Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BPP & NST

The BPP (biophysical profile) was first. I won't go into the details of the scoring of it (although, I'm sure Dr. Google can fill you in if you're interested) but he got a 10 out of 10. I was a little nervous about the practice breathing that we needed to see him do. The tech said it is usually the hardest thing to catch them doing. We'd look at his head a couple of times and he'd be opening and closing his mouth but it's the diaphragm muscle movement that counts. But finally he did it (and for the required 30 seconds) and we were finished in less than 30 mins (it all has to happen in 30mins or less).

He was head down again at this u/s. I think he turned around the other week but was glad to see him back down again. She calculated the Amniotic Fluid Index and we got a 12 (anywhere between 8 and 23 is good apparently). Also, I am still growing a GIANT. His measurements put him at 3.56lb. The average at this gestation (according to this chart) is about 2.22lb. He's in the 85th percentile.

And we got a really good look at his face today. Usually you just see a creepy skeleton face with 2D u/s, but today I could really see it well and not so creepy looking. He looks like his dad! Really! His cheeks and his nose are dead ringers. Very cool to see that. (Good to know that my clinic didn't screw up the sperm samples.)

Then it was time for the NST (non stress test). I got propped up in a nice recliner and the monitors put on me. I had to hold the heart rate monitor on me the whole time so that it picked up the rate properly so my fingers got a bit tired from the pressing. It was very relaxing to lay in the recliner with the morning sunlight coming in the window and Enya playing softly in the background with my baby's heartbeat coming through the monitor's speakers. I could have easily dozed off, but I worked to stay awake since you're supposed to click a button when you feel the baby move.

After the test was over my MFM doc came and let me know that everything looked great. He was concerned about the size of the baby. I let him know that I passed my first GTT just fine. He wants me to repeat at 32 weeks. He said in his experience that babies in the 85%ile at this point usually go over the 90% before the end which can cause problems. He said sometimes they come out fine and sometimes they don't and need a C-section. I know he said that to me on purpose, as in, put this on your horizon, because it's looking like you might need one.

I had really, really hoped for a non-induced, natural birth, but when your doc starts talking about a seriously large kid coming out of your vagina, and not in a hypothetical way, it's scary. I don't want to overly freak about this yet, but I will definitely be asking about the cold-hard reality at my next appointment with McSoothy. In the meanwhile, I find it very comforting that I will be having these weekly tests and watching the baby grow. At least I can see this coming and I don't just have to sit around wondering if I'm growing a linebacker or not.

And since my monitoring appts are on Wednesdays I will be changing my weekly pregnancy updates from Tuesdays to Wednesdays from now on.

7 comments:

Kymberli said...

I really hope that you're able to avoid a c-section and have the birth that you hope for, but it's still great to hear that baby boy is growing well!

Michelle said...

I hope you are able to avoid csection and get the birth you are hoping for! Maybe you'll go before the due date all on your own. I have to research again but with my herbal searches I found some things that you might be able to try if you got closer and wanted to avoid medical induction.
I bet the u/s was really fun to be able to see the features like that. We were never able to get one of K's face that way. Crazy kid had his hand in the way the entire time.

Celia said...

I am laughing so hard about the baby being giant. Not at you, but in my family my sister has a HUGE ENORMOUS HEAD, like she even needs bigger hats. So we tease her about it all the time. Hopefully this will become something you can laugh about in the future, and you will be able to avoid a c-section. Is your family especially tall?

Sophie A. said...

Awesome scores. It's good that he's a healthy growing boy :). Though a vaginal delivery would be ideal (I feel the same), I've heard so many people swear by c-sections. If it's any consolation, my mother in law had 3 c-sections about 2 years apart (at 5 feet tall, she really couldn't deliver her 9 pounders), and she said it was an easy recovery each time! I've never heard her complain about it, so that gives me some hope.

dmitchell said...

I happened to come across this blog purely by chance and created a profile only to be able to tell you how much I appreciate your sharing your story. I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with PCOS and IR 3 years ago. I am not obese, so was misdiagnosed for many years. I take high doses of Metformin and it has changed my life. I've been married for a year and my husband and I are now discussing the future with children. I have a fantastic and supportive doctor, but still know it's a mountain to climb in front of us. Reading your story provides some reasurrance, so thanks for sharing!

birdsandsquirrels said...

I'm glad the appointment went well and that everything looks great! I also hope that you get to have the vaginal delivery that you want. Hopefully baby boy will come right on time and won't be too large!

Molly said...

I'm interested in how things are going being a vegetarian and pregnancy... We're now officially trying, and I'm also returning to vegetarianism. I picked up two books on the topic, so I hope to see it will help!
- Molly
http://www.roots-andwings.blogspot.com/