Tuesday, June 07, 2005

News from my INTERESTING OB appointment at 34 weeks and 6 days

Blood pressure - OK
Urine - OK
Weight - OK in the grand scheme of things, I rather not say my 2 week weight gain this time!
Baby's Heart Rate - OK
Effaced - about 50%
Dilated - 0 cm

I never liked going to these doctor appointments because they were so quick and uneventful. Well NOT ANYMORE! I wasn't sure if I would be having an internal exam today or not. They typically start those at 36 weeks but I had messed up my appointments when I had the flu a few months back so I'm a week off. So I wasn't sure if they would do one at 35 weeks or my next appointment at 37 weeks but I requested one. I rather have one sooner than later.

So for setting the stage of the story I'll reveal how much I gained in the past 2 weeks...8 lbs!!! Now one would think that isn't humanly possible but don't underestimate me. If anyone can do it, I CAN!! I thought my 8 lb weight gain around the holidays was bad and that was after 4 weeks!

Anyway I was pretty shocked about the weight gain, that's a total of 50 lb so far. I know I FEEL huge but really I don't see an additional 50 lbs on me so it was rather surprising. So she measures my stomach and casually asks me if I'm still working to which I respond yes. She then says "OK well you need to STOP!" Ummm, what? Repeat please? Why I often dream of people telling me to not work, I was not expecting it and I had a feeling it wasn't because she just thought I deserved a break. And this was different than my "reduced hours" because that was more me saying to my Doctor "hey can you help me out with this work thing?" But this time it was all them! It's because I'm measuring at 44 weeks! FORTY-FOUR WEEKS! Need I remind you I am only 35 weeks along?? Pregnancies typically only go to 40 weeks. My uterus is the size of 44 weeks!! What does this mean? Good question but I'm going to have a sonogram tomorrow (or as soon as I can get in) to make sure everything looks good. It's all fluid in my stomach which is where the 8lb weight gain came from. (While it's alarming it made me feel better it wasn't from me stuffing my face.) I think the only thing the sonogram will tell me is if the baby's size is still OK. But everything else was good, baby's heart rate is fine so no distress. She just wants me home resting incase my water breaks.

Apparently when you are that big it puts pressure on your uterus. Your uterus then thinks you are full term therefore will start contractions. Which is why (they say) twins generally go early. I mentioned my Braxton Hicks contractions seem to be rather frequent but they aren't painful at all so she confirmed it's nothing to worry about. I would know if they were pre-term contractions. And she said at this point I'm far enough along that they wouldn't do anything to stop it. My doctor even said the same thing with the fluid happened to her when she was pregnant. She was put on rest for a couple of weeks and the excess fluid went away and all was back to normal. So it doesn't mean that anything is "wrong."

Anyway so I got my "eventful" appointment. They want to see me back next week instead of waiting 2 weeks. So check this site frequently since I won't be working and will be bored and lonely, I'll probably have a lot of updates! Although it will probably be things like "yup, still sitting at home...alone....bored." But check anyway :)

And just to emphasize the doctor DOES NOT FEEL THAT ANYTHING IS WRONG and doesn't think I'll be having the baby in the next couple weeks (although she did say she doesn't think I'll make it to July 13th.) But really there is no way to know for sure. A co-worker of mine was put on bed rest at about 4 months because the baby was trying to come early and after all that, they couldn't even get the baby to come out when it was time! So there is nothing to worry about. REPEAT: THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT (repeating this is more for my benefit.)

I'll post the results of my sonogram which I won't know anything until the end of the week. The lab doesn't tell me anything so they won't send results to my doctor until the next day then I have to wait for my doctor to call me, yadda yadda yadda. Until next time!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohhh this I gotta see.. a 44 week belly?! Yow! Post pics!


6:52 PM  
Blogger Mama C-ta said...

Ask and ye shall receive :)

8:25 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Damn girl, you must be in pain. I hope it all turns out okay. Maybe this will mean your little one will be coming sooner? I gained 9lbs in 10 days and I got to have Gavin that day (okay they induced me that day he came the day after). I won't be surpirsed to read that he is coming in the next week or two. Take care!

11:02 PM  
Blogger KELLI BELLY said...

Meghan was measuring a little bigger a couple months ago then she evened out. Wow, you get another sonogram, just another chance to catch a glimpse of that sweet baby! Thats ok about lunch. Whenever your ready, just say the word. You'll be just fine girly! Keep me updated! XOXOXO

9:37 AM  

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