Friday, June 25, 2010


So I had another doctor's appointment yesterday. I got my Group B Strep test (for those unfamiliar with this, it's standard now to test pregnant women to see if they carry this common bacteria. If a woman is positive, she receives antibiotics during labor so as not to pass it on to her child), which was...okay. I'll find out this coming week if I'm positive for it or not, but I'm not worried, it's not a big deal either way. I was a little less than thrilled, though, because I was waiting in the exam room half naked for almost 45 minutes before my doctor came in. The woman whose appointment was before mine was carrying twins, so I'm guessing that's why it took so long. Why they don't schedule a longer block for multiples, I just don't know, but...whatever.

One bad thing was that my blood pressure spiked quite a bit. Usually it's 120s/60s-70s, but this time it was 140/85. It's a big jump, and it's really unusual for me. Apparently it's also borderline pre-eclampsia, so I have to check my blood pressure a couple times, and if it goes up a little more I have to have additional appointments. I'm a little bummed since I'm managed to avoid complications thus far, but...meh. We'll see. Either it goes up or it doesn't, and it's late enough in my pregnancy that it won't be a huge problem.

The (sort of) good news is that he checked me for dilation, and I'm 1 cm dilated and slightly effaced. True, it's not much (and Dr. Whalen made a point to tell me that women can easily stay at 1 cm for weeks, so not to get too excited), but I can't help but feel like at least I'm doing something. Hopefully I'll continue to progress for the next few weeks, I really don't want to be induced.


  1. YAY! It's not much but I'm with you at least it's something. I know women can walk around like even 4cm for weeks but hopefully this just means you'll go early and not late. Yay for babies!

  2. You are lucky!! Hopefully you'll be able to go into labor and get through it without much interference. I, on the other hand, didn't dilate on my own AT ALL! Even after my water broke! I was aiming for a natural, no drugs labor and I got the complete opposite. I am really praying and crossing my fingers for you! I can't wait to see pictures of your little one!!