Daily Diary: Back On Full Bed Rest (Not So Good News)

I sort of knew it. My last doctor’s appointment was a complete fluke. That has NEVER happened to me before, but I went with it because it gave me 10 extra days of eating dinner with my kids at the kitchen table.

Yesterday morning, a friend of mine took me to Starbucks. I was allowed to do this under my doctor’s orders. As long as I walked only to the car and sat the entire time – I would be ok. And that’s exactly what I did. We stayed for about an hour and I had a smile on my face the entire time.

Then Bill and I went to the doctor and we got the news. I went from 3cmm to 1.9 (at my lowest). Because my cervix is dynamic, the nurse was getting a pretty big range. She – within one minute – was able to register several scans between 1.9 and 2.5.

There’s me being dynamic…

But it means that we are back in the red zone. I’m just starting my 22nd week today. I need to get to at least 26 weeks before I can stop worrying sick about this whole thing.

We also tested to see if I had a slow leak of my amniotic fluid. They almost sent me to the hospital but then my doctor took me to her office across the hall and performed the test on me to avoid all of that. It came up negative. Thank goodness!

We also set a goal. 24 weeks – the doctor wants me to get there so I can get steroid shots for the baby’s lungs. If you know anything about bed rest, you know it is milestone-driven. It sort of lessens the insanity. So, right now I am focusing on getting to 24 weeks. After that, it will be 26 weeks and then 28. Small steps keep it realistic. I’m not thinking 37 weeks. I’m thinking – let’s get that steroid shot.

As treatment, I’ve been placed on progesterone. I take it once a day at night and I think I’m going to have to do it until about 33 or 34 weeks (if all those online forums are correct). I woke up in the middle of the night cramping hard and had Bill do a little Google search. Even though it’s not an official symptom, many pregnant women complained of similar feelings. I couldn’t go back to sleep and ended up reading every single post in a high risk forum over on Baby Center. I think I finally went down around 5AM. Needless to say I am exhausted.

But the baby is doing great. He is about 1 pound at this point and is a gymnast. I am not overly depressed like I was the first time I was placed on bedrest. I’ve had this cry already. I’ve accepted this path already. I was truly expecting it.

I’m not saying this is where I want to be – but I am saying this is where I need to be and I get that. I am happy that I no longer have the choice to walk around because it didn’t feel right in the first place.

Who knows? Maybe me being on full bed rest again will help my cervix. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I go back next week and it gained back to 3 again? I’m hoping the progesterone and the bed rest will do just that.

I have to believe it will.

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  1. Lizette wrote:

    Praying for you, Vera. It all sounds very scary to someone who had only one completely extraordinary pregnancy. Perhaps God’s trying to tell you that you need a break from all life’s busy-ness. Either way, it seems like you’re making the most of it.

    Posted 10.26.12
  2. Amanda wrote:

    Believe. You got this, sweet mama.

    Posted 10.26.12
  3. Julie wrote:

    Take care of yourself! I will be praying for you!

    Posted 10.26.12
  4. Take care!

    Posted 10.26.12
  5. You can do it! Way to go with the small goals!!

    Posted 10.26.12
  6. shari wrote:

    sending positive vibes.

    my son was born at 27 1/2 weeks weighing 2 lbs 9 oz and he is 100% healthy and happy.

    One day at a time.

    Posted 10.26.12
    • Vera wrote:

      wow thank you for sharing that! im in desperate need of these stories

      Posted 10.26.12
  7. Kat wrote:

    How absolutely frustrating. I hate that feeling when my body is not doing what I want it to be doing, but for me that’s usually limited to losing weight. I can’t imagine how bed rest and the stress of a high risk pregnancy must feel. 🙁 Pulling for you!

    Posted 10.26.12
  8. Marisa Johnson wrote:

    I’m wishing you the best of luck to you and your baby.

    Posted 10.26.12
  9. Kimberly 'Knight wrote:

    Mom’s will do anything for their babies, your just having to start early. Keep your chin up, we all are wishing and hoping for the best for you and your family.
    Some day you will look back as this being a small bump in the road for a beautful baby.
    Best of luck and know your in the thoughts of all your online friend.

    Posted 10.26.12
  10. Patricia Found Clark wrote:

    Will be praying for you and the next 10 weeks. Take care of yourself.

    Posted 10.26.12
  11. Mary wrote:

    Trusting you can follow the advice and comply cheerfully with the ordeed bedrest. Can I send you some reading material or yarn and some knitting needles? I AM sendig very genty hugs, the end result will be so worth it. God bless.

    Posted 10.26.12
  12. Mija wrote:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. No more tears honey just have faith.

    Posted 10.27.12

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