Thursday, February 4, 2010

Signs of Pre-Eclampsia

Gosh, I know I say this every single time, but it is still just crazy... I am 30 weeks. I can't beleive it! Baby girl is doing just fine. At her last u/s the doc said that she was "growing perfectly"... I can't even begin to ask for more than that!! She seems healthy and happy in her cozy (and getting cozier by the day) home. She is moving around regularly and it is just so fun to watch my belly protrude as she attempts to stretch and move. I swear sometimes she just gets to dancing and my entire belly pokes out in a million places at once!! I can't help but giggle constantly at her little acrobatics!

Well, it seems that although she is doing well, my blood pressure is on the rise. When they check it at the Doctor's office it is around 140-150/90... although my home monitor never gives me those high results and usually says I am around 135/85 at the absolute highest (only once or twice). I went to see my ob yesterday and she told me that I have orders to take it easy, not do anything when I get home, and if it gets any higher, I will be placed on bed rest... and then when I got home and check, my bp was 111/76. Go figure!

I am also going to do weekly ultrasounds, 24 hour urines, and HELLP panels to monitor how she is doing and the protein in my urine. My weekly ultrasounds were scheduled to begin at 32 weeks anyway, so we are just starting a week early. The 24 hour urines will be a huge inconvenience, but I'd do them daily if that is what it takes!

My protein has gone up from 305 at 12 weeks, to 550 at around 20 weeks, to 990 at 28 weeks. So, it's on the rise, but I think it is still within an okay range for now, but protein is part of pre-e, so they just want to make sure it doesn't get out of control.

I have only had protein in my urine once with the dip stick in the OB's office, and even then she said she was surprised it hadn't shown up sooner and that it likely was due to something I ate, although I don't know if that even matters since my 24 hours are on the rise.

So... that's my update. Not great news, but not horrible either. Basically, I just do my best to keep my blood pressure down and continue on what I am doing. If I do have to go on bed rest it will kill me only because it will eat up my maternity leave, and I'd much rather spend that time with my precious girl instead of just sitting around, but I'll do what I need to keep her growing and healthy for as long as possible. Hopefully we can at least make it to 36-37 weeks, which is only about 5-6 weeks away! OH MY HOLY COW!! Ooohh, deep breathes, deep breathes ;)

I have a baby shower this weekend, and am required to sit the whole time, but I am very excited for it. Thankfully we did it as early as possible "just in case", since it seems it might have been necessary. I'll keep you all updated! Thank you so much for your comments, thoughts, and prayers. They mean so much to me. I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many friends who know the ups and downs of diabetes!!
Oh, and her latest u/s pic... I know it's hard to pic her out, but it is her full face, tilted with her forehead toward the top right, chin toward the bottom left, and you can see both eyes, nose and her Daddy's lips!! :)


Araby62 (a.k.a. Kathy) said...

How wonderful!!!! Take it easy, girlie!

Layne said...

You have such a great attitude! I'm so glad that your little one is still doing well. Just keep taking it easy and I'm sure everything will turn out fine!

You've only got another 6-7 weeks!! YAY!! Let the countdown begin!

Bee said...

Awwwe! What a sweet face! I love ultrasound pictures!!

You're doing well, dear. I had issues with protein too - but my little missy waited until 38 weeks to make it here on her own despite a couple days in the hospital at 36 weeks for b/p, protein, and early contractions. I'll keep praying that she stays for another 6 weeks!

Have fun at your babyshower! They are awesome! :)

Laura said...

6 weeks left?! Wow, how did that go by so quickly? So happy for you Suzanne! Love the ultra sound photo. Amazing how you can already see her little features.

Enjoy these last few weeks. I still miss those movements of the baby inside. Although holding that precious girl will be amazing.

Have fun at your shower. So fun to bring it all home and see it all in your own house and in her own room.

Anonymous said...

So happy for you! You have done such a great job! I had my daughter at 36 weeks 3 days b/c of pre-eclampsia. Everything turned out fine. She is perfect in every way as I know your little baby girl will be. I think of you often and wish you well.

Take Care,
Patti Hill
Livonia, Michigan

Cara said...

You're almost there! :) Sending prayers that the pre-e will hold off and everything goes wonderfully well.