Friday, November 7, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 33 Weeks


Happy Friday, friends!  It's time for a pregnancy update!  I shared my pregnancy eats for week 33 and may have grovelled a bit about wanting the baby out already.

Apparently, I need to be careful what I wish for.

Since my last full pregnancy update (31 weeks), I went in for my 32 week prenatal visit, last Thursday.  In that visit, the doctor raised some concerns.  Apparently, I have an excess of amniotic fluid, also known as polyhydramnios, which is very rare and only occurs in 1% of all pregnancies.  He walked me through what additional steps needed to be taken going forward:
  • Although I've already done a gestational diabetes test, I'd have to do another, just to make sure we didn't get a false negative nine weeks ago.
  • Weekly monitoring of the fluid levels for the AFI, or amniotic fluid index, to see if the number is going up or down
  • Weekly non-stress tests (NST) / ultrasounds
  • Another check of the organs at 36 weeks

So today, I went in for my weekly monitoring of the amniotic fluid (AFI) and the non-stress test (NST).  The AFI showed a continued increase in amniotic fluid (not good) and my NST showed two contractions, ten minutes apart.  These findings then led my practitioner to check my cervix.  It turns out my cervix is fairly thin (1cm) whereas a normal cervix is 2-3 cm.  So effacement has begun.  These are not good numbers unless you want to go into labor.

I don't.  I'm only at the end of 33 weeks.

There was some consultation between my practitioner and the fetal maternal specialist, and together, they agreed there is a possibility that I could go into labor at any time.  Developmentally, the baby's organs are almost fully developed, with the exception of the lungs.  Given this, they decided it would be prudent to give me a shot of cortisone that will speed up the completion of lung development.  I got one dose today (Thursday) and will need to go back tomorrow for another dose.

Initially, after this visit, I was definitely freaked out.  I don't want to go into labor yet!  I don't want to deliver a premature baby!  Fortunately, my husband was present for today's prenatal visit, so we talked at length after the visit, and agreed that all that could be done has been done, and worrying isn't going to help -- if anything it might encourage the baby to come out.

So I'm scheduling this post for Friday morning, just in case I'm not at home to hit publish.  I don't want to jinx myself, but I don't have posts all lined up if I do disappear for awhile, so if I don't post this weekend (meal planning!) or Monday, maybe you'll have an inkling of where I am.

But seriously, I want this baby to stay put for at least another month!  Stay, baby, stay!
Left: 28 weeks, when I was still comfortable.  Right: 32 weeks, complaining that I'm feeling too big.
Have you ever been surprised by an event that occurred when you least expected it?

18 comments:

  1. I hope the baby stays put for another few weeks!! Your husband sounds like a great support system. Maybe relaxing and downtime will help relax the baby too. I will be thinking of you!

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    1. Thanks! And you're right, I'm trying to stay relaxed and unstressed so that the baby stays put!

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  2. Oh Marnie! How stressful!!! Sending positive thoughts your way that baby hangs tight a little while longer!

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  3. Sending positive thoughts and prayers that baby stays put & you have a nice relaxing weekend!!

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  4. Keeping you in my prayers that your bundle of joy stays put for a few more weeks. Just know that God is in control if this situation & everything does happen for a reason. Which isn't always the easiest to hear. I will keep my fingers crossed that all goes well for you & your family <3 Hang in there, sweetie!

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    1. Thanks Jessie. That's how we're feeling -- if baby comes early, she is coming for a reason!

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  5. I've been thinking about you all weekend! I read this post on Friday and am just now getting around to a computer to comment. I hope you are doing well! You are one of the cutest pregnant mamas! I love the pictures in this post. :)

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    1. Awww thanks Angie. I am still pregnant right now. Fingers crossed.

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  6. I'm so glad baby stayed put during the weekend (I'm assuming as you posted your meal plan, afterall!). But really, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and I hope she stays right where she is for a while yet! I'm sorry you're dealing with this though, but it's good that you have such a supportive husband. It seems like you guys have done everything you could, and now it's just time to take it easy until you have two little ones to care for!

    Best wishes ;)

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    1. I am, too, Yuliya. I went in for another appointment the following Tuesday and there were fewer contractions, so I think I'm OK for now. I'm trying to stay happy & stress free to ensure the baby stays put.

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  7. I hope baby stays put! I can't imagine how nervous you must be, I do hope you can enjoy these last few weeks, at least you will be in close contact with the doctor. I remember how uncomfortable it feels at the end of a pregnancy, but you look fabulous!

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    1. We were very nervous when we first heard the news that the baby might come early (11/7) but as the weekend came and went and nothing happened and we had time to process what we needed to do IF the baby came early, we started to calm down a bit.

      I'm feeling ready now for whatever happens.

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  8. You look great!! Are you feeling any of the contractions? Hope your little one stays put for a bit longer. Maybe this is a sign you should take it easy :) Keep us updated!

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    1. Thanks Caroline! Now that I'm aware that I'm having the contractions, I'm feeling them when they happen. I talked to my doctor about the different sensations I was feeling and she helped me identify which ones were probably contractions and which ones are not.

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  9. That is so disconcerting and scary! I'm glad that today you still haven't had the baby. When my sister was pregnant with her second, they started worrying that she would give birth early already in her first trimester, so it was just a cycle of tests and cortisone shots for the baby and all sorts of other things ... In the end the baby was two weeks late :P
    I hope you're doing well, and keeping yourself relaxed!!

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    1. Wow, so you've had experience with this kind of thing - cortisone shots and all! That's promising that after all that your sister had the baby two weeks late. My fingers are crossed!

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