I'm just having a hard time grasping what exactly they'll be looking for on the NST, like a specific concern. I'm just coming up with nothing. I don't even consent to NST's with my OB's only reason for them being my diet controlled gestational diabetes. I think they are extremely overused but that's just my opinion. I think they're great if there's a concern but definitely overused. Go with your gut momma!
Thank you so much for your thoughts! I will go with my gut and decline. :) I honestly don't get why much either. They mainly were concerned about baby's size, and the chance of a cord prolapse if my water broke...but my water has not broken and baby is still kicking and doing just fine. As far as measuring the amniotic fluid weekly, that I can understand a little more as they want to make sure the amount doesn't increase...but I think I will be fine as well as baby. Plus my cousin told me that a chance of a cord prolapse is very slim, and even slimmer in a head down baby...so I am not as worried about that anymore.
I slept pretty well last night. Finally back in my own bed. I kept waking up and my hands of all things were hurting. Like the bones in them were hurting. The only thing I can figure is that I was sleeping on them wrong and had them in bad positions. But ow...
DH gave me a wonderful foot rub last night and he was pushing in my skin by the ankle just to see how swollen they were and man...he was able to form a little crater hole in my ankle that took forever to come back out. I can't wait until my fluid goes down once baby is born. That will be so nice!
Today will be an interesting day. Leaving shortly to go have a big talk with my mom about her health, living situation, etc. with my siblings. Hope it goes well and is not too stressful!
Over the next few days I really want to finish up getting ready for baby...I know I will feel better when I am all prepared.
Kimia - good luck with the talk with your mom. I hope it goes well. It's always hard to deal with family things of that caliber, especially when you are pregnant and extra hormonal. :(
As for your fluid retention - um, yeah, I feel you! My mom always comments about how worried she is about it whenever she's over, but I keep telling her that it's fine - it's just the pregnancy!
If I were in your position, I would probably decline the NSTs, too. I had them regularly with my twins, which I totally understand the need for them in that case, but I just don't think there is a good enough reason for you to have to have them at this point! Go with your gut. ;)
When I was pregnant with Trent I would always wake up with one of my hands asleep. I think it was a combo of how I was sleeping, along with my body prioritizing blood to my belly and core. So if I put my hand over my head it would go numb, but that was the only way I could sleep. So I think that is pretty normal. Good luck with your mom this morning. That sounds like a really hard thing to have to deal with, but hopefully she will realize that you all just want what is best for her.
As for the NST's, I had them with my last, but we dont have to pay for any of our medical procedures here. There is no reason why you cant decline them now, and if you begin to feel less confident, change your mind later and have one done. Its not really an all or nothing thing is it? Personally I loved my NST's cause it was a time I could just focus on baby without my others around bugging me and I love hearing that heartbeat :) But I totally get the cost barrier, especially if you dont feel the need for them.
I hope things go well with your mom! Family stuff is hard, especially when it's a parent and they have strong feelings about things that need to change (as I'm assuming yours might). I am glad you are feeling more reassured about the prolapse thing. I had NSTs with my daughter and while they were definatly needed with her (I had to be monitored for the last trimester) if you feel they aren't necessary I'd decline them for now. It's not like they can't schedule them in if you change your mind at some point or you're concerned about something.
Melissa, Kyla, and Mia,
Thank you so much for your input! I really appreciate it. It makes me feel a lot better that others in my position would decline the NSTs also as it is not as serious as it could be. I feel a lot better about the whole thing.
If I didn't have to worry about the extra money involved, I would do it in a heartbeat (no pun intended...hehehe) I love hearing the baby's heartbeat and just lying there and focusing on it...but our main reason is money and I feel like its okay to not do it.
And thanks for the support regarding my mom. We went over there this morning and it went a lot better than I expected it to go. We still have a long ways to go, but its a start.
I have been feeling really tired today. After a 3 day weekend away, its all catching up to me how tired it made me. I am just trying to recuperate today and rest up. Been watching the olympics with my feet up. The kids are being really good and mostly entertaining themselves downstairs. I will work on baby stuff tomorrow. :)
I'm glad to hear things went well with your mom! I hope it continues to keep working out well.
Watch your carb intake and increase your protein intake. I get swollen much more when my carbs get high. With the exception of naturally occurring carbs, fruits, veggies, etc, those don't have any affect. It's taken me 4 pregnancies to figure that out btw :)
Yeah that is probably a factor. Never thought of it that way. Will have to watch my carbs a little more. :)
End of another day. Basically didn't do anything but rest today and I think that will help my sore muscles a lot. Going to hang out with my sister tomorrow morning at a park with her kids one last time before they head back to California. Then in the afternoon I am going to try and get some baby prep done. I really gotta start locating things for the hospital bag and pack it.