Saturday, January 8, 2011

Keeping it Real in Labor & Delivery

With Cole, I had a lot of false starts where I'd get contractions for a few hours and then they'd let up. Sometimes they'd have me come in and monitor me, sometimes I'd just stay home. It got really annoying. But with all the contractions, I never dilated until I was 41 weeks pregnant. At that point, I started showing some signs of other things going on (protein and glucose in my urine going up, etc.), but they knew Cole was going to have to come soon anyway, so it wasn't a big deal.

So yesterday when I started having contractions in the afternoon that *wouldn't* let up with rest or fluids, I got a little concerned. I just felt "off." My head was pounding. I started getting hot and cold and had some other TMI symptoms that made me think maybe I had the stomach flu? But then the contractions wouldn't quite let up, so finally I called. They absolutely wanted me to come in to get checked. My friend Liz came over to watch the kids and in we went.

I was nervous, but definitely not any more nervous than I'd been before. Even when I'm nervous, my blood pressure is pretty rock-solid. I mean really, my first appointment of this pregnancy I was crawling-out-of-my-skin anxious and my BP was still only 118/68. So I was a little alarmed when they took my blood pressure and the readings were between 140/79 to 150/85. Ummm, no thanks. They checked my urine for protein, which was negative, so that's good, but the high BP and headaches made them a little concerned that I might be approaching a pre-eclampsic state. Then the doc checked me and I was 1 cm dilated. Umm, what? I know that's really nothing, but I was shocked to be at ALL dilated at 35 weeks 6 days. As much as I don't want to be pregnant anymore, I really didn't want to have a baby in the 35s again. No thanks. They kept taking my blood pressure and as the contractions started slowing down, my blood pressure came back down to 122/67. They checked me again two hours later and I was still 1 cm dilated, so I wasn't approaching active labor or anything.

The good news was that Emmett looked great on the monitor. He was kicking it like nuts and his heart had all the good accelerations that they like to see. It reminded me again of how different this was from Dean. Emmett's doing great.

So the game plan is to keep monitoring my blood pressure. The OB thinks my body just might be a little "done" with being pregnant... I could've told her that. lol So it could be that I'm on my way to pre-eclampsia, or just that it was a freak thing and I still need to take it easy. We joked that of course Emmett didn't want to be left out with having an eventful entrance into the world. :) Hopefully though, that's the extent of the eventfulness!


Sarah said...

I have heard it's common to dilate earlier in the 2nd and 3rd pregnancies. Hopefully he stays in there a few more weeks for you! So glad to hear he's looking good on the monitors.

Ashley & Timothy said...

So glad to hear you're both doing well after a slight scare! :) Praying for the Shenks!