Sorry I haven’t been great at updating this site. I was busy doing the normal things I do, despite some mild/moderate pregnancy discomforts (I was referred to physical therapy at 20 weeks, because apparently my pain wasn’t normal).
Aside from pain and lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions if I tried to do too much, the second trimester went extremely smoothly. Matthew and I even took a “baby moon” trip to the mountains in the middle of October- one last getaway that was just the two of us.
As I transitioned from the second to third trimester, an issue started to come up: my blood pressure. As far as I know, I’ve never had an issue with it. I’ve had occasional “white coat” syndrome- it would shoot up because I’m nervous at doctors’ offices, but within 5 min of sitting, it would be well within the normal range.
At first, it just seemed minor, and they weren’t too worried because it would always go back to normal within a few minutes of laying on my left side. Unfortunately, the numbers started getting higher, and going down less when I’d lay down. One day at work, I could tell my blood pressure was going up, so I stopped by the school nurse’s office. She checked it, made a face, and checked again. She immediately sent me home… so I made an appointment with the doctor. I went in, and while it wasn’t as high as it had been at work, it was still up. I asked if I’d be good to return to work the following day after resting, and the doctor told me that I was done with work. I was placed on bed rest at 30 weeks. I’ll be honest- I had a hard time following it. I’d figure I can get a few small things done, then rest a bit. Problem was, it kept going up. I had lots of tests done, and they kept coming back normal.
At 32 weeks, I could tell that it was starting to creep up again. I went to an appointment and my blood pressure was dangerously high. They had me lie down, and it stayed high (I imagine because I was freaking out a bit at that point). So- I was sent over to the hospital. I had many more tests and scans, and was monitored for three days. All of the tests came back in the normal range, and the whole time I was there, my blood pressure was completely within the normal range… go figure. I was given a series of steroid shots for the baby’s lungs, just in case something changes and he comes soon. All of the staff kept telling me that our goal is at least 34 weeks- then we should be good… as uncomfortable as I am, I’m hoping for a few more than that! It’s so scary not knowing when he might come, and shooting for a survival point rather than term!
I went to a follow up at the doctor today. They first checked my blood pressure, and it was high again. Not a good sign. They had me lie down for a bit, and again it was down to well within the normal range. So- they’re still monitoring me and the baby- I have to go back for a NST in less than 48 hours. I’m also still on bed rest, which is driving me insane. At this point, they’re calling what I have gestational hypertension- but trying to make sure it doesn’t make the jump into pre-eclampsia (which is a scary idea- for both me and baby). I’m thankful they’re watching us closely- I just wish I could be preparing the house, taking part in holiday activities, cooking, going for a walk and actually using my muscles…