Learned a new word today – Thrombocytopenia. Okay, I didn’t really learn it; I was told it and had to google it later to look it up. Basically it means I’m a pregnant chick with low blood platelet counts. Happens to about 7% of pregnant ladies. I haven’t had much blood work up ran up until this point, just:
- The initial blood tests to confirm the pregnancy at 8 weeks
- Gestational Diabetes test at 28 weeks (don’t have it)
- Blood work up a week ago “just cause” at 37 weeks
- Blood work up today at 38 weeks
Apparently, my platelet count was low last week and even lower this week. Not dangerously low, but getting lower. The doc said that the impacts of low platelets is that anesthesiologists get really hesitant to put in epidurals when it gets to be around 100. Mine was 118. So if I needed or wanted pain meds, my only option is to be completely put to sleep. I would like to, in an ideal world, go without pain meds, but considering that I knew I was going to be induced next week and that a c-section is more likely with inductions, I want options. If I do have a c-section, I don’t want to have to be completely put under.
All of this means that my doc wants to induce starting tomorrow. It’ll likely take a couple of days. Wednesday will be to start prepping my body. Thursday will be to actually induce labor. It’s possible that Wednesday’s activities will start labor on my own, which would be great. But probably not. (Side note: if he’s born on Thursday, he’ll scare a birthday with my soon-to-be 1 year old niece.)
- I’ve lost 3 pounds since last week. She was happy with that cause it’s a sign that bedrest is working at flushing extra fluids out of my body. Makes my total weight gain about 28 pounds. Not too shabby.
- Blood pressure is still high-ish. 144/92, so a little higher than it was on Friday. Not the direction we want.
- I was afraid that he was breech again. But he wasn’t.
- I’ve been having contractions, but I just don’t know it. In fact, I was having one while she was examining me, but I had no clue.
- I can feel my belly getting tighter at times, but only when I press my fingers on it. Not because I feel anything on the inside.
- She said “You must have a high pain tolerance.” I replied: “Let’s not assume that please.”
- I’m dilated to 2 centimeters. Again, not a big deal.
So here we go! This could be my last night as a non-mom. Or I might have 2 more nights to go. We’ll see!