Week 29

After all the fun and games of Thursday’s glucose tolerance test apparently all is fine. The clinic phoned me today with the results and I was all set to tell them there was no way I was repeating the test unless there was some actual evidence that I may have gestational diabetes, however my tough girl stance was not needed. I didn’t request the actual test results so I don’t know if I really did pass the test properly or just my doctor didn’t want me to come back to do it again and puke in his consultancy rooms for a second time. Either way, I’m not doing it again.

I ended up emailing my doctor on Thursday night to apologise for the drama and he said that I might have been sick because of low blood pressure. What?! No, I think I was sick because you made me drink the most disgustingly strong glucose drink on an empty stomach, then you poked my belly with an ultrasound! Maybe THAT had a bit more to do with the vomiting!

Anyhoo, I did ask him to confirm the weight of the baby – I swear he told me at the time the baby weighed around 1.3kg but I was about to puke at the time so who knows – but the doctor couldn’t remember anymore and neither can hubby. The doctor did confirm though that the baby is long. One of the last measurements he managed to take before they ushered me out to the ward was of the baby’s thigh bone so I guess that’s how he can work out length/height. I was a long baby and I’m pretty tall and hubby is also fairly tall too so we are hoping that our baby is not a shorty like my sister and hubby’s brother. We joke that it would be unfortunate if the baby ends up being a combination of my sister and his brother. Hahaha! Obviously neither of our siblings are aware of this joke as I don’t think they’d find it as funny as we do.

I am still annoyed that my appointment time was cut severely short  by the vomiting so I feel as though I didn’t get to really chat through the things I had planned to. I mean, I don’t really have any questions but it was all so rushed and brief that I feel a bit short changed.

My next appointment with the doctor is in a month’s time which seems to be in conflict with what all of the pregnancy apps say is the norm for the third trimester. They all say it will be fortnightly appointments from now. It’s not actually a big deal for me though as the clinic is five minutes from my house and so if I am ever concerned I can just pop in there and be monitored by the midwives and the doctor would see me if it was something properly concerning.

Weight gain: This has been another week of minimal weight gain – less than half a kilogram. Overall, I’ve gained a little under 11kg (24 pounds) and I’m actually okay with it. Even my Ovia app gave me an ovation today for maintaining a healthy weight which is nice of it. Something has changed in my mindset the past few weeks as the bump has grown but the rest of me has stayed more or less the same. I think I was always fearful that I would gain weight all over my body, but so far that hasn’t happened. I am now embracing the bump and even wearing tight clothes! I should probably caveat that by saying practically everything I wear is a bit tight. This is sometimes by design (maternity wear) but often not. Haha!

Symptoms: I had another calf cramp on Tuesday night but I was ready for it this time and hubby even managed to help me out by stretching it. This was at 5am and when I thanked him for his help the next day he had zero memory of it. What this shows to me is that he’s so used to me and my weird night-time happenings now that he doesn’t even wake up anymore.

Apart from the awful glucose tolerance test and vomiting episode, I’ve not had a lot of symptoms this week. Perhaps I’ve been a bit more tired than previous weeks but that was mainly on Wednesday as I stayed up too late watching the semi-final of Eurovision on Tuesday night. Seriously, I love Eurovision and so the tiredness was worth it. I prepared myself better for Thursday night’s second semi-final so I was not quite as exhausted today.

Anyway, symptoms… I asked the doctor (pre-vomiting episode) about the probable cause for my dizzy spells and he said it’s most likely to do with low blood pressure. My blood pressure on Thursday was 113/71 but I think it occasionally drops lower when I get very hot and/or very tired. So essentially I should stay cool, well-hydrated, well-rested and eat well throughout the day without big gaps of time between snacks. I have felt a lot better at work this week because the weather has gotten a bit hotter and this means my colleagues have been very keen to turn the AC on at work. This makes me so much more comfortable and energised at work!

Eating: A couple of nights this week hubby came home unexpectedly late from work and by the time he arrived I was completely over everything about dinner. This has led to very light dinners (overgrown snacks actually) which seem to have done me no harm. However, I did have a good hearty meal of steak (cooked well done) and salad with quinoa on Thursday night and that was particularly good after all the glucose test dramas earlier in the day. Maybe it turned out my body really wanted some actual food after that!

Sleep: I want naps!! Someone design me a work day where it’s acceptable to take naps!

Movement: Baby has really stepped up the movements this week and his kicks can be really violent now! I get some movements that are so strong my whole bump visibly moves. I have named these “belly quakes” as they are like an earthquake in my belly. It’s good that he’s moving though as I know he’s growing and getting stronger.

Emotions: I’ve been much better emotionally this week. Some of the issues that were bringing me down last week with work and conflict over the baby room have been resolved or improved in some way. Work was busy this week but not like the previous two weeks thankfully.

Missing: Nothing really. I’m all good this week.

Purchases: I think hubby might have finally placed an order for the Mamaroo. We have been mulling over this purchase for some time and I am being swayed by the fact that everyone I know who has one raves about it. Hubby also loves gadgets so this appeals to him. Let’s hope our ninja baby loves it too!

Looking forward to: Hubby finally starting work on the baby room. The first step is to dismantle the guest bed we have in there and put it in our store room. He’s giving the mattress to his parents so this might even happen this weekend. Then we will get it repainted and wallpapered. The baby furniture is delivered in the first week of June so we better get moving!

Best moment of the week: The 30 seconds I saw the our small ninja on the ultrasound scan before taking ill. He’s looking pretty cute here and seems to have hubby’s lovely lips but who knows as ultrasounds are not exactly great at picking up on these things.

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Exercise: Yoga is getting funny now as it’s not so easy with a 10kg bump in the way, however I am not giving in yet!! Walking has been good though and I feel strong. I get a bit slow on the hill on the way home but other than that I actually overtook some people in the park the other day. Yay me!

Bump update: It really is just a big round bump up front with very little extra junk in my trunk! The bigger my bump gets, the more reasonably-sized my giant boobs look too.

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Fun times with my glucose test

I’m writing this from the ward of the maternity clinic I go to as it turns out that the glucose tolerance test does not agree with me. To cut a long story short, I puked it all up right in the middle of my scan with the doctor. Fun times!

How did this come about? Firstly, for the test I was doing you have to fast from midnight the night before. Water is allowed but no food. I turned up at the clinic at 8am and they took the first lot of blood for a baseline reading of my blood glucose levels. 

Straight after I was given this delightful drink to consume within five minutes. 

Now it wasn’t that bad tasting but as far as breakfast options go it would not be my first choice!! The baby went wild with the sugar hit though with lots of kicking and belly movements. He’s a strong one that’s for sure!!

At 9am I had my regular check-up appointment with the doctor and about 3 minutes into the scan I started to feel bad. I began feeling nauseous so mentioned it and he sat me a bit more upwards. That made me worse and I then started to see stars, was sweating and was sure I would be sick so requested something to throw up in. 

He supplied a towel (WTF?!) which I then repeatedly threw up into and did a little wee at the same time. Nice. Such a lady. FYI I had a back up pair of knickers in my handbag which turned out to be a GENIUS idea!! 

Next thing I knew a nurse had been called and she arrived with a wheelchair to take me to the ward. By then I felt a LOT better having purged myself of the evil drink so was like hell no I’m not getting in that thing. I can walk!

Now I’m on the ward resting and feeling perfectly fine apart from being very hungry. I had my second blood test at about 9.20am when I reached the ward and I have one more to go an hour later before I can eat and leave. 

The most annoying aspect of all of this is that while I do have 3 beautiful pics of baby from the short scan I didn’t really get a chance to get the full low down on his stats. Doctor said he’s fine which is great. He might have said he weighs 1.3kg but I don’t know if I caught that correctly as I was too busy vomiting. 

I am REALLY hoping my test for gestational diabetes comes back negative as I don’t want to do this again anytime soon!!

Week 28 – Third trimester hot mamma!

Helllooooo third trimester! If I’m honest, I had gotten to the point in the IVF road last last year and I really thought I’d never be pregnant or have a baby ever so hitting the third trimester is even more exciting and incredible than I could ever have imagined. I’ve looked back at old posts and this time a year ago I had just gotten the news that my second pregnancy was also not viable. So that was two missed miscarriages within about 5 months. I think I actually got worse mentally after that before I got better, but overall it was an epically awful time.

Yet here I am a year later – and seriously, it feels like just yesterday all that happened – and there is an actual, live, kicking baby inside of me. For so long I wondered if IVF was just a big scam, but then it worked. IT ACTUALLY WORKED!! For any of the IVF warriors who are reading this and are questioning the whole journey (god knows I was) then I hope this gives you some kind of inspiration to keep going.

Even after all the trials of getting pregnant and IVF, it’s almost comforting to know that you can still have disagreements over a lot of baby decisions! Hubby and I have been in a battle for some time now over the name of the baby, our son (wow, it still feels weird to write “son”). We ended up each asking one close friend for their opinions without the friends knowing which name we each favoured. Just my luck though that both friends went with hubby’s choice. I think I have officially lost the battle. In good news, the baby now has a name and hubby says I get to choose the name if we have another baby and it’s a girl (I assume if we have another boy the battle will recommence). This does feel like an empty victory for me, haha!

During the whole naming process I have had some regrets about my past though. It’s very hard to choose a baby name if the names you like are those of ex-lovers. I would give some advice to my 20-something self to only date men with names I don’t really like as I have had to rule out several names based solely on the fact that I had longish and memorable relationships with them. Not something you’re thinking about when you’re getting hot and heavy with someone new when you’re 20-something!!

On to this week’s summary…

Weight gain: Minimal this week! Phew! I continue to feel like I’ve gained a lot of weight though. When I’m on my feet for any length of time I feel the extra 10kg in my feet. When hubby makes fun of me needing a rest or a sit down, joking that he doesn’t believe I ever ran marathons (I damn well ran 6 of them!!) I want to strap 5kg ankle weights to each of his ankles! I probably would if he wasn’t still recovering from his knee surgery. Just so he shuts up!

Symptoms: See my previous post for a more detailed summary, but occasional dizziness continues, as does generally feeling sluggish and being out of breath. Sometimes baby sits really high up right under my rib cage and I kind of have to wiggle into a strange position to feel like I can breathe properly. It’s more of an irritation than anything. Most of the time I feel pretty fine, if a bit slower than usual.

Eating: I continue to more or less eat the same but I think I am a bit more hungry in general these days. I try and eat every few hours as I can get a bit dizzy and bad tempered if I don’t. However, I really don’t seem to be struck by crazy cravings like you hear about. There are no pickled onions with peanut butter for me. I almost feel disappointed in myself that I don’t have to send hubby out at 2am for some kind of chocolate chip ice-cream and salsa concoction. Also because it’s hot I think this affects what I want to eat. Maybe if it was winter I’d want to eat all the carbs in the universe at this point of the pregnancy.

Sleep: What’s normal at 28 weeks of pregnancy for sleep? I wake up at least once a night to pee and sometimes twice a night. I’m so well-practiced at it now though that I’m barely awake when I’m doing it. I continue to sleep better in the first half of the night so I just try and get a good 4-5 hours in before I move to the restless-half-awake kind of sleep that seems to happen in the last few hours before getting up. I do go to bed earlier than I used to pre-pregnancy and hubby – who is a bone fide night owl – seems also to be coming to bed earlier as a result. He usually spends an hour or so doing his own thing after I go to bed before he joins me and since I now go to bed earlier, so does he! This has also started to mean he gets up earlier. I swear my hormones are getting to him!

Movement: The baby has moved on from being a ninja to now being a velociraptor. They’re the small but really aggressive dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. I’m not trying to suggest he is a mean baby, but rather his movements are STRONG these days. Sometimes they even startle me or make me wince. I thought this happened later on in pregnancy so I’m starting to wonder what the kicks and punches are going to feel like closer to the end. Sometimes he gets so active that my whole belly is jolting. It is funny, but it is so, so weird!

Emotions: This past week has not been great for me. I’ve been emotionally drained and feeling really down. Hubby and I had a ridiculous and upsetting conversation on Thursday night about what to do about the room which is due to the baby room / nursery. The details of our conversation are so boring, but I was overly sensitive to everything he was saying and just sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. Even by Friday – my day off work – I didn’t feel better (the discussion was not resolved you see). It was the worst day I’ve had in a long time, but I think a lot of it was rooted in tiredness.

It’s been a tough week at work and it’s been hot weather too which has contributed to how tired I feel. I think it’s the time of year where companies are trying to get a lot of stuff done before the summer break, but also I think both my boss and my clients are freaking out a bit about me going on maternity leave at the end of June and so are trying to front load my schedule. Lucky me!

In good news I’m doing better today and I am so grateful to be carrying this lovely baby inside of me.

Missing: This is not a new one, but I am really freaking out about how tiny my support network is around me. I am a very capable, independent person, hubby is awesome (he really is, despite what I occasionally write here) and his parents are kind and generous, so I’m sure everything will be fine. But his brother and wife annoy me which makes family gatherings not relaxing for me. My family is so far away and they’re not very proactive with support at the best of times so I just get sad about this stuff occasionally. I don’t see anything changing with any of this so I just need to get over it really.

Purchases:  I got online again and bought a pair of shorts, a swimsuit and some new summer sandals. Yay! Do you know I really only look nice in blue and grey shades at the moment.  Pretty much all of my maternity clothes are in shades of blue, grey and white.

We also collected the stroller today (which is grey) but we asked them not to build it yet so we can keep it stored in its box for another couple of months until baby comes.

Looking forward to: Finally resolving the baby room situation and my husband not being totally annoying about it all. I guess when the baby furniture all arrives in a few weeks and he realises there is no where to put it then he might do something. Enough said.

Best moment of the week: There have not been a lot of highlights this week, but I do have a funny story! On Thursday evening I was hot and tired when I came home from work so I took all my clothes off except for my knickers and I had a little rest on the bed in the spare room. I was lying on my side on the bed, obviously without a bra or top on, and my littlest kitty came to say hello. She spotted my nipples, which are now dark brown saucers rather than the petite little things they used to be, and thought she’d give them a little pat with her paw like she would a toy. It was so funny and surprising, if a little unexpected. I laughed and laughed!

Also, I saw Beyonce wearing one of the maternity t-shirts I own this week and it’s about as close to Beyonce that I will ever be! Hahaha!

Exercise: This week walking was the focus, with only one session of yoga. I could have gone for the second yoga session on Friday but I was too miserable and tired to be bothered. I did go for a walk instead so I wasn’t a complete lazy bum.

Bump update: The bump is now starting to get a LOT of attention. It’s gotten to the point where people have started to touch it without permission. Not many people do this – perhaps I give effective F-off vibes – but we went to see our architects designing our house yesterday and one of them (a woman) went for the belly touch. I don’t know if I gave her a look of death, but I probably did because I know what I was thinking in my head and it was not friendly! She did back off quickly so hopefully she got the message. She then started quizzing me about the usual stuff (is it a boy or girl, when is he due, how are you feeling) and I kept giving very short answers so that was the end of that. I am delighted to talk about my pregnancy to people who I know well, but this woman gets on my nerves so I think I went into full defensive mode. The house looks good though so that’s something.

I’m also confused by how the size of my bump rates as some people, such as my father-in-law, keep telling me it’s huge (thanks very much) and others (usually women) telling me it’s compact and neat. I have decided that men just have NO IDEA and should not offer any opinion on the matter!

The kitties have joined the photo shoot again this week as they seem to be more popular than my bump photos are!

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Should I be worried?

I’m one day away from officially being in the third trimester and I think the baby must have got the memo too!! He seems to have upped his ninja kicks and general shuffling about inside so that now it is less of a butterfly fluttering sensation and more of a jabbing one. Sometimes I even have to check that it is in fact the baby kicking/punching and not someone else poking me to get my attention. 

Pregnancy never stops being weird. 

The latest development however came last night when I noticed I had lower back pain / achiness. This is a similar kind of pain to what I would get with period pain and also what I got during embryo implantation. It’s a pain level of about 6/10. Enough to be cranky about it, not enough to be worried. 

I wondered if this was a kind of Braxton Hicks thing but I didn’t notice any belly muscle tightening and it wasn’t like a cramp that came and went repeatedly so I’m not sure. I laid on my left side in bed for a while and applied a heat pack to my back and after about 20 minutes it pretty much disappeared. 

Both hubby and I decided it was probably nothing to be worried about but if it had been a more intense pain and gone on longer I think I would call the doctor. 

Does anyone else have similar experiences? At what point should I worry? 

Baby on board 1, mamma-to-be 0

Pregnancy got me a good one today! Despite all of my claims to be trying to take it a bit more easy, I had another dizzy-feeling/weak/might puke situation today  These are really not fun!

Today’s situation occurred while having a stroll in town. There was nothing remarkable about anything I was doing. It was approaching the middle of the day and it’s pretty hot here these days so you could legitimately argue I might have overheated but I really didn’t feel that hot. And I’m Australian, dammit! Hot weather coping is in my DNA!

It had been a while since I’d had breakfast and I did feel like some fuel would  be a good idea so we stopped for a freshly squeezed OJ and then a few minutes later and a short walk later we had some brunch with friends.  I ate a kind of yoghurt granola thing which should have been more than enough to restock the energy stores, at least temporarily.

When we went to leave about an hour or so later, I almost instantaneously felt bad.  I had jelly legs.  I felt a bit dizzy in the head and my husband’s regular conversational questions were maddening and annoying.  Something was up.

In between snapping at him for his stupid questions (which were really not stupid) and huffing and puffing like I’d just been on a long run when actually I’d just walked 20 metres, I managed to tell him I felt terrible and I found a seat to sit down on.  Our car was located a distance of what would normally (pre-pregnancy) have been a 5 minute walk away.  It took us something like 15 minutes to walk there with 3 stops for seats for me.

My husband ,who was trying to help me see the funny side, kept telling me that he no longer believes I ran 6 marathons. I almost had to go home and dig up my medals to prove to myself, never mind him, that I actually DID used to be a long distance runner.  This seems like a lifetime ago and almost like it was someone else running these races and I just watched it on telly.

Back in the car with the AC firmly to the ON position we headed home.  I took off all items of clothing that could be even a little bit tight and got into some loose, comfy clothes. I then parked myself on our outdoor sofa with a cold drink and literally did nothing until I felt better.

I did feel better within about an hour but not right, so the rest of the afternoon was spent pretty much horizontally, including a small nap of around 45 minutes.  By late afternoon the colour had returned to my face and I felt more or less okay.  We took a short walk for about 30 minutes and I felt even better after that.

I still have no idea what is causing these dizzy spells beyond the obvious answer – pregnancy. I guess it could be blood pressure, tiredness, the heat, maybe anaemia (I’ll be tested for that this week) or maybe all of the above.  All I can say is the baby inside of me is winning so far!

In other good news, I did make my icey treats that I mentioned in my last post.  I used some ice-cream stick maker things that were bought from IKEA ages ago but I have never bothered to use since. I worked out before starting that I needed about 350ml of liquid for the six sticks/pops.  The breakdown went something like this:

  • 120ml fresh orange juice (this was one orange for me, but it will depend on the type of orange you use)
  • 120ml coconut water
  • A small handful of raspberries (I used frozen ones and I guess I used about 8-10)

I put them all in a blender to mix it all up evenly and then poured them in.  I left them to set overnight, although I guess they probably only needed a couple of hours, and they were pretty awesome!  I really love raspberries and they do give these a bit of a kick.  If you’re not so keen on raspberries then either put something else in or just leave them out and add a bit more of the other ingredients. Hubby tested one too and he was pretty impressed with my efforts! I think we’ll try some different fruity combinations next time! 🙂

The finished product:

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