Monday, June 9, 2014

Trimester Three!

I have officially made it to the third trimester! 
I don't know how that happened so fast. 

I am now going to the doctor every two weeks instead of four, which is a reminder of how close to the end we are already. I had to take the glucose test to test for gestational diabetes and then had my 28 week appointment last week. I forgot how unpleasant the drink is that you have to take before they draw your blood. I went in first thing in the morning, took the drink, checked the time (it was 9:06am), and waited to have my blood drawn. Now, anyone who has had to do this before knows that you have to wait an hour before they draw your blood to be tested. They had me go to the back to draw my blood, again I checked the time and it was 9:55am when they drew it. When I asked the man if it was alright that they drew it ten minutes early he assured me that I shouldn't worry, it wouldn't make a difference. I left feeling a little uneasy about it. I wasn't very confident in the man's response, plus on top of that, he was very rough when it came to drawing blood. I've had my blood draw several times before and it has never hurt so much or left me with a sore bruise (which is just starting to go away). On top of that, the drink that day left me a little jittery and gave me the worst headache all day long. Oh well, it was over with... or at least I thought it was.
When I went to my doctors appointment a few days later they had the results and I was one point over the limit. My doctor told me they normally don't worry unless you are about 60 points or more over the cut off, that I should be fine, but either way it was necessary for me to take the 3 hour glucose test just to be sure. That was the last thing I wanted to hear.
I told my doctor that I understood and had no problem doing the 3 hour one, but was curious if drawing my blood about 10 minutes before the hour mark on the last test would have made the difference that made me go one point over the cut off. He said it absolutely would and sent me back to do the one hour test again later that week instead. My reason for sharing this story is not to complain, but to let everyone else know that even if the nurse says it is alright to draw your blood early when doing a glucose test, DO NOT LET THEM! I redid the test, made absolutely sure they waited the full hour before drawing my blood, and my results came back fine. I almost had to endure a long unnecessary test, where I would need to fast 12 hours beforehand, have my blood draw four times. I am so glad I asked my doctor about the situation and was able to just do the one hour test again. I guess it is important to trust your gut.
Again sorry to complain so much. I know it wasn't such a big deal to redo the hour glucose test, but I just don't want anyone else to have to deal the same thing if it can be avoided.

According to baby Reagan is a whopping 2.5 pounds and is about the size of a butternut squash. 

I have not been craving much lately, except for ice cream. Ice cream always sounds so good lately. 

I made the switch to maternity clothes weeks ago. In fact I think it was the day after posting my 20 week blog post that I decided I needed to stop avoiding them. 

My nausea and headaches have gone away for the most part. The contraction like pains I was having have also gone away. Now I am mostly dealing with being uncomfortable all the time. Scott likes to tease me because every time I start moving I make little sounds. I don't realize I am doing it most of the time, but when things as simple as getting in and out of bed, standing up, putting on socks, etc. gets to be so uncomfortable I can't really help it. I am also starting to swell, mostly in my hands, feet, and face. I can't wear some of my shoes and have a hard time putting my wedding rings on or taking them off. My heartburn has also been outrageously bad over the past several weeks. Thank goodness for Tums! They save me. It will be interesting to see how much hair Reagan is born with. I had it bad with Chloe and she had a head full of hair, and all the pregnancy rumors I have heard about heartburn indicating a lot of hair has been true for other people. So we will see. 

Reagan is rolling and kicking a ton lately. I love it. She favors my right side and likes to keep me up at night. My favorite thing about being pregnant though is feeling the baby move, so I have no problem trading a little sleep to feel her at night. The last few days she has been more active during the day. That makes it fun so other people can feel her too. 

Less than 11 weeks until the due date! I am excited to meet this little girl.

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate! I make noises when I move and am having bad heartburn, too! And I take the glucose test next week so I will make sure that it is an hour after I drink it that they draw my blood!