Just come out from the Dr. He’s moved clinics finally (several floors down in the same building) and I didn’t like it. Mostly because all the nurses who’ve got to know us over the year (almost two years at this point?) have stayed uostairs and we don’t know anyone. Thankfully it has come right near the end.
Here is my belly as things stand:
Bigger, isn’t it?! Which was why I was so disappointed today to see that they have seemingly not really grown since the last appointment. Smalls has gained less than 100g and Biggo only 250g. so why have I grown massively around the belly, and gained a further three kilos? Why are my legs like some awful, discoloured haggis preparation?
The two of them are still moving a lot and I had been emotionally coping with the discomfort and tiredness of working thinking about how much they must now be growing. Obviously then, today’s news was not really welcome.
As things stand, we are having another appointment in two weeks, or sooner if I notice any changes in how much they are moving. Dr is unconcerned, as the blood supply through the umbilical cords is still strong. But he did remark that it’s possible my placental function may not be very good. I need to rest as much as possible. He didn’t say to give up work, but ideally I’m sure that’s what he would like me to do. I know work will be sympathetic, and next week I may well ask for some time off (we already have one day though, so I don’t want to be greedy!).
We have some friends coming over this evening for a sort of baby shower, but after that appointment I’m not sure either of us feel like celebrating. Particularly as Dr also told us that no birthing partners are allowed. No husbands or wives… Patients only. And there was protein in my urine. 😦 however as my blood pressure remains cool-as-a-cucumber low, neither the protein nor the leg swelling are concerning. They have sent my wee off to see if i have If I have an asymptomatic bladder infection. So i just feel uneasy. If I feel no changes in the babies’ behaviour, then we will have our final prenatal check up on Dec 15th, as I understand things. Then we will book into the hospital the following Friday. He said it was great that i’ve had no Braxton Hicks and that if we could ‘keep them in’ one more week everything should be absolutely fine. And week 37, as long as there is no foetal distress, is perfect. So I have to be super vigilant, and it sounds as though 37 weeks is the very very end of the road.