Baby K and I have hit another huge milestone this past week as we entered week 35 of pregnancy! This has been my goal since first experiencing my preterm labor contractions during week 30, so I am relieved to say we have made it this far. It definitely has not been very smooth, but here we are!
After my preterm labor contractions at week 30, I had to do a lifestyle change…yes, even more so than I have already done. The amount of walking, cleaning, organizing, standing, and moving in general had to decrease significantly. I had to create a new “norm” for my contractions since there seems to be no known cause other than a sensitive/irritable uterus. My new norm is essentially constant Braxton Hicks contractions that range from quick and nearly unnoticeable, to strong and painful. During these, I just try to relax and focus on my breathing.
I was sent back to the hospital at 33 weeks for more labor contractions. Once again, they monitored my contractions as well as the baby and gave me another shot to stop the contractions. This worked when it came to stopping labor contractions, but I still had constant Braxton Hicks. Those can occur every 4-6 minutes for me…aren’t I lucky?! Haha! So, once again, the labor contractions couldn’t be explained, especially because I still wasn’t dilating. Since I wasn’t quite 34 weeks, they wanted to make sure Baby K still had some time in the womb to keep cooking.
My usual doctor appointments and MFM appointments continued and we learned that Baby K is a little over 5lbs, is in the 72nd percentile for her overall size, has lots of little hairs on her head (explains this crazy heartburn I have been experiencing), and is pretty much clear of her cystic hygroma! She is progressing and developing so well in there, so we couldn’t be happier!
Just before I hit 35 weeks, we had another visit to the labor and delivery unit of the hospital. I was sent over there by my doctor for some strange symptoms I was having, but mainly because of my high blood pressure. I have been experiencing more frequent headaches, sudden swelling in my hands and feet and random spotty vision. Apparently these are all signs and symptoms of preeclampsia? My doctor sent me over there after a visit with him to have my pressures and contractions monitored as well as the baby. They ran some more tests and lots of bloodwork. All tests came back normal and my blood pressure seemed to be normalizing and stabilizing. They sent me home with instructions to monitor my blood pressure twice a day and report the pressures to my doctor.
At this point, I am so ready to stop dealing with the unknown and have this little lady here with us- I’m getting super impatient! Don’t let anyone lie to you- pregnancy is hard. It is such a blessing, but it is HARD. I feel Baby K running out of room in there, so it makes it much harder for me to sit, stand, and lie comfortably. When my feet and hands swell, they become tingly, painful, and look sunburnt. Walking or standing for more than 5 minutes takes a huge toll on my back and neck. Eating anything causes heartburn and acid reflux. Bending over, seeing my feet or the stairs as I walk down is not even a thing at this point, but I can sure tell you how amazing it is to feel her moving. When she moves, kicks, hiccups, or adjusts herself, it is so cool! It makes me forget all the pain and uncomfortable feelings. Kyle gets to experience it more and more as well because of how big she has gotten and how big her movements are. It’s been pretty awesome.
Overall, I am feeling good. I say “good” because I know she will be here so soon and I also know that everything we have been through in this journey will be so worth it in the end. Kyle and I keep talking about what we are looking forward to most once she is here and what life will be like. We are so ready…well, we think we are 😉