Friday, September 25, 2009

Baby Girl … Perfect! Placenta Location … Not So Much.

Been meaning to post all week. Tired and ouchy.

28 week ultrasound on Monday. My daughter is measuring right on target. The sonongrapher estimated her to be about 2lbs 11oz. YAY! You go, girl! OB said my belly measured perfectly (OB appt before u/s appt), although other women I see this far along seem SO much bigger than me. I still have no idea how much I weigh. I get on the scale backwards and have the nurse tell me how much I’ve gained since my last appt. (I just don’t want to know how much I gained while cycling. It’s all baby weight as far as I’m concerned.) From my first OB appt at 8 weeks until Monday at 28 weeks, I’ve gained 15lbs. My 1 hour glucose test was normal, so I’m fine with this, as is my dr.

What I’m not so fine with: I HAVE THE PREVIA! I have partial placenta previa. After some phone tag, I finally was able to talk to the OB yesterday. She said there was about a 50% chance the placenta would move away from the cervix. I will get another u/s at 32 weeks. Hopefully it will move up by then. If not, we will keep checking, but they do not want me to have ANY contractions if the placenta does not move up. If the previa doesn’t resolve, they will schedule a c-section around week 36 or 37.

I’m a little freaked. Not so much about the c-section itself, but about afterwards. My mother is REALLY PUSHING that if I have a c-section, I HAVE TO stay with her for a couple of weeks. That I will absolutely need someone with me 24 hours a day. Do they make nursing straight jackets? Hey, I’m all for post-partum help. Friends, family, etc., but I want them to leave at the end of the day. Those of you who’ve had c-sections, am I being unrealistic? Hell, I’ve done all of this by myself up to now, will I really be unable to manage at night on my own after a c-section? I mean, I’m planning to co-sleep. (I’ve registered for this.)

In other news, finally got the scoop on the foot surgery. Ridiculous the runaround I’ve been given. What it finally boils down to is that the surgeon works out of an orthopedic hospital (they’re the best, people travel from all over for ortho surgery there), and since they do not have an obstetrics dept or a NICU, it is hospital policy not to perform surgery on preggos. If it were an emergency, they would send the surgeon to do the surgery at a hospital with an obstetrics dept and a NICU. A plantar fascia release is not an emergency. So, after the OB and u/s on Monday, I grabbed a taxi 4 1/2 blocks over to the foot surgeon’s office and he gave me another cortisone shot in one foot. OUCH!!! THAT REALLY HURTS! Still waiting for the relief to kick in. Last time he did it I did get some relief for about 4-6 weeks. (Which I really didn’t get when podiatrists did them.) FYI, for anyone who might need this kind of treatment, I really think having the injection done under u/s guidance and by a skilled surgeon makes a big difference.