Thursday, April 21, 2011

Friday is the day.

There is a very close end in site for my bed rest. I will be induced on Friday morning, unless she decides to come earlier on her own.  My bp was up higher today then on Friday. I tested just below the protein threshold for pre-eclampsia, so I have been scheduled to be induced on Friday morning.  Inducing me shouldn't take much work, I am now at 3-4cm, so my doc says..."a little pitocin and they break my water". With Isaak my  midwife broke my water at 4 cm and he was born 2.5 hours later. They say the 2nd one is usually faster still.

We are using Legacy Good Samaritan in Portland.  Denise arrives on Saturday afternoon and until then my friend Sarah is going to hang out with Isaak from Friday morning until Saturday afternoon.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bed Rest

Well, I am on bed rest. My blood pressure was elevated in 2 consecutive OB apppointments. Not skyrocket high but above 140/70ish and significantly higher than my consistent lower BP. On friday they gave me a 5th Ultrasound to confirm she is still growing and has good fluid. She is, she had gained 1 lb (now 7lbs 4 oz) since the ultrasound 2 weeks before.  The concern with the blood pressure is that it is either pre-eclampsia or gestational hypertension. I also had a little bit of protein in my urine which supports the pre-eclampsia. Monday I delivered 24hrs of pee to the lab along with blood for a additional labs. I will see the doctor on Wednesday to learn more. If it is pre-eclampsia then I will not be allowed to go past 39 weeks (which is this week) and if it is gestational hypertension then I won't be allowed to go past 40 weeks (Wednesday next week). I feel fine other than a headache every now and then.

My bed rest isn't as strict as some, I can get up to make a sandwich, shower, etc. I am not supposed to pick up Isaak and I don't have to be in bed. I can be on the couch, reclined with my feet up.

I have contractions every day, off and on. This has been going on for about 2 months now. They are getting stronger but nothing consistent. Every time they start I wonder, "is this it" and start timing them.

So...we wait.  The bags are packed, the carseat is in the car. We are as ready as we will ever be.