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Six weeks later

Six weeks later and things are going great. I had my six-week postpartum check this week with my OB. I was a hoping that my weakened immune system wouldn’t affect my healing. It didn’t. She said everything has healed great. I mentioned to her that my back and neck has been hurting me. She said that it’s common to have back pain as your body’s center of gravity adjusts back to normal. So now that everything is healed, she suggested some exercises to strengthen my core to support my back better.

It’s very weird that I won’t be going back to that clinic for a year (for a one-year check). I got so used to the people there. My ultra sound tech chased me down by the elevators to give me a hug and ask me how things are going. I loved that clinic and would recommend it to any lupus patient who is pregnant. Having doctors who truly ...

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It’s a boy!

Welcome to the world Kevin Charles Bauer!

Today would have been my due date. Our little man decided to come into the world a little early. I was at 38 weeks and 4 days when Pete and I went into the hospital on Thursday, March 6 around 1 p.m.

I held off on getting pain medicine to see how things went. Like I said in previous blogs, I didn’t really have a birth plan because I didn’t know what to expect. I really wanted to be up and moving around as much as I could. I was put on oxygen for a little bit to make sure he was getting enough during labor. I first tried an IV pain medicine, which was helping just fine until they broke my water at 9 p.m. I did end up getting an epidural around 10:30 so that I could be more comfortable and relax some. babybauer2I ...

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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 so, likely at 39 weeks if they haven’t had their baby yet. This was news to me. Probably a good thing to know! I will be 39 weeks the week of March 10.

Another thing I have been watching lately is my blood pressure. With both preeclampsia and kidney involvement with lupus, your blood pressure can go up with swollen legs. My legs are definitely swollen, but right now the cause is simply being 37 weeks pregnant.  Back when I did ...

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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 it this far. I have a very active kiddo in there and both my ultrasound tech and my doctor tell me that all the time. An active baby = a happy baby!

My feet officially do not fit in my shoes, my legs are swollen and I can no longer wear my wedding ring. I went out and bought an $8 fake ring to wear temporarily. My Braxton Hicks contractions are definitely getting stronger. I am getting a lot more cramping, ...

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The stresses of pregnancy, labor and having a new baby

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 of my biggest complaints with my lupus, I had actually expected this soreness to start earlier than it has.

I had an appointment with my rheumatologist last week and we discussed what happens for the rest of the pregnancy and following delivery. She said that there is an increased risk in flare the six weeks following delivery. Labor puts a lot of stress on your body and it makes sense that lupus wouldn’t like that. The stress on your body from ...

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The unknowns (34 weeks)

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 unpredictable makes my pregnancy unpredictable.

There are so many unknowns with my pregnancy. I know I’m at a high risk for delivering early, but what does that mean really? It doesn’t mean I actually will go early. I will most likely develop preeclampsia at some point in my pregnancy, but when? I could be past my due date without an issue at all. The pressure on my kidneys could get to be too much and my lupus could start affecting those ...

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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. Stress + Lupus = Bad. Whether you’re stressed or not, there is still a fair amount of stress on your body as it changes with pregnancy. I have been extra cautious to make sure I am taking care of myself.

With my pregnancy, I have been pretty lucky. Most of my labs have remained fairly stable. The creatinine in my urine is starting to go up some, but nothing to worry about just yet.  There have been a couple of other ...

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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 big milestone for me was 24 weeks. Some people like to think of it as a halfway milestone, but I didn’t really. At 24 weeks or later, if I delivered early, they will attempt to resuscitate the baby. Before 24 weeks, they simply don’t. So once I hit 24 weeks, I knew the baby had a chance even if something happened and I was forced to deliver early.

After 24, there was the 28 weeks milestone. My doctor told me how ...

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Celebrating my birthday with some unexpected and unexplained surprises

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 good. I tried to suck it up and go to the table and eat. I’m so used to sucking up pain and moving on with lupus anyway. I ended up leaving and going into the bathroom halfway through dinner so I could curl up a little without making a scene. I finally just told everyone that I needed to lie down. I had horrible cramping on my right side where it hurt to even move. I got up long enough ...

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