I realized that I haven’t really said a whole lot about my pregnancy this time and it is almost over, hooray! The reason is until last weekend my pregnancy was going really well, almost too well given my history. I get pregnancy induced hypertension EVERY SINGLE PREGNANCY and each time it starts earlier and is more severe. With my last pregnancy it was so bad I was hospitalized multiple times, my fluid got too low in the placenta and we barely made it to 36 1/2 weeks at which point we thought my 7 pound baby would be fine. Ultimately she was but she did need 20 hours in NICU for her lungs and that was awful. That pregnancy was very stressful and very scary and it led my husband and I to have some very serious talks about if we should be done having kids. If my current trend had continued my next child would have been at least a week earlier and that meant a for sure stay in NICU and for more than 20 hours, I was not sure I could handle that.
Obviously we chose to have more kids and I have been waiting for things to go haywire this pregnancy and so far nothing too crazy. I am currently 37 weeks and a few days and I have not gone this far since my second pregnancy so it seems a bit surreal and honestly I feel like I am overdue. My blood pressure has been up for awhile now but not so high I needed medicine or to cause panic or extra hospital stays. Last weekend I did end up checking into the hospital on Saturday night and stayed until Monday morning. I started experiencing some swelling last week, mild but noticeable in my legs and hands. Then on Friday my right ankle swelled to five times the normal size and had what looked like a sack of fluid on it, my left ankle was barely more swollen than normal, my blood pressure also spiked pretty high. Long story short I monitored it and on Saturday it began hurting a lot so I called the OB on call and they said go to the hospital. Everything calmed down after some observation and they determined I was fine and baby looked good, then my blood results came back super low for potassium. This led to an EKG, everything is fine, and admittance to get my potassium level back to a safe range. It took more than anticipated but we got my potassium to normal by Monday morning and I was released.
I am happy to say that I have had no swelling since being released and have felt much better. Baby is getting huge, the measured her in the ultrasound Saturday at 8 pounds which scares me, my biggest baby was 7 pounds 9 ounces. So I am just chugging away and hoping to go into labor before 39 weeks at which point they will induce me. I have never gone into labor on my own so am slightly apprehensive that I will not recognize it and be that lady who had her baby in a car! So I would appreciate prayers for a safe and quick delivery of a baby who is not massively huge, ok healthy is all I really want! I will keep you updated as D day approaches. And yes remember I have Graves Disease so all of you who were told pregnancy and Graves Disease does not work this is baby number 2 post total thyroidectomy and it’s going great!