One week from today I will officially have a child. My latest doctor visit brought news that I will be induced next week. My blood pressure has been spiking at the doctor's office, but fine at home.
Jen V.

One week from today I will officially have a child. My latest doctor visit brought news that I will be induced next week. My blood pressure has been spiking at the doctor's office, but fine at home. To be on the safe side, they will induce me with Pitocin to begin my labor. There is still a chance I can go into labor naturally, seeing that I've been 50% effaced and 1 cm dilated for 2 weeks now, but who knows?

This week when I was sent to the hospital to have my blood pressure monitored, the nurse announced that I was having contractions about every 20 minutes. That was a surprise to me. Then I realized that the weird feeling in my stomach was indeed tightening, or like a tingling feeling, which I had earlier disregarded as the baby pushing against me. I've had a few more contractions off and on during the week, but nothing significant.



I was sure that I was completely ready for this baby, but now I'm finding more things around the house that need to be done. I'm not sure this is really "nesting" but more like a reality check that I have one week left! The bed rest thing is going okay, except we keep taking a few little breaks to go out to the movies. I figure as long as I put my feet up in the front row with the railing, it should be fine. Besides, it will be harder to see movies after the baby, and there are so many good ones out there right now!

The worst thing right now is that my hands are constantly falling asleep. Anything I grip puts them to sleep immediately - the phone, a pen, a book´┐Ż It's a real pain. And nighttime, forget it! They tingle all night long while I desperately toss and turn to get into a comfortable position, all while trying not to sweat to death. Yesterday it hit 75 degrees, and that air conditioning had to go on. I'm like a human furnace! Oh well, I can handle one more week of this. I just hope my body temperature readjusts after the baby is born!PregnancyAndBaby.com

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