38 Week Check-Up

2 More Weeks…

Ok…so they’re not that bad, but they are pretty ridiculous looking, and I’m getting so tired of it!  Also, my hands have started swelling so that’s pretty sweet too!  I know the weather doesn’t help much, but it actually hasn’t been as hot as it was last week, which is nice, but still…the swelling continues.  The only thing that will make it better is to have the baby.  I’m not sure if I can hold out for 2 more weeks or longer, but Baby Garrett seems to be perfectly content where he is right now.

I had my 38 week check-up this afternoon and it was ok, but not fantastic.  My blood pressure read 150/102 the first time the nurse tested it, and I told her we had to use a larger cuff last week so she got a larger one as well and tested again.  The second time it was 130/90 which is better but still elevated, however, there still is no protein in my urine and I don’t have blurred vision, headaches, pain under my upper right side etc,  Just swelling of my feet and hands.  So the nurse talked to the Dr. and I was given 2 options:

#1:  I could go to the hospital immediately and they would run some tests and monitor me and the baby, and my blood pressure and urine for a few hours  then send me home to finish the urine test (not my ideal situation)


#2:  I could let the lab tech at my Dr.’s office take some blood and send it off to be tested, and begin a 24 hour urine test from my house tomorrow morning….only to return to the Dr. on Thursday morning and give them the urine test with a follow up O/B visit for blood pressure and an ultrasound to check on the baby’s growth (still not ideal, but probably much cheaper and more comfortable for me) 

Since my Dr. left it completely up to me, and I feel fine other than the swelling, I opted for the second choice.  I gave my blood, got a bright orange container with a basket like looking thing that I have to set on the toilet every time I use the bathroom tomorrow, and store the urine in a cooler with ice, and will return to the Dr. on Thursday to get some hopefully good news.  Pretty annoying I know, but it could be worse.

At least I’m still feeling Garrett move around quite a bit, and I have no other symptoms of preeclampsia….so whatever I have to do to make sure we’re healthy…I’ll do.  If when I return on Thursday my blood pressure is still elevated, I have protein in my urine, or any other symptoms then we will most likely discuss an induction.  If everything checks out alright, then I guess we just continue to monitor and wait. 

My weight is still on track, Garrett’s heart beat was 136 : ) and my belly is measuring 37 cm, which is all good.  Also, when the Dr. checked me she told me that he is still head down, (good news) and at a -2 position (which is ok too…you start at -3, then go to -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3) By the time you get to a 2 or 3 position you will be in labor and pushing) So I’m progessing slightly but still have a ways to go.  Also, I am no more dialated than I was last week, so Garrett just isn’t finished baking yet. 

Other than that, things are good.  I’m still walking every day and swimming when I go to the pool, and I have a nice tan working.  I’m just getting more tired, achy and uncomfortable, and the swelling in my hands and feet seems like it is a constant.  I’m hoping for good news on Thursday, and just trying to be as patient as I can until our Little Man decides to join us.

I’ll update again on Thursday after my appointment! 

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  1. Jenny, Please take care of yourself. I am sorry you are so uncomfortable. I was induced with Michael and Jennifer. I was very lucky 3-5 pushes and I gave birth to little Robares. Yes they did have large heads. (lol). Whatever it takes to keep you and Garret healthy. Relax, Rest and keep working on your tan. You look so pretty…. all my love , Aunt Dee

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