This week I was able to see Dr. G for the first time in weeks as he returned from some well deserved time off. As he is carefully watching my blood pressure, on Wednesday he did his own check for me to verify the results of the automated cuff.
He told me that with my blood pressure levels ones he was satisfied with that we would be using my lab work results both from blood and urine to determine if I’d be able to continue to 39 weeks.
(When the results came back good, he called me to let me know I couid deliver on October 23 as probably planned, yet he gave me the option to go in sooner if needed if I was “white-knuckling it”. I told him I’d like to tough it out to give our baby the most time to develop.)
For my Wednesday appointment, the bands for the NonStress Test were set up with the blue on top to measure uterine contactions and the pink on the bottom to measure fetal movements. This was reversed for my Friday appointment.
The NST showed lots of baby accelerated movents including two in a row that looked a bit like cat ears.
This was one of the appointments where a lot of great fetal movement allowed us to finish up quickly.
On Friday I returned for my second appointment, and as aforementioned the bands were placed in the opposite order.
The nurse spread our the bands further than the had been in any previous NST tests.
I made sure to get a selfie with Matt.
I also had him put his hand on my stomach during the NST recording portion.
The machine captured a lot of uterine movement including this one that registered briefly over 60 and showed up as a little hill. Dr. G said this was a Braxton-Hicks (false contraction) and confirmed that I felt it, which I did.
I only have two more NST appointments left this week, then I deliver the following week.