All The Vital Signs - 32 Weeks (Baby #5)



I had an appointment last week, so there are some semi-interesting things (to me) to report!  We've been spacing my appointments out a bit this pregnancy (because it's hard to bring all four kids down and keep them relatively quiet in a doctor's office), so prenatal appointments are particularly exciting to me this time.

Updates From My Doctor's Visit

I especially wanted to ask my doc about a couple things at my appointment - first, I wanted to confirm that baby is head down now!  I mentioned before that I felt her flip around a couple times.  I thought she had turned back to a head down position, but I wanted to check to be sure.

The second thing I wanted to ask about was my blood pressure.  The last couple appointments my blood pressure has been pretty high for me, and I was starting to get concerned.  I had pre-eclampsia with Wyatt, so I'm always looking out for signs that I might have it again.  I think my last appointment my blood pressure was 140/80, which is pretty darn close to an official "high blood pressure" diagnosis.

Thankfully though, my blood pressure this time was 110/66, which is right about where it normally is...so whatever was causing it to be high has seemed to resolve itself for the time being! Baby's heart rate was 148 bpm.  



Then my doctor pulled out this little portable ultrasound machine to check the baby's position, and she was sweet enough to let each of the kids hold the wand and see Baby! (Minus Clarice, who gets anxious at the doctor's and will not leave my side.)  The kids thought it was pretty fun, especially squirting the gel on my belly.  Gwen saw Baby's head when she held the wand, Wyatt saw the heart, and Clyde saw the legs.  Baby is officially head down, and also confirmed as a girl!  It was fun to see her briefly again.



They also checked my iron levels at this appointment, and it was at an 11.5.  Normal is 11-15, so it's on the low side (remember when I thought I was anemic earlier in this pregnancy and the nurse brushed me off?). They gave me a sheet with suggestions of high-iron foods, which let's be honest, I probably will not reference.  At this point I eat whatever is in my cupboards that looks appetizing.

The iron thing does explain my recent craving for ice though.  I can't get enough ice!  So I probably should try to eat some fortified cereals or something.

Getting To Know Baby Girl

I'm starting to think about this girl's personality, and I'm wondering if she'll be a little independent like Gwen.  She really doesn't like being poked at, and she'll kick my hand when I try to feel her little limbs through my skin!  It's kind of funny.  She's so active in there too.  I haven't really had to worry about whether she's okay in there at all because she's constantly moving.



We also officially have it narrowed down to two name possibilities!  Derek and I went on a Christmas-shopping day date (trying to get all Christmas shopping done before delivery), and we took the opportunity to discuss names.  We have one that we really like and will most likely be using as long as we feel it fits her when she's born!

How I'm Feeling

As far as symptoms, I'm having a lot of heartburn, some rib pain still (though it's been better), and my hips are killing me, so I think there is some joint loosening happening.  I don't think she's dropped yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if she did soon if the hip pain is any indication.

 (I know I said I wasn't a leggings girl, but it's leggings all the way this pregnancy!)

I'm also feeling a little excessively emotional and overwhelmed by ordinary things lately.  I hate this stage, where my emotions start to get all wacky.  I think I need to take it easy and lower my expectations of how the house should look, etc, but it's hard because I really care about having things neat right now.

Now that we've reached 32 weeks, I'm starting to think ahead to the delivery.  I've ordered a baby book, a coming home outfit, new pajamas for the hospital (I haven't bothered to buy new ones in months, and it's time), and backup mascara, facial cleanser, etc.  

In the next few weeks I'm hoping to get my bag packed!  I usually like to have it packed by 37 weeks, and I think it's a good idea to stick with that this time.  I am measuring about two weeks ahead, and my doctor thinks this little one might be a little bigger than the others.  That doesn't necessarily mean anything, but a part of me is hoping that my body can only handle 7-pound-something-ounce babies, and maybe she'll come a week or so before my due date! But I'm trying not to get my hopes up, because Clarice was 3 days late, and I know what an emotional roller coaster it can be when you go late and didn't expect to.



We shall see!  We officially have less than two months left!
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