Originally Posted by ChelseaTCT
I am just about 38 weeks and haven't had any problems up until now. My blood pressure is usually on the low side and the other day it measured 132/85 and was about the same today. I'm going for bloodwork on Monday and my midwife doesn't seem too concerned. I've also gained 12lb in the last two weeks (I think from retaining water) and have had swelling in my ankles and feet. Reflexes and vision are fine. No protein in the urine.
My bp was around the same (130/85) for the last two months of my first pregnancy. I did have somewhat low blood pressure before getting pregnant, so it was high bp for me. Anyways, sounds like your midwife is on the right track. The bloodwork will show if your liver/kidneys are doing okay (I think that's what they look for). I had to do the 24 hour urine catch a few times to check for protein, so you might end up doing that too. It's not too fun (collecting all your pee in a cup and dumping it in this big orange canister!) but not a huge hassle. Swollen ankles are quite common in late pregnancy too.
As for water retention, a good thing to do is drink plenty of water...I know, sounds counterintuitive but the more water you drink, the more your body will work to flush excess water out. Swimming is also great, since the pressure of the water on your body pushes water out of your tissues and your system can then process and excrete it. I remember getting out of the pool every 15 minutes to go pee when I would go swimming pregnant!
I went 2 weeks overdue with my dd and ended up going to the hospital, because I had a consult with an OB who freaked me out and basically said my dd and I were going to die if I didn't deliver that day (a week before she was actually born). So I felt safer being in the hospital (since I was going to start seizing at any moment
), but in retrospect, we could have had our homebirth, probably could have had a UC. It all worked out fine, I wish I hadn't worried so much!
Just relax and enjoy these last few weeks before your little babe is on the outside!