37w, another L&D trip
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|Fri, 09-14-2012 - 12:42am|
Almost had a c-section this morning. But then doc's changed their minds.
Went in yesterday for my midwife appointment. Had extreme nausea, dehydration, and weird central chest and throat pain. (Couldn't even swallow water.) Lost 15 pounds over 6 days (42 total this pregnancy), had excess protein in urine, and blood pressure spiked. Dilated to 1cm and 70% effaced. I got sent to L&D for monitoring and IV fluids.
At the hospital, confirmed baby was still breech. Dehydration triggered contractions, which were every 2-3 minutes. Started throwing up after a sip of water. My midwife called in a true OB. Blood work was ordered. Results of bloodwork were very high liver enzymes (means my liver is inflamed.) Normal is 20, highest the OB had seen ever was 40, mine was 141. They scheduled a repeat of the bloodwork at 6 am. If it was still bad, I'd have amnio to check babies lungs and if they were ok then c-section immediately.
Bloodwork in the AM was slightly better (125) but also showed anemia and low potasium. Docs called in a digestive specialist to figure out the liver, and stalled c-section. Also got a second OB to consult. As the hours passed, I got enough fluid through IVs that the contractions stopped. Blood pressure stabilized, too.
Second OB finally discovered I tore my esophagus (that explains the pain). I now have prescription meds that coat the lining to make swallowing easier, and will only eat soft cold foods until it heals. Contractions stayed stopped while in bed with IVs. Digestive specialist said the liver could be many reasons, we'll monitor it for a few months, and do tests to rule out major illnesses like hepatitis. So amnio and c-section were canceled.
I got released at 9pm and am back home. Newest diet plan is fat free food (due to gallstones) that are soft and cold (due to torn esophagus). No otc painkillers (due to liver issues.) I get to be monitored by a midwife, OB, gallbladder surgeon, and digestive specialist until baby is born. The plan is still to attempt flipping baby, and if that doesn't work do a c-section, in 2 weeks. If I have any more contractions or meds don't allow me to eat before then, I have to do amnio then c-section.
Whew. Sorry for the long post. Not sure how to summarize that. But I'm home and still pregnant and sick but better than I've been all week.