Friday, February 27, 2009

Baby is coming!

Well, I just wanted to send out a quick note...I have to be at the hospital in 45 min to be induced! I had a large amount of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was 172/ 110! So baby is coming... a February baby, can you believe it! I meant to update with the cute little video we made last night of Truitt kissing my belly, nursery pics, etc., but you'll just have to wait. I have to eat dinner and take a shower before we get over there. Wish me luck, I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Blushing Buttercream Pettiskirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

We have had a busy couple weeks trying to finish up house projects for Baby B. I will post more soon. In the mean time
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

All's well...

Well, just got back from the doctor and everything is fine! My bile levels are smack dab in the middle of normal, so phew! I am relieved but also mystified and amazed at how pregnancy puts your body through the ringer and how all these little subtle changes in your body can totally be unexplainable!

I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster this week! If this is a girl I would totally not be surprised! Wow, the ups and downs of this pregnancy are just crazy! So different then with Truitt! We could have our hands full with this one!

So the doctor is starting me on some anti-anxiety meds this week. We were going to do it at 36 weeks, since I had some post-partum after Truitt, as a preventative, but she and I both agreed that now seems like a good time to start.

I hope that I can maybe relax a little and actually enjoy the end of my pregnancy...what a concept that would be!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Update, 33 weeks and Obstetric Cholestasis

So this past week has been an adventure for us. I haven't been feeling all together since last week (lots of bowel issues), the day of hunger did not turn out well and my appetite has been hit or miss ever since. Dairy is definitely off limits now! I am making a run to the natural food store today to get some alternative milk and cheese, because my life without these all together is just too hard!

Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night with intense itching all over my body, but no rash. I called in the morning and they assured me it can happen and was normal and to take some Benedril. It seemed to get better as the day went on, but on Thursday morning it was pretty intense again, so I took some Benedril with dire consequenses...I totally forgot it makes you drowsy! I was so tired I could not keep my eyes open! I really felt drunk, it was awful and I really should have called someone for help! Luckily Truitt went down for an early nap and when we woke up I felt much better.

That afternoon (Thursday still) the clinic called me to check in, again confirming that all was normal, and to only take the Benedril at night (a friendly reminder of this BEFOREHAND would have been nice!) So after dinner on Thursday, the itching was pretty intense again, so I thought "if this is so common there has got to be other itchy moms out there!" I was on the search for blogs or websites for itchy moms! Well, what I found was there are not alot of itchy moms out there late in pregnancy that do not have a rash. I did find these websites for Obstretric Cholestasis, interestingly most based from the UK:

  • The Obstetric Cholestasis Support Website:
  • Baby Centre UK:
  • Itchy Moms:
  • Pregnancy
After reading all this info. I was very alarmed. I have a lot of these symptoms. I realized that I had actually been itching for the past two weeks, it had just been isolated to my hands and feet and I wrote it off as puffy, stretching, dry, winter skin. I had actually itched my foot until it bled two weeks ago, which freaked me out, so then I made a conscious effort not to scratch so much, but like I said it didn't seem like that big of a deal. But when combining this with all the other problems too, it just seemed too much at once. I knew that something could be wrong and that I needed to see my midwife right away! I could barely sleep Thursday night from worry (and itching!).

Friday morning I called and got an appointment for that afternoon. As soon as my midwife saw me she knew exactly why I was there and what I wanted, without me even having to say! I am wondering if the nurses didn't completely fill her in that I had been calling everyday, or if she knew I must have researched this on my own and would know what I would want done. From now on I know to just ask for her or just get an appointment, well actually from here on out I am suppose to call the birthing center with any major problems or concerns after hours or just go in!

So they ran the tests. The first liver function test came back slightly elevated, I guess this is common in pregnancy, but this test is not the major indicator of a problem. The bile test won't be back until Wednesday, but we are pretty sure there is a problem. Even if the test comes back negative, as long as the itching persists I will have to keep testing and keep checking in on this issue. Then that evening they had me go in to the birthing center for a non-stress test and to get a base line of activity for the baby. Everything came out great. So we are glad the baby doesn't seem to be affected at this point. The nurses there were very nice, and gave us a tour afterward and made sure we knew to call or come in if we have any concerns. She also confirmed my suspicion that this all over itching is not common, and something to definitely be keeping a careful eye on. I am so glad that I stuck to my guns this week and listened to my body!

I will be sure to post more as we know more! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we get through these last few weeks of pregnancy!