Tuesday, June 9, 2009

36w4d Appointment

I have other things to post about but they'll have to wait until tomorrow. This will just be about my doctor appointment yesterday because I'm short on time.

We were really excited for our ultrasound since it's been 17 weeks since our last one. Amelia was drinking the fluid/sucking her fingers as she has done for almost every ultrasound we've had where we can see her mouth movement. Her head is way down and the ultrasound tech had to press very firmly on my pubic bone just to get a good shot of Amelia's head/face.

We have several pictures, but this one turned out the best. When I say "best", I mean "creepy". Ha. I have a feeling that if the machine had 3D capabilities this could have been a great shot. It's still pretty neat to see her chubby cheeks and cute little nose.

The purpose of this ultrasound was to measure her head and guess her weight. I have a disclaimer here. First, I'm not worried about having a big baby...I'm just not. I'm not telling you what they guessed on her weight so you can reassure me that my body will still birth this baby. I know it's capable. Also, I know that the ultrasound guesses can be off by 10% or even up to 1lb at this point. Having said all of that, based on the ultrasound measurements my child is already 7lbs, 6oz. And I have 3 1/2 weeks to go. Basically, if the measurements are correct I am on the road to a 9 1/2 pound kid. Anyone want some cute newborn outfits? I don't think I'll need them! According to her weight, she's in the 87th percentile right now. I love chunky babies.

My doctor appointment didn't go so well. My swelling, rapid weight gain, blood pressure, and protein in my urine all pointed to preeclampsia/toxemia. The nurse took my blood pressure, didn't tell me what it was, left the room and came back about 5 minutes later and took it again. Still high. I think it was 147/98...I can't remember. The doctor ordered lab work and I'm pretty confident everything will come back okay. The reason I say that is because when I take my blood pressure at home it's relatively normal. Then again, I've been taking it after I've had my feet up for a while. I was told to take it easy last night and then rest this morning. He wanted me to take the day off work today but since it's my last week he agreed that going in late after resting in the morning would be okay. I should have my blood test results back today and that will determine if I need to go back to the doctor to get my blood pressure checked again on Wednesday.

Whew.

More interesting post to come tomorrow!

4 comments commented:

Jennifer said...

You're almost there girl! What a fun ultrasound picture - it's fun seeing their little faces, even if it's just in black and white like that.

I'm going to have a big baby too - my guess will be close to ten pounds as well. Their growth inside of us never ceases to amaze me!

Hoping you get some rest and feel some relief from the swelling. Just a little bit more to go! (o:

Jennifer said...

Hunk a burning baby love! Hope the rest of your pregnancy is smooth sailing. Take it easy, almost there. :)

Diane said...

You're in the home stretch! You're such a trooper too. Hope there's some relief from the swelling soon. The pudge on big babies is so dang cute!

Mainly a midwife said...

Well, to look on the bright side...women with preeclampsia usually go into labor on their own a little earlier than the norm. Or your doc recommends induction. So maybe she won't get to be 9lbs! Our baby is around 7-7.5 lbs right now too.. I'm hoping to deliver a little early too :) Hang in there!!!