Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Labor & Delivery...

Last night was a LONG ONE. I had a lot of errands to run and was on my feet most of the day. I should know better by now. Whenever I spend a lot of time on my feet, I pay for it. Around 5pm, I started having really bad cramps, terrible back ache and finding it hard to catch my breath. This was all while sitting on the couch with my feet up. Fast-forward to 10pm and the cramps hadn't let up. Alex is out of town on business all week, so I was trying to figure out what to do. I'm not one of those patients that calls about everything. For some reason, I feel bad for bothering the doctor (especially late at night). My sister came over and took my blood pressure. It was 154-110. I think it was up and down all day while running errands. My head would start hurting and I would get flushed, but it would eventually go away so I ignored it. Once she checked my bp, we called the doctor on call. He wanted me to go to L&D to get checked. While there, I continued to cramp and have shortness of breath. They said the cramping was "irritability" (contractions that are less than 40 seconds). The shortness of breath is from her growing and me running out of room. Just something I'm going to have to get used to - because she's not going to stop growing. :) The back pain is from the weight gain...I'm just not used to carrying this much extra weight. My bp eventually came down. My uterus is closed and I am thinning very little. We left the hospital and got home close to 2am this morning. They gave me an ambien before leaving the hospital, so that I could get a good nights sleep. AND BOY DID I! I slept until after noon. I think A slept really well too. She didn't kick all night. She actually didn't start kicking until late this afternoon. No worries though, she's making up for lost time at this very moment. :)

I went to see my doctor today. His main concern is my blood pressure. It was normal today, but continues to go up and down. Not sure what's up with that. He said our goal is to make it to 36 weeks and anything after that is just icing on the cake! He said that if my blood pressure continues to do this, I may not make it to 40 weeks. I definitely want her to stay in there for as long as she needs. He measured her and listened to her hear rate and everything looks/sounds good. He said she's probably 3 1/2-4lbs. She is head down at the moment. I'm scheduled to go back in two weeks. I've been instructed to stop catering and to do very little from here on out. I'm supposed to take at least 2 hours each day, lay on my left side, and put my feet up. He's hoping this will help with my swelling and the blood pressure issue. This will be the hardest thing for me to do. I still have plenty to do before she arrives. I just have to limit myself to how much I do each day. I drink over 2 liters of water every day. Not sure if that's a lot or not...think I should be drinking more??

7 more weeks and we get to meet our baby girl...I'm getting excited!

Love,

28 comments:

bb and mtb said...

It's alway scary when you think you need to head to L&D. I'm glad that everything turned out okay, and I hope that the BP gets stable and low. Take it easy, Momma. I promise you one thing - Little A is not going to know if her room is completely done before she gets here or not so please cut yourself a little slack, hang out on the sofa with your feet up and watch some of TLC's A Baby Story. You will never regret it.

Hugs, Momma!

Seraphim said...

Oh Jill. Take it easy honey. You spent a long time getting to this point and like bb said, baby A wont care a bit if her room isn't perfect. Because you will be. Perfect for her and thats all she's going to need.
Sending my love and low BP vibes! xxx

MomMom said...

Jill, please take care of yourself so you will be ready to take care of Miss A. It's getting close and it's so exciting. I know you can hardly wait------so lie on your left side and put your feet up!! Take care and God bless. Linda (MomMom)

becca said...

wow! so earlier when I read your comment on my BB I totally missed the fact that you were in L&D last night. Glad everything is ok and I'm sorry you have to take it easy. I've always been worried that I'd have to go on bedrest or something b/c I don't know how I could do it. At least it is only 2 hours though! I go to the doc tomorrow. I'm hoping my bp hasn't gone up. I've just now started to swell and I'm hoping it is of no concern. I did sleep last night with my feet elevated and the swelling did go down, so I guess I'll do that from here on out.

The Disheroons said...

Follow the doctor's orders. Just find something to do while laying down. I know it would be hard for me not to be up and busy too. You can always blog. lol

Heather said...

I am going to pray that Miss A stays in there as long as possible! Take it easy, girlie, and if you need anything I am only a phone call and a few minutes away! :) Praying you feel better and are able to rest!

Joy said...

I'm learning to take it easy, too. Which is very hard for me to do! Definitely enjoy these quiet weeks before little one arrives and rocks your world!!!

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

I am praying for you to find some quiet time and peace time and can lay and rest, you can always put on a girly movie:) maybe start a good book, I know it is hard with things to do, BUT limit your self and no more work:))) I had Jared a month ealry and nothing was ready and i had four other kids to come home to, that for sure had tings a mess;) but is all fun and love and hugs and kisses, it will be a mess when you get home for a while anyway so do not fret over thigns not being done. I can come and do what ever you need done, look at your calander and tell me when to be there, I cook, clean, fix nurery's and do laundry and windows:))) I love you Princess!!

Glitter and Bliss said...

You had me a little worried for a minute. So glad you and baby are fine.

The Nanny said...

Oh wow -- glad everything's okay! Baby A will be here before you know it :)

entrusted said...

Take it easy, girl! Maybe you can listen to sermons or audio books during your rest time each day. Spend time preparing your heart for little A, when you can't be preparing the nursery!
::andreajennine::

Mom of 3! said...

If you need help, please let me know. I would be more than happy to come help you do whatever needs to be done to prepare for A. I'm always nervous about bedrest but I always feel like it would be ok because so much family is close by to help - so keep that in mind and let us help you if you need it!

The Patterson's said...

Oh, Jill. I'm sure it's tough trying to balance the things you want/need to get done and taking the time for yourself to rest. Glad to hear that A is still doing great, though.

Shannon said...

I'm so glad everything is all right. I know it will be hard but enjoy your rest! :)

Hilary said...

I'm glad that everything is alright with you too..take it easy!!

Michelle said...

Your getting so close. Wow how the time has flown by so fast. Im excited for you!

Mel said...

Oh my goodness, what a scary night for you!! I am so glad everything turned ok out and will be praying for continued safety for you and A. I know God has his angels around you both all of the time right now!
*hugs*

Cheryl said...

Thinking of you and praying that the next 7 weeks can be relaxing for you. Keep those feet up and take it easy! Hoping there are no more scary times, I know how it can make you worry about every little thing.

Joannah said...

I'm glad you and A are okay. Take it easy!

Eric and Emily said...

Meeting your little girl is just around the corner, wow!

twondra said...

How scary! I'm so glad you're okay. Can't believe it's only 7 weeks! Time sure flies!!

The Lynchs said...

I'm glad everything turned out okay! Seven more weeks will FLY by and you'll be holding Baby A before you know it!

Polly Gamwich said...

I just wanted to say that I'm so glad everything is ok. It was so scary seeing your post title!

It's so funny what "doing too much" is when you're pregnant ... I feel like I don't do hardly anything and I can tell my body is feeling it.

Get back to lots of relaxin' and downing that water!

Hugs!

Ashley said...

Hang in there, girl! Take it easy because Baby A's health is the most important thing right now. I'm glad you got a good night's sleep too; I know those are few and far between these days.

Enjoy your last few weeks!

becca said...

I'd already decided against the flu shot... just don't trust it since it has been rushed. I'm not the most trusting when it comes to shots anyway. But it won't be here in time for me anyway. Apparently the nasal mist is coming first and that isn't approved for pregnant women. My kids won't be getting it either though.

Jenna said...

I know I am so late on this comment, but I am so glad everything turned out ok! I hope you are feeling better and will be praying for that sweet A-baby to enjoy the rest of her stay in your belly for as long as she can! Love you sweet Jill!!

Faith said...

Girlfriend, I hope you are taking it easy! Praying for both of you girls and for a safe and healthy arrival of Miss A when it's time! Can't wait to see that sweet little face =)

Rikki said...

Let me just tell you from experience that I know how scary the blood pressure issues can be! I have two beautiful, healthy BIG baby girls and I had blood pressure problems during the end of my pregnancy with both of them!! Take care of yourself and keep an eye on that pressure. If you ever feel pains under your rib cage, especially on the right side, make sure you call your doctor. I am glad they told you to take it easy. Prayers for you as you reach the end mark!!!