|40w1d Midwife appt - still pregnant
||[Jul. 5th, 2006|09:34 am]
BP: 128/76 (I think.. I know it was a little high)
Weight: 185 (+7 from last week.. not sure how that happened!)
Urine: Red and white blood cells, so we sent culture #3
This appointment was in the afternoon, so Charles, Adia, and I got to have a nice lunch together and went window shopping at Target beforehand. :) We found out that Target carries the carseat that we will swap with Adia's when we move the baby into hers. (The one we'll be getting is too big to rearface in our car easily, and it's more suited to a bigger kiddo anyway.) I almost bought a cute little July 4th onesie for Baby Firecracker, but I realized that she most likely wouldn't be making her due date. (And indeed, I was correct!)
At the appointment we talked about a couple of minor questions we had. I've been given the go-ahead to start some very minor natural "induction" type things.
I told her about the contractions, nesting, and mucus plug I lost on Saturday. She said those were all good signs, even if they weren't "it." I agreed, and I said I'd thought baby had dropped, but that she'd somehow popped back out again.
When I gave my urine sample, it came back with a lot of blood in it. There was still only a trace of white blood cells. She offered to send another culture out, and I agreed just in case. Hopefully I'll find out today or tomorrow, since my only chance to see the doctor before Monday is to sit in the waiting room for a few hours with Adia and hope for a walk-in appointment on Friday. Let's hope it's just blood from my cervix, which is what Peggy said it could be. I'm not really having any symptoms other than peeing a lot, and since I'm 9 months pregnant, I think that could pretty much go either way!
She measured me, and we listened to baby's heartbeat. (Honestly, I'm not as excited by that as I should be, I don't think. Mostly because I'd rather she be on the outside! I do feel a little guilty for it, though.) I've grown a cm in the last week, which is what I'm supposed to do, although I'm still measuring 3 weeks "behind." From palpating, baby was on the left side (I think? She still flips back and forth a lot -- she was on my right side when I went to bed last night and on my left when I woke up this morning.) Baby's head is still just dipping under the pubic bone. Peggy guesstimated her weight as being around 8 lbs.
Then she offered to do an internal exam. I'd agonized over it on the way up, since I know it doesn't necessarily mean anything. I decided to go for it. I'm maybe fingertip dilated and hardly effaced. Baby is still high. *sigh* But, again, I know it doesn't mean anything, especially with a second baby. I'm also treating this as a "first pregnancy" and assuming I'll go to the first-time average of 41w1d at least. And it helps to remember that even though Adia came before her due date, she may not have been ready. (With the water breaking and no progress and all.)
Also in the exam, I found out that the garlic has not been working, at least for yeast. (Well, beyond keeping it just enough at bay that it hasn't been bothering me.) That means I've had to switch to pharmaceutical interventions. I really didn't want to have to do it, but the point that I'll be much more comfortable after I give birth if I do it now.
I am very anxious to meet our baby, although I'm strangely calm about the idea that it could be another 13 days. (It actually makes me a little more nervous to think about it in terms of "it'll be sometime in the next 13 days FOR SURE.") I'm also looking forward to figuring out what her name is -- I am totally stumped right now! There's one that I really like, but Charles isn't keen on, so we'll see how she looks before "discussing" it. ;)
Next appointment is Monday July 10 at 11am. I imagine I'll make it until then, especially as EVERYONE seems to want this little girl to have a birthday of 7-11. Wouldn't that be convenient? (Har-har) That's also the date of the next full moon, so who knows?!