It’s funny how happy the weekly milestones make me. For whatever reason, I’ve just had so much anxiety this time about the baby coming early. Obviously, I don’t want her to come at 35 weeks, but I feel pretty good that she’d do very well if she did. I think most babies don’t even require NICU time at 36 weeks, and that’s just a few days away.
I had two consecutive high BP readings at my 33 and 34 week appointments. It’s a little unclear why. Yes, the appointments stress me out. In particular, my appointments are 3-part monsters these days, with lots and lots of waiting. And above all, it’s the waiting that gets under my skin. I don’t know why I can’t be more zen about it. It just pisses me off. When I had the first reading, I’d been waiting upwards of an hour for an NST after having already done an ultrasound. And I knew I’d be waiting some more after the NST was complete. In any case, the following week, I was worried about the BP reading, and that may be why it was high. Thankfully, this week my BP was “much better.” I didn’t even ask what it was. At home, I have a very low BP (and verified my cuff with the doctor). They have me monitoring BP twice a day and reporting weekly. I’ve yet to even hit 120 / 80. They initially asked me to restrict sodium, then did bloodwork, and found out (a week later) that I had low sodium, so thankfully I’m back on salt. I am a very big fan of salt, and if the day ever comes that I have to cut it, I will be very sad.
Some days are obviously better than others, and I have my moments of extreme discomfort, but overall, I feel very good. I’m still swimming 1500 yards a few times a week and generally feel quite fit, despite barely being able to walk. I think I’m fitter than I was at this time during my last two pregnancies. Being spared SPD this time has been really nice. I do have some pelvic pain, but it’s quite minor, comparatively speaking. Sometimes I wonder if the baby might come later because I’m feeling better, but there is a lot of time to begin feeling lousy in the next three weeks, so I guess we’ll see.