Welcome to your lodge!!!
Congrats on making it to 33 weeks (going by your siggy)! I know you're planning delivery by 37 weeks, so tell us how things are going!
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to read your intro!
Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
This pregnancy (like my last) has been a bit more eventful then I'd have liked, but things are good overall. I'll do a proper intro soon, but for those that don't know the details, I'm delivering at 37 weeks because I once again have cholestasis of pregnancy (or ICP). It's quite uncommon, but poses IUGR risks, some l&d risks, as well as a risk of still birth but still birth is as unlikely in an ICP pregnancy as a low risk pregnancy with proper monitoring and an early delivery. They just have you deliver at 37 (or as close to it if you need to go over for lung maturity) as possible because your risk in the last month is much higher and it can change overnight. I also had ICP with my daughter.
Today I had my second NST (I'll do two a week until delivery) and little man passed but was sleepy. I ate before hand but had to use juice to get him to move around. I noticed (heard) his heart rate slow a few times to what made me think of an adult heart rate and I noticed the OB watching him a couple of times but the OB said I passed and I know this OB would not hesitate if something was wrong. My fundal height was only 31 inches but I'm not too concerned. I have a growth ultrasound on Monday so that's sort of fun. Little guy was breech until last Sunday or so and I'm so glad he's flipped to head down (confirmed with in office u/s today). Footling breech was killing my cervix. I get enough crampy BH and back pain that I also had a Ffn and was checked for dilation today. No dilation thankfully. Repeated some blood work for ICP as I've been itchier but it's still "doable".
I hate to hear that you're dealing with ICP again, but it's good that all the proper care you need is being taken. Hope this baby keeps doing well on NSTs and that things stay well so you can get as close to 37 weeks as possible!
I'm Mia, I just turned 28 (!), am married to my best friend and we have a two year old named Emma. DH and I met at a friend's birthday party in 2008 (she and I are now best friends and our families are very close). When we met, I was in a 4 year long relationship that was completely toxic and should have ended years prior. I broke up with my ex a couple months later and always had my eye on DH when our friends threw parties, but we didn't talk much as we're both wallflowers like that and dating was something I was really afraid of because of my last relationship. I took a good six months or so to get over some things in my past and admitted to my friend (who's party I met DH at) that I liked him and she instantly wanted to play match maker saying she couldn't believe she'd never thought of setting us up before because we were "perfect" for each other. We started dating and hit it off well though we took it slow at first. Once we decided we wanted to "offically" be together as a couple (Spring '09), things moved fast. I moved in with him two months later. Despite my past, everything just seemed natural with DH. Everyone teased us about being "the next ones" as far as marriage and all that was concerned. We knew we wanted to get married but we weren't in any rush (though DH later told me he wanted to propose for my birthday in '09 but didn't have the money to do it the way he wanted).
On December 31st 2009, we got the surprise of our lives and found out we were expecting our first child with an EDD of 9/7/10. I was on the BCP and had been for years without incident and I never missed any pills so DH jokes that we're just "ultra fertile". DD's pregnancy started out like any other, loads of MS and cravings, sore boobs and bloating. Our one year dating anniversary rolled around and DH popped the question while we were on a camping trip, it was perfect. We had just found out we were having a baby girl two days before he proposed. I was shocked as I was so convinced she was going to be a boy. We started planning the wedding thinking we'd want to wait until DD would be about 6-8 months old as I didn't think I wanted to get married while pregnant. At around 22 weeks I noticed my skin was getting really itchy on my arms. I figured it was bug bites because it was summer and my OB told me not to worry but to let the practice know if I started having itching on my palms/soles. Within a week or two my whole body was itching so I was tested for ICP and found out I indeed had this rare pregnancy condition that effects less then 1% of pregnant women.
I'll stop there for now and let the rest of DD's pregnancy and birth be it's own post. Thanks for reading!
I, too, am sorry that you are dealing with ICP again. Glad that you and this little guy are in good hands though. My tummy has also been measuring a couple weeks behind lately too, but they don't seem too concerned. Maybe it just means we get to push out little babes? I wouldn't mind that so long as they are healthy. I enjoyed reading the story of how you met DH. It's funny you got pregnant on BC too! Although I can't say that I was taking mine like I was supposed to so it's really pretty much my mistake, but it was a very happy mistake to say the least. Can't wait to read more and follow your journey!
Woot! I'm so happy that things are doing well so far. You handle your "more eventful than average" pregnancies so well Mia. Wishing you the best for what is left of this one!!!
DS - Kaelan April 2009
DD - Hailey September 2010 (my VBAC baby)
Expecting #3 forChristmas!!!
DD's Pregnancy Post Diagnosis
Once we got an elevated bile salt result for the ICP, I started talking with the head OB about our steps from here on out. The office I go to has OB's and MWs which are very NCB friendly. I knew early on in my pregnancy that I wanted an NCB and they were fine with that. I went out to another hospital 2 hours away to meet with the MFMS for their suggestions on when to deliver and treatment as my OB was thinking 39 weeks and all the literature I'd read said no later then 37/38 max. The MFMS agreed 37 weeks was best. Per the MFMS, we started doing NSTs twice a week and BPPs every three weeks. I was on modified bed rest from 25 weeks on as I was having crampy BH and had a cervical check (which was fine).
I asked about induction and how long we could put off a c/s. I was assured that if baby and I were doing well but the induction was slow going, we could wait 2-3 days before going down a c/s route which was a big relief. In the midst of all this I decided I did not want the stress of wedding planning while caring for a new baby so we decided to get married in July. We just had a small ceremony and reception at our favorite local restaurant with family and the couple who introduced us. I ended up going into PTL at 32 weeks. I was kept overnight for observation and my mw checked me. I was 1 cm dilated and 50-60 % effaced? I was given steroid shots to boost DD's lungs and was put on strict bed rest.
At 35 weeks, I went into PTL again. It was a Friday and I was just in for my normal NST. I felt off when I got there (dizzy, bad headache) and then I noticed I was having some contractions during my NST that I had to breathe through. The OB told me I appeared to be in early labor. I was having good contractions every 4 minutes for the last 45 minutes. She checked me and I was the same as before so I was sent to l&d. I was told they wouldn't stop labor at this point. 7 hours later I get checked again and I hadn't progressed so they decided to try and stop labor after all. They gave me something to relax my uterus and that just spaced them out a little so we went on to morphine which eventually worked. I was sent home to do a 24 hour urine sample. Joy. I'd also had PIH symptoms (BP mostly) for the last couple weeks.
At 36 weeks I was doing another 24 hour urine as I was contracting again but nothing had changed. I knew she'd dropped but with all the chaos that had been going on, I didn't want to spend another night in l&d if I wasn't having the baby.