Saturday, October 26, 2013

Going, Going, and then Bed Rest

Pregnancy with this little boy has really not been too bad up until a few weeks ago, and by no means is baby Caden to blame for the events of late .  I did not spend my first trimester with my head over a toilet, have super bad nausea, or really have to deal with any complications with my one kidney.  At the beginning of this month, I took a couple Fridays off from work to clean my house because it desperately needed it.  I learned the hard way that an 8 month pregnant lady can not operate at the same capacity as her mind may think she can and pushing past that limit is not worth it.  I ended up pulling a muscle in my lower back and really irritating my SI joint. So not a good idea!!!  It hurt to put any weight on my right side or turn in bed, which a pregnant lady will do both things multiple times to go to the bathroom or attempt to get comfortable.  Thankfully that has gotten better with time and the help of a great chiropractor!
   This past Wednesday I went to my OB appointment, which was supposed to be a normal, quick and routine check up.  What I did not expect was for my blood pressure to be a little high.  Up until then, my numbers had been perfect!!!  It was an unwelcomed surprise for me and my doctor.  There is a possibility it could be nothing and just a fluke thing, or it is also a sign of preeclampsia since I also had some swelling in my feet too.   They did some blood work and took another urine sample to check various things that might also point towards preeclampsia, but thankfully those all came back normal.  My doctor told me to stay home from work on Thursday, check my blood pressure twice a day, and call them with the numbers.  I took it multiple times a day and only once did it even get close to the high reading I had at the doctor (which I mistakenly took after standing up for a few minutes and walking around, a couple minutes later after I sat down it was fine).  Even though my numbers were good, my doctor asked that I stay on bed rest through the weekend and call back Monday with my results.  I'm not to go back to work until given the doctor's approval.
    Today would mark day 3 of bed rest and I must say I already eagerly anticipate its end.  It's one thing to not feel well, but it's a totally different situation when you feel fine and can't do anything (especially when you have a ton of things to do to get ready for a baby's arrival).  Now my list of to do's has transformed into a list of things for others to do for me, which goes completely against my default nature to just do it myself.  I'll confess I've done a couple things like laundry when I've been home alone because I know that is the only time I will be able to get away with doing it (not that I I truly got away with it, I just got chastised by Casey later when he figured it out).I'm trying very hard to comply because I prefer to do my bed rest here at home than at the hospital.  We'll be 36 weeks on Monday, so Caden needs another week to make it to full term, but I know any extra time he can stay in there will be to his benefit, so we'll do what needs to be done and the Hixon house will survive bed rest!
 Either this picture or one of me laying on my side in bed is my current view:

Thankfully my wonderful husband has truly stepped up to help out with cooking dinner, doing the dishes, and even went on our hospital tour class by himself!  My Mom has also brought me lunch and went to the grocery store for us. Sweet friends have brought iPhone chargers to me, so I had a way to charge my phone.  How blessed we are to have such wonderful family and friends to help us in our time of need!  We'll see Monday how long the bed rest continues for...

"Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.  Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken." Psalm 62:1,2


  1. I hope you are resting like the doctor said (not to sound too scolding : )

    I had preeclampsia at 38 weeks and that's why Emerson was born early. The only cure is birth, so keep that baby safe and rest so he can keep developing.

    Hope you are doing well and hope the doctor releases you from bed rest soon.

    1. Thanks Heather!! My blood pressure readings/swelling were good, so she is letting me try going to work tomorrow. I still have to take it easy and not over do it, drink plenty of fluids, etc. When I get home, I must do nothing! I'm a little leery to call this a permanent return to work since my numbers were good only when I was doing nothing, but we'll take it one day at a time. I have a doctor's appt on Thursday, so we'll be able to discuss how things are going and see what the plan is going forward! I'd rather not be on bed rest at all and if I did have to, I'd rather do it at home than the hospital! 36 weeks today, so not too much longer!!!

  2. Hi Kimberly! I wanted to know if you could answer my question about your blog! I'm Heather and please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)