Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wasn't stressed before, but now.... 10 week update

I kinda am.

It's no secret that I like to put all my pregnancy information on the blog.  This is useful for me, and I think for some people who stumble across my blog it might be useful for them as well.  So here it goes.

Today baby measured 10 weeks 1 day.  According to the doctor's estimate I am 10 weeks 2 days, so baby is right on track.  According to when I think I ovulated I thought I should be 10 weeks 5days.  So we are off by about 4 days.  Not a big deal.  Baby was wriggling all over the place on the ultrasound and looked great; nice little heartbeat ticking away.

I have had dark red to rust colored to brown spotting off and on this entire pregnancy, and on Saturday had a big burst of bleeding (still dark brown; old blood).  There was no cramping, so I really was not concerned; I figured it was a subchorionic hemorrhage which I have had before with the same sort of symptoms.  This was confirmed today at my appointment on ultrasound, we saw the pocket of blood which should continue to kind of work it's way out.

But the concerning thing about my appointment was that my blood pressure was 132/92.  It is normally around 110/70 when I go to my prenatal visits, and that is what it was several weeks ago at my first visit.  So today, they wanted to check it again later.  Well when they did that, the nurse would not tell me the number and said, "I need to go get another nurse to try....third time's the charm!"  and rushed out.  Another nurse came in and re-checked it and she told me it was 142/90.  Great.  High blood pressure at 10 weeks?   What is this?  I was induced for high blood pressure at 39 weeks with Caroline, but I did not think blood pressure would start creeping up this early.  I wasn't unnecessarily stressed out or anything today, and I've had that "jittery" kind of feeling that I had today on and off over the past week or so....just didn't want to think it could really be my blood pressure acting up.  So the first nurse comes back in and says that her reading was "higher than 142/90" but would still not say the number! 

So now of course I'm kind of worried.  I have to go back next week to check my blood pressure again and was supposed to collect a 24 hour urine specimen to return next week, but they forgot to give me the container.  So I'll either pick it up before then or else just get it at my next check. 

The OB said he would not put me on blood pressure meds unless I got into the 150s/100s.  But now I'm kinda worried.  Hopefully meds would control everything, but the OB said there really wasn't anything I could do on my own to help lower my blood pressure since I'm not overweight, I eat a balanced diet, etc.

So just wanted to document it all.....because you just never know what God is going to hand you.  All I can do is take it one day at a time and trust that His plan is bigger than mine.  And try not to stress over it....try being the operative word.


Sew said...

You have a blood pressure cuff at home?

Angela said...

I'm going to pick one up!

Sew said...

There is a Chinese tea you can drink-have to check to see if it's ok in pregnancy.

Shannon said...

My comment didn't publish from earlier- get your hands on Marilyn Shannon's book- she talks about magnesium (and one other vit I can't remember) being important in keeping BP down. She recommends certain prenatals which I ordered ( professional prenatal formula I think) and took during my pregnancy). Over the counter prenatals are deficient in a lot per Marilyn Shannon

Kandice said...

Praying for you!

The Will Of God In All Things said...

Thinking and praying for you Angela.

Hebrews 11:1 said...

Praying for ya!