Well what an interesting week it’s been! I’ve been monitoring my blood pressure from home and it’s been pretty high. I had a scheduled Dr.’s appt. for Wednesday but called the Dr.’s office on Monday to let them know my numbers. They had me come in on Tuesday morning. My Dr. told me that I needed to stop working and if my diastolic number got over 100 to call labor and delivery. Well sure enough later that day my blood pressure hit 151/101. I called the Dr.’s office to see if I really needed to call labor and delivery and they said yes.
I went with my husband to the hospital and was monitored for about 2-3 hours. They checked the baby’s heartbeat the entire time to make sure that he wasn’t under any stress. My blood pressure ended up stabilizing but the Dr. that was on call said I should go to the hospital twice a week for fetal monitoring. So, on Thursday I had another Dr.’s appt. She said that because I was doing the fetal monitoring I only needed to come in on Wednesday the next week rather than see her twice a week. She also said that she might decide to induce me on Wednesday. (I’m really hoping that she does!)
After my Dr.’s appt. I went to the hospital for fetal monitoring. They watched my blood pressure and the baby’s heartbeat for about 30 minutes. They also gave me an ultrasound to check how much amniotic fluid etc. was left. Ethan was sucking his thumb which was pretty cute and also practice breathing. I haven’t heard otherwise and today is Sunday, so I think everything looked pretty good. I have another fetal monitoring appt. on Monday so will keep you posted.
As far as symptoms, I think I’ve been having contractions. Not Braxton Hicks but the real ones. My stomach for the past 2 nights has been feeling like I have moderate period cramps. I’ve also had an upset stomach for the past 2 days. I’m not sure if it’s something I ate or signs that labor is near. From some reading online it looks like it might be a sign that labor is on its way! It would be great if I went into labor naturally rather than being induced.
My husband put together the dresser we bought for the nursery and a bookshelf so I’m finally getting the nursery in order. Things are falling into place and I feel like we are just about ready to welcome Ethan into the world.