Last week, with my swelling and shortness of breath, my doctor felt that it was necessary to seek a second opinion with a high-risk specialist. I'm glad my doctor is super cautious, but I was fearful at the words "high risk."
My high risk appointment was today. The doctor I met was very attentive and answered all of my questions. The bottom line is this. Swelling to this extent this early, along with a racing heart and shortness of breath are of concern. Over the next few days, I have appointments/tests to "rule out" any type of heart or kidney problems. The high risk specialist told me that she feels that these tests, especially the cardiology ones, will come back fine based on my good health prior to the pregnancy.
If all tests come back that they are NOT the cause of these complications, she will then assume it is my body reacting to a large surge of progesterone and the larger volume of blood flow, and I can be medicated for those. She also told me that my job with excessive travel and extreme stress is also likely to be exacerbating the problem, so bed rest is still a strong possibility.
I feel much better today to be en route to getting some answers. I'm not afraid of these next few days and excessive tests. I'm relieved to be closer to finding some comfort and having a plan of action. I'm also relieved that these complications are currently not impacting the growth or progress of sweet Baby Cannoli.
Cardiology tests tomorrow, kidney/blood work Monday, regular O.B. appointment Monday afternoon. It's going to be a hectic few days, but I'm looking forward to getting this part behind us. Thank you again for sticking with me during my negative days, I'm definitely feeling much more positive now.