Today's appointment...

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Today's appointment...
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Wed, 05-18-2011 - 8:06pm

Evening ladies! I had a bit of an eventful afternoon today.

I am 35w3d today and we did my GBS test today since I was induced at 36 weeks with DS. The GBS was actually really easy and they let me swab myself so it wasn't uncomfortable or anything. My blood pressure was a little higher than what my normal has been, but the doctor wasn't worried about it. I was measuring right at 35, so she wasn't worried about that either. No internal since I swabbed myself, so things seemed to be going great! Then she decided to do a quick ultrasound to check Bruce's position to make sure he was head down. He was! He was just as I thought, head down with his back along my right side and his butt right at my ribs. So things were going well. Then she tells me that she wants me to go up to L&D to have a non stress test (NST) and amniotic fluid index (AFI) done because she was worried about my fluid level.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Wed, 05-18-2011 - 9:12pm

I commented in the other thread, but I'm sorry to hear about your stressful appointment and L&D stay.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-15-2008
Wed, 05-18-2011 - 9:29pm
Boy our LOs sure do like to stress us out these days, don't they? Your BP being up a bit could certainly have an effect on the fluid levels. It seems like a good sign that there was more fluid after they had you drink all that water though. I hope that your fluid levels come back into the normal range so that you can avoid being induced again. Sounds like Bruce is gonna be a good sized baby if you were measuring right on but had low fluid levels. I think it's a great idea to take your bag with you from now on - that's what I've been doing this week for my appointments. Hang in there and keep us posted.

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Wed, 05-18-2011 - 9:37pm
Thanks ladies. I don't mind going through another induction too much, I just would rather wait a little bit longer. DS was 6 lbs 15 oz when I was induced with him at 36 weeks, so if Bruce is similar, he should be a pretty good size. I just would rather him bake some more. I already drink about 2L of water a day as it is, so I guess I'll be drinking even more for the rest of the pregnancy.
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Registered: 01-29-2008
Wed, 05-18-2011 - 10:18pm
Good luck Stacey.. Hope you don't have to be induced and that the fluid stays up and he can bake some longer!

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Thank you Dedi and Kelly for my
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Registered: 12-15-2008
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 6:53am
Just wondering - did they check Bruce's kidneys when they did the U/S? That could be another reason for the low fluid, since most of the amniotic fluid is baby urine. Jesse had kidney issues inutero and they had to keep an eye on him and my fluid levels because of it. The problem ended up resolving itself, but it couldn't hurt to have it checked.

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 8:14am

The didn't mention anything about his kidneys, so I'll definitely ask. I know they checked them in the past (at my anatomy scan at 23 weeks and then again when I transferred here at about 28 weeks), but nothing since then. Thanks Donna! I'm just waiting now for the nurse that schedules the NSTs and AFIs to call me back and get me scheduled.

Edited to add: The nurse just called me back. I go in tomorrow morning for my next AFI and NST. Then again next Monday and Thursday. We'll schedule the rest from there.

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Registered: 10-12-2008
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 11:45am

I have to say I am surprised they did an ultrasound to check his position.

Cynthia

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Registered: 07-07-2008
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 12:17pm
Thanks Cynthia. I was wondering if I was worrying for nothing since the levels came up after drinking water and sitting for a few hours. My mom works at my old OB's office, so she talked to one of the doctor's there and the doctor said it could've just been bad timing with the first AFI. She said that maybe the baby had just recently drank a bunch of the fluid and hadn't peed it back out yet. Either way, she said it is still on the low side and she would be monitoring me as well, so I'm glad that's being done.

I'm trying to not really worry about it. I figure if he was in any trouble or distress, I'd feel different. Right now, he is still moving around a lot, getting hiccups at least once a day, and his heart rate is doing great. So I'll just do the monitoring and enjoy getting to see/hear him more often. ;)