Yesterday, I had my 36-week. I was a bit anxious since it was an exam where they would find out whether I was dilated. I did the regular routine: pee in a cup and sit and wait to be called on.
The tech called me back to take my weight and then B/P. We were talking a bit and she says, “Are you nervous about our conversation?” I answer, “no, why?” she says, “Oh, your B/P is high.” I say something funny on why it might be high — and I was anxious — and we both crack up for the longest time. She tells me to go to room #2 and strip down just waist down. I hear my doc coming in and she’s like, “Why is her B/P so high? I want to retake it after I examine her.” Sheila (the tech) says it’s probably because I am anxious. Anyhow, I’m measuring well, weight’s perfect, baby’s heartbeat is strong and I’m 0 cm dilated. I remember being 1cm dilated with Lili at this point and honestly, I thought I was going to be 1-2 cm. No big deal. After the appointment, we talked about her upcoming marathon (Steamtown in PA), and of course, running, running and running. After, she told me to get dressed and sit in the lab for my second B/P reading. She ended up taking my reading for me. The results were same — 160/90 when I am usually 90/60. She had a look on her face like, “Why is this so high?” So of course I say, “well… what does this mean?” She says she wants to take blood work and culture. Then she screams, “Rach… no running until I tell you!” I say, “Okay” and she gives me a look — I reassure her and tell her I’m texting my running buddy to cancel tomorrow’s run (which I did just that). She then reassures me that it’s most likely nothing to worry about.
Last night I took it nice and easy. I was tired. I ate a light dinner, P helped me give Lili a bath and I was in bed with her by 8:30 and fast asleep by 9. I woke up a handful of times use the bathroom, but other than that, I took things NICE & EASY! I’m not too worried just because I never had a problem with my first pregnancy. Why do I think my B/P might be high? Here are my thoughts from this past weekend:
1. I took on too much (8 loads of laundry up and down 15 flights of stairs).
2. I carried a bin of newborn clothes up those same stairs.
3. I went grocery shopping for both us and my in-laws.
4. Even though I feel like this relieves stress, I did run 17.5 miles running between Friday-Monday, including a race on Sunday.
5. Not getting enough sleep/interrupted sleep.
6. Taking care of a toddler with all the other responsibilities.
7. Not enough water intake.
8. Too much sodium intake (poor diet).
9. Cleaning out the bassinet and sorting through baby stuff.
10. STRESS about getting things done for this baby.
11. Having a conversation about it on my way to the doctor’s office — how stressed I was over the weekend.
Even though I took a complete rest day on Saturday (by rest I mean no weights/running/workouts), I did run out to the grocery store this day, to my in-laws, to the diner, to our dinner date, etc. So is it really considered a rest day? I know, I have to just take it easy. Pedro and I went over this list and he will help out with a lot of things. I’m also going to have my mom (a NICU Nurse) take my B/P later on this evening just to see if it’s back to normal.
Just think happy and positive thoughts. And of course, don’t stress.
On some brighter note, here are some pics that Tamar’s wonderful cousin, Blends, took of us at the race on Sunday.
At first, I thought her cousin was hired to take professional pictures of all the runners, but turned out he just showed up because Tamar wanted him to run the race but there was no way he was going to make it there on time. How great is it that he came to cheer her on and take our pics. Now, that’s great family.
I’m so fortunate to have had wonderful running friends to run with me during this pregnancy. I ran with Lili a lot but most of those runs were on the treadmill and I ran on Saturdays with my pregnant girlfriend, but this pregnancy — I have been blessed. Race #7 with Baby #2, done & done.
What’s your definition of “taking it easy”?
I should really use that massage that I have from Pedro. Perhaps that will help me relax a bit and decrease my stress.