Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Almost 37 week appt

I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow. It was my goal to make it to 37 weeks so I'm glad we did. Mark was able to go to my appt with me today, which I was very thankful for. I was so nervous about him going to my exam appts with me at first, but now he's pretty much my security blanket and I'm much more relaxed at the appts when he's with me.

I've lost another pound since last week, and my blood pressure was 135/85!! Woohoo!!!! It was 129/76 an hour before at home, so it didn't go up too much. I'm 5 cm dilated now, 75% effaced and her head is at a -2 position now. Our OB said I'm very close and I'm feeling more ready for this every day. (By "this" I mean labor and delivery.) She did say that she thinks she'll be a pretty decent sized baby - between 8 and 8.5lbs. If she's huge, it's 100% Mark's fault since big babies run in his family. Since I was a twin, I was pretty small and my dad was like 4lbs or something when he was born, so she won't be getting her large-ness from me. Although I'm not sure it'll make a huge difference if she's 7lbs or 8lbs when I'm pushing her out...

I've been tracking my BP at home, and brought my records in to Dr. B, and she was glad that I had done that and made copies of them and put them in my records. I asked her what her opinions were on my BP "problems" and if she thought they'd be a huge issue during labor and delivery and she brought up a good point. She said that my BP seems to be high at the beginning of appts or situations and then it goes down once I get settled down, which is 100% true. She said that if I go into triage with high BP, but it goes down after that, that that should reassure her (or whoever the on-call dr is) that I'm okay. She pointed out that even after she'd completely freaked me out last week, by the end of my appt, my BP was normal, so she thinks once I get settled into labor at the hospital it should be okay, unless there really is a problem. She also said that if I'm 6+ cm next week that they might consider breaking my water. She's worried about me walking around and being far away from the hospital (it's about a 20 min drive from our house, without traffic) because she thinks I'll have a very quick labor and I might not make it to the hospital on time if I go into labor on my own when I'm already 6+cm dilated.

And those of you who kept telling me to pack the bags, they're all packed and they were even in the back of the car during our OB appt just in case. =)

5 comments:

Em said...

My two cents: don't let anyone break your water unless you've been in labor for awhile and things aren't progressing -- even THEN, I would be very hesitant about doing it. Your waters cushion your labor and sometimes don't break until the baby is on her way out. From my understanding, your labor could be easier with your waters intact. Maybe ask Julie what she thinks about it?

Jeff said...

Yeah I was surprised that she would break your water as well. In any case, you sound like you are getting more calm. I am so excited for you!

I had no idea that you were a twin!

J.A.Scherff said...

Looking forward to a facebook status that says: I'm having a baby!!! :) Good luck.

Liz said...

that is odd. I was logged in as my husband. aha ha

Jackie said...

I agree about breaking your water... My labor was horrible after they broke mine, and it was still 12 more hours until Ady was born.