Weight Gain: I didnâ€™t gain any weight at the doctor last week and on my scale at home, Iâ€™ve gained about 34 lbs. total.
How Iâ€™m Feeling: Honestly, this hasnâ€™t been the prettiest week. Â It started great. Â I went to the doctor and everything was perfect. Â Aidenâ€™s heart rate, his position, my energy, etc. Â I left the appointment feeling like everything was right on track and this was going to end wonderful. Â My midwife reassured me that a natural birth was the way to go and how great Iâ€™d feel afterwards. Â I left feeling great.
The rest of the week, I walked, worked, and rested and was still feeling good. Â Then the weekend hit. Â I started to get really itchy and not just on my stomach as I have in weeks past. Â It was all over my legs and arms too! Â It was the ultimate annoyance. Â On Sunday, it was snowing really hard here, so David and I rested and relaxed all day. Â I felt nauseous and slightly dizzy for a couple hours and then I actually vomited, which hadnâ€™t happened in months. Â I started researching how to make pregnancy itching go away and of course, got myself all freaked out and convinced I had cholestasis (a liver condition). Â I finally called the midwife Sunday night and she told me to go into the office Monday morning to reassure myself with a blood test that everything was okay.
I went into the office Monday morning and they decided it was something called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). Â Itâ€™s a harmless condition, but can be uncomfortable. Â I have been lathering coconut oil all over it and that really seems to help a ton! Â In the process of my appointment, they discovered that my blood pressure was 110/90 (slightly high) and there was a trace of protein in my urine. Â They tested my blood and it was still normal thank God! Â They also put the fetal monitor on me and Aiden was happy as can be still also. Â They are re-checking me on Thursday this week and weâ€™ll go from there.
I have been on reduced activity since Monday, which is honestly okay. Â I was probably going too hard and needed to be told to settle down a little bit. Â I just got done cleaning the kitchen and my bedroom and I started to feel a little dizzy again.
Iâ€™m so far along that I feel like everything will be okay, but Iâ€™m really hoping that I am able to go into labor naturally and avoid induction!
Doctorâ€™s Appointment: Â I went twice this week. Â I got my strep B results back and thatâ€™s negative, so that was good. Â I had the emergency appointment on Monday where they determined my blood pressure was a little bit elevated.
What Iâ€™m Eating: Â Since determining my blood pressure is elevated, I am avoiding salt and greasy foods with all costs. Â I donâ€™t want that adding even a point to the blood pressure, so itâ€™s light and healthy foods for me all the way. Â I have been loving my crock pot oatmeal with Chobani greek yogurt. Â I should probably cut back on the dairy a little bit though. Â Iâ€™m also craving sandwiches too!
Exercise: I walked 2.5 and 3 miles a couple of times this week and felt great doing it before I made the turn during the weekend. Â I havenâ€™t walked for 3 days now and Iâ€™m honestly okay with it. Â My midwife said that I could still walk little bits (which Iâ€™m not sure how much that actually is), but I really havenâ€™t felt up for it and itâ€™s cold and snowy here!
Baby Purchases: Â None this week!
Looking Forward To: Iâ€™m looking forward to my appointment on Thursday to determine what is going on now. Â Maybe it was just a fluke and everything will be back to normal on Thursday and I can resume a normal pregnancy. Â Iâ€™m also looking forward to labor and delivery and meeting Aiden. Â I canâ€™t lie though… I am a little bit nervous about everything too!