Cholestasis is a condition in which the normal flow of bile in the liver is affected by the high amounts of pregnancy hormones causing your skin to itch because the bile can spill into the bloodstream. A blood test could have been done to know for sure if I had this, but the problem is that we didn't have time to wait on the results. I was told that if I had cholestasis that the baby needed to be born before 38 weeks or the chance of stillborn would increase. 38 weeks was on Wednesday so we only had 2 days. Now I knew why God planned for me to have my appointment be on Monday.
Of course I was starting to get worried. We had already been through so much and were finally at the end so I obviously didn't want to lose Hilton now! Luckily, Savannah Kate was at the doctor with me, so she was keeping me a little distracted. After the ultrasound I went down the hall to my regular OB doctor and waited while the two doctors talked about what to do. My doctor came in and said that they thought it was best to go ahead and induce labor that day. She didn't think it was worth risking the chance of stillborn, especially given our situation, and I completely agreed. She wanted me to go downstairs and be induced right away, but we realized that I had taken my last blood thinner shot at 8:30 that morning (meaning I wouldn't be able to have an epidural until 8:30pm) so I was scheduled to come back and check in at 6pm that night.
At the doctor's office that morning
While SK napped that afternoon, I cleaned up the house and got our bags packed for the hospital. Thinking I had another week, I hadn't done any packing yet. We took Savannah Kate to the neighbor's house for her to wait until my parents could get there. While on the way to the hospital I started having contractions. I guess Hilton was planning to come that day anyway :)
Last belly pictures