I had a doctor appointment yesterday morning, and I needed a little time to think about it before I wrote anything, but I have found this blog to be very cathartic, so I am going full-steam ahead with discussing some news that has me freaked out.
So, yesterday's appointment started with my weight, which has not changed in a month!! WOOT! (no worries, though; "plus-sized" mothers do not usually need to gain as much weight. The doctors are happy with my weight progression) and a urine sample which was "fantastic" according to my doctor (I like that he likes my urine so much). My blood pressure was 118/68, even though I was very worked up (since I have still been spotting since my last visit two weeks ago when they ran the EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR test to make sure there were no signs of premature labor and my cervix was in good shape). The baby's heartbeat was great, even though she moved away from the doppler THREE times while the doctor was trying to get her heart rate! :) I told him she was a mover!
So, everything was fine until he did my fundal measurement (*The height of my uterus. Picture below if interested) and saw that I was measuring 3 centimeters ahead of 33 weeks, even though I was only at 32-and-a-half weeks, which puts me just over the "not normal zone." My doctor told me there was slight concern because I have been absolutely on with my measurements the entire time, never wavering one bit, and then there was a rather large jump into the abnormal range so suddenly, so he scheduled an ultrasound ... in TWO WEEKS. I have to wait TWO WHOLE WEEKS to see if something is wrong or everything is fine and she is just in a very strange position, causing the measurements to be skewed.
He tried to calm me down and tell me not to worry (nice try, doc), but explained very rationally that combined with my spotting, the fact that I had not gained any weight but my uterus got so big so fast, AND my sugar was fine (so it is obviously not gestational diabetes making the baby big), it was necessary to take a quick look to check the size of the baby and check to make sure everything is still okay with the placenta, amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord.
So, there are many options here:
- It could just be a very large, but still very healthy baby -- however, the doctor said big babies tend to grow at a steady rate
- The baby could just be messing with us and be in a strange position (I am crossing my fingers for this one)
- There could be too much amniotic fluid, which could be a symptom of many, many things (Which I will not go into detail here. I am trying to hope for the best)
- The placenta could have slipped from its posterior position to covering or partially covering the cervix (This would also not be great)
- I could be at risk of the umbilical cord prolapsing (Also not awesome)