So, if you were following my Instagram Stories yesterday, you might already be aware that the day did not turn out quite as I was expecting!
I went in for my regular 34 week OB appointment, but when it was time to take my blood pressure, it clocked in high at 130/90. From what I understand, that's not a crazy high BP, but my blood pressure has been super normal and stable this entire pregnancy so I'm guessing that the sudden jump is probably what alarmed them? They waited a bit, I got my TDAP shot, took care of the rest of my appointment stuff, and then had my BP taken again. It was the same, so my doctor told me that she wanted me to go straight from the office to Labor & Delivery (aka THE HOSPITAL) to get checked out further!
I was caught pretty off-guard, since all of my regular appointments have all lasted like, 20 minutes and been totally uneventful. Anyway, from there it all moved pretty quickly. I got in my car, called Sean to tell him to meet me at the hospital, drove over, went to registration and was admitted!
The on-call doctor came in and spoke with me about what it means to have high blood pressure at this point in my pregnancy, and what they were looking out for. Mainly, they were concerned that it could be indicative of me developing preeclampsia, which can be really dangerous for the mom and is only ever resolved by delivery… which might mean delivering early! As in, potentially that same day if my test results showed I was preeclamptic!
I'd read a bunch about preeclampsia and gestational hypertension, and already knew that it can lead to mom's being induced early and whatnot, but it still feels really different when a doctor is telling YOU with regard to YOUR baby. Fortunately, as of now it looks like we're in the clear! During the time we spent waiting for my tests to come back, my blood pressure went back down and I had several totally normal readings. My bloodwork and urine tests came back clear as well, so they discharged me with instructions to go back to my OB on Friday for another check.
Of course, just because my blood pressure resolved this time and everything looked good, it doesn't mean that it's going to stay that way. I'm nervous about my blood pressure check tomorrow, because if it's elevated again I don't know if they'll want to send me back, or put me on some kind of treatment plan or what. Sean says that I should have peace of mind that my tests were all normal since those are probably more conclusive than my blood pressure anyway, but my anxiety certainly does not see it that way, lol.
Annnnd all of this happening also means that I'm now in like super panic mode that Foxlet really is going to end up making her debut into this world early and thus I have a desperate need to EVERYTHING FINISHED RIGHT NOW. I know it's dumb, but baby stuff, house stuff, and work stuff is all suddenly of the utmost priority all at once. It's like I cannot bear the fact that I still need to finish building the bookshelf for her room, or follow up with work leads, or wash her cloth diaper inserts, or get the gutters cleaned, or put the finishing touches on my maternity leave plan, or get rid of all the stuff I have set aside to donate to Goodwill…
Anyway, with any luck, my BP check tomorrow will be normal (I think my biggest challenge will not being super nervous about it and causing it to spike on my own!), and things will return to business as usual. But juuuust in case it's not looking that way, I think I'm still going to try really hard to have some very productive days. You know, because as annoying as it might be to get some of this stuff done now, I'm thinking it'll be all the more difficult if I'm confined to bedrest or, y'know, off delivering a preemie.