On July 6th, we hit 37 weeks which is officially considered full term! Also, at our appointment that day, my blood pressure was elevated, so my doctor put me on a medication called Metaprolol to help keep my blood pressure in check. I started taking 50 mg two times a day. One week later, on July 13th, my blood pressure was still elevated at our 38-week appointment so my doctor admitted me to the hospital for a ton of labs (the insides of my elbows are still bruised) and a 24-hour urine collection to test for pre-eclampsia. We seriously thought we were going to get induced and be bringing home a baby at 38 weeks!
However, my labs and blood pressure were staying just stable enough that they let me go home on bed rest. As of today (which is officially 39 weeks and 6 days), we are still at home on bed rest, taking Metaprolol twice a day, and checking my blood pressure two to three times a day. We've been having appointments every four days since my blood pressure initially became a concern and I started my maternity leave when I was admitted to the hospital at 38 weeks. As of our appointment at 10:45 this morning, my cervix is still high and closed, so my body isn't really giving any indication that we'll be going into labor spontaneously any time soon. Of course, stranger things have happened, but we're not holding our breath.
In case you were wondering, I am finally sporting a baby bump! I don't think people who see me think that I'm quite as far along as I am, but at least I'm definitely finally sporting a baby bump! This is what Miss Brooklyn and I look like at pretty much 40 weeks!
Another exciting development is that we were finally able to take maternity pictures! We took those on Tuesday, July 5th. They're still in the editing process, but one of my definite favorites from our shoot that day is already of Brooklyn and her daddy. =]
So. Now we continue to play the waiting game. Mommy is definitely getting impatient and daddy is ready to have three weeks off from work! We're really hoping that this week is the week because we can't wait to meet our little peanut!