99 days left! HOORAY!
It’s been a rough couple of days, that’s for sure.
I went to see Dr. Wilson on Tuesday for the gestational diabetes test…I still don’t have the results back yet (they typically don’t call unless there’s a problem, so that makes me happy – but they may still have not received the results yet, too). But, my blood pressure was high again, and Dr. Wilson was concerned about it. He checked it again with another machine, with another cuff, several times and it was still pushing 140/85-ish (It started at 159/85). So he re-classified me as high risk, and referred me to Dr. Fuentes, who I saw at 13 weeks for the NT scan. He’s a maternal-fetal (high risk) doctor.
So I scheduled the appointment for this morning, and had the appointment at 9:30 this morning, and left feeling much more relieved than I did when I went in.
First, they did another ultrasound (yay!) to make sure that the blood pressure wasn’t affecting Angelica. Sure enough, she measured perfectly with her due date, and weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces, which is right on where she should be weight-wise as well. And her heart rate was 135, which is also perfectly normal. In fact, everything measured right where it should, the organs measured right where they should – she is a perfect baby (and I’m a proud mommy!)
She’s also laying in what looks to be an uncomfortable position – she’s up above my belly button, stretched out horizontally with her back up.
I also got confirmation that the placenta IS located in the perfect place and there’s no need to be worried about the need for a c-section.
So, Dr. Fuentes said that where the blood pressure is at now, he’s not worried. He said that as long as the bottom number is under 90, he’s happy because that’s what they worry about. The top number can be elevated due to just being pregnant, or by your heart rate being increased (stress, nerves, movement, etc) but the bottom number is your blood pressure at rest, which should always be under 90. So he said he’s not worried, and told me not to worry unless he’s worried. He said it’s definitely not high enough to be worth prescribing medication, which was a relief.
He did advise me to buy a home blood pressure monitor and take my BP once a day to make sure that bottom number doesn’t go consistently over 90. I’ll be picking one of those up after work today.
I also now have to go see the doctor more often, though – I have another appointment with Diane at Dr. Wilson’s office on 4th of March, and then another appointment with Dr. Fuentes on March 19.
That was my fun adventure over the past 2 days. I’m much more relieved now, knowing that the baby is fine, and I will be taking steps to reduce my BP naturally through diet and exercise so that this doesn’t continue to be an issue!
99 days until you’re here little one! We can’t wait to meet you!