Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bedrest Week 2

As you can see from from the title of this post, I have been on bedrest for about two weeks. It has been tough adjusting to it so I have waited about posting for a while. I went in for my 31 week check up and my blood pressure was pretty high. They took it twice just to make sure. So, my doc sent me over to the maternity area at the hospital to be monitored for a while. She wanted to check my urine as well so she ordered that a catheter be inserted while I was being monitored. Unfortunately, my heart rate dropped which made me almost black out and become nauseated. This also made the baby's heart rate drop as well. It was incredibly terrifying because all of the nurses were rushing around trying to get IV's in me in case the doc had to do an emergency cesarean.

Fortunately, they got the baby's heart rate back up and mine leveled out as well. The doc decided to keep me overnight just to be sure. In some ways it was a good thing because they ended up finding out that I have preeclampsia due to the large amounts of protein in my urine. It also explains my high blood pressure levels. I was on bedrest with Jayden too because of blood pressure, but I never developed preeclampsia. I really did not know how serious the condition was until I got home. I read up on it and found out that no one really knows what causes the condition. Some say that it is toxins in the blood, others say that it is obesity or genetics. Either way, symptoms are very high blood pressure levels and swelling. If it is not controlled, then the mother's organs such as the kidneys and liver can be affected. As well as the baby's organs too. The only cure is to deliver the baby.

The doc told me strict bedrest, and after I read about the information about preeclampsia I understood why. Mothers have lost their babies to preeclampsia and it can also be deadly for the mother. Therefore, I am determined to obey and stay in the bed as much as I can. It is really difficult, especially with Jayden in the picture this time. The doc ordered an ultrasound for this Friday because I have been losing some weight, which means that the baby might not be gaining weight. Hopefully everything will turn out Ok after the ultrasound. It will be the first time that we have seen him since the beginning of the pregnancy. The doc did tell me that she is not going to let me go past 37 weeks in the pregnancy. We are basically waiting and praying.

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