Archive for February, 2010

38 Weeks

Mostly good news at my 38-week appointment today.  My blood pressure was a healthy 120/74.  However, I’d gained 6lbs since last week.  As soon as my doctor saw that, she checked my ankles.  Sure enough, they’re pretty swollen.  I haven’t had any problems with my feet hurting until this week, and I’ve been trying to keep them up.  I told her I’d just come from work, where I’m on my feet teaching.  At that point, she said “You should stop working.”  She’s concerned that if I don’t, my blood pressure may go up.

I burst into tears.  I explained that I felt torn: I love my job and I’ll miss my students, but I was also relieved.  Relieved to not have to get up early after being awake most of the night; relieved that I won’t be on my feet all day (good teachers hardly ever sit down!); relieved that I’ll have more time to nest and daydream about the baby.  So, tomorrow will be my last official day at work.

As for the baby and his arrival, we’re not planning on seeing him until the due date.  He’s healthy, with a strong heartbeat, occasional hiccups, and lots of little kicks to my ribs.  He hasn’t started to drop yet, and I’m about 50% effaced and 1 cm dilated, the same as last week.

We’ve been talking all about names and have made some progress, so we’re hopeful that by the time he arrives, he’ll have a name!

February 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm 7 comments

37 Weeks

I had a wonderful check up with my midwife today.  She was being shaddowed by a student midwife, which was a really neat experience for me because I got to hear medical explanations and listen to the answers to her questions as well as my own.  The appointment lasted much longer than any of my appointments with the doctors, and we talked about breastfeeding, pediatricians, breathing exercises and what to bring to the hospital. 

The best news that I got was that I tested negative for Beta-strep.  I know it’s not a big deal if you’re positive, but a positive test means that IV antibiotics are required and that you have to go to the hospital as soon as your water breaks.  These are both things I wanted to avoid, so I’m really happy with the results.  My blood pressure was 120/78 and I’ve gained 1lb since last week.  The midwife said I’m effacing “nicely” (which I liked better than the percentage given last time, though I typically am a quantitative person), and that I’m 1cm dialated.  She also predicted that the baby will be over 8 to 8 1/2 lbs, and that he’s in a great position.

My midwife also told me that I’m retaining water slightly in my ankles, and that I should put my feet up and rest when I get home from work.  She supports me working for as long as I want to, as long as I get plenty of rest.  I’m more than happy to put my feet up and relax!  When I think I’m in labor, she suggested ignoring it and going around my normal routine, walking, eating, taking a shower or resting, depending on the time of day.  She explained that when I can no longer ignore labor, that’s probably the best time to go to the hospital.  In numerical terms, I should go when I’m having contractions 5 minutes apart, that last for 1 minute, for at least an hour.  I’m looking forward to being able to spend the majority of early labor in the comfort of our own home.

I really enjoyed meeting with my midwife and I wish she still delivered babies, but she assured me that her group of doctors will be supportive of my wishes for a natural birth.  I’m so happy to have gotten all good news again, and feel so fortunate to have such an uneventful pregnancy.

February 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm 4 comments

Almost 37 Weeks

Conversation last night:

Me: (Chewing on V-day candy) My belly feels like it’s going to explode!

Hubby and Brother, in unison: Maybe you should stop eating?

Me: That’s not what I meant!!!

February 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm 4 comments

36 Weeks

All good news again today at my check up.  My blood pressure was 122/82 and I’ve gained 32 pounds so far.  The doctor tested for Group B Strep, and I’ll get those results next week.  The internal exam revealed that I’m 20% effaced and not dialated at all. 

The baby is head down and has a strong heart beat.  He’s kicking my side, and the other night I felt both his little feet kicking with my hand, the first time I could really tell what body part was poking me.   I’m convinced he’s going to be late.  It’s my doctor’s policy to induce at 41 weeks, but I spoke to him today about delaying induction as long as possible while monitoring the baby to make sure he’s doing okay.  I really don’t want to have to be induced, but I’m not going to worry about it too much until the time comes.

We continue to get ready for our little boy’s arrival.  His nursery furniture has arrived (including a loaner crib because the crib we ordered back in November still isn’t ready).  Ed’s mom is working on the mural in the baby’s room and we’re all waiting to welcome him into our family.  Still no name picked out yet…

February 10, 2010 at 12:08 am 3 comments