She gladly obliged. So here is how Mama Misty navigated her bed rest journey. 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.
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.
I engaged in genuine conversations with my mother, who was my daily caregiver, because neither of us had anywhere else to be. I humbly accepted the generosity of family and friends as they gave of themselves and their time, just to be with me and my family. And with these everyday joys, I rediscovered my true faith.
My doctors are angels on earth; the reality though, is no one knows how your story was written. I prayed hard, I prayed diligently, and over time, I found myself believing everything I hoped for would come to pass. Keep them close, let them lift you, and remember to enjoy the blessing growing inside of you.
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