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After my appt on Friday, my dr scheduled a scan for today and an appointment to talk more, and to recheck my bp.
The scan was first. He passed the biophysical profile. Good heartbeat. Good movement.
They have told me over several ultrasounds that he would be a bigger baby. He's measured a week ahead the whole time, and he's been in the 76th percentile since they started giving me that number. But over the last 3 weeks, he's only gained a few ounces (instead of the normal 1.5 pounds), is now half a week behind, and measures at the 50th percentile (at 5lbs, 13 oz). He's not losing weight, so that's great, but his growth has slowed dramatically.
Then I went into the appt, and my blood pressure was 147/98, which made my dr cringe. She said that the hand pain I have is a blood pressure/ swelling side effect. I have also suddenly gained 5 pounds. Since Friday. None of this is good either.
So she is taking me out of work, effective right away. And she sent me home with the huge container to do a 24 hour urine collection. When I bring that back, she wants a bunch of blood work. And she's scheduled a fetal non-stress test.
So jeez. I liked when she said on Friday, I'd get him earlier, at 39 weeks. But now i'm worried. I'm really glad she is watching me closely, but now that I've seen the ultrasound and know it's affecting him in a negative way, it's hard not to worry about things. I almost wish she'd have just suggested that we induce right away.
__________________ Susan, dh Tom, dd Megan (15), ds Marcus (13), Our together miracle, baby Dean, 17 months
Crazy enough to try all over again for a second together baby! Hoping for a much less wild ride this time!
TTC with PCOS for 5 very long years. Annovulatory cycles. Multiple doctors. Different meds. One horrible loss. And then one wonderful success, born 2/18/14.
I never knew until that moment how badly it could hurt to lose something you never really had. - Missed Miscarriage at 10 weeks - 3/26/13
I'm so sorry to hear this Susan and understand why you would be worried. Thankfully he's not losing weight, though, and that everything else looked good with him. Did your doctor tell you what to expect depending on the results of the urine/blood test? And did she say when the fetal non-stress test will be? Thinking of you and hoping everything will be just fine. (((Hugs))) KUP on your results.
What a cutie your sweet baby is!! Such a sweet little face!
__________________ "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain." Chad & Lindsey~Furbabies Bella & Oliver 4-29-13
She probably isn't suggesting an induction right away because your not 37 weeks yet... We try really hard to keep mamas pregnant in labor and delivery as long as possible. But obviously sometimes it's safer for them to be out than in.
Your BP is a tiny bit cringe like... Let me know what your 24 hour urine protein number is. That should tell a lot. Rest mama! REST! I'll be thinking about you and your little man.
Forever missing my 3 angel babies. Sep 2010, Nov 2010, Jan 2011
Location: Hunter Army Airfield (Richmond Hill), Ga
Oh how cute!!! What a doll! I am sorry your appt was upsetting. I think your dr is being cautious. I had my first baby at 36 weeks and she was 4lbs 12ozs. I hope that your blood pressure goes down and your urine test has no protein!! Praying for you!!
Danielle: Mom to Caitlyn (16), Brooklynn (12), Jackson (8), Lincoln (5), & Baby Harrison
With the combination of your BP and retaining water, are they worried about preclampsia? I was doing some reading and bp/water retention are early signs of it.
Also, what is a non stress test? I know what a "regular" stress test is but never heard of a non-stress test.
LOVE the U/S of your little man! So adorable
Susan, she's checking your kidney function. The 24 hour collection checks your creatinine and bun and checks if you are spilling too much protein and calcium - which may be a sign of clampsia or pre-clampsia. It could also be a sign of kidney strain, high blood pressure, improper diet, overweight, and many other issues.
Don't stress it. Many women show kidney strain during the final weeks. It doesn't always have to be a terrible problem, and it may not affect the baby, but it's good that she is keeping an eye on your health. Better safe than sorry.
__________________ Leia 41 yrs young
Wife to Big Bull 40
Mommy to Big Brother our first Miracle Feb 24 2006
Mommy to Little Brother, our Rainbow, March 24, 2014
The test involves attaching one belt to the mother’s abdomen to measure fetal heart rate and another belt to measure contractions. Movement, heart rate and “reactivity” of heart rate to movement is measured for 20-30 minutes. If the baby does not move, it does not necessarily indicate that there is a problem; the baby could just be asleep. A nurse may use a small “buzzer” to wake the baby for the remainder of the test.