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week 37!

Friday, August 05, 2011

So yesterday marks 37 weeks of pregnancy! Sammy is now full term! According to babycenter.com he is about as long as a stalk of swiss chard ( 17 inches) and should be about 6 and 1/3 pounds.... which I know he is according to last weeks ultrasound he was about 6.5 pounds!

I had my weekly midwife appointment this morning... and it didn't go so well. In just a week I have gained 5 pounds ( due to swelling and probably preeclampsia) and my blood pressure has gone up even with medication (145/92). So now I get to do another 24 hour urine collection this weekend. yuck! emoticon Let me tell you its gross!!!

Right after I turn in my collection to the lab on Monday I get to have another appointment with my midwife to check more stats. My amniotic fluid has been decreasing and they want to check that as well again. My midwife let me know that I will probably be induced because of the low fluid and high blood pressure sometime next week ( probably Monday night or Tuesday morning).

Its depressing because I have tried so hard not to be induced! Watching the sodium intake, only swimming and walking, and resting a lot! I really don't want to be induced since I want to not get an epi and I have heard that the pain of being induced is stronger than if you go into labor naturally, but it doesn't look like I can avoid it now. He will be almost 38 weeks then, so he will be fine, I'm just scared because I know I have a higher chance of getting and epi and/or c-section now. It doesn't help that my husband makes me feel like I am doing this on purpose to " get rid" of Sammy ( I am tired of being pregnant and have told him that I am trying to walk more to get labor moving and he took this as I want to get rid of Sammy). Like I would intentionally get high blood pressure, and have low fluids so that I have to be induced... yeah right!

I called my hubby to let him know what the midwife said, so that he can plan around having Sammy next at his work. I thought maybe he could work longer today and Monday to get some stuff done that needs to get done. He is really nervous and now says he can't concentrate at work! emoticon Maybe I should have waited to tell him after work.... oh well.

The good news at the appointment was that they did a stress test on Sammy, and the numbers were good. emoticon I would rather be induced before these numbers start to go bad....

Also I have been having contractions, and my midwife said that when you conditions ( like high blood pressure and low fluids) the body might go into labor naturally earlier anyways in order to " rid the body" of the problem ( the pregnancy), so maybe I will go into labor naturally this weekend.... one can hope !

I am debating whether or not to tell the parents in laws and my dad... since I don't know for sure if I will be induced or what day it will be. Last time I thought I might be induced my dad came to "help" and stayed a week... and the only thing that was accomplished was pissing me off at everything he did! He was not helpful, he destroyed ( made lots of messes) throughout our house trying to "fix" things that didn't need to be fixed and we did not ask for him to do... as well as him bringing more stuff to our house that we have no room for. I actually ended up having a "talk" with him and telling him he needed to leave ( in a nice way). His stay was suppose to be for a day or two and ended up being a week! Why is it that family want to "help" even when you say "no thanks" and there help just makes the situation worse? Sometimes I feel like he would just "help" more if he didn't come.... which I know isn't going to happen. I feel bad... this is my dad's first grand child and I know he is excited... but he just doesn't listen!
For anyone that has had a baby... how did you deal with the parents and parents and laws when the baby came? How did you deal with there "help"? I'm not as much worried about my hubby's parents ( well maybe his dad), since I asked his mom to come and help after the baby was born, and I know she will actually "help". My hubby wants to write down some rules for both parents like :
1. Only one set of parents can visit at a time ( don't want the house full of "guest")
2. No "fixing" things, they are here on vacation and we don't need our kitchen cabinets redone ( yes, last time my dad came he took down our cabinets to re-install without asking me, I just came home from work to find my dishes all over the floor and the kitchen a mess!)
3. Some sort of time limit on the amount of days we want people to visit for ( like telling my dad only two days not a week or two)

I don't know about making them sign something like this.... I might talk to them about some "rules".....what do you think? Did you set rules for guess that come and visit after having a baby?
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  • STRINGI719
    I know they want to see the baby right away, but the first couple of days you & hubby really just need to cocoon with Sammy and not worry about anyone else. After that, especially once hubby goes back to work, is when you start to need help. I would definitely talk to each set of parents and only invite them when YOU want them to come and put a time limit on it up front. Then, don't let them "help" around the house, unless it's something YOU ask them to do (ie: cooking or laundry) - just keep them busy spoiling that grandson so they don't have TIME to help! emoticon

    Hope everything goes (or has gone?) well for you guys - I know how you feel about avoiding unnecessary medical interventions, but in the very end, all that matters is a healthy mommy and a healthy baby!
    3331 days ago
  • FITBECKSRN24
    hope everything goes ok! i think its great to sit down and chat with each set of parent/parents about what you guys expect. your going to be sleep deprived, and trying to figure out your own way of doing things iwth the baby. you dont need the added stressers of people being there too long, and making messes and fixing things that dont need to be fixed. plus you'll want to spend time your YOUR family (ie baby, you and your hubby!) i believe the time alone for you guys is just as important.

    hopefully we'll be seeing some pics of little sammy soon! emoticon
    3333 days ago
  • ATLMOMOFTHREE
    Yay for 37 weeks!! I'm sorry you are looking at an induction (but thank goodness it's possible to do it, right?!). I don't really have any advice about parents/in-laws because ours never came and stayed at the house after either of our kids were born. ?? Try to remember that any "help" is meant to be just that-help! :)
    Ugh, sorry also about the 5 lbs! I am up 4 lbs in two weeks (found that out today!) and I haven't changed my eating habits. I'm a *little* swollen, but not much! I'm just picturing *my* Sammy getting chubby in there, because otherwise, WHY the weight gain?! Lol
    Take care of yourself, and I can't wait to hear your news!
    3334 days ago
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