I had the first non-stress test (NST) and amniotic fluid check (AFI) this week. All went well with the big guy. The AFI was almost 13. I do have to up my dosage of bp meds as they did several readings and a couple were coming in at 90-92 for the second number. So that is ok, since I was on the lowest dose possible and she had warned me that I might have to increase the meds along the way. I did find out more about induction plans. My doc likes to start with cyrotec (sp?), which is an off-label use, but it ripens the cervix and results in more natural contractions. Unfortunately, because of my bp, I will have to be on monitors the whole time I’m in labor at the hospital. That means no walking or birthing tub. So that is disappointing.
He does seem to have dropped this week. I’m breathing better and the acid reflux is much better. I’ve had some pains and pressure in the cervical area. Plus I felt some contractions earlier this week! Overall, I still feel really good. I haven’t been experiencing low back or hip pain that make so many women uncomfortable.
On a bit of a sad note, it was a year ago today that my baby girl stopped growing (m/c #4), although I didn’t find out until several weeks later. The reason this is etched into my brain is because it is also the day my niece was born. Every mention of her makes me think of my little girl and there is just a dull sadness there. It feels really lonely too, because I can’t talk to my family about it. They can’t know what this day that they celebrate means to me. And I know I need to surround this little guy who is rolling around in there with positive thoughts and feelings, so hubby and friends will just tell me that. So today I’m going to work on some things around the house, get my hair cut, pick up a few things at a natural baby store and have a date night with my hubby.
Here is my 34 week belly….