This morning was my 38 week appointment and because Papa had to work, Ella came with me. Unfortunately my blood pressure has been going up the past few appointments and today it was the highest it has been so far. Because of that, the doctor had the nurse draw blood for a pregnancy-induced hypertension blood work-up. I have to go back on Monday for the results of the blood work and also so that they can check my blood pressure again (and to give them a 24 hour urine sample). I am supposed to be taking it easy the next few days. No running errands alone or carrying Ella, and just get as much rest time as possible. If the outcome is in fact preeclampsia, then I will most likely have to schedule a c-section since they will not induce for a VBAC. I am also 1 centimeter dilated right now, but the baby is still very high up.
Ella did great at the doctor appointment. She sat in the chair for about 40 minutes eating her bagel and singing songs. She showed the midwife the baby in her belly and looked very surprised when she heard the baby's heartbeat. At one point while I was laying down she looked at me and said "Mama, get up."