UGH. I am 40 weeks tomorrow, and feeling fine and normal. Today at my midwife appointment, I somehow seemed to have gained 4 pounds since last week. I think there must have been a difference in my clothes' weight or something... idk. Anyways, I have had really bad edema w/pitting in my feet and ankles for at least a month now (with no significant change/increase/decrease over the past two weeks), but NO other signs of pre-eclampsia. In fact my BP was 100/68 today. I have no swelling anywhere else.
I met with a new birth assistant in training for my appointment today and she had never seen me before. No one else has freaked out about my swelling (granted, my feet DO look really scary) so far, but I guess combined with the large weight gain, she was concerned. She told me she'd consult with the midwife and give me a call, but that she thought I needed to go on full bedrest, laying on my left side, in case my kidneys weren't functioning properly or I was starting to get pre-eclamptic. She also gave me the whole rundown I've heard 1000 times about eating enough protein, drinking enough water, eating a couple eggs a day, eating cucumber and watermelon, immersing in water, etc. etc. etc. (most/all of which I have been doing already). She later called and said that my midwife did indeed want me to go on bedrest until my next appt on July 7.
I really do not want to go on complete bedrest (only getting up to use the bathroom and get food) at this point! It's already been hard enough keeping the house clean, pantry stocked, and ready for the birth (I'm having a home birth).
I'm wondering how bad it would be to ignore or modify this? Obviously if I started feeling badly, started swelling anywhere else, seeing spots, having pain, etc. I would do the bedrest and notify my midwife. I just feel like this is overkill and I'd also really like to be able to be active (walking, yoga) to help with discomfort and bring on labor.
Thoughts??? Thanks! <3