Keep Busy on Bed rest
2013 is proving to be a great year for us! The Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond blog has again been acknowledged. This time, we are being cited as one of the top 100 baby related blogs to follow in 2013 by couponaudit.com. This is a consumer information organization that gives consumers information about all manner of products and services so that they can make wise and informed choices (my personal mantra for all of you!)-and receive special gifts and offers, too!
While I am personally pleased as punch at all of the accolades, I am more thrilled by the fact that mamas on bed rest are getting much deserved recognition. If just 10% more people read this blog, that is 10% more people who will know and understand what it is like to have a high risk pregnancy. That is 10% more people who will know what to do and say to a friend, family member or other loved one who may be prescribed bed rest. That is 10% more people who will “see” us, removing us from the fringes of obscurity. And maybe, just maybe, our stories will stimulate physicians and researchers to target more research in our direction; to find more and more effective treatments for preterm labor, more and more effective treatments for cervical insufficiency, more and effective treatments for pre-eclampsia….That’s right, I’m on a mission to make bed rest a thing of the past (much like it is in most other medical specialties) and to put myself out of business!
So here’s to us, Mamas! And oh,
Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!
An infographic by the team at CouponAudit
I love hearing from mamas who’ve traveled the bed rest road and successfully delivered health babies! We all know that the bed rest journey is fraught with anxiety and hearing about another mama’s success can be just what a mama in the trenches needs to keep going. When I received this message on our Facebook Page from “former Mama on Bedrest” Misty, I asked her if I could share her story to inspire other Mamas. She gladly obliged. So here is how Mama Misty navigated her bed rest journey.
“Hello I joined a while back while being placed on bed rest and just wanted to share my story. I was put on bed rest at 20 weeks due to a short cervix and started seeing a specialist once a week. At 23 weeks I was hospitalized for 4 long stressful weeks… I literally thought I was losing my mind. My fiancé and I were rocky because I was moody and felt no one understood my situation. Not to mention I live in Texas and he lives in Chicago. It was too late for me to get the cerclage so I was stuck on bed rest until my precious baby girls arrival. At 28 weeks I was able to go back home but continued strict bed rest. Each week was a better chance for my baby girl’s survival. My cervix was completely effaced at 29 weeks. My OB took me off bedrest at 36 weeks, but I still held out because my fiancé owns a business and couldn’t travel to Texas for a couple weeks. He arrived, and I was induced at 39 weeks (full term) to a healthy 6 lb 10 oz baby girl named Kennedy Lynn George… She is my pride and Joy, and this experience has truly humbled me. It’s a very hard experience to go thru but when you see that little ones beautiful face it is all worth it. I hope my story encourages other mothers to hang in there..”
Thanks so much to Misty for sharing her story. Wow! A full 39 week term baby after 16 weeks on bed rest! An amazing accomplishment given she was on her own without her fiance. Way to go Misty and thanks so much for sharing your story!!!
Hey Mamas! Join Me and Mamas on Bedrest on Friday, February 22, 2013 at noon ET for the first “Mamas Mattress Mambo”. Now what the heck is a Mattress Mambo? It’s a telegathering of Mamas on Bedrest. We come together, talk, laugh and share ideas-mostly about how to stay sane on bedrest! It’s going to be an hour of great fun-the first of many! So Mamas on Bedrest, prop your pillows, grab some snacks and join us! If you have questions, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: No Medical Advice will be given during this call. If you have specific medical questions, please consult with your health care provider.
Call in information.
The call is FREE! Dial (805) 399-1000. The access code is 438176#
If you are calling via SKYPE, add FreeConferencing.8053991000 to your address book. (I’ve not used SKPE with Free conferencing, so I recommend doing a test run a day or so before the call to make sure you can get in.) The access code is 438176#
Talk to you all next week!!!!!