Five Weeks after the Miscarriage

Five weeks after her miscarriage, Ruth has more reminders of the fact that she’s not pregnant any more and it’s a hard reality to face. (Youtube video)

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Shopping for Clothes in China

Ruth goes on a mission to find some new clothes in China. It’s not as easy as she thought it would be. (Youtube video)

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Hooked up to a Fetal Monitor in China

Jacquelyn is sitting in style at the hospital as she’s hooked up to a fetal monitor. (Youtube video)

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Shopping over the October Holiday while Pregnant in China

The entire city of Tianjin joins Jacquelyn at IKEA over the October holiday. (Youtube video)

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Importance of Exercise

Ruth is outside getting some exercise with some friends. Exercise is excellent for the mind and body. If you’re pregnant, be sure to check with your doctor to see which exercises you should do. (Youtube video)

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Appreciating the Relationships I Have

Ruth talks about appreciating the relationships that she has – especially with her husband – in the aftermath of having a miscarriage. (Youtube video)

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Reminders of a Dream Lost – Ruth Vlog

Ruth stumbles upon mementos that suddenly propel her back to the pain of having a miscarriage. (YouTube video)

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Seeing the Fetus after Miscarriage – Ruth Vlog #16

Ruth talks about what it was like to see the fetus after she miscarried. (Youtube video)

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Preterm Labor & Birth in China

This post originally appeared on wwambam.com and is reposted with permission by the author, Felicity Miller. Going into premature labour is a very stressful situation to find yourself in. However, there are ways to increase your chance of having a positive experience. Do your homework early. I can’t emphasis this point enough. Find out the resuscitation cutoff dates in the different local hospitals. They may be different. The hospital I was in (2011) was over 28 weeks and over 1,000g. My baby was born on the morning of 28 weeks and weighed 1,000g exactly! If you go into premature labour at 25 weeks, you do not want to turn up at a hospital that will count the birth as a miscarriage. This first decision is important. If a lady has a placenta abruption while alone in the middle of Shanghai she needs to know where she wants to go. Read

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3 Things I Hate Post Miscarriage – Ruth Vlog #15

As Ruth continues her grieving process since the miscarriage, she describes 3 things that she hates. (Youtube video)

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Taking Time For Yourself – Ruth Vlog #14

It’s important to take time for yourself after a traumatic event. Grief cuts out the margins to be able to handle the daily bumps. (Youtube video)

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Pregnant in China – What about sexual intercourse? – Jacquelyn Vlog #5

In this video Jacquelyn discusses her experiences with doctors’ advice in China regarding sexual intercourse. *This post should not be considered medical advice. Always get medical advice from a trusted doctor. Here are some benefits sexual intercourse during a healthy pregnancy: Intimacy between you and your partner Hormone in semen that can cause “practice” contractions Strengthens the pelvic floor Releases oxytocin “the happy hormone” You should absolutely avoid sexual intercourse if: You have placenta previa Your water has broken Carrying multiples You are at risk for preterm labor For more, see this post. (Youtube video)

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Let’s Talk Practical about Miscarriage Part 3 – Ruth Vlog #13

Ruth finishes talking about her experience with having a miscarriage in China. She also brings up some of the questions she had for the doctor about 2 weeks after the miscarriage. (Youtube video)

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Downer Day – Ruth Vlog #12

Ruth discusses feeling down. Is it the result of lingering hormones from the pregnancy? (Youtube video)

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Exercising while Pregnant in China – Jacquelyn Vlog #4

Chinese doctors have different ideas about exercise than that of the West. Jacquelyn discusses a bit about her exercise routine and how it’s been beneficial. (Youtube video)

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Flying while Pregnant in China – Jacquelyn Vlog #3

Jacquelyn explains what it’s like to fly in China while pregnant. Sometimes it feels a bit like a guessing game as to whether they’ll let you fly or not. (Youtube video)

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Elijah’s Birth Story

This article first appeared on Travelingwithjc.com and is published with permission from the author. On June 16th we went out with friends to feast on half-price ribs at a restaurant in Qingdao called Korona. During the day I had been experiencing mild period-pain type cramps. These had been coming and going for almost two weeks so I didn’t think too much about them, BUT they were starting to occur more and more frequently. That day at work it literally felt like Elijah was about to fall out of me, so I started to suspect that something was going to happen soon. Before dinner we made sure that our hospital bag was completely ready. Everything, down to computers and cameras, was packed and waiting in our lounge. We also wrote out instructions in case we had to send our friends back to the apartment. We knew that if I went into

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Let’s Talk Practical about Miscarriage Part 2- Ruth Vlog #11

Ruth shares some of the meds involved with a miscarriage and her personal experience with it. (Youtube Video)

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Let’s Talk Practical about Miscarriage – Ruth Vlog #10

One week since the miscarriage, Ruth talks about some practical aspects of the miscarriage. Packing, how to deal with the fetus, things to pass the time. (Youtube video)

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Being Alone – Ruth Vlog #9

Being alone is one of the hardest aspects for Ruth after the miscarriage. (Youtube video)

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The Baby’s Name – Ruth Vlog #8

Ruth shares the name of the baby and how it came to be.

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What does Normal Look Like? – Ruth Vlog #7

Getting back to the routine is both necessary and heartbreaking after a miscarriage. (Youtube Video)

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Family Reactions – Ruth Vlog #6

Ruth explains some ongoing symptoms that she’s experiences and talks about how each member of her family is reacting to news and experience. (Youtube Video)

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Conflicting Emotions – Ruth Vlog #5

Ruth has conflicting emotions of relief, pain, emptiness, and thankfulness after her miscarriage. (Youtube Video)

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Transparent – Ruth Vlog #4

Ruth decides that she’s going to be transparent about the miscarriage process. This is a common enough problem that few people are able to talk about. Hoping it can help others. (Youtube video)

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No Heartbeat – Ruth Vlog #3

Ruth’s suspicions and fears about the health of the baby are unfortunately confirmed. Doctors confirm that there is no heartbeat for the baby.

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“Concerns” – Ruth – Having a Baby in China – Vlog #2

I woke up to some concerns about the baby. I’m going in for a doctor visit at 13 weeks to check it out.

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Ruth – Having a Baby in China – Vlog #1

We’re pretty stoked to have our friend Ruth, living in Qingdao, post her 1st vlog to our site! She’s 12 weeks preggers and looking at her options for having a baby in Qingdao. Hope you enjoy!

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Jacquelyn – Pregnancy Update #2

For our 5th baby, we’ve decided to give birth at Tianjin Family United Hospital. This update is a review of the hospital. (Youtube video)

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Getting the RhoGam Shot in China

Getting a RhoGam shot in China is no easy task. Even back in 2006, when we had our first baby, the doctor looked at me blankly when I asked about getting the RhoGam shot. With the typical blood types in China and the one-child policy, getting the RhoGam shot is of little priority to most Chinese. The hospital we’re using for our delivery wasn’t able to provide us with the shot directly, but did give us the contact information of a place that could help. This is just a quick video showing how it arrived. If you’re in need of this shot, please contact us and we may be able to help you out.

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