Today, I was put on bed rest for a week. I went for my 32 week check-up to find my blood pressure was 130/90. This is on the verge of hypertension 140/90 or above. I hadn’t had high blood pressure at all this entire pregnancy. My doctor said that I have preeclampsia…. causes the blood vessels to constrict, resulting in high blood pressure and a reduced blood flow that can affect organs throughout the body, including the liver, kidneys, and brain. This can affect the baby by not getting enough blood to the placenta. Pretty much it has to do with high blood pressure due to stress. I wasn’t showing any of the signs that make it dangerous at this point–no swelling in the face, continuous heartburn, blurred vision. I was told to rest and they will do a 24 hour urine sample to check for a certain protein that is associated with this condition. I am hoping that this is only until next Wednesday and she will say that I just need to take it easy after that. We had a lot going on the last week or so and she said that my high blood pressure could be related, but she didn’t convince me that this was for sure the reason this is happening.
I am trying not to think about how this affects me going back to school. I still have 2 1/2 weeks left before I am supposed to go back and can rest that entire time! So worse case scenario it they monitor me closely since I am not 37 weeks. If I was 37 weeks they might induce me. I told the doctor that I would like for him to stay inside for a bit longer! She said wow, most people want them out quicker!
So today, day 1…Jesse stayed home today and worked. My parents brought some magazines and fruit:) I stayed on the couch watching awesome day time television and reading a book. Good thing I have a ton of thank you notes to write from my last shower–that should keep me busy for a few days. Jesse and I were supposed to go to Austin this weekend for our last hooray before Beck comes, but it will be postponed until after he arrives at this point in time. I was sad to not be able to go eat yummy Mexican food and relax at the spa, but I am not sure now is the right time to travel. So keep us in your thoughts and prayers while we rest at home! More updates next week after my 33 week appt.
Oh—and most importantly the doctor says it is good that Beck is around 5 lbs which means he is growing and is healthy! We feel good too….his kicking continues:)
One last announcement: my cousin and his wife had their baby girl, Reagan Leigh Johnson, this morning. She is healthy and was 7lbs 12oz, 19 in. We are so excited for them and can’t wait to meet Reagan. We did get to see pictures and she is adorable! Congrats to her big sis Caitlin:)
Bye for now,