Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bumpdate | Week 38

Before I get into everything for this week, I have to give a little update. These past two weeks have been pretty rough. Two weeks ago there was a lot going on with work for Richard that was hard. This past week we had a stressful family emergency that I am not going to get into right now. Then this past week on Tuesday the 21st, we went to the doctor for a normal OB visit. They checked my blood pressure like normal and it was significantly higher than it had been in the past. I was told to lay on my left side and relax and see if it would come down a bit. The nurse came back in and she took my blood pressure manually and it ended up going down some, but it was still high. My doctor came in and talked to us about preeclampsia and asked me a few questions to see if that was what I was experiencing. He almost sent me to labor and delivery to be induced, but decided to send me home to do a 24 hour urine collection starting the next morning. The urine collection was a pain in the butt, but overall not too bad. On Wednesday, we had to go in again to get my blood pressure checked. When we first got there it was still high, but lower than it was the previous day. They had me relax in a dark room for a bit before they checked it again. My blood pressure came down under the threshold that they want it to be at so that is good. I was told to go home, rest and reduce my sodium intake. Then on Thursday, I had to bring in my 24 hour urine collection for them to check. They are looking for protein in the urine and they have not found any yet so that is also good. I had to get some blood drawn for labs that go with the 24 collection and they checked my blood pressure again. It was a little high, but nothing compared to what it was on Tuesday. So I again got sent home with instructions to relax and I will be heading into the doctor again for my 38 week appointment today. After reading up on preeclampsia though I learned that doing IVF is a risk factor so that could be part of our issue.

How far along? 38 weeks, 2 days.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a pumpkin!

Gender: Baby Girl :)

Weight Gain: Holding steady at about 25 pounds. It has fluctuated a bit recently, but I think that is due to how much I am swelling or not swelling.

Symptoms: I have already mentioned the high blood pressure which has been fun. As a result of that, I have noticed more swelling especially in my hands, feet and face. Richard likes to remind me that my face was pretty swollen for a while, but has recently gotten better. I can only fit into one pair of my shoes and when I take them off I still have lines from where they are pushing on my feet. These last few weeks I have had some really bad neck pain in the right side of my neck. It started out with just a little pain and then one morning I woke up and could not turn my head to the right at all. It has improved some since then, but it is still pretty painful to turn my head side to side. This makes checking over my shoulder while driving a lot of fun. My doctor also told me that he thinks she is lower than she has been in the past and I can definitely feel the difference. When I sit for an extended amount of time, I can feel a lot of pressure really low in my pelvis area. 

Signs of Labor: I have noticed my braxton hicks contractions getting stronger, but nothing super strong yet. The other night I did have 4 stronger contractions in less than 20 minutes, but then they basically disappeared.

Movement: Baby girl is constantly moving, especially during the day! Her movement is so much more pronounced these days most likely because she is running out of space. When I feel her move I can feel a definite hardness like I am feeling her bones which is so cool. The funniest thing is that her foot is way over on the right side of my stomach and every once in a while I feel her pushing against my stomach with her little foot. It is so distinct and I love it. She is still head down and since she is so low she is pretty much locked in and not going anywhere. I feel most of the movement in the upper part of my stomach so I assume I am feeling her butt, legs, knees and feet the most.

Sleep: Sleep has been good but not great. Some days are definitely better than others. I am still waking up every few hours to go to the bathroom, and some of those times I will struggle to fall back asleep, especially in the early morning (5 or 6am). Richard normally wakes up between 6 and 7 to either go for a run or get ready for work and I am rarely still sleeping by the time he actually leaves. Since I am waking up early, I tend to take an hour or two hour nap in the morning. Most days I am awake around 6 and will take a nap at 9. The naps have made a huge difference and I am feeling much more energized. I am just trying to stay rested so that I am ready for whenever labor hits. 

To Do List: Even though I have basically been on couch rest for the last few weeks, we have still been able to accomplish some items on our list. I finished washing all the baby clothes, disinfected all the baby gear, went on a date night to see Beauty and the Beast, set up baby items in the living room, finished packing the hospital bag, deep cleaned the house, stocked up our pantry with some easy meals for after baby, started the baby book, and got a pedicure. At this point, we have crossed off the major things we wanted to get done before baby girl gets here so it feels good to be prepared. 

Best Moment This Week: Being able to do a little mini-birthday celebrating this past weekend since we don't know if we will actually be able to celebrate next weekend. We went to my favorite place for lunch, did a little shopping, got some ice cream and I got a pedicure. Nothing super fancy over here since there is not much I can really do these days.

Looking Forward To: Not having to worry about my blood pressure any more. And also, getting to finally see what our baby girl looks like!

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