My 36 week checkup was yesterday. Everything is looking good & my doctor is beyond thrilled that we’ve made it this far. She said I was doing “absolutely fantastic!”
I certainly don’t feel that way, but given the circumstances, I understand why she said it.
I’m still having a lot of contractions but that’s kind of to be expected at this point. I’m 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced, which is more than I’ve ever been with the other kids. Luke is head down and “very low” and my doctor implied she wasn’t sure I’d make it to my c-section date. But on the other hand, I’ve never gone into labor on my own before (I was induced at 39w6d with Nathan and my others were scheduled c-sections) so based on my past history, that won’t happen. But this pregnancy hasn’t been “like the others” so who knows. My other babies never got “low” either.
I managed to get out of my appointment next week – I really didn’t see a reason to trek all the way down there just for them to take my weight/blood pressure & say ” see you next week ” yet again. I promised to call if there are any changes or concerns and my doctor was fine with that. Have I mentioned I love her? Seriously, she is saving me so much time & stress from not making me drive down next week!
So I only have one more visit at 38 weeks and then I have my hospital pre-op on the 21st and then my c-section on the 24th. But again – as my doctor said – if we make it that far.
I’ve had a new development on the ‘uncomfortable’ front. I woke up last night because I had to pee badly (what’s new?) and I couldn’t get up. I literally could not move much – I had this horrendous tingling painful nerve pain from my right hip down my leg and I couldn’t get it my leg to move. I poked Nate awake and he jumped out of bed surprisingly quickly (he told me later he thought from the panic in my voice that my water had broken!) and came around to help me. He had to pull me out of bed and then my hip/leg just crumpled – I couldn’t put any weight on it. It was just awful.
Nate had to help me all the way downstairs. I literally could not walk by myself. It was the most awful, helpless feeling and I was in tears. He helped me back to bed and then I tossed & turned for the rest of the night – if I moved even remotely toward my right side, I had horrible pain.
When I got up this morning, thankfully I could walk – albeit it’s more of a hobble than a walk. And I still feel like my leg is going to give way any second.
I called the chiropractor. As much as I really hate the thought of getting ‘worked on’ at this point, I cannot live the next 2.5 weeks like this – I need help. And hopefully the chiro can. My appointment is in an hour.
Nate wants me to call my OB, but I assured him that they wouldn’t just do my c-section tomorrow because I was unable to walk. They have ‘regulations’ and unless my health (or the baby’s) was at imminent risk (ie high blood pressure, etc.) they are not going to take the baby early. On the other hand, I’ve had pretty regular contractions today and the pressure is so intense so maybe things will happen on their own.
Nate stayed home today and is working from home because he was worried about me. As much as I try to be independent, if I can’t move, I can’t take care of the kids. Thankfully I can move – a little – now, but I’d rather have him closer than an hour away at work in case my leg gives out again.
I feel like a zombie again – I think I got all of 2 hours of interrupted sleep last night. I just pray the chiro can help!