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It was a Monday and I was off to work as always. The girls at work had planned a lunch outing to celebrate a friends birthday. Before we were off, I went to the toilet to pee since thats all I do these days! When I wipe I saw blood. It was bright red fresh blood. I froze. Took more toilet paper and wipe, more blood. I  wasn’t sure where the blood was coming from, did I cut myself? Was it my hemorrhoids? Was it a bloody show? I decided to tell the girls that I wanted to rest a bit. Then I felt some pressure and my tummy got really hard and it took my breath away. I knew my dr was away that day but I decided to sms him anyway to ask what to do. He called me up and ask me to go to Labour and Delivery at the hospital to get checked out. I called hubby and he came and picked me up. Off we went to the hospital.

Once there I was hooked up on the CTG machine. I could hear the baby’s heartbeat and the bleed had stop so I felt a little at ease. After the CTG the nurse had me rest while she contacted my Dr with the result. When the nurse came in, she asked my husband to go to admission office to get me admitted. I panicked and asked why? She says that I was having regular contractions at 2-3 minutes apart and we needed to try and stop it. They gave me some med to stop the contractions and asked me to rest for a bit before repeating the CTG again. After the meds the contractions were still happening but they were lesser and further apart. I still don’t know how to tell the difference between the baby stretching or moving really heard and contractions! Just in case I went into labour soon, the dr had me take a steroid shot to mature the baby’s lungs. The shots burned big time!

I was at the hospital for one night to be monitored. I had a scan the next day and everything seems to be ok and baby already weighing 3kg. Dr told me maybe I over exerted myself which caused the bleed and the contractions. Since I am only at 34 weeks they want to watch me closely to make sure I don’t go to premature labour. I am now off from work and on instructions to take it easy and rest as much as possible. I’ve put myself on a modified bedrest for now and praying baby will stay put till at least 37 weeks.

These last few days has been nerve wrecking. Every time my tummy tense up I get a little scared. I’ve started to pack my hospital bag and make sure hubby knows where all my stuff are some can grab them if I go into labour. Please send some prayer my way, I’m praying that the baby is healthy and will stay inside till the scheduled c-sect 20 Nov. Please please

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I’m back at work today after 3 days bedrest. I was getting ready to go to work on Monday but my body just didn’t feel right. I took my blood pressure and it was elevated 141/94, my usual reading would be 130/80 ish. I haven’t been getting a good night’s rest these couple of days so I thought it could be just that, but just in case I asked hubby to take me to see my GP at her clinic near the house. At the clinic my blood pressure got worst. The reading went up to 156/92 and the dr wasn’t comfortable letting me go, so she wrote a note for me to get checked out at the hospital. I gave a call to my O&G and got a slot to see him. He was somewhat upset that I didn’t call him up right away instead of seeing a GP. My bp reading didn’t improve. He did a scan to see how the baby was doing and the baby was doing great, and at 33+2 already weighing 2.6kg. He then he sent me to get my urine and blood renal function checked at the lab. The test result took 30 minutes. My urine was clean, no protein and my renal function test also came up clear which was a huge relief as we were all thinking preeclampsia. The Dr sent me home with additional bp meds (Labetalol 100mg) in addition to my existing bp meds and instruction for 3 days bed rest. I had to sms him with my bp reading at 9am – 2pm and 10pm every day. I will have to get my urine and renal function test done again next week. So far after the meds adjustments my bp is looking good again. I do get the occasional headache though.

My baby girl S (my god daughter/niece) was with us during the weekend. She’s like a daughter to us, we are very close and get to have sleep overs during weekends. Since school was closed due to the haze, she was able to come with us to the Dr visit and got to see her little brother in the scan. She stayed with me during the bedrest. Since hubby had to go to work it was so comforting to have her around. We didn’t do much, we ate and watched TV. We had a good laugh watching ellen on YouTube and had lots and lots of cuddles. I wish I can have her around every day. We sent her home yesterday and I couldn’t sleep all night last night missing her.

I’m starting to think that I might need to sign off from work earlier than I planned. Hoping all will be well with my health as well as our baby boy. Not long now, 29 days to go insya Allah.

I had my 32 weeks dr appointment on Saturday. The wait at the dr’s office is just horrible. On a normal day it is quite a wait but on a Saturday, madness I tell you! We got to the dr’s office a little before 9am. We planned to go earlier but I couldn’t get myself out of bed. Hubby made plans with little boy in mama’s tummy to watch the Rugby world cup at 2am that morning, the sound of the TV and baby’s kicks, and me needing to pee again woke me up so Rugby it was.

I was patient #9 that day. We went to the café and had our breakfast before heading back up to the clinic. Back at the dr office, I was pleasantly surprised to see my college friend seeing the same dr that day. She was on her baby #6, god bless her! The dr appointment went well, baby is doing well and measuring 2 weeks ahead. I was a big baby when I was born so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise if baby boy takes after mama. The dr pointed out that the baby’s size may also be due to my sugar level. I’m not on any meds as I’m not what they would categorize as diabetic but my sugar level in my GTT was elevated putting me as impaired. This may mean that my baby is larger but may his organs development may still be premature. I will be watching closely what I eat, if not already. I’ve been keeping track of my sugar level after meals and all seems ok so far.

I’m going back and forth on the dates to have my c-section, it would be either 20/11 or 23/11. Not much difference but if we go with 20/11 – baby boy will be 1 days short of 38 weeks. I don’t know if it makes any difference though. The dr has put us down in his books for 20/11. I hope my baby is done baking by then and ready for the outside world with no complications insya Allah. Next appointment is in 2 weeks.

Sleeping these days has been a bit tough, I wake up at least 3-4 times at night to go and pee. I’m trying to sleep on my side but no amount of pillow propping will make me stay that way. I always wake up and find myself sleeping on my back. The bump is definitely getting big. I can feel the weight and by bad back is suffering a little. I’m not complaining though, I would do anything for this baby. I get exhausted really quickly too lately so I’m not much fun to be around. I’ve heard people going through nesting phase during pregnancy and I have not had that yet. There’s a lot I want to do but my energy level is so blaaa lately I keep procrastinating. There’s quite a lot to do before baby comes, I will need to set up my room at my mom’s for my confinement and get our things over there. Thank God mom lives just 20 minutes away 🙂

Praying that baby and I will stay healthy throughout this pregnancy and baby will wait till the scheduled date to make his appearance insya Allah. Amin.