I never heard back from my Denver nurse this weekend, which is unusual.
So I followed the "fill in" nurse's advice. I cut the meds to nothing (akkkk!) and went in yesterday for blood work.
My regular Denver nurse left me a message last night. She's been out with the flu, apparently.
Estrogen is still rising nicely at 1,343.
Progesterone seems to be holding steady at 21.76.
So I should be thrilled, right?
Problem is, I am nervous because I am very crampy. Crampy in a way I haven't been since the very first days of pregnancy. I feel uterine cramping and what feels like cervical pain. It's not all the time, but started yesterday and went on overnight, even when I was trying to sleep. I woke up with it.
So I am scared.
I'm telling myself that the blood work looks good. That all should be fine. And then a creeping worry sets in that because progesterone is a pulsatile hormone, that the 21.75 is maybe when it is at its peak, and the rest of the time it is much lower, hence the cramping. On the other hand, I'm trying to tell myself that the baby is growing rapidly now and I may be feeling uncomfortable from my uterus expanding, nothing to do with the progesterone at all.
I put in one endometrin suppository last night, as insurance, but it didn't stop the cramping.
I tried the doppler this morning and found a heartbeat right away in the 130s. Hoping that's the baby and that that's fast enough. I measured mine too and it was 80-something (a little anxious, Mo?).
I will try to stay super-hydrated today to make sure that's not contributing.
Tomorrow I see my OB for a little reassurance check. I'll let her know about all this. Maybe she'll even do a cervix check (we haven't ever done one).
I'm also hoping to sneak in some more blood work at the end of the week. Just to see that the progesterone level still looks solid.
I'll keep you posted.
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