I had my echo-cardiogram today and met the cardiologist. Dr. M reviewed the results of the echo and the heart monitor and came to the determination that I have developed “normal” sinus tachycardia and there is no abnormalities in rhythm. She believes that this has developed from the added stress to my heart from pregnancy. The heart monitor shows that when I get up and move around my heart rate goes into the 130’s and resting it’s around 110 or so. She believes that the best course is for me to rest but if my heart rate does rise I am in no danger and that I will just feel “uncomfortable”. She wants me to continue to wear the heart monitor until delivery just in case something else develops. I am not super excited about this but I would rather be safe than sorry. I talked to her about trying to deliver naturally with no pain meds. She said that she saw no harm in me trying and since I would be monitored by the hospital staff if my elevated heart rate became an issue they could either intervene with medication or deliver via c-section. I am very happy that she is willingly to let me try and not automatically saying no.
We had our perinatal ultrasound yesterday to look at his growth. I was sent to a specialist that deals with high-risk pregnancy. The ultrasound was wonderful. The tech was the best I have ever had. She told us what she was doing the whole time throughout which was so nice compared to the normal place where we go that doesn’t really say anything and if you ask they say they can’t say anything. I understand they can’t discuss results but the other place just won’t say anything.
I met with the doctor after the ultrasound and she said that baby’s head is measuring very large, in the 96th percentile and this is what probably threw off the hospitals measurements of saying he is 3 weeks ahead. His other measurements his showing him in the average range and he is weighing at 5.1 pounds. He is ahead but by a week or so. Nothing major. He just has a really big head like me.
I had a huge head at birth. I have heard story after story about how I had a “melon” head and looked like an alien baby. Not to mention my huge head almost killed my mom and I. I wasn’t coming out and my mom had to have an episiotomy and they nicked an artery and she started to bleed out. Then, they ended up needing forceps and suction to get me out. Once I was out I wasn’t breathing. So they were trying to save my mom and me. Thankfully, they saved us both though my mom lost half her blood volume.
How far along? 33 weeks. App says baby should be 17.2 inches long and weighing 4.2 pounds but we known from our scan yesterday that he is 5.1 pounds.
Total weight gain/loss? +9.7 pounds.
Maternity clothes? All the time!
Sleep? Sleep sucks. I’m in hip/back pain, I get out of breath, I have to pee.
Best moment this week? Finding out that my heart is okay and that baby is okay.
Symptoms? My heart rate, my breathing, headaches, back and hip pain.
Food cravings? Sweets.
Food aversions? Acidic things and steak.
Gender? It’s a boy! And since we have been going through all this medical stuff we decided to tell our family and friends his name. Our little man’s name is Theodore Jackson.
Labor signs? Nope.
Belly button in or out? Still in.
What I miss? Breathing fully.
What I’m looking forward to? Feeling better though that sounds like it won’t happen until Theodore comes.
Here are some photos of little Teddy: