Monday, July 19, 2010

Pregnancy Update: Week 33

Ah, to sit down and soak in some quiet time is really quite extraordinary right now. I had another appointment with my perinatologist today and thought I'd update on how it's going:

It's not going so hot. Well, it's hot all right! And that's actually part of the problem! The heat worsens my heart condition, so I now have some new medication (a beta blocker) to deal with the more intense attacks I have. I had a weird spell at church Sunday morning where I hyperventilated (which I've never done before). We have a great nurse friend who helped me through it. My pulse was at 140, but breathing into a paper bag got it down to around 110. My face was pale, but I was sweating a lot, and my lips and arms were numb. It just felt like I'd fall over passed out that whole time. But it got better eventually.

Today I learned that in addition to that, I have high blood pressure now. I guess that'd be a major contributor to yesterday's episode. My doctor doesn't think I'll be hanging in there too much longer, so he also has given me some steroid medication for the baby as a precaution for early birth (which happened with both Keagan and Kate). I have to see him every week now, and that's a two hour drive! Whew. But he knows my history so well and will be the one delivering, so there's just no other way. We're going to take it week by week to see how far my body will go. The goal would be to make it another 2-3 weeks since I'm 33 weeks now. Another 4 weeks would be the best, but he doesn't think that will happen. I'm also contracting a lot tonight, very frequently, but not regularly, so I think it's okay. I know the Braxton Hicks contractions can be painful, so I know this is what that is. I just don't usually have this many of them.

So, I've got to try doing little and concentrating on relieving the stress that has raised my blood pressure. (Yeah right!) But I'm about to get 2 weeks off from work, and I just know that will help a ton! Thanks for your prayers. I want our baby to be healthy and safe!

Oh, and I was given the best shower Sunday afternoon! I will do another post with all the pictures from it.

Peace of Christ to you,

1 comment:

  1. You sound like you are having a rough time. I hope that you can make it through as many weeks as possible to get your baby as strong as possible.
    Thinking of you...