On Tuesday Ryan and I went in for our ultrasound and doctor's appointment. If you remember correctly this ultrasound would determine if I would be having a scheduled c-section or not. The ultrasound showed that baby is still head down and very much in my pelvis. Baby is so far down that it was difficult to get a very good image on my placenta. After seeing our doctor we found out that they put my low lying placenta in a range of 1.6-2.4 cm away. In order for me to not need a c-section it needs to be 2 cm away. The reason for the range is that one image showed it was 2.4 cm away and the other image showed it was only 1.6 cm away which would mean a c-section. The doctor wanted to wait to make a final decision until she consulted with another doctor on Wednesday. So tentatively the plan was to do a repeat ultrasound on December 11th and then either have a scheduled c-section or the waiting game would be on for baby. I found out yesterday that Mayo Clinic in Rochester would allow me to have a vaginal birth with a low lying placenta but there are some risks that go along with it, so Red Wing decided to let me have a vaginal birth and then next week we would go over risks. Today the doctor called me and said that I have been the topic of discuss at the clinic. They decided to have me go to Rochester next week for a repeat ultrasound and to see a specialist in Maternal Fetal medicine. Rochester will decide if I am able to deliver in Red Wing or if it needs to be in Rochester. One of the risks of delivering vaginally with a low lying placenta is bleeding after birth and needing a blood transfusion. In Red Wing they do not have an anesthesia team that is there in house 24/7 where Rochester does. My doctors in Red Wing are being cautious and want to get a specialist opinion which makes me happy. Although its not ideal delivering baby in Rochester at least this way I can still attempt for a vaginal birth and that I will have all the necessary people there incase those risks become reality. The hope is to see the specialist next week and have them say that my placenta has shifted more and that the 1.6 cm doesn't show up and I can deliver in Red Wing.
These last couple days have been a slight rollercoaster ride. Initially I wasn't thrilled about hearing the words schedule c-section. At first I was fine with it and then I ended up bursting into tears on Tuesday night thinking about having my baby removed from my belly and missing out on the birthing experience. I've been waiting such a long time to get pregnant, carry a child and be able to birth this little human. I agree that whatever gets baby here safe and keeps me safe is the most important thing but thinking of a c section was just another thing to have to deal with. Different recovery, having to have more help then I really want once baby comes home and just this fear that Ryan and I would miss out on the whole birthing experience. Yesterday I went from hearing good news of not needing a c-section to hearing risks about a vaginal birth with a low lying placenta. So many emotions to deal with at 37 weeks pregnant. Granted things could be so much worse and I'm thankful that baby is healthy and that I am healthy. It just is a waiting game right now and still have worries about how our birth will go considering I really could go anytime. My blood pressure is still nice and healthy and the only thing I notice now is more discomfort while sleeping and maybe a bit more swelling in my legs and now fingers. Baby has also dropped even more and my Braxton Hicks are starting to get stronger and longer.
Last night my cousin Megan and I attended the Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion concert. This concert actually got rescheduled from October. I managed pretty well but my legs, feet and back were pretty tired by the end of the night. I did however have my belly rubbed for the first time by a complete stranger. Thanks to a drunk 60 year old woman for making that happen. Waiting in the worlds longest line to the ladies room was also pretty comical and I laughed as people walked by and checked out my very pregnant belly. The comments people said thinking I couldn't hear them or read their lips was pretty funny. Today I had a mini spa day and pampered myself with a pedicure and a massage and tomorrow I'm getting my hair done. Ryan and I have a wedding this weekend and I plan to make Christmas cookies with my mother in-law on Sunday. Our Thanksgiving was wonderful and filled with family and plenty of yummy food. I joined my crossfit family that morning and did our traditional Thanksgiving WOD. Ryan and I went and got our Christmas trees and decorated the house over the long weekend. I'll be posting another update next week after I see the specialist and also posting soon more photos form our maternity session. Crazy to think twenty days until baby's due date!