Bump Update 33 Weeks

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33 weeks…craving salads, Mac Jr’s and cookies. Enjoying the last few weeks of pregnancy with my little baking buddy. Sharing a little big bump update today and an update of preeclampsia.

Bump Update 33 Weeks

Cravings: salads, mac jr’s, cookies, donuts

Movements: Baby girl is currently breeched with her head right under my lungs making it difficult to breathe. I’m always short of breath. She moves a lot and loves kicking me.

Sleeping: Absolutely loving my pregnancy pillow. I seriously can’t sleep without it. I usually roll over from side to side throughout the night. My husband says I snore like crazy! Oops!

Symptoms: 

  • I’m happy to say (knock on wood) that I haven’t had any back pain lately. Hoping it stays that way.
  • Lots of heartburn.
  • I’ve been a little emotional lately.
  • I’ve officially reached the, “Oh my gosh! You’ve popped,” stage.

Preeclampsia Update

This week my blood pressures have started to rise. I’ve had a few high 130’s/102’s and then it usually settles down to high 120’s/ high 80’s. My blood pressures throughout my pregnancy have been around 110’s/70’s. I’m not sure what’s going on. I mean, I’m on SPRING BREAK! I’m supposed to be relaxed and calm.

I’ve gone in to see my doctor for some blood pressure checks this week. Yesterday, there was a little bit of protein in my urine, which could be from a number of things.

Over the past few days, I had been writing down my blood pressures and symptoms. I had a very detailed report for my doctor. For example, when my blood pressure was 140/109 I explained that I was having a bad gas pain during that time, or when it was 136/102 I had been going through our bedtime routine with our daughter and started to feel bad. I was sick to my stomach, and had some serious stomach pains. Almost like heartburn, gas and contraction pain blended into one. My report was very detailed.

When I went to give my written observations to him yesterday, his exact words were, “Nah, that’s ok. Those were taken with a machine at home. That’s why we take it here.” Meaning it didn’t matter. He didn’t even bother to look at what I had written down or take them from me to put in my chart.

His next words were, “There’s no strong evidence of preeclampsia. It might be at the beginning of it, but it’s not there yet.”

Needless to say, when the doctor left the room, the tears started pouring. I will admit I am super nervous and scared about getting preeclampsia again. It was an awful experience for me and I’m just being extra careful this time. Not to mention, my Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctor recommended I monitor my blood pressures at home. This wasn’t that doctor. This was my regular OB doctor.

I walked out of the doctor’s office in tears. The lab nurse, who is SO SUPER NICE and LOVING gave me a big hug and walked me out the back door.

I will return to see my doctor next Friday for my 34 week appointment. Hopefully, I can handle his lack of bedside manner and keep my cool. By the end of the day yesterday, I had quite a list of things I wanted to say to him.

Until then, I’m going to take it easy, enjoy the last few days of Spring break. Soak up all the time I have with my husband and Ava as our little family of three, continue to prepare for our baby girl who’s on her way, and keep an eye on my blood pressures at home, even if they don’t matter to some.

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