
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June 27th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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I just read through your updates....

I'm so glad to see a postive update this week!!
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July 1st, 2011, 09:17 AM
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Week 25

This appears to be the week when I go off the edge emotionally. Baby is fine, pregnancy is going along as it should, but I'm feeling pretty terrified. Last night I had a nightmare that I went to get my P17 shot and ended up having to have a c-section, and I was trying to call DH to tell him, but he wasn't answering his phone. It scared the crap out of me and I woke up and cried and cried. Poor DH, when I told him what it was about, he agreed to come to my shot today. I think I'd probably be less of a mess if I wasn't fighting off a cold and exhausted, but at this point, my stress level is just more than I seem to be able to take. I'm just so tired of being afraid, and I'm so sick of the trauma of Jim's birth pushing me around.

Anyway, I'm sorry to be such a downer this week. I'm hoping next week will be better.
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July 10th, 2011, 09:45 AM
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26 weeks. Physically, I'm fine--in fact, my cervix is now 4.0 cm, even longer than at the 24 week check. And Maggie is growing right on track. I had my GD test at my last appointment, they will be calling with the results if they're bad. I'm not cramping or bleeding or having extra discharge. So, everything is on track.

Emotionally, I'm a wreck. The closer I get to 26 weeks 6 days, when my water broke with Jim, and 27 weeks 2 days, when he was born, the higher my stress level. And no amount of good news from the doctor makes a dent, because everything was fine during my last pregnancy too, until suddenly it wasn't anymore. It doesn't help that my DH is a disaster right about now too, since he's as terrified as I am. I am just hoping to get through the next week by staying as busy as possible so I can't focus on the calendar.
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July 11th, 2011, 04:30 AM
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Beth, I hope you don't mind me commenting on your blog. (I'm a grandma and member of the Jan 2010 PR) Lots of positive vibes coming your way for a full term pregnancy.

Thirty years ago I had a 28 week baby. Back then this was the cut off for viability. The NICU experience was amazing but very traumatic. I was a wreck my next pregnancy and would check off the weeks and pray that everything would work out. Luckily, I saw a high risk specialist who monitored me very closely which is the key.

Once I passed 28 weeks I was able to relax somewhat and enjoy the pregnancy. Since I'm a worrier, I really made a serious effort to put this in the background and keep busy.Thank God, that worked for me. My second son was full term and weighed 8 lbs. I was so amazed. The nurses and doc in the delivery room laughed when I marveled...He can breathe all by himself ! (BTW, this is HIS daughter in the photo below.)

My fingers are crossed for you....lots of positive thoughts and good wishes coming your way.
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July 14th, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Thanks, Kathi! I am really hoping I'll feel better as soon as I get past Saturday!

27 Weeks

So yesterday was the point in my pregnancy when my water broke...and here I am, still with my cervix nice and long, no leaking, all good. I will say I'm feeling better today than I was a day or two ago, but I know I won't really start to feel OK at least until I get past Saturday, which is the point when I gave birth to Jim.

Tuesday night I had a pretty big freak-out. So, last Friday was my GD screen, and they had told me they wouldn't call unless I flunked it. So, I get home Tuesday and there's a message from the peri's office saying they had some news about my blood work and to please call them. It's after office hours, but I'm not about to sit around scared all night, so I press the button for the on-call nurse in their phone tree system. That gets me a hospital switchboard operator, so I tell her I'm trying to reach the on-call nurse for the perinatal clinic. She takes my name and number and says if someone hasn't called me in 30 minutes, to call back. 10 minutes later, I get a call from the on-call nurse, who is out living her life because their on-calls aren't like stuck in the office all night, they take calls from home. (Which makes sense, although if I were organizing it, I'd have the nurses in the antepartum ward handling on-call perinatal calls so the daytime office nurses don't have to take shifts, but hey, I'm not running the place.) So, she says she'll get to a computer and call me back in about an hour. I say fine, hang up the phone, and burst into tears. At this point, I'm feeling like my body wasn't cut out for pregnancy, like I wasn't meant to have a normal pregnancy, like I'm failing Maggie just like I failed Jim, etc. You know, all that stuff that people who've had a traumatic pregnancy experience go through. I could feel myself panicking--shortness of breath, heart racing, all that fun stuff--as I'm crying. Shout out to my DH, who just hugged me and told me he loved me no matter what.

2 hours later, the nurse finally calls back. The conversation went like this: "Hi, this Maggie from Swedish Perinatal, I'm so sorry it took so long to call you back." "Hi Maggie--that is so funny, we're naming this baby Maggie." "Oh wow, how funny because my mom wanted to name me Elizabeth! But I really like being named Maggie, so, good job choosing a name." (At this point, I'm thinking, if you called to tell me I've got GD, on the day before my water broke with Jim, I am seriously not going to call my kid Maggie.) "Well, I'm calling because your iron levels were low when we tested them on Friday, so we want you to adjust your iron intake. Good news is, your glucose screen came back normal." At this point, I finally feel the rock of panic lifted off my chest and I'm able to breathe again. Iron levels low, sheesh, they tell me that every time they test me! So we talk about when to take my iron to hopefully increase my absorption of it (I'm taking my second dose of it separate from my prenatal now) and then she apologizes again for leaving me hanging and says, "I bet you were worried about that GD screening, huh?" And I said, "Yeah, I was, I'm glad it's just my iron levels again!" And then DH and I hugged, I started breathing again, and then I went to bed, because I was spent!

Then yesterday, one of the nurse practitioners called again to say that my thyroid level was off too and they are upping my dose of synthroid from 50 mg. to 75. Again I panicked a bit when she called, but again it was nothing scary (not surprised at all about a low-performing thyroid, I figured I'd need more synthroid as time went on) and was able to calm down after the call.

I know I wouldn't have freaked out half as badly if I wasn't right in the scariest stretch of this pregnancy...and I really, really hope that on Sunday, when I'm more pregnant than I've ever been, I start to feel more calm.
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July 16th, 2011, 11:19 AM
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Thinking of you today I hope you're resting and keeping as positive as possible!
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July 23rd, 2011, 07:26 AM
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28 weeks!

I'm feeling MUCH better now. Getting past that milestone was big for me, and I feel much less of a mess now. Thank you to all you ladies for being so supportive when I was going through the rough patch!

Had my cervix check yesterday, it's 4.5 cm long, or as the doc said, "Your cervix is a mile long!" I said, "Seriously, I don't think this baby is ever coming out!" The doc I saw yesterday had seen me on the antepartum ward, I'd totally forgotten about her but she remembered me and gave me a hug and said how glad she was to see me as an outpatient this time. I said, "Me too!" I talked to her about the anemia, because I feel pretty spent these days. She said that it's to be expected, but my level wasn't quite low enough for them to consider IV iron yet. In two more weeks, they'll retest and if it's below 30, then they'll probably give me IV iron.

Maggie is growing right on track, same percentile as 2 weeks ago. Funny story: she peed during the ultrasound. It was right after the tech finished measuring her bladder, it suddenly got smaller on the screen and the tech said, "Glad she emptied it AFTER I measured it!" She's kicking plenty too--DH and I went to see Harry Potter last night and she was kicking during the movie.
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Week 29

It's all about the anemia right now. I'm exhausted and a couple of times in the last few days I've felt light-headed. Last night, my heart felt like it was pounding out of my chest, which made it hard to sleep. I'm working from home today and trying to decide if I should call my doc again this morning. I called them yesterday (after the lightheadedness, before the pounding heart) and the triage nurse said it could just be normal pregnancy stuff or it could be my thyroid or my anemia, and that they'll retest me on Friday at my regular appointment. Which is great and all, but that means another week of feeling like this before the results would be back and I'd be able to get some treatment. DH has a doctor appointment at 9 (about adjusting his depression/anxiety meds) and then after that I'll probably call them.
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August 5th, 2011, 03:49 PM
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Week 30

Apparently it's NOT all about the anemia after all. So, my blood work came back showing me being LESS anemic than I was a 26 weeks. My iron panel came back normal, my white blood count came back a teeny bit elevated but within the normal range for a pregnant woman...and Maggie looked totally great on the ultrasound today, as did my cervix (3.5 CM, shorter than last time but still ridiculously long). So, WTH is going on? Well, best guess is that because I'm drinking a lot of water, my electrolytes are out of whack. So now I'm replacing water with gatorade. Could that stuff taste any more disgusting? But, I'm drinking it and hoping it's really that easy of a fix. To be on the safe side, they also sent me for a portable heart monitor, so I'll be wearing that for 24 hours just to make sure there's nothing funky going on.

My doula (who I adore) suggested it could be anxiety. And you know what, she could be right. I really hope it's electrolytes, because what can I do about anxiety that I'm not already doing? In what way can I destress my life that it hasn't already been destressed? Short of giving birth to a perfectly healthy full-term take-home baby, of course, and that can't happen for at least 7 more weeks. Sigh.
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August 6th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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Update: the gatorade seems to have done the trick! I actually managed to fold some laundry this morning, and after drinking a couple more bottles, I had the energy to make cookies this afternoon and make a marinade for some pork loin. This is by far the most energy I've had in over a week--I'm back to feeling pregnant tired instead of can't-get-off-the-couch exhausted/lightheaded/pounding heart. I'm so relieved! I'll be drinking plenty of gatorade (or powerade or whatever I can stomach, seriously gatorade tastes awful!) from here on out, hoping it keeps me afloat.
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August 6th, 2011, 08:42 PM
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Just a lurker, but the G2(low calorie gatorade) taste better to me than the regular stuff.
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