C-Section Recovery Survival Guide

Maybe yours was planned, or maybe it came as a complete surprise like mine did.  Either way, hopefully, these will help you survive the days after! 1. Don’t try to be a hero, take the pain meds they offer for the first couple days and make sure the nurses give them to you on time. My nurses tried to dictate how much and how often I needed them, such as telling me it was time to cut them in half and space them out.  If you still hurt, stand your ground.  I promise you’ll only need them a few more days…

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Pumping For A Preemie

When your pregnancy suddenly ends and your left sitting in an uncomfortable chair in a small room looking at your tiny baby through a box you feel extremely helpless.  The one thing I could control and do to help my little guy in his fight was provide milk for him.  This being my second preemie, I had a little more knowledge on how to get started off.  By the end of the first week, I was pumping almost 30 ounces a day! Not only have I been able to fill his freezer at the NICU but have been starting to…

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Our Birth Story

As mentioned before our pregnancy had been tough. Twelve weeks of moderate to strict bed rest, 10+ heavy bleeds, 4 bouts of preterm labor, 4 hospital stays, 60+ shots, and 4+ months off of work.  At 29 weeks I had a heavy bleed and contractions that dilated me to 3cm and 80% effaced.  I stayed a few days in the hospital and when things looked OK we went home to ride it out. The doctors had no idea how long we could sit like that.  The next weekend contractions started to pick up. They weren’t making any cervical changes so…

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Pregnancy After PPROM

  My first pregnancy was fairly normal up until the end.  I went into preterm labor and they eventually had to break my waters while I was delivering at 35 weeks.  My second pregnancy, however, was very different.  At 15 weeks I started having contractions and bleeding, I was told my placenta was low lying but other than that everything was normal.  At 17 weeks after carrying my two-year-old son around trick or treating, my water broke as I climbed into bed. I didn’t go into labor and switched to a doctor that allowed expectant management. I carried her for…

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6 Things I Wish My Doctor Understood About Pregnancy After A Loss

1. This isn’t easy:  This is going to be the second hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.  I feel personally responsible for this babies survival. I’m no longer blissfully ignorant and am now not only aware that I could lose this baby in the way I lost my last, but I am more acutely aware of the hundreds of other ways this pregnancy can go wrong. I worry about them constantly. 2. I’m willing to do whatever it takes:  If it means standing on my head for nine months, coming in every week for tests, possibly unnecessary procedures, or spending…

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Ultimate Guide to Progesterone Injections

PROGESTERONE INJECTIONS

So if you’re lucky enough to be on bed rest for preterm labor or incompetent cervix, it’s likely that you are one of the lucky ones that get to experience the joys of progesterone injections. I thought I would tell my story and then give you some useful tips I’ve discovered over the past 7 months of being on them. My doctor believes in the Creighton Model. My husband likes to joke that it’s his answer to everything. It extends to fertility and cycles, but in terms of progesterone and pregnancy support, it basically means they test my progesterone every two…

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Keeping Busy On Bedrest

I spent 86 days on bedrest last year!  It was absolutely excruciating!  It was so hard mentally and physically.  Lying in bed day in and day out really did a number on me, and although I sometimes joke about going back on bedrest now that I’m chasing two kids around, it’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone.  I was so anxious and worried about my little one, not to mention bored out of my mind.  I thought I’d share some tips on how I kept myself and my mind occupied. Crocheting/Knitting–  I was lucky enough that my grandma taught…

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