Thursday, January 29, 2015

32 Weeks

The last month of this pregnancy has been incredibly stressful for me. When I went for my 28 week appointment (at 28 weeks 6 days), my blood pressure was high. That's nothing new for me - it normally is higher when I go to the doctor because I get anxious. But it was over 140 which is the magic number where they really worry about preeclampsia. 

They sent me home with a 24 hour urine collection kit (which is by far the most humiliating thing I have ever had to do) and told me to come back in a week. At that appointment (at 30 weeks) my blood pressure was high again and the protein level in my urine was higher than normal (although not in the preeclampsia range).

The next week we repeated the same thing. Rog came to my appointment (at 31 weeks) with me because we were sure they were going to diagnose me with preeclampsia and we wanted to come up with a plan of action. Surprisingly my protein level was down from the week before and my blood pressure came in right under 140. So they were significantly less concerned, but still wanting to watch me closely.

Yesterday I had an appointment (at 32 weeks) and my blood pressure was under 140 again. Everything else looked good too (measuring right at 32, good strong heartbeat), so the doctor said I could wait 2 whole weeks to come in!

I have an ultrasound next week (that they had me schedule a few weeks ago) to check Logan's growth, but since I'm measuring right on, everything should be great. I'm actually more worried they'll tell me he is measuring big than small!

We bought a blood pressure cuff and I have never had a blood pressure reading anywhere close to 140 at home, so I have a feeling all this has been just a case of doctor anxiety. But I am grateful to have doctors who are looking out for me and Logan and would so much rather have them play it safe than be sorry. I don't know how the rest of this pregnancy will play out (I could still develop preeclampsia or have some other complication arise), but I am grateful to have made it this far. I can't wait to have our Logan boy safely in my arms in 7 (or less) weeks and to finally be able to stop worrying so much about him!


Rachel said...

Oh no! Sorry it's been so stressful. Hoping for smooth sailing the rest of the time and a small, early baby :)