Well, we did it! We have made it to the due date and 40 weeks. I have just a little more than a week to go at most. Next Monday I will be induced if I haven’t gone into labor at that point. I have been showing some signs that labor is about to start so we are just waiting now. I actually thought that maybe I was going into labor earlier today but it all got quiet after a while. I am still not feeling very well though.
At my last doctors visit I weighed about 171 pounds (started at 134 lbs.) and, according to my app, Bella should be creeping up close to 8 lbs. at this point. Of course there is no way to know for sure until she is born. I, unfortunately, had not progressed any further from the previous week but that was to be expected.
We talked to our doctor about the itching which has only gotten worse over time. He ordered a bile salts test be done, as, for some reason, the hospital did not run that test on me while I was there. My doctor said that often times the bile salts can come back abnormal before the liver function ones do but he reassured us that it was just a precaution and most people don’t test positive for Colestasis as it is very rare. However, if the results do come back abnormal they’ll induce me this week rather than waiting until next week.
This past week my biggest symptom has been this itch. It has spread to my knees and hips as well as my feet. My feet are still the worst though. Although, I have scratched my hips until they bled recently and I have rug burns on my feet from grinding them into the carpet and small cuts on them from scratching them on sharp edges. I just can reach my hips easier with my fingers than my feet currently. It is an horrendous itch. The worst itch I have ever experienced in my life. Think 1,000 misquote bites in one small area but deep inside where you can’t really reach it to relieve it no matter how hard you try. It is miserable but I can handle it as long as I know it is not being caused by something that can harm my child.
I feel incredibly blessed that this only showed up at the very end of this pregnancy and I haven’t had to live with this for weeks or even months like some other Mama’s have to because they’re still too early to induce. I am truly blessed and very soon I will be holding my baby girl in my arms!
Shalom everyone! 🙂