April 22, 2005

Bed rest update

I am NOT on bed rest! I went to see the midwife yesterday and my blood pressure was high, but not so bad that she wanted me on bed rest. I went to get some blood work done to check everything out. I'll get the results of the lab work at my regularly scheduled appointment this Friday.

My weight at this appointment was down 4 pounds (from just a week ago). I think it may have had more to do with the timing of the appointment (morning versus afternoon) than an actual weight loss. My appointment on Friday is at 8:45 a.m., so we'll see what the scale says then.

Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts this week.

April 19, 2005

Latest Health Update

I was sent home from work by my midwife yesterday after I called to tell her about a headache that would not go away with Tylenol. I spent the afternoon and evening on my left side, propping my feet up as well as I could. I worked a half day today and am sitting here with my feet up. My biggest problem today is swelling in my feet, which seems to be largely heat-related. It's much cooler at my house and the swelling is reducing.

I go back to see the midwife on Thursday for a blood pressure check and a possible bed rest discussion. Keep your fingers crossed.

I forgot to post the really good news from my last appointment--I don't have gestational diabetes! That's one less thing to worry about now.

On a lighter note, today is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's. Sue, Dawn and I ventured over. If you're near a scoop shop, you must go. I recommend "The Last Straw" which was yummy and is a scoop shop only flavor. It's not nearly as good as "Cool Brittania" but I don't know what is.

April 17, 2005

Belly shot with 11 weeks to go

We're going to try to do these weekly now. Here's a shot of me at 29 weeks (11 weeks to go).



Also, a quick health update. On Friday, I had a spell of blurred vision and loss of depth perception. My mom and Marc came to get me from work and take me home. My midwife ordered me to a day of bedrest and I was feeling much better after taking it easy for a while. I'm trying to rest as much as possible and keep an eye on myself.

In other news, Marc and I tried to buy our crib today, but IKEA was out! I have to call them for the next few weeks to see if they get it in stock. Keep your fingers crossed.

I've also added the link to our online only registry at NaturalBabies.com--a cloth diaper site. For those of you who have not heard, Marc and I are going to go with cloth diapers instead of disposables. We couldn't register for any in the stores because they are of a lesser quality than can be used effectively for diapering.

April 14, 2005

Spring has sprung and so has my belly!

I had my latest appointment with the midwife today. All is well. I've gained 16 pounds total. I'm 28 weeks and 5 days today and I was measuring 30 weeks. The baby is growing well.

The big thing I have to watch out for is my blood pressure. It was high when the nurse first took it, so she had me rest on my left side for a few minutes and then took it again. It was in the normal range, but a bit on the high side. I need to keep monitoring my sodium intake and elevating my feet as often as possible.

The heartbeat was nice and strong and the baby's head is in the right direction. The baby kicks a lot now. My whole belly moves every once in a while--it's hard to adjust to. Kicks are mostly focused on my right side.

Last Monday, I had to stop wearing my wedding rings. They now hang nicely from a chain around my neck. Stupid swelling.

I am officially in my third trimester, which is terrifying! I'm just a little over 11 weeks from my due date. Summer and the baby will be here before I know it. I'm now so pregnant that I go to the doctor every other week!

We've been bad about posting belly pictures, but I'm going to try to do them weekly now since my belly seems to be growing by the day.

April 2, 2005

Nurse, cancel my one o'clock

I saw the baby move yesterday. I was sitting at my desk at work and my whole stomach just moved. It wasn't quite the way it had been described to me (namely, I didn't think Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt were going to have to make an attempt to save me), but it was a strange sight to see. I'm not sure, but I think it was the new Beck album that Dawn and I were listening to...

I'm 3 months from my due date today (13 weeks to go), so we'll be posting a belly picture later.