The pregnancy is now rapidly leaving that lovely ‘I don’t feel so sick and tired, and my bump is such a novelty’ phase and entering the ‘everything is exhausting and takes so much effort, hurry up and get this baby out of me’ phase.
Of course, I’m happy for her to stay put and finish cooking until much closer to her due date, but I do have my moments where I’m ready for her to be here with us.
Everything is becoming a lot harder. If I drop something on the ground I seriously consider whether I need to pick it up or not. I have started calling for Stu to pick things up when I drop them to save myself the effort.
I had the dreaded glucose tolerance test last week. Good news – no gestational diabetes here! Bring on the chocolate!! (I’m kidding… sort of). It was without a doubt the most unpleasant test so far.
If you’re unfamiliar with the test, basically it tests how well your body responds to glucose in your system, which will then show whether or not you have gestational diabetes. You have to fast overnight (so mean to do that to a pregnant woman – I woke up starving the morning of my test), and have an initial blood sample taken as a baseline.
Then comes the worst part – the glucose drink. It’s kind of like an overly syrupy flat lemonade. After the first sip I thought ‘this isn’t too bad’, but another couple of sips and I was struggling big time. All up I think it’s about 250g of drink and by the end of it I almost threw up. Most unpleasant!
You then sit around in an incredibly uncomfortable pathology waiting room for the next 2 hours, having bloods taken at 1 and 2 hours post-drink at which point you’re tired, hungry, a little light headed and nauseous and have a sore arm from them stabbing you with a needle in the same vein 3 times in 2 hours.
After I left I scoffed the two muesli bars I had in my handbag, as well as ducking down to Bakers Delight for a cheese and bacon roll. Luckily my midwife had warned me I might not be feeling the best afterwards so I had taken the day off work. I headed home, ate and rested for the rest of the day!
I also had my 28 week check with the midwife on Friday last week and ended up having my whooping cough vaccination. It’s so good that they give it to pregnant women now. It did leave me with a very, very sore arm and I couldn’t sleep on that arm for a couple of nights afterwards which let me with the option of only one sleeping position. I miss sleeping on my stomach! But so worth it to protect my little one from a potentially fatal disease.
My nesting is full on at the moment, we spent the weekend putting together Ikea furniture and cleaning out our ‘playroom’ now that we finally got some furniture for it. We’re intending on using the playroom for the bubba’s toys and playtime and keeping the nursery for sleeping as much as possible.
Speaking of bubba, she is moving around like crazy! She doesn’t kick very much but she does lots of somersaults, kind of like she is just trying to get comfortable. She’s head down now so she’s where she is supposed to be, and the doctors and midwives seem happy with how she’s going which is reassuring.
I’m finding that now that she is head down, my bladder capacity is significantly reduced! I can be fine one minute and then really need to use the bathroom the next. Ah the glamour of pregnancy. I’ve also got reduced lung capacity and stomach capacity now as bubba gets bigger and my internal organs don’t have any room to move! I’ve found that having smaller but more frequent meals is helping with both the insatiable hunger I currently feel and the desire to not feel like I am about to explode if I eat a full meal.
I’m really happy with how the nursery is coming along. I’ve ordered some pretty things for the room and I’m aiming to have it all finished by the end of July, in case bubba decides to come a little earlier than expected. I’ll definitely have to do a post on what I’ve done in there (and all the pretty things I’ve bought!) to share with you, so keep your eyes out for that.
Craving: cinnamon donuts. So bad, but so good!
Eating: a lot of chicken, not by design but I realised the other day it’s been a while since I’ve eaten red meat. I really need to rectify that!
Drinking: I’m back on my obsession with orange juice! It’s so good.
Feeling: tired and a little uncomfortable
Dreaming: I had a weird dream the other night that I was hanging out with Stannis from Game of Thrones. And another where my mother-in-law decided to get rid of her cat. Both incredible unlikely scenarios really!
Loving: finally having the playroom almost finished! It’s turning into a really nice space and I can imagine our little girl playing in there and having a space that is hers to do what she wants in.
Over it: how hard simple things like bending over or getting off the couch have become! And it’s only going to get worse! My husband jokes that we need some kind of crane or pulley system for me to get up from the couch.
How did you cope with your glucose tolerance test?
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