Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ob/Ultrasound Update

Tuesday was my weekly OB appointment.    At exactly 37 weeks pregnant, I measured 41 weeks pregnant.  No wonder I can't sleep.  This belly is waaaaaaaay to big!

The baby's heart rate was 120 which is a little lower than normal for her but the doctor said she wasn't worried because that happens to a lot of babies as they get closer to their due date.

Yesterday we went for another BPP ultrasound.  Just like the one last week, Rebecca chose to sleep through most of it.  But after a lot of me switching positions  and Rebecca being annoyed by the poking and prodding, she finally woke up enough to move around and then she finally took her 30 practice breaths.

Another one of the things they check in the BPP is the health of the placenta.  The Doppler looked good in one of the scans and was a little high in the other but not high enough for the doctor to be concerned. 

The only real concern the doctor had was for me and all of this extra amniotic fluid I'm toting around.  He again offered to do an amnio to remove some of the fluid, and again I said no.  It's just going to come back and there's a risk it would bring on delivery.

I don't want to do anything to bring on delivery before April 10th, so I think it's better if I just be slighltly miserable for two more weeks and hope and pray for the best.

The doctor said he estimates that I am carrying roughly 1 1/2 to 2 extra liters of fluid.  Y'all!  No wonder I can't sleep!  In addition to a baby, I'm also carrying around the equivalent of a 2 liter bottle of Coke in my belly.

Although, I guess I shouldn't be complaining too much about lack of sleep.  Last night, I only got up 3 times between 10:30 pm  and 4:00 am to use the bathroom and was able to go back to sleep fairly quickly after each time.  I was basically up from 4:00 on though tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable. But this is a huge improvement over the two previous nights when I moved from bed, to couch, to chair, to bed, etc. in an attempt to get comfortable enough for sleep - and all of that in between TEN trips to the bathroom.  The baby has decided that my bladder makes a nice pillow, I guess.

One of the things that helped me yesterday I think was that she has switched from head down and on my bladder position to a more transverse position. It made sleep possible.

And here is a blurry scan of baby girl.  She was not happy with us trying to see her face and kept her hands over her eyes each time the ultrasound wand got near her face. Stubborn little thing!


MarianneF said...

I'll be praying a rosary for you and Rebecca today. That picture is so cute!

Mari said...

I'm sorry you've been so miserable. I remember how I felt at the end, and I wasn't carrying around that extra coke bottle! Praying for you and Rebecca. I love the picture!

Mary Beth said...

God Bless You! As someone who has had too much amniotic fluid it is very uncomfortable and you are a trooper. I've also had a full term twin pregnancy and I think the extra fluid was worse. You are in my prayers. And that ultasound picture is the cutest I have ever seen!

Aimee said...

Still thinking of you and praying for you, even though I've been limiting the time in the blog world during Lent. Hugs to you!

Elise said...

Praying for you and your sweet Rebecca, Beth.

Madeline said...

I love her little stubborn spirit. She is a fighter! I am so glad she took her practice breaths. Hang in there with your Coke bottle. Many many prayers coming at you both!

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are such a wonderful Mom….willing to give up sleep for a few more weeks to keep her in place. (Not that we would expect less from you)
I hope you are able to get the rest you need over then next few weeks.
Her picture is screaming: I'm trying to have some privacy here!!! ;)