Monday April 30th, and 38 weeks along….I went to the Dr today for another checkup, and the problem that was stopping us from induction yesterday had corrected itself (thank heavens!) and I’m also dilated to 4cm again. But, last night my feet began to swell really badly, and even when I laid down and elevated my feet the swelling only went down a little, and only after 3 hours (but no headaches or seeing spots). I was still swelling pretty badly today when I went in for my checkup, and when the nurse took my blood pressure it was 144 over 86, the highest I have ever been while pregnant (they become concerned at anything 140 and over, so I am just over the mark, everything is still OK). She took it again since I have always been low (never over the 120’s), and again, it was the same. She tried again and it was still in the 140’s, so the Dr. came in and HE took my blood pressure, and it was still in the 140’s. So he said no matter what we are inducing tomorrow, that it was high enough to be worrisome, but that it’s not too high to warrant inducing tonight. I am fine with waiting until tomorrow since I still have a few things left on my to-do list.
The Dr said that it was unusual to have low blood pressure in all
of my previous 6 pregnancies, and then suddenly have it get
fairly high at the end with baby #7. Not impossible, just highly
unlikely. So while I do not have pre-elclampsia, I’m
not in a good place blood pressure wise. But having the baby tomorrow
will fix all of that, so we report to the hospital to be induced tomorrow
May 1st, at 6 am. The Dr instructed me to go home and lay down, put my
feet up and take it easy, and turn on the AC. So of course, I went home
and cleaned my basement, sorted laundry and did some washing, laid out a
weeks worth of outfits for each of my 4 smaller children, and made sure
to write down all of their school schedules for Mammy so that the next
few days go as smoothly as possible for her and the kids. I even got 4
bags of toys bagged for the DI and all of my clean laundry folded, so my
house is as clean and ready as it’s ever going to be, and I feel like I
am good to go. Tomorrow cannot get here soon enough!