So I have been meaning to get back to blogging..and I guess there is probably not an easier time than while stuck in a hospital bed. Not to mention I figure this is a good way to keep track of all the information and keep people updated on what is going on with me and baby.
It started last Monday when I was referred to the Maternal Fetal Medicine (high risk specialist) for high blood pressure/possible preeclampsia. At the appointment that day we learned my fluid was a little low and also I needed to be on blood pressure medication. The doctor said that he felt there was a 75-80% chance that I would end up with toxemia or preeclampsia, eventually but we both thought it would be much later in pregnancy.
Over the weekend I started having really high readings on my home blood pressure cuff, so the doctor requested that I be admitted for 24 hour observation on Sat night. Well Saturday and Sunday all my blood pressure readings were doing great and we thought for sure I would be released Monday morn. Sunday at the ultrasound the tech did mention that my amniotic fluid was low, however it was not that much lower than my last ultrasound. So Monday morning I was up and dressed and looking forward to heading home, after enduring the terrible gestational diabetes test (which I also failed), I just had to do a quick ultrasound with the specialist before release.
At the ultrasound we learned that the fluid had dropped 3 more centimeters in the 24 hours between scans. And is now in the dangerous zone. Normal amniotic fluid is between 10-20 CM and ours is now at only 3.75. They really have no clue what would cause it to drop that fast or how to prevent it. I do not seem to be leaking fluid so they think my placenta may be slowing down nutrients to the baby due to the high blood pressure and early preeclampsia. I am showing fairly high numbers of protein in my urine which means I am developing preeclampsia. The good news is that baby has been doing great on all the test for movement, heart rate ect. and does not seem to be under any stress yet. So we are really hoping and praying that we will be able to keep her in there until 34 weeks at which point they will probably induce.
We are about 29.5 now so the longer she has to grow and develop the better. They did give me steroid shots to mature her lungs in case we do need to deliver soon. The downside of the shots is that they make the diabetes worse and medication uneffective. So I will be getting monitored and given insulin as needed for the next 2 weeks until the effects wear off. The doctor did say if by some miracle her fluid gets replinished back up to 7 or 8 Cm than I may be able to go home on strict bed rest, but that he does not see that happening. He wants to keep us here to constantly monitor baby’ s stress level and my health so that we can deliver as soon as possible if either of us in under too much stress. Which most likely means it will be cesarean birth earlier rather than later.
Today we will tour the NICU and meet the doctors down there so we will know what to expect with a preemie baby. Another good thing is that the baby is measuring a couple weeks ahead of where she should be which gives her an advantage with her weight. So long story short please keep us and our little girl in your prayers over the next few weeks. Tomorrow we will do another ultrasound to make sure that the fluid has not dropped any further and to test her stress levels as well. The prayers of the righteous availeth much..so we appreciate every prayer on our behalf!