Thursday, August 7, 2008

Non-stress tests, high blood pressure, and waiting...

For the past three weeks, I have had non-stress tests so the doctors can monitor Eliana's heartrate and movement to ensure everything is fine. I am not sure why the tests are called non-stress tests because they definitely evoke stress in me. My only experience with a non-stress test before this pregnancy was when I had to go to the hospital because Ethan was not moving around as much as he normally did. Everyone knows what happened next..Ethan failed the non-stress test and I ended up having an emergency c-section and Ethan spent four days in NICU.

Well, my first two non-stress tests with Eliana were great. She was a model baby and was extremely active. My non-stress test yesterday was a different story. Eliana was still a model baby and extremely active, but my blood pressure, which is consistently normal throughout this pregnancy and last, was high. The nurse tested for protein in my urine and said I had a trace of protein in my urine and combined with high blood pressure meant I might have pre-eclampisa. Then she said the only cure for pre-eclampisa is to deliver the baby. My first thought was here we go again. My second thought was my apartment is a wreck and I am not ready yet!! So, of course my blood pressure did not go down during the non-stress test!! Well, I went to see my doctor after the non-stress test and they rechecked my blood pressure and tested my urine again. My blood pressure had gone down some and they did not see any signs of protein in my urine. My doctor does want me to buy a blood pressure cuff and check my blood pressure three times a day just to ensure everything stays fine. He did say Eliana was head down but has not dropped and I have not dialated at all.

Josh had stayed home during my doctor's appointment and had surprised me by cleaning the apartment some and picking up the big things that were all over the place. It was such a relief to me and I feel like if Eliana does come early at least the apartment is somewhat ready. Josh is such a wonderful husband and has been so sweet to me during this time. I am truly blessed.

The good news is that I am full term today: 37 weeks! If Eliana does come early or I have to have a c-section due to blood pressure then Eliana will be fine. Thank God!


Katy said...

So glad to hear that you are to term and that Josh cleaned the apartment!! Are your bags packed yet? Take it easy and stay out of this heat. Can't wait to hear the good news of new baby Eliana!!

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