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20 March, 2014

Well, here we go again - pregnancy update

Yesterday I was feeling kind of worn out. Like I'd hit "The Wall" when it comes to being pregnant.  I've been doing my best to really offer it up and just to be thankful, but sometimes it's really hard.

This morning I woke up and my usual morning puffiness was lingering.  I was glad that I'd scheduled my midwife appointment for after my eye exam so I could maybe de-puff a bit before my weekly check up.

No such luck.  My 35 week (or 36 week according to how I'm measuring) appointment didn't start off to well.

The weigh in was a little high, as I had mentioned on Monday it might be.  And then my blood pressure was up past the danger zone.  So she took it again.  Still high.  And then again with a different machine.  Even higher. Hmmm.

I went in to my appointment. She did the fundus measurements, checked the baby positioning, and we did that super fun GBS test.  Everything is measuring and looking great.

She took my blood pressure again. And it was still as high as it was when I first walked in.

So here we go again.

This is how my preeclampsia started out with Evie.  Right at 36 weeks I puffed up and my BP sky rocketed.

Good news, since I've been through this before I know what to expect.  And more good news, if you have preeclampsia a second time it's usually not as bad.  Bad news, it still comes with so many risks and complications.

But no official diagnosis yet.

I am in the process of doing the 24 hour urine test.  And tomorrow when I go turn it in they will draw a full set of labs.  Monday I have to go back in to have my BP taken.  And then Thursday I have my regular check up.

In the meantime, I have to take it easy.  She said strict bed rest isn't necessarily proven to be better than just resting and staying low key. But she did say I have to take it seriously. I also can't have any processed food because of the sodium.

As of right now, we're just taking it a day at a time.  With Evie my previous midwife waited an extra week to do these tests, was on bed rest when the results came in, so right around 37 weeks. And then she induced at 38 weeks.

This midwife / this go around, she's hoping we can make it to 39 weeks or whenever natural labor starts.

So...we'll see!  Thank you Twitter friends who have already sent their thoughts and prayers, I really appreciate it!

I'll keep y'all posted :)


  1. We are living parallel lives! I had high blood pressure at my appointment today and got sent home with the giant jug for the 24 hour urine test. I'm going to do it this weekend. They made me lay on my side for a few minutes and recheck, but I could feel it rising with my anxiety as I laid there. And it did. I really think I have medical office induced high blood pressure. Hopefully the urine test comes out fine. I do want to pay more attention to sodium in processed food. I had pizza for lunch, probably pushed me over the edge.

  2. But baby is head down, so that's good.

  3. YAY!!!!! That's great!

    No joke on the parallel lives - I had pizza for lunch today too! Ha! I feel a little better this this evening after laying on my side for a bit, but we'll see. Good luck with the urine test! Keep me posted!

  4. I'll let you know. If it's preeclampsia, I'm sure I'll have more questions for you too. Thinking low bp and no protein thoughts for you!


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