September 23, 2003

Today's Baby Forecast - Less Fluid With A Percentage of Sporadic Contractions

A quick update -- today's visit to the specialist was fairly routine. Ultrasound revealed lower fluid levels (AFI level at 16cm, it was 29 and 20 on previous visits). Blood sugar levels have been normal but the doctor wants Jean-Marie to continue monitoring after every meal (blech!). Kate is still growing and was estimated to be between 7 and 8 pounds now.

We learned that the sporadic tightening around Jean-Marie's abdomen area is not gas or Kate pushing her feet or other body parts against Jean-Marie's belly as hard as she can. Instead, they are Braxton Hicks contractions. The only reason why we now know what they are is because one happened during the sonogram today and the tech pointed it out. Jean-Marie said that they have been happening more and more frequently which (we were told by the doctor) jump-starts the dilation and effacement process. We have another visit to our regular obstetrician tomorrow, so we'll see if the contractions have had any effect.
Posted by Ken at September 23, 2003 06:00 PM
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