Thursday, July 26, 2012

NST (34w2d) and OB Appt. (34w5d)

NST:

The NST went well. Milica is looking great on the monitoring. Her heart is doing everything it should be doing. She is looking perfect.

My BP was 115/72, which is fabulous!

My fluid was a 10.7. Remember, anything over a 5 is considered good. It is a little lower than last week but the OB attending said that could be from how she is positioned. Depending on how she positions herself the fluid gets dispersed a little differently each time.

I was having several contractions on the monitor. Over the course of about 2 hours I had about 8-10 contractions. Most of them were completely painless. I could feel my belly hardening and uterus tightening but other than very mild discomfort they were nothing. It's normal at this stage in the game for my body to be "practicing" and preparing itself for labor and delivery. So, the contractions are really nothing to be concerned about. In fact they make me excited. Hopefully my body will begin labor before an induction would be necessary. I would just like to get her to full-term so we don't have to do the NICU thing again and so she can come home with me. I also think Joseph's time in the NICU impeded our nursing relationship and I'm hoping she is prepared for the outside world when she's born so that we can establish a strong nursing relationship immediately after her birth.

I will have a NST before leaving for our vacation on Saturday. I will include that NST update in with my 35 week post.

OB Appt.:

The OB appt. went well.

My BP was 124/80. I am measuring at 35 weeks.

Milica is doing great. Her heart-rate was in the 150's.

I asked the OB about the excessive hiccups she's been having (sometime she gets them 8-10 times a day). She said it was nothing to worry about. I figured it probably wasn't, but I wanted to make sure.

I lost a pound since my last OB appt.

I do not have to see the OB again for two weeks. I will be further along gestationally than I ever got in my pregnancy with Joseph. That is very exciting for me. I've wanted so much to get her closer to full-term than I was with Joseph. After that next appt. we will start going to weekly visits.

Something showed up in the urine and I might have another UTI. They're sending it out for cultures. I sure hope that I don't have another infection.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

34w0d

Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby now measures about 20.25 inches (45cm) in total length and weighs around 5.5 lbs (2550g). Crown to rump measurement is about 13.2 inches (33cm). She continues to grow and fatten up, especially in the shoulder area, and kicks regularly. The fine lanugo hair that covered your baby is shedding, though some may still be present when your baby is born. Your baby's eyes are blue, though this may change soon after birth or much later after birth. Your baby's fingernails are growing. They already reach the tips of her fingers and they may even look quite long and pointy by the time she is born. Your baby may even have some scratch marks from scratching her face with her fingernails. Your baby is probably feeling quite cramped right now and her movements are restricted by her growing size.

Here we are. More than 1/2 through the last trimester. If I deliver Milica at the same gestational age I delivered her brother she could be here in 14 days!! We are 20 days away from full-term and 41 days away from her EDD.

I'm still experiencing a lot of preggo insomnia. Most nights it hits pretty hard and I'm lucky to get a few hours of broken rest. Every once in a while (like last night) I sleep like a rock and wake up in the exact position I fell asleep in. I prefer those nights over the insomniac ones.

Today I also woke up with a lot of congestion and sinus discomfort. I remember something similar to this in the first trimester when my body was making excess amounts of mucous. I'm hoping it's something like that or maybe just allergies. I hope I'm not coming down with a cold. I'm going to try and take it easy today and maybe tomorrow and make sure this isn't developing into a cold. I really don't want to have to deal with a summer cold at this stage of the game.

Milica must be getting pretty heavy because I'm noticing a lot more pressure in my hips and low back. It's difficult to walk at times depending how she's settled in if I've been laying down or sitting for a while. I'm noticing a return of heartburn as well.

The hormones must be increasing again because my acne has gotten pretty bad. I've also noticed my BBs are extremely puffy and tender.

I feel okay other than feeling big and worn out. I'm trying my best to not exert myself physically and take it as easy as being home alone with a nearly 4 year old will allow.

I have an NST on Monday and then an OB appt. on Thursday. Unless something is significantly wrong at the NST I probably will just wait until after the OB appt. to do a blog update. Unless the doctor feels things are taking a turn we should be leaving for vacation soon. A vacation that I plan on doing nothing but laying by the pool, on the beach, or napping. I think it will be perfect relaxation before Milica's debut.

And speaking about her debut. I'm getting a little more nervous as the big D day approaches. As many of you know, I had a 33 hour induction with Joseph because of the PIH and pre-e. I really hope this labor goes smoother for both her and I. It would be nice to not need an induction. So far my body seems to be handling the PIH like a champ, so I'm hoping we can shoot for labor beginning naturally. But, I will of course do whatever is best for my little girl. I'm nervous about her size too. She's been pretty big on the growth side of things for the ultrasound. Joseph was only 6lb. 1oz. I think his sister will far surpass that. But regardless of how long or hard labor will be, I can't wait to meet this little girl, have her Daddy meet her, and introduce her to her big brother.

The pictures were taken today at 34w0d.



Monday, July 16, 2012

Doctor's Appt. (33w2d)

Today was my 33 week check up.

My BP was a little elevated. I had it taken on 3 different occasions and all 3 times it was a little high. The average was about 130/90. This could just be an off day for me or it could signal a worsening of the PIH or the beginning of pre-e.

I am measuring a little ahead at 34 weeks. Milica's heart-rate was in the 140's and she is still in the head down position.

I started weekly NSTs and AFIs today. So, although I do not need to see the OB again until nearly 35 weeks, I will be at L&D once a week having Milica's progress monitored. The NST went well and Milica showed great variability. The OB resident said she was a very cooperative baby and showed them everything they like to see during the monitoring. The fluid level was a 12. According to the resident they are pleased with anything over a 5.

The OB is a little nervous about me traveling so late in my pregnancy. I've had a lot of complications thus far and she's worried about something happening and not being near home or beinf able to get adequate medical care for myself or Milica. We had planned our family vacation during my 35th week of pregnancy and although I cleared it with the OB months ago, a lot of pregnancy related issues have arisen since then. I did tell her that if during any of the monitoring before I leave if there is an indication that something is going wrong (or worse) or Milica isn't doing well that I would not be traveling. I see the OB two days before we leave. But, now I'm more nervous about traveling than I was before. I don't want to do anything to jeopardize my daughter's well being.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

33w0d

Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby weighs almost 5 lbs (2250 g) and is 12.8 inches (32cm) from crown to rump and about 19.8 inches (44cm) long. If your baby were born now, she would be considered "pre-term" rather than premature. This distinction is based on fetal maturity, particularly the maturity of the fetal lungs. A pre-term baby, unlike a premature baby, is likely to have well-developed lungs and is less likely to need intensive care. Your baby is surrounded by a red glow when sunlight shines on your belly and may be aware of this as she is able to differentiate between light and dark. Your baby's hair is getting thicker, though it may be a different color when she is older. She is currently shedding her lanugo, the fine downy hair that previously covered her body. More vernix, the waxy coating that protects your baby's skin while submerged in amniotic fluid, is building up. Your baby's adrenal glands are producing more steroid hormone, the androgen-like hormone that indirectly aids your milk production. Your baby is currently producing ten times more of this hormone than a normal adult and the adrenal glands are currently the same size as those of an adolescent. They will shrink after birth. Your baby is laying down bone. To do this, she will draw calcium from you. Your baby has taste buds and it has been suggested that she can taste and develop tastes for flavors found in the amniotic fluid, particularly flavors that you eat on a regular basis.

Here's my alarming numbers for this week. It still astounds me that we are getting so close to meeting our daughter. Firstly, if we were to have Milica at the same gestational age as Joseph, she would be here in 3 weeks! Three weeks?!? We only have approximately 16% left to go. We are 48 days away from the EDD. And we are 27 days away from full-term.

My cramping is feeling much better since starting the antibiotics. I only have a couple days left (thankfully) of them.

I'm noticing a little more swelling in my ankles if I spend too much time in the heat. Other than that the swelling isn't too bad. I keep reminding myself that I went on bedrest with Joseph at 30 weeks. So, the fact that I'm not on bedrest must mean that I'm doing better. With Joseph I was very, very swollen. The swelling this pregnancy seems to come and go and is usually caused from me not drinking enough water, pushing myself too hard, or being in the heat for too long.

I'm tired. But, I'm not sleeping well. Falling asleep is becoming a huge chore. It's gotten so difficult to fall asleep lately that I actually start having some major anxiety before I lay down. I'm exhausted and I just want to sleep, but my body just won't cooperate.

I have to sometimes force myself to eat. I just have no appetite at times. But if I don't eat I start feeling sick and very cranky.

It's been days since I've felt any contractions. Which leads me to believe that I was contracting due to the double infection I had.

Our next OB appt. is on Monday. I should be starting weekly NSTs this week. I'm not looking forward to the extra appointments, but I am looking forward to the extra reassurance that she's still doing well.

The pics were taken today at 33w0d.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

32w4d

Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby now weighs about 4.4 lbs (2000g) and measures about 12 inches (30cm) from crown to rump and about 19.4 inches (43cm) (I don't completely buy the length stats anymore. Joseph was born at 36 weeks and was only 18.75 inches) in total. Now that your baby is running out of room in your womb, you can probably see your belly moving as your baby kicks. (NOW?!? This has been happening since about 23 or 24 weeks!)Your baby may dream as she sleeps and when awake she may be alert, listening, feeling and even seeing dim shapes. Though your baby is still inside the womb, she is learning all the time as billions of neurons are making connections. Your baby is probably in her birth position by now (Yes, and Milica has been since 19 weeks). Your baby's lungs may be sufficiently developed by now, though if she were born now, she would probably still need an incubator to stay warm.

This is where I give you some numbers that totally astound me. We are 51 days away from Milica's due date. We are 30 days away from full-term. And we are 24 days away from the gestational age that I delivered Joseph. I've felt like this pregnancy has taken forever. But then I see these numbers and I can't believe she will be here within weeks. WEEKS!

Before I get into how I've been feeling I want to take a moment and talk about how lucky, fortunate, and blessed I am. I am so happy that I have a husband that is as excited about welcoming our new child as I am. He loves her so much. I love that he takes the time to talk to her and put his hands on her. I love that he is proud of my growing bump and that he finds it beautiful and special. I know not all women are fortunate to have this, and I am so thankful that I do.

So, a week ago today I went into L&D. My OB was to be out of town and I had been experiencing a lot of cramping and what felt like a possible infection (down there). The L&D resident took some swabs and made some slides and found that I had a yeast infection. They prescribed a cream and sent me on my way. I wasn't getting any relief with the cream though and as of yesterday was still cramping a lot. The cramping was tolerable but I didn't want to take any chances of it signaling cervical changes at only 32 weeks, so I tried to get into the OB's office. Unfortunately, since she had been out of town she was completely booked solid. The nurse talked to her and she requested that I head into L&D just to be checked out and make sure everything was okay.

I was lucky enough to be able to see the same resident at L&D. Thankfully he remembered everything from the week prior. He did some more swabs and made another slide to see if anything had changed or if anything new was growing. He also checked my cervix this time since I'd been cramping for so long. My cervix is still high, thick, and closed. This was a relief for me because I was beginning to get concerned about early dilation with all the cramping. The doctor was able to find a bacterial infection once he checked this new slide. It explained the continuing cramping and discharge I was still experiencing. This is my 4th (if I'm remembering correctly) vaginal infection this pregnancy. It means a round of what I call "Zombie" pills.

So, this week has obviously brought a lot of cramping (but hopefully that will be relieved after a few days of the antibiotics). I'm starting to get my preggo insomnia back. I'm exhausted (but the insomnia and the infection could be contributing to this). I've been experiencing a lot of heartburn the last few days. And I've noticed some swelling and growth in the BB department.
These pictures were taken on 32w1d.

Monday, July 2, 2012

31w2d

Milica's growth info for this week:

Your baby's total length is 18.9 inches (42cm) and she is perfectly formed! She measures about 11.6 inches (29cm) from crown to rump. All she has to do is fill out more. Your baby weighs almost 4 pounds (1800g). If she were to be born now, she would still need to be incubated as she has insufficient fat stores to keep it warm. Your baby can distinguish between light and dark. Your baby can hear the outside world quite well now, and can also hear the sounds of your heartbeat, your digestion and the blood rushing in the umbilical cord. The pitch of women's voices are in the range babies are most able to hear over all the internal background noise. Your baby is already familiar with your voice and will be able to recognize it after birth.

I'm so excited to be in this final leg of the pregnancy journey. It's been a long scary journey and I'm so glad that each day we're inching just a little bit closer to meeting our daughter.

There's been a slight reoccurence of the 1st trimester symptoms. I'm experiencing fatigue, excess EWCM, sore BBs, fatigue (did I mention that?), and mild nausea (luckily it's not as severe as the morning sickness was though).

I'm having trouble sleeping. It's not insomnia this time. I am absolutely tired and ready for sleep but I just can't get in a comfortable position. Last night I was trying to read in bed and it was nearly impossible to find a comfortable reading position that still allowed me to breathe. Breathing is getting harder and harder. I feel short of breath often throughout the day. I know it's from the pressure of my uterus. But it's just one more piece of evidence that I'm carrying different that I did with Joseph, because I never had this problem with him.

The exhaustion is probably the hardest for my boys to understand. I just don't have even a fraction of the energy I once did and I'm always kind of out of it because of the fatigue. I keep reassuring Joseph that he'll have his normal Mommy back in a few more weeks.

I've not had too many cravings throughout this pregnancy. But lately I cannot get enough Burger King Whoppers. In fact, I wish I had one right now!

These pics were taken yesterday at 31w1d.