My final weeks/days
During my 37-week appointment with my OB, she told me again how great I am doing. It’s nice to hear that I have done a good job taking care of the baby and myself. She hasn’t checked to see if I am dilated at all yet. She said we would do that next week and then maybe discuss inducing plan too. I asked her if lupus patients get induced earlier than normal pregnancies. She said yes, that can occur, if ...Continue Reading →
36, 37 weeks and counting
Last week I had my 36 week check-in. The baby’s growth still looks great. It is such a relief to be able to say I got to this stage. Early on, they told me their goal was to get me to 37 weeks. And, as of yesterday/Monday, I am 37 weeks! I think that calls for some sparkling grape juice to celebrate!
My doctor told me that she is very happy with my progress and that I should be proud of making ...Continue Reading →
The stresses of pregnancy, labor and having a new baby
Stress has always been my biggest trigger for my lupus. If I have an overly stressful day, I pay for it. The stress of pregnancy is starting to take its toll on my body. I am not sure if my body just realized what was going on, but this last week, I have gotten increasingly more sore and uncomfortable. I can’t complain too much because everything with my high-risk pregnancy has gone smoothly so far. With my hips being one ...Continue Reading →
The unknowns (34 weeks)
As I get closer to my due date, I’ve been thinking about how things might play out. One of my least favorite things about lupus is how little control I have over it. Outside of keeping stress low and eating healthy (you know, the stuff everyone should do,) lupus is completely unpredictable. One week I can be considered stable and the next week I could end up in the hospital for six days (this has actually happened). My lupus being ...Continue Reading →
Flares, aches, pains and exhaustion
I have always heard mixed things about lupus flaring during pregnancy. I have heard it can flare pretty badly. I have heard that it can go into remission. I have heard it can go into remission and flare during labor (prefect timing, right?). I think it’s best to say that they don’t really know. I think that it depends on the situation. If it’s unplanned and you are stressed a lot about the pregnancy, you are more likely to flare. ...Continue Reading →
Another big milestone: 32 weeks
During pregnancy, there are several big milestones. I’m not sure how the milestones differ from my pregnancy to a normal risk pregnancy but I would imagine they are similar.
The first big milestone is getting past the first trimester. Like I said in my previous blog post, the first trimester for me is huge since the risk of miscarriage is high. Pete and I did not tell our family we were expecting until after we got through that first trimester.
The next ...Continue Reading →
Celebrating my birthday with some unexpected and unexplained surprises
Just before Christmas was my 27th birthday. I’m at an age now where birthdays are not that important to me. Turning 27 is not a special age. But for some reason, my 27th birthday did not want to go on unnoticed.
The night before my birthday I was at my mom’s, celebrating not just mine, but my nephew Hunter’s birthday, as his is three days before mine. As soon as I got there, I started getting horrible cramps and didn’t feel ...Continue Reading →
The top five ways you can help as a caregiver
My husband and primary caregiver, Patrick, wants to get in on the blogging, so I’m turning this post over to him. Here it goes:
My name is Patrick Spott and I thank you for this opportunity to “speak” on the topic of “caregiving.” Some of you may know that my wife Chris was the 2013 Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) Ambassador. Our 14 years of marriage have been burdened not only with lupus, but rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and a ...Continue Reading →
My pregnancy first scare
Being pregnant adds a whole new meaning to a lupus scare. It’s not just you you’re looking after.
I woke up one morning and took my socks off. They weren’t very tight socks, but they had left big indents and my legs were very swollen. I had suspected a little swelling over the course of a few days, but didn’t think anything of it really.
But when I noticed it in the morning, it threw me off a little bit. With my ...Continue Reading →
What I was told about lupus and pregnancy
My lupus was fairly stable for about a year and a half before I got pregnant, so I am able to see a specialty OB, (one level above a normal OB) but do not have to go to the maternal fetal medicine doctor (the highest specialty level) on a regular basis. In the University of Minnesota system, all lupus patients who are pregnant see the maternal fetal medicine doctor at least once during their pregnancy. I had my appointment at ...Continue Reading →