Friday, January 22, 2010

Doctor's Visit Update

I went back yesterday for my follow up to see how the blood work turned out and to have an ultrasound to check on the baby.

Did the usual when I got there--checked my weight (156) and I had to give a urine sample.

Then, I had my ultrasound. The baby is weighing in at 2 lbs. and 11 oz. right now--which puts her in the 41th percentile for weight at her stage of development. She is breech and she has a big head. Her position and her big head are the cause of my torn ligament. Her head is pushing against an already sensitive area. The ultrasound technician said that torso was small and my uterus most likely tore the ligament in my upper abdominal area.

Then Josh and I waited and waited and waited to see the doctor. Apparently, she was the only doctor there and had way too much going on. After over an hour, we got to see her. She looked over my blood work and everything was normal. The only thing that I was surprised about was that it showed that I've had mono within the last 6 months. I didn't even know that I had been exposed but I guess working in an elementary school--I could catch anything!

The doctor was pleased with the baby's weight and growth as well as my weight, blood pressure, and my blood work. She examined me again and pretty much confirmed what the ultrasound technician said. The baby's position and the size of my torso are the problem. I was very small to start with so my belly has had to make adjustments to fit my growing uterus.

Treatment? There is basically nothing I can do to make the pain go away completely--except when I deliver her! To cope, the doctor told me to take Tylenol, apply heat, and lay down as much as possible.

Last night, I tried applied heat and it made it feel so much better! I think I'll have to bring my make-shift heating pad with me everywhere! (It's a sock with rice in it... I put it in the microwave for 2 minutes.)

I feel relieved to know that Julianna is doing good and that my pain is not serious. I'm very thankful to know that there isn't something major wrong with me!

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