I’m now 28 weeks along in my pregnancy. I met with one of my midwives on Tuesday this week, and I also had the dreaded glucose test. I had heard horror stories of the “nasty orange drink”. My appointment wasn’t until 4pm that day, so all day long I was dreading this drink.
As soon as I arrived at my birth center, I gave my usual urine sample, and before I could even step out of the restroom completely, the nurse called me in to check my weight and blood pressure. I had gained 2 pounds since my last visit 2 weeks earlier, for a total of 30 pounds gained so far. I’m really hoping I don’t gain too much more. I feel as though a lot of my weight gain happened during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and if I hadn’t had to deal with those two holidays, I would probably be much better off at this point. When Thanksgiving arrived last year, I was just coming out of the morning sickness, and wanted to eat everything in site! My blood pressure was really low as usual, 100/60. I guess at least I don’t have to worry about pre-eclampsia!
After the nurse was done checking my weight and blood pressure, she gave me the orange drink. It was a pretty good sized bottle, and I was told I had to drink it all within 5 minutes. Before I took a sip, I smelled it. I wanted to know what I was getting myself into! It smelled a little sweet, and didn’t turn me off at all, so I took a small sip at first to test it out. I actually couldn’t believe how good the drink was! To me, it tasted like the Hi-C Orange Drink from McDonalds, or maybe a flat Sunkist soda. After all the fear that other mothers had put in me about that “nasty orange drink”, I had worked myself up over nothing. I chugged the rest of the drink down in under a minute! I had really expected more of a chemical taste, but it just wasn’t there.
When I was done with the drink, the nurse escorted me into my midwife’s office, and she came in after about a 5-10 minute wait. I have to say, I absolutely love all of the midwives at my birth center. They are all so caring and understanding, and they really make an effort to listen to me, and get to know me on a personal level. I am so glad that I did some research after finding out I was pregnant, and didn’t go with a local OB. The birth center is about an hour drive for me, but every minute is worth it to me. The alternative was to give birth at a hospital about 15 minutes away, but I have very ill feelings towards that hospital. The staff are very overworked and unfriendly. The doctors are very aggressive and don’t really care about what you want. They just want to get rid of you as fast as they can. I certainly don’t need that kind of treatment while I’m bringing my little girl into this world. Instead, I will have a wonderful, caring and loving environment, and I will be able to make all of the decisions regarding my birth, as long as there isn’t any emergency.
Take a look at part of the birth plan the birth center gave to me at my last appointment. This is everything I wanted during a birth, and I didn’t even have to ask or fight for it! They offered it to me.
Just knowing that they are in agreement with everything I want for my natural birth makes me feel so calm and confident about it. I am not fearful of giving birth. I have this feeling that it’s just going to be a wonderful and amazing experience for me, John and Kayleigh. I cannot wait to see her beautiful face.
Speaking of that, my midwife scheduled me for another ultrasound in 2 weeks. I can’t wait! I will be 30 weeks, and if Kayleigh cooperates, I’ll hopefully get a good shot of her face, and can see more of what she looks like. I am having another ultrasound because I had a LEEP procedure done about 12 years ago, and they want to make sure my cervix is still at a good length.
The rest of my appointment was pretty uneventful. We discussed the one-day birthing class I will be taking next month, and I got to listen to Kayleigh’s heartbeat again. I always love that part of the appointment. As soon as the midwife put the doppler on my belly, Kayleigh gave a big kick, and the doppler bounced right off my belly! The midwife put it back on my belly and quickly got a heartbeat. It was in the 140’s.
I got the results of my glucose test back yesterday. I passed! My grandfather had diabetes, so I was a little worried, but not really too much. I have not had any soda at all, aside from a gingerale here and there, during this pregnancy. I have not had any coffee (that I would normally add sugar to). I have had some sweets here and there, but I’m certainly not stuffing my face full of them. For the most part, I eat healthy and I drink a ton of water.
I did find out, however, that I am anemic, which is not really a big surprise to me. I have been told in the past that my iron level was really low. My father and my aunt also have anemia. We are of Italian heritage, and I think that might have something to do with it. I was told to take 350mg of Ferrous Sulfate per day, and they will retest me for anemia again at 32 weeks. Here’s hoping the iron supplements will help!
Aside from all of that, I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping at night. My belly is so big, that when I lay on my side now, it hurts my hips. I’m also still struggling with a lot of leg pain. I’ve always had restless legs, and I read that the iron supplements should help with that. We’ll see.
We are moving into a new apartment this weekend, and I can’t wait! It was just recently built in 2009, so the appliances, carpeting, counter tops, etc. are all fairly new. It’s a townhouse, and has a laundry room with washer/dryer hook-up, a dining room, with a sliding glass door that leads out to a nice backyard, a roomy kitchen, 2 bedrooms upstairs, and a full bathroom, and a half bathroom in the master bedroom. Kayleigh’s room will be directly across the hall from ours. It’s going to be so wonderful!
So anyway, that’s what’s happening with me this week. Stay tuned, and I’ll post another update soon!