Mar 15 2011

random fetal (and host mother) update

Would have been more logical to be doing these along the way, but that’s massive pain and no sleep for you — enemy of logic.

Last ultrasound was today. The baby is still a girl, and still growing normally, in the 64th percentile at 5 pounds 5 ounces and 34 weeks (6 weeks to go, due date still on or around 4/28/11). Her head has dropped low enough in the pelvis the OB couldn’t get an accurate measurement of that part, but the rest is normal, including amniotic fluid and placenta positioning. Otherwise she’s already filling up the available space and is much more chubby-baby round than the last ultrasound. She’s also just as active as she’s been since the 4th month — if fetal activity is any indication of later energy levels, we’ll have a dancer or other athlete for sure.

This was worth double-checking on because I as the host have lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks. (Due to the massive stress from the pain and loss of sleep.) I don’t think I’ve ever lost weight that quickly when non-pregnant (though it’s true I’ve never been one for dieting either). I’m now on a high-everything diet — high fat, high carbs, high protein. Basically as much food as we can cram into me, which is complicated by the fact that excessive pain makes me not want to eat. The OB remarked with amusement that it’s the opposite of the advice he normally has to give expectant mothers at this stage who are usually gaining more weight than necessary.

The hip pain looked as if it might improve as of a couple of weeks ago, but this past week has brought a fresh hell as one of the nerves went from agitated to actually pinched. I’ve never not had a reflex response before (none in the right ankle 7 days ago, none in both ankles as of 2 days ago). It’s rather disconcerting to watch/not-feel. My sleep duration had been holding steadily at 1.5 to 2 hours at a time, up until this past week where it dropped back down to 30 minutes-1.25 hours at a time. I also stopped being able to sleep on either side, so spent a frantic few nights getting no real sleep at all.

I have to go back in for an extended glucose test including fasting because my original reading was off. I can’t imagine why — you mean a diet of no sleep and excruciating constant pain throws off other body systems too? Go figure. This is complicated by the fact that the aforementioned issues make it so if I go longer than 4 hours without eating SOMEthing, I throw up. I’m just going to have to wait for a relatively low-pain day and do my best, but an 11-hour fast sounds really daunting.

My blood pressure is fine. So that’s good, anyway. And really, if the hip issue wasn’t happening, I’d barely notice the pregnancy. She’s a good alien parasite, all around.

A fresh session this week with the PT took the edge off the hammering agony, and I tried out an experiment last night sleeping semi-propped up with pillows immobilizing my legs and hips in as aligned a position as possible. This resulted in 4 sleep sessions of an hour or longer each, which is a vast improvement and why you’re getting a blog entry today! Hopefully this will continue to work, I don’t like sleeping in that position but I do like sleeping, so that’s what I get for now.

After discussing options with the OB we are trying a referral to one more pain specialist who might be more willing to work with pregnant women, and keeping me on the pain meds for now since that’s the only way I get to fall asleep (or to do much of anything else except sit around and cry). We discussed how to manage the baby’s needs if I have to stay on pain meds through to birthing, though obviously if we find something else that works I’ll go off them ahead of time. We also discussed trying melatonin instead of a prescribed sleep medication to see if that will help sleep duration at all. Since there’s no guarantee that the scrip-meds will improve sleep duration significantly so I decided it wasn’t worth the risk at this time. This OB doesn’t do water births which is the most recommended method for this hip/pelvic condition, so we’ll be researching to see if we have affordable options along these lines elsewhere.

Still no name picked out, Nathan is working through the long-list to categorize his preferences, and then we’ll winnow down from there. I suspect by this weekend we’ll have at least a short-list to work from. We’ve had several votes to keep her fetal name (”Wednesday”) as a middle name so that’s under strong consideration, hehe. We want to do something similar to the Nielsen Haydens for the last name and give her both of ours (non-hyphenated). Order of last names will be determined by what sounds best with the rest of the name, of course.

Got a very nice compliment from a friend, that in her opinion of all the friends she had that were or had recently bred, we were the only couple she was sure wouldn’t totally screw up our child. Yay vote of confidence!

So that’s the State of the Impending Baby. Most of my day is spent in pain management, but on good days like today I can get two or even three things done! Today’s chores include breakfast-making, OB appt (and other errands), and grocery shopping. Right now I’m having to be chauffeured around since the pinched nerve makes it fairly unsafe for me to drive. This is no more fun a limitation than it was last year when I was sick. Oh, and 9 more days until my not-dead anniversary!

5 Responses to “random fetal (and host mother) update”

  1. Lynnon 15 Mar 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I’m happy for every sleep success you have, and very glad that Wednesday is thriving.

    Even though the first glucose test result was off, is there any reason for them to believe that you have gestational diabetes or another blood sugar ailment?

  2. Andreaon 16 Mar 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’d suggest getting your hands on some protein powder. I think Central Market or Whole Foods will have it. Its usually made with soy, but it’ll had a big protein boost to anything you mix it with, including smoothies or shakes.

  3. Reesaon 16 Mar 2011 at 10:33 am

    @Lynn — Yeah, gestational d.m. is what the extended fasting glucose test is for. I’m not worried about it, I don’t have a lifestyle or eating habits that would encourage development of diabetes later in life and don’t plan to start. I can make whatever adjustments to eating I need to depending on test results, and it’ll be a blip on the radar if at all compared to the hip stuff.

  4. Reesaon 16 Mar 2011 at 10:34 am

    @Andrea — picked up some at the store yesterday!

  5. Mary Basson 16 Mar 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Great to have this update!!!!!!!!!!