What an eventful couple of days. After my OB booked me in for a NST (non stress test), Blood pressure monitoring and bloodwork, I had a growth ultrasound yesterday.
I had the dickhead of a tech I had at my 14 week US. I had to crane my neck to even see the screen, he wouldn’t tell me anything and didn’t even give me a picture. T couldn’t make it because they had called me in early due to being short staffed. :(
Anyway, baby is measuring (or was yesterday at least) 7 lbs 5 ounces, + or – half a pound.
Had the NST today. Arrived at the L&D ward around 1:00 and they were FULL. Every single bed was full. I think they had a lot of people leaving today, and some in labour. Funnily enough, I recognized 2 people from our prenatal class.
Anyway, once they had a free room, the nurse strapped me up to the heartbeat and contraction monitor, gave me a little blue button to push every time I felt the baby move, hooked up the torturous BP cuff and left T and I to sit for an hour.
First of all, the BP cuff was SO effing tight, even now, hours later, I feel like I have carpal tunnel in that arm. It HURT everytime it went off. And it went off often… every 5 minutes for an hour. NOT fun.
After the hour, and some bloodwork, Dr.U checked out the strip from the fetal monitor, wrote down the bloodpressure stats and said I could go home. No baby today. He’s having me come in on Monday to do it all again. My BP is still high (it averaged 140/85 today), so he’s being super cautious. He said there was no reason to deliver the baby today, and 140/90 is the “cutoff” to be diagnosed with hypertension. He’s monitoring my kidney function etc. for pre-eclampsia as well. If I test positive for that, I will for sure be induced.
Before I could go, I had to PIAC (pee in a cup) for the second time that hour. Holy hell, I know pregnant women pee a lot, but that wasn’t an easy task.
Anyway, no baby today, and I’m so happy for that. Monday could be a different story.