Friday, July 10, 2009

Why do I do these things?

Dr. Google is a bad, bad man.
Let me start at the beginning. . .

I've been feeling pretty good lately. It has been so nice to have the time off to rest whenever I want. I think I have been relaxing too much because in the mornings I have been feeling very groggy and "out of it." Without work my blood pressure has been pretty low. It normally is anyway with the meds I'm on (even before pregnancy), but lately I don't think I've been able to tolerate it. On Wednesday morning I was trying to get my thank you cards done at the kitchen table when I felt very lightheaded and a wave on nausea came over me. This has happened on occasion due to a dip in blood pressure. I took a reading and it was 97/56. Not unheard of for me, but too low for the moment. I laid down for 5 minutes and felt better. I went to finish my cards and it happened again. I decided to call the nurses in charge of watching my BP and they told me that it is probably time I should lower my dose of meds and to make an appt with my doctor.

So that is what I did. I got to meet Dr. D. as in Dr. Delightful. I loved him! He was so much better than Dr. H. Granted he was an hour late as he was also the on call doctor and three of the other docs (including my own) are out on maternity leave. So it was very busy there. Let me tell you, he was worth the wait. He actually answered my questions with more than one word. He cared about my IF journey to get here. He listened and took notes. We decided to cut my meds in half. I was very happy I was there for low and not high blood pressure. Let's hope it stays that way.

While I was there I got a well baby check too- an added bonus! Her heart rate was 150s-160s and she is still measuring a week ahead. During the exam I asked if he could tell what position she was in. He started feeling around and thought she was slightly transverse (sideways). He didn't seemed concerned and said they can still shift, move and settle until about 36 weeks. And even then we could talk about having them try to turn her (not sure how I feel about that).
So off I went all happy to have gotten an extra exam and that I didn't have to wait a month in between appts and excited about my new doctor.

Then yesterday I did something stupid. . .

I decided to google "transverse lies"

Not a good idea.

Apparently it is rare after 20-30 weeks and even more rare at term (1 in 300). Most babies settle breech or head down. I started to read scary things about reasons why babies stay transverse (fetal abnormalities) or what could happen if you are that way in labor (cord prolapse- where the cord comes down into the vagina and gets pinched). Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

I had to call my good friend who is a labor and delivery nurse and ask her about this. She said it is fine if she is that way right now. The only time it is dangerous is if your water breaks and you are dilated enough for the cord to hang down. She also said she has plenty of time to turn and asked how the doctor determined her position. When I told her it was through a manual exam not an u/s, she said he was probably wrong anyway. As far as the fetal abnormalities she has never heard of that. One of them was "water on the brain." She said they would have seen that in the u/s. She wasn't concerned, neither was Dr. Delightful, so why am I? Faithful followers, I'm sure you know why. . .

I am working hard on chalking it up to another thing about this pregnancy I can't control and I'll add it to the list of a million other things that can still go wrong. I will try to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy and focus on the positive, like how strong I can feel her movements now. The way if feels to see an entire body part move across my belly and how I can't wait to meet her.

We are making some progress on the nursery. We finally got all of DH's stuff out of the extra room and now he needs to paint this weekend and then we can get the furniture set up and things put away. Hopefully in a couple weeks we will be all done.
I'll leave you with some belly pics and "before" nursery pics.

31 Weeks

32 Weeks

DH getting ready to move the computer to the other room. (Don't you love the Coors Light box doubling as an extra trash can? Classy!)

Testing paint colors

The one cute thing I had to put together and see how it looked.

And finally, my poor doggy. He's not happy with all the changes going on in our house. He likes things the same.

He doesn't know what he is in for. . .


Mandibula said...

Oh Dr google! You really need to control yourself!! We all worry. One of my twins had been transverse from early in the pregnancy till last ultrasound at 30 weeks! Now she is breech and I'm trying to convince her to go towards the light! If you're truly worried about the transverse position know that it just means a c-section and you'll get to pick the birthday!

Melody said...

Bailey flipped back and forth until my last appt when the dr said she was head down. So, don't worry! I also have severe scoliosis which made it a lot harder for her to get around in there! So, I really wouldn't worry. Just enjoy the little time you have left! You will be SO NOT pampered after she is here!

Ashley said...

Dr. Google is so bad!! My husband tells me to stay off the internet...I am so worried about the possiblity of an incompetant cervix. What's wrong with us...oh I know infertility;) I'm sure your beautiful little girl will be just fine!! YOu look great by the way!!

Carrie said...

Oh, Wemberly. She is rearing her little mousie head again, huh? Who are we kidding? She never stops.

I try to avoid Dr. Google now, for the most part, but he is so TEMPTING and always OPEN! My best friend always says "rare things are rare" and that does help me relax sometimes. I am sure she'll be in a nice head down position in no time.

Sorry there is another thing to worry about, but so glad everything else is well. You look amazing, my dear. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah... Dr Google has two sides to him -- the OK and the not-so-OK. And he surprises us the most when we dont want to be!! But I am glad that your L&D nurse friend calmed you down. Listen to her. She is most likely a legitimate source than Dr.Google anyway.
Nice to see that the room is coming together well. Take care.

Mandibula said...

Go for the tree! Or anything! We didn't paint, it's peel and stick! It's from a company called roommates and we picked it up at acmoore. With the 50% off coupons that are in the paper it was only $10! The have a few different designs and even have a nursery section!

Mandibula said...

We don't have textured walls, however it is an old house with a zillion coats of paint-the last one being matte.