I had my 29 week appointment today. All is great with the baby but I got the results of my GD blood draw back. The GD results were fine (whew!) but my white blood cell count was elevated and the red blood cell count was a little low, but my doc wasn't too worried about that. She said it could just be an infection or a cold or such (I haven't had any but who knows).
Also, my platelet count was low (108, apparently 150+ is normal). The doc showed me how it has declined over the course of my pregnancy. She then said that if it goes below 100 at the time I'm in labour I won't be able to get an epidural . I didn't have my heart set on one but I am terrified of labour and now that I know it might not be an option even if I want it I am even more scared!! If this happens I also will have to be put under if I need a C-Section and DH won't be able to be there... this makes me so sad! My blood will get checked again at 36 weeks and they always check at the hospital when you arrive. I'm scared.
Did she give you any suggestions on how to boost your platelets or what's causing them to drop? The very thought of not being allowed to have an epidural or having to be put under in case of a c-sections would terrify me!! I hope your numbers start to go up so you don't have to worry.
She said unfortunately some pregnant women just get low platelet numbers for no apparent reason. There is nothing I can eat or do to increase them . And to make matters worse, my hospital no longer offers laughing gas so if I cannot have an epidural my only other option is IV drugs (e.g. demorol) and I don't want those...
I am terrified of not being able to get an epidural if I need one and even more terrified of being put under for a c-section - the thought of both DH and me missing the birth of our baby makes me so sad. I am really hoping for numbers to stay stable at the least.
I hope your levels stay the same at least. I can understand that fear of losing an option like the epidural, but babies are born all of the time with out epi's. Are you taking a childbirth class? I would try to be prepared for the Epi-less birth.
Hopefully it won't matter and as long as baby arrives healthy that's all that really matters.
Yay for no GD!
♥ Amanda ♥
♥ Mom to: Jesse 16, Jacob 5, Ethan 3, Eli 2, & baby Andrew ♥
I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. Try not to worry about it in the meantime (easier said than done, I'm sure); there's nothing you can do and it will only add stress to you and baby. Hope everything turns out ok. ((HUGS))
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