35 weeks

Closer to the finish line!

Miles still looks great on the ultrasound. He’s nice and active, he’s doing a lot of “practice” breathing, and he weighs about 5 pounds, give or take a pound.

It’s when I get on the NST that things go awry. Well, not awry, really, but it becomes obvious that the contractions aren’t in my head.  I had 3 in twenty minutes, yuck. The one thing that’s reassuring to me is to sit there and think, ok, yeah, ow, this is a contraction, and then look at the monitor and be correct. At least I know what I’m feeling is real!  My OB checked me and luckily, I haven’t dilated any more since last week. So that’s good news! She told me I can cut back on the terbutaline now, take it every 12 hours instead of every 6.  She said if the amount of contractions I have doesn’t increase, I can stop taking it. Oh please oh please oh please! She said, “I know it makes you feel crappy, and I don’t want you to feel any more crappy than you have to during these last few weeks.”

We also discussed that I’ll be switching from Lovenox to Heparin now, which means two shots a day instead of one. I was never really clear on why they made the switch, but then she said, “Switching now will be good, because if you’re on the Heparin they’ll only make you wait 12 hours if you come to the hospital, as opposed to 24 hours with Lovenox.”

Wait, what?

Yeah. If I do the Lovenox, and I go into labor, they’ll make me wait 24 hours from the time of my last injection to get my epidural. If I’m on the Heparin, they only make me wait 12 hours from my last injection.

If you’re wondering if I’m stressed about this, the answer is YES. YES I AM.  She told me that if I feel like I’m in prelabor or if I feel like I’m starting to labor officially, I should just skip my dose that day, it won’t hurt me. But here’s the thing. I don’t know what prelabor feels like! Or labor, either! I was induced with Maddie, and I didn’t experience going into labor on my own. In fact, the induction didn’t really even work very well and nothing even really started happening until they broke my water, and after that I got my epidural.

My fear is that I’ll do my injection, and then an hour later my water will break and I’ll be screwed. Ha! I suppose there’s no point in worrying about it right now, it’s only going to stress me out. Need to stay calm.

If I get to 39 weeks (which is Thanksgiving Day), I’ll be induced on November 30th.

So we’ll see. I wouldn’t mind him coming at 38 weeks.

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34 weeks

A few months back, when I made all my biweekly/weekly appointments for NSTs and ultrasounds, I remember the receptionist telling me that there were a couple times I wouldn’t need to see the doctor, I’d just need to have an NST and ultrasound. Well wouldn’t you know it, this was one of those weeks, and of course I really wanted to see my OB today. So I called, and they told me to just mention it when I got to my appointment and she’d pop her head in while I was on the monitor and answer my questions.

Turns out I didn’t even need to worry about asking to see her, because based on the number of contractions I was having while on the monitor, she wanted to see me anyway. We talked about the contractions, and she decided to keep me on the terbutaline until 37 weeks. Even though I’m still having contractions, the terb is probably stopping SOME of them, so that’s a good thing. Then she decided she wanted to check me. I laid back, convinced that I was still closed up tight. But nope. Dilated to 1 1/2. So these damn contractions are actually causing cervical changes.

I realize that you can be at 1 1/2 to 2 for weeks and weeks and not go into labor. It just seems so soon to be dilating, and with the contractions, it just makes me a little nervous.

So, we’ll play it by ear. If the contractions get worse, I”m supposed to call. Otherwise, I’ll see her again next week. Another NST, another ultrasound.

OH! And he’s not breech anymore. So that’s awesome. 🙂

 

Unexpected.

So remember when I said I felt like baby had dropped, because I had SO much pressure in my pelvis?

Yeah, well, the head I thought was lodged down there is actually feet. His head is now up by my ribs. At my last u/s two weeks ago, his head was way down by my hips. She showed me his feet, and they are right on top of my cervix, pressing away. That explains the pressure and the shooting pains, and the constant need to run to the bathroom, because he keeps kicking my bladder.

They’re estimating him at 4 lbs 11 oz right now, which she said is right on for my dates.

I had a few contractions on the monitor, nothing they were too concerned about. Still on bed rest, though not as strict. She said don’t ride a horse, don’t have sex, don’t run to Target, but don’t be in bed 24/7 either because that’s not good for me either. Basically, just try to keep my feet up as much as possible. So not back to work yet. We’ll reevaulate at my appointment next week (with my regular OB).

When I asked her what the chances of him flipping back to a head down position were, she didn’t seem too optimistic. She said once they get their feet burrowed into the pelvis (which is where they are) it becomes harder for them to turn. So it’s possible, but she doesn’t know for sure. She said that if we get to 36 weeks and he’s still head down, we’ll discuss doing an external cephalic version (which I”m told is not a pleasant experience). I asked her if that would work for sure, and she said, “Honestly? No. Our flip rate is between 25 and 35%, and of those, not all of them stay head down anyway.” So basically, if we hit 36 and he’s still butt down, we’ll schedule a c-section.

Yikes.

So anyway. That’s that.

33 weeks

Still here. Another week closer to “full term”! As of today, I have 6 weeks max before this baby is here. That’s a scary thought! Exciting, of course, because truth be told, I can’t wait to get my hands on this precious little package, but still…another baby! In my house! A baby!

I can’t wait. 🙂

Last night, I woke up several times with horrible cramps. I felt like I was getting my period times 50, or like I was going to have to get up and go #2, like, NOW. Except I didn’t have to go to the bathroom. The cramps subsided for awhile, then came back again, then went away again. During all of this, my cats were glued to me. It freaked me out a little bit, I’m not gonna lie. It’s like they were possessed! One was perched on my hip, the other was rubbing his face against mine over and over and purring like a madman. Weirdos!

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow for the works — NST, ultrasound, and appointment with the doctor.  I’m really hoping they’ll lift the bed rest, but I don’t know. Truth be told, laying down is the only thing that’s keeping the contractions from coming faster, and he’s SO low in my pelvis that even getting up to go the bathroom causes me pain. My hope is that if I’m not dilating, they’ll lift the restrictions and I can at least go back to work for a couple weeks.

 

Getting ready.

I’m hoping I’m wrong, but I have a sinking feeling that I’m not going to make it to 39 weeks. Maybe not even 37 . The past two days I have been so, so crampy. Yesterday was bad. I couldn’t get comfortable, I was in pain, he was pressing down so hard on my cervix that I thought he might pop out. Today isn’t as bad, but the cramps are still there, taunting me. All I can do is hope that this doesn’t mean I’m dilating or effacing. I’ll find out on Friday. Fingers crossed.

My mom came over today to help me finish up some little things in Miles’ room. We got the pictures hung, the wall decals up, and she took the rest of his laundry to do at her house so we can have that ready to go, just in case.

Pictures!

Some reassurance. Some frustration.

At about 2:00 this morning, I woke up with a nagging, crampy feeling in my lower back, along with intense pelvic pressure.  I thought maybe it was just the way I was laying, so I switched positions. And then switched positions again. Nothing worked. It ached, it throbbed, and the pressure in my pelvis? OW. Finally, about 9:30 this morning, I gave in and called the OB’s office. They wanted me to come in, of course, so off I went like a good little patient.

They hooked me up to the NST and Miles looked great. My suspicions about him dropping proved to be true, because they found his heartbeat right above my pelvic bone, when last week it was up above my belly button. I had maybe one mild contraction while on the monitor (of course — they’re going to think I’m crazy I’m sure) but my back was just burning the entire time.

The nurse came in and told me that I didn’t have a bladder infection, but that I had a ton of white blood cells in my urine, which indicates some sort of infection. They put me on an antibiotic, and I’ll find out what the infection is on Monday. We’re guessing UTI, but who knows. That could be causing the back pain.

Dr. came in (not my normal OB) and said she was going to do a fFN. I told her I’d had one last week, did I need to do it again since it was negative, and she said we didn’t have to do it, no, because a negative result is good for two weeks, but if we did do it, and it came back negative again (which was the most likely result) it would get me to 34 weeks, and at that point, they won’t stop labor. So I told her to go ahead and do it.  She also did a cervical check. Cervix is very soft and open on the outside, but still long, so that’s good.

I go back again next Friday, again not with my regular OB, but we’ll see what happens then. I don’t know if she’ll even check me again. I might ask her to, though.

The fFN did come back negative, which means there’s a less than 1% chance that I’ll go into labor in the next two weeks. This begs the question, why am I on bedrest?  I sat here pondering that thought, and in the meantime, I had 4 contractions. So, when I lay in bed like I’m supposed to, I have maybe 1 -2 contractions an hour. The minute I get up, they come back full force.

Guess that’s why.