where am I? (and what’s my name again?)

Hi! At around lunchtime yesterday I took myself off to the nurse to get my blood pressure checked. I felt OK but had high blood pressure at the end of pregnancy with Henry and it was a little high on Saturday when I saw the midwife.

Nurse reported it was totally fine. Excellent. Went off and did a hundred little errands that needed doing. Last one was picking up Henry from school and as I stood in the playground I felt very very odd. 

Make that: sick. 

With a crushing headache.

Came home, called Adam, asked him to come home straight away if he was able to. He jumped in a cab and was home in half an hour, we left Henry and Tilly with our beloved neighbours and went to hospital.

Yep, blood pressure through the roof.

Weird how that can happen.

But yet another reason I'm glad I don't live in the Middle Ages. They have excellent drugs for that. Which made me feel better really quite quickly. And they could confidently tell me the baby was fine. 

I stayed in hospital overnight and was released late this afternoon after more monitoring and scanning of the (apparently BIG) baby and appointments made for next Tuesday morning to go be inspected again.

I was on the maternity ward with lots of very cute very tiny bubbas being carried around so am now really very excited about meeting ours. (And for her not to get too much bigger!!!)

They say they'll discuss induction if I don't go into labour naturally by late next week. The main reason being not the size of the bub but the fact that we're apparently running a little low on amniotic fluid. 

So TIPS AND TRICKS please!! Old wives tales are my favourites. 

Anyone know anything that works?!

Or have a good hot curry recipe?!


11 Comments on “where am I? (and what’s my name again?)

green ink
June 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Go for a drive where there a lots of speed bumps in the road 😛

Glad you’re ok and baby is ok. Sending lots of labour and low blood pressure vibes! xx

June 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Wowzers, sorry to hear about the bp. You just try and relax over the next week alright and let me know if I can do anything for you.
Ask the midwife about a “strip and stretch” when you go in next week. It worked for me with number three when I was concerned he was getting a little big at 39 week appointment. Went into labour within 12 hours. Of course, a little natural prostaglandin (component of, ha hm, semen) can help as well:)

June 19, 2010 at 12:31 am

Sounds scary. I was going to joke about how I sawed down a sapling in the backyard when pregnant with Mia (all that activity worked I guess!), but then remembered that with Ally we had an awful situation where on her due date her grandfather passed away. To try to ensure that Rob could go to the funeral but also not miss her birth I did everything I could think of to bring on labour – a ‘stretch and sweep’ and acupuncture worked for me. Let me know if you need anything x

June 19, 2010 at 7:05 am

Sweetie, so glad you’re okay!

We were told in antenatal class that bigger babies are not actually any more difficult to deliver, (though carrying them around beforehand- urgh,) as they just tend to be longer and pudgier. The hard bits to birth, the head and shoulders, aren’t bigger. Hope that’s reassuring.

Also, a friend I trust enormously swears by raspberry leaf tea.

Love you!

June 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Oh BP can be scary… glad to hear you got the good drugs and it’s settled. I hope it stays that way.

Ok so remember you did ask… I tried all of the below last time when I was over 40 weeks….

red raspberry leaf – buckets of the stuff.
EPO – to soften/ripen your cervix
stretch and sweep
clary sage essential oil massages
walking… walking and more walking.
Bumpy roads
Sex (horrific)
deep squats
bouncing on a fit ball religiously
In the end I even tried the revolting castor oil trick…

Don’t think any of them actually worked but I did finally go into labour 12 hours after the castor oil at 42 weeks and 2 days. I don’t recommend castor oil really, it comes with it’s own risks etc and can’t say if it was actually that but that’s how it ended.

And for the record I had a 4.6 kg baby, no one picked he would be that big and he was a breeze to birth. They are predicting this one will be bigger tho!!???!!!

Good luck – thinking of you!

June 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Really glad you’re feeling better Fi. I hope that that’s the last of the blood pressure problems.

I was 10 days overdue with both girls and I do remember consuming vast quantities of raspberry leaf tea, a fresh pineapple per day for a whole week (I haven’t eaten pineapple much since!) and chocolate (as well as several ‘strip & stretches’) in the hope of encouraging things along. But I think there’s nothing like booking an induction to get a baby to come out – that’s what the midwife told me as we booked in, and at least in my case, she was right.

We are thinking of you. Take good care of yourself over this coming week (or less!) xxoo

Alex Nolan
June 20, 2010 at 4:56 am

Oh My Word. You really don’t do things by halves, do you?!!!

According to the Royal College of Midwives website, the ingredient…. Acually, google it yourself, I can’t type what it says, in an open forum, I will email you…..

Anywa, my top tip is caulophillum – a homeopathic remedy that brings on labour if your body is ready, and does nothing if your body isn’t, and is totally safe for baby and for you. It absolutely worked with Edward and the added bonus is that it speeds up a slow labour.

I so hope that everything is going well otherwise and we are sending lots and lots of love


June 20, 2010 at 11:31 am

Oh I do hope everything is ok, and little one arrives soon!

Jodie Petrov
June 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hi Fi,

Oli was 2 weeks late and my midwife had me walking up and down the stairs sideways for a couple of weeks… apparently it helps them engage (which for the record he never did and subsequently both methods of induction failed as well, hello emergency caesar, but hey give it a go anyway!!).

Another friend (and mother of 5) swears by intense gardening, but I know that’s not really your thing! Maybe it’s time to start. 🙂

Good luck!

xx J.

Alex C
June 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Hi Fi, How very exciting! Can’t wait to hear the news when bubby finally arrives. I can highly recommend acupuncture and then massage the 6 acupressure points they will most likely use, 6 times a day for a minute for each point.

Points 1 & 2) – from your ankle bone, go up your inside length about the width of four fingers (about 3 inches/8 centimetres)and press down until you feel a tender spot (2 legs = 2 points).

Points 3 & 4 – from the bottom of your knee cap, go down your shin towards your foot the width of four fingers (about 3 inches/8 centimetres) then find the tender spot that is about 1 inch towards the outside of your leg from that point.

Points 5 & 6 – press the tender spot in the webbing between your thumb and forefinger.

If memory serves (6 years!), these will stimulate blood flow, ready the uterus etc etc. Remember – massage and press on these 6 points, for 6 times a day and spend a minute doing each point. Probably good for those moments when you are waiting for small people, shop assistants, traffic lights etc!

Best of luck and will have everthing crossed for you.

June 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Oh! So glad everyone is ok! Sounds a tad stressful.

I’m with the wives tales of raspberry leaf tea and walking walking walking. Doing stairs up and down, up two at a time is apparently also good – a combination of walking and squats at once!

good luck!


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