Nikki Bryant Bed Rest Journey for Baby

First post: Aug 24, 2017 Latest post: Aug 24, 2017

I found out I was expecting a wonderful new bundle in early March 2017. This was a surprise, and I found out very early on so I kept it to myself until I was sure. The joy continued to grow each time I told someone that we were going to become a bigger family! Dustin, my 5 year old, was the last one I told. I waited until I was showing a little, and I had a sonogram so I could show him pictures of the new baby growing inside mommy's tummy. He was sooo happy and excited by the news. He came with me to an appointment and got to hear the heart beat, he felt the baby move and pretty soon talking about the baby coming was a daily thing.  
Dustin was a preemie himself, coming on Nov 5 instead of Dec 18. He was in the NICU for 15 days and very fragile and small. We have been watching this pregnancy closer knowing I have a past pre-term delivery. I went in for a Perinatal Specialist Appointment on Tuesday Aug 8 to check on baby and see that we were still on track. I was 26 weeks.  I found out at this appointment that they saw something with my pregnancy that was a concern. My cervix had shortened to under 2 cm and they were very worried with the way my canal was funneling. I was immediately sent to my OB and placed on bedrest.
I received steroids injections to help strengthen the babies lungs in utero, in case I did go into pre-term labor. I was told to begin progesterone suppositories at night to help my body stay strong and hopefully not go into labor. I was told I needed to be lying down at all times at home and that we would revisit in a week. 
I am now on Day 8 of bedrest, 27 weeks still pregnant. The only thing I am allowed to do is drive to drop off and pick up my son. I am unable to cook, clean, work, go places, walk around, exercise, pick up my son, play with my dog, go to the grocery store, etc. I have to go see my OB once a week and my specialist once every 3 weeks. I must use the progesterone suppository every night. I live alone and have a kindergartener who understands, to the best he can, that mommy is in bed to help the baby. To say it has been a difficult change in our life is an understatement. 
The baby is very active, moves constantly and the doctors say he/she is doing wonderfully. This is my continued prayer every day. I want this baby to stay put inside, and grow and gain strength for as long as possible. If I am on bed rest and progesterone for 10 weeks, I'll deliver at 36 weeks. This, or more, is my goal. If the baby comes early, I will know we did everything we could... if he/she stays put longer, then we will continue this journey until 'Baby' is ready to come join us in the world. 

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