This morning I spent 2 hours at the doctor's office for my 38 week visit (although I'm only 37 weeks 5 days right now).
First they took my blood pressure which was 134/90. The nurse didn't mention any concerns about that at the time. After that she hooked me up for a nonstress test. The baby did a good job moving when we wanted him to and his heartrate was in the 130s to 150s which was perfect.
I then sat and waited for the doctor for quite a while. When he came in, he measured, pushed on my belly, and did an exam. He was pleased that my measurements were on target and his guess was that the baby will be in the 8-9lb range when he is born. Again, it was good to hear that Baby Kerbs isn't going to arrive looking like a toddler!
The doctor said that I am at 2 cm and 70% effaced. He said that is a great place to be especially since he does not want to see me go past my due date at all. He seemed to think that I will probably go into labor before my due date. I guess that remains to be seen!
After all that the doctor asked me to lay on my side for a few minutes because he wanted to re-evaluate my blood pressure. Fifteen minutes later they came back and my blood pressure was 122/79. They felt that was better but still expressed worry about the possibility of me developing preeclampsia. The doctor asked me a bunch of questions about my job and said he would like me to quit today. I argued with him a little bit because I think I will do LESS physical activity at work than I would at home. He said I don't have to go on "bedrest" but to take it easy as much as possible. The compromise was that I would finish out this week of work but start maternity leave next week. I'm a little disappointed about that, but I agree that we need to do whatever we can to prevent my blood pressure from getting up into the dangerous range.
By Friday I have to get some blood work and another ultrasound then I go back to see the doctor next Tuesday morning. So, that's the update for right now.