Monday, 6 August 2012
Tests and Moving
The tests I go for are Non Stress Tests (NST), Ultrasounds, doctor appointments and Biophysical Profiles (BPP). NST's check to see if either baby is under stress. Stress could be due to cord entanglement, oxygen deprivation, or a variety of other reasons. Ultrasounds and doctor appointments are pretty self explanatory, but BPP's are special ultrasounds where the technician measures the babies movements, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding each baby, among other things. So I'm going to twice weekly NST's, bi-weekly ultrasounds and BPP's, and weekly OB appointments. It's a little crazy.
As for myself, I'm getting pretty uncomfortable. Getting up from sitting or laying down is quite excruciating for my back and pelvis. The babies are a heavy weight for my pelvis to carry, and I have to pee ALL the time! With the heat it's amazing how much my feet swell too. I can no longer wear shoes and am relegated to flip flops (which also get very tight sometimes). This pregnancy is definitely much different than my other ones. My appetite comes and goes, some days I'm very hungry but most days I'm not hungry at all and I have to force myself to eat.