blythe wrote:For your readings that are going up and down - search Caryn's posts, she has a lot of good explanations about the biology. If I'm understanding right, it's like there is an "argument" between mom's body and the placenta, so sometimes levels are high, sometimes they are low. But it's virtually inevitable that the placenta will win by hijacking mom's internal systems, it's just a matter of when. That's why we just say "keep watching and reporting".
I didn't see about this particular point, but I learned a lot from Caryn's posts! This point, though--wow does this stick out in my mind. Every time I come away from the OB's office, with the exception of that appointment on Monday where the doc suggested I see the MFM, I feel like maybe this is somehow not real. Maybe I'm just nuts, or being a total hypochondriac, or something. Then I come around here and learn FAR more than I did in the doc's office, and that tells me that no, I'm not wrong for being concerned about a collection of weird, but as-yet subtle symptoms. That explanation, Blythe, is PERFECT. It explains SO MUCH and I just WISH I was hearing stuff like this out of the people who should be a little more on edge, IMO!!
My last OB appt, on Thursday, was both good and frustrating. Good because my baby was moving around much better. Bad because the doc was like well your levels are normal, so we could be out of the woods! She really WANTS this pregnancy to be normal. I do too! But it's. just. not. I told her hey I'm glad the numbers are down and I'm not going boom right now, I'd love to get to at least 34 weeks like one of the other OBs was saying we hopefully could. That would put me at next week. But I reminded her: something is wrong. I don't know what it is, I don't know what to do about it, but something. is. wrong. She moved me to once weekly appointments instead of twice, I only went along with this because the MFM appointment is Tuesday and I'm assuming they're going to probably do a NST. If not, I'm calling the OB that day and trying to get myself in for another one after the MFM appt.
I'm getting very swollen at times. It calms down somewhat but then it gets bad again. My arms will be so swollen I'll have tingling pain from elbows to fingers. This is what happened after I had my daughter. Sometimes my feet have creases at the top from the fluid gain. I gained another 2 pounds from Monday to Thursday. I'm still having the constant, low level irritated uterus feeling, on the contraction part of the monitor it looks like constant, low-level, long, very even waves. The doc tried to say I'm not contracting...okay that's fine, but my uterus is always doing something, it's not real pleasant.
The funny thing is my blood pressure is definitely trending downward, on toward 120-135 over 70-85, but my pulse is almost always above 90 when it usually is between 75 and 80. My lung irritation is worse today. As usual, my inhaler is not helping, it opens the bronchial tubes but doesn't stop the irritation since it's not a steroid. I'm having mild headaches off and on. No URQ pain, just some mild middle back pain similar to what I had last pregnancy toward the end.
Did anyone else have their pulse just start to go up as their BP went down?
And thanks so much Alexis for saying that...I am really grateful to have people in the know who AREN'T looking at me like a crazy woman every time I open my mouth!!