Last week I made my first after hours call to my OB. I was having lots of pain on my ‘outer’ belly. It started while I was at work shortly after lunchtime, I tried standing, sitting, walking around and nothing was helping. I wasn’t too worried because I know general aches and pains are normal and I wanted to give it some time to see if it went away before I started to worry. When I got home I took the dog for a walk and I started getting some cramps, shooting pains and my belly got really hard. So I started wondering if this was Braxton Hicks? I Googled the symptoms and Google told me that my symptoms could have been a wide variety of things. Plus I’ve never been pregnant before so how am I supposed to know if I am having “upper uterine pain,” what does that feel like?? I decided to just sit down and relax for a bit and see if it stopped. I called Justin and he was stuck in traffic on the way home, so we talked while he inched his way on the freeway. After about 5 hours of the pain, I finally called my OB. She said that if I continued to have the cramps and 4-6 of them in an hour timeframe then I should go to triage to get checked out. And the pain on my outer belly was most likely just intense growing pains and the outer layer of my belly was just stretching. Great…Justin’s response to that was, “well if you wake up in the morning with stretch marks you know why”…thanks babe. By the time I went to bed that night the pain was subsiding and I was able to fall asleep. The next day I woke up and all the pain was gone, and I haven’t felt it again since. It was just weird because I haven’t had any kind of pain like that all this time, then all of a sudden this intense pain came and then it was gone the next day like it was never there. Weird. Anyway, other than that day, I’m still feeling good! The only frustrating thing is not being able to get comfortable sleeping. It’s not so much that I am not getting a full nights sleep anymore (I’ve pretty much given up on that for the next 18 years) it is just when I am ‘sleeping’ it is uncomfortable and I am constantly shifting and moving to try and get comfortable, not to mention getting up to go to the bathroom. Oh well…it’s all worth it.
On to the point of this post, I had my follow up appointment today and all looks well! My blood pressure is good, baby’s heartbeat was 145, I asked about the decrease in the heart rate since it is usually around 150 and she said it is perfectly normal, they do want the baby’s heartbeat to start slowing down as he gets bigger. She also said she could hear some fluctuation in his heartbeat which is also good since it is a sign of activity. She confirmed again that my glucose test was well within the normal range. She did mention that I gained 6 pounds this last month instead of 4 (they recommend you gain 1 pound a week)…she said it is fine, I am still within the healthy range, she just doesn’t want the baby to get too big. I have a feeling he is going to be big anyway since my IVF doctor told me we had a big healthy embryo to start with. So how am I supposed to get through this holiday season and only gain 1 pound a week?? Hmmm I don’t think this is going to work out well. And the big news that we have been waiting for….my placenta moved!! So no C-Section for me!! Yay!! Now I can start worrying about my water breaking in public and the whole labor and delivery process 🙂
My OB visits will now be every 2 weeks until I get to 36 weeks then I start going every week. These weeks are going to fly by faster and faster! My baby project these days have been finding a pediatrician, with input from my friends and my boss (who is a doctor himself) I think I have a plan figured out, but still need to call my insurance company to make sure everything is covered. Thanks for checking in!
Here’s my 30 week 5 day belly.