So my Week 38 appointment had a bit more unexpected things that we were not prepared for. I guess we got a bit spoiled with the easy pregnancy and was just so happy that she was head down that we didn't think that anything this far in the game could happen... well not so much.
We went to our appointment yesterday and had to wait for a while because everyone was trying to get into the office before Thanksgiving.
Basically, this momma has elevated blood pressure (Gestational Hypertension). It has been creeping up - last week it was borderline and yesterday it was the highest that its ever been. Not sure why, but of course pregnancy induced hypertension is nothing to sneeze at. They took my blood pressure four times during my hour long appointment and each time it was higher and higher. My doctor made me lie down in the dark, not talk and on my left side in order to see how long it would take to come down before she would let me leave. If it didn't come down within a certain frame, she was going to send me to the hospital. What's interesting was that I grabbed my hospital bag when we left the house and my husband was like, "what are you bringing that for? I said at this point, you never know what she might say" and we were this close to having to go yesterday.
So needless to say, I am on Maternity Leave officially. I am a bit sad about it because I really don't want to use leave before she gets here but thats ok, because I am thinking this furlough that we just went through just prepared us for what it may be like at the end of this maternity leave if I don't have enough to take.
The other thing pertaining to different directions and unexpected plans - Baby Grace decided she wants be sunny side up (what the doctor called as Occiput Posterior position). Babies are supposed to be faced down for easier delivery. When she was checked for head down position she was laying on her side, but that wasn't a big deal because she could rotate to her stomach with no problem.
This visit, Grace has her knees up in my stomach and is laying on her back. Not ideal at all. I could see the wheels turning in my doctor's head as she said she has to come up with a plan because if in fact she may have to induce me because of my blood pressure, it may mean long labor, back labor and her having to physically turn her if she can actually get her head past the bone which at this point she doesn't think its possible. Meaning, she may have to come via c-section.
As much as it is a lot to process within an hour, we leave it in God's hands. However, she comes is how she is supposed to come. Now I am sitting here, on Maternity Leave but not on bed rest, trying my best to be patient while nesting (despite my watermelon sized ankles), waiting for my baby girl to come.
Also, my parents arrived in town!!! WOO HOO! So I do have relief because my mom is here and she has had complicated deliveries and it helps that she can give me some peace about whats going on.
They came with the rest of the gifts and cards from the Texas Baby Shower that was held in our honor. We were so surprised at the generosity of people whom we have never met. They sent so much to us that we are definitely set for whatever need she may have for the next two years! (not exaggerating) I tried so hard to not let all the gift cards burn a hole in my pocket.
We are just so thankful and have already planned our summer trip to Texas. I can't wait! I love Tex-Mex food so I am looking forward to that the most.
Now to plan some recipes out for Thanksgiving.
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday week!