Merry Christmas!

At the end of last week I caught a cold, and for several days on top of waking up to pee I would wake up with a very sore throat and congestion. I was mostly sleeping in 2 hour chunks, and then having to go to work.

This morning, I woke up and just felt in my body that I had slept for longer. I looked at the clock and saw I had slept over 5 hours straight! Then after using the bathroom and clearing my congestion as much as I could, I went back to bed for another 4 hour stretch of sleep.

I feel better than I have in days! What a wonderful Christmas gift from Santa for this pregnant mama!

Also, an update on the blood pressure: I checked at home later that day and it was very healthy again. I checked yesterday evening and it was up again, though not quite as high as it had been on Monday. When I go and see the doctor tomorrow in going to be sure to get there early and relax, and we’ll see what happens. I’ll probably finish some more hospital and baby prep at home today just in case.  I have a few more things to get ready, but we are just about there. Mostly I want to work on my quilt to finish it up!

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to all!

37 weeks – BP jumped

All pregnancy I’ve had really nice BP ratings of 110-120 over 70-80.

I’ve also had a lot of fluid retention and am very swollen. I was feeling particularly like I could burst today.

Then I had my OB appt and got a blood pressure reading of 140/80. If it’s high at the next appt (Thursday though not scheduled yet and the office is closed til then –  fun!) then they will want to induce before due date due to pre-eclampsia concerns, and if it’s high and there is protein in my urine they would induce that day. If it goes back down then we will continue to wait and watch for labor to stay on its own.

Hoping it goes down on its own!

36 weeks – in the final stretch

Today I am 36 weeks pregnant. That’s by my count, based on estimated ovulation date. Since the doctor goes by last menstruation period, by his count I’m 36 weeks and 3 days.

This morning I had an ultrasound to check the baby’s growth. They are watching it a little extra because I have an off center cord placement. Baby is so big now that it is hard to see much in the images, but I watched as the technician checked the size of her head, tummy, and kidneys as well as the amount of amniotic fluid. It all was healthy.

They estimate she weighs 6 lbs 11 ounces today! That sounds so big to me, as the average at 36 weeks is about a pound less. But still it is 58th percentile (based on Dr’s due date), which means it’s a very normal weight.

If she were born today she would be big enough to wear the newborn clothing that we have. It’s so amazing to think of!

Another good thing from the scan was confirmation that sheet is in a good position for labor. In fact, she is in an ideal position – left occiput anterior (LOA). I had already suspected as much, with the help of an article on belly mapping. She seems to have settled into that position a couple of weeks ago, having been sitting breech at 28 weeks and transverse a few weeks back. I was careful since then to sit up or forward regularly or to lie on my left side. I’m so glad she moved!

So, 36 weeks and things are looking good. I’m so happy and excited!

Baby is due next month!

Now that is December, I can say that my baby girl is due next month!

January 13th is the estimated due date
It’s really coming up soon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. My belly is really pretty big and it’s hard to imagine we have 6 more weeks of growing to do. I think she’s a pretty strong and active baby, and she’s usually measured slightly on the big side, so I’m feeling pretty confident that she’s healthy enough at this point to do well should she makes her entrance from here on out.

We have one more ultrasound that I’m trying to schedule now for a week from Friday. It’s a growth scan to check on her due to the off center cord placement. My guess is she’ll be over 6 pounds at that scan.

It’s feeling pretty crowded in my belly. She’s already poking me in the ribs and pressing on my bladder. I guess all she has left is to make my belly stick out more!