I wasn’t going to write a pregnancy update today, but after my midwife appointment I just feel the need to. For the past few weeks I’ve definitely felt I’ve had a growth spurt and a few people have commented that my bump is “massive” all of a sudden. I’m hoping this means I’ll have a few weeks where I don’t see much change. Because today at my 28 week midwife appointment they’ve measured me as just over the 90th centile! 90TH CENTILE PEOPLE!!
I know the tape measure measurement they do isn’t that accurate. In my last pregnancy I followed loads of people on my Babycentre app group board that measured big then either slowed down later on, or after a growth scan, all was fine. I don’t need a growth scan, but it does mean I now need to have a GTT which I was hoping to avoid. I had one last time for another reason and it was a bit yucky. It left me feeling sick and ravenous. Yes, it’s only one day, but still, when I’m regularly waking at 4am and need to eat a banana or packet of crisps, the thought of NOT being able to eat past midnight until nearly midday the next day, fills me with dread!
I suppose the biggest thing is that I’m worried I’ve caused this myself. I have been indulging in the odd chocolate orange or bar of dairy milk or two. And we’ve eaten out a lot recently… (Claridge’s Afternoon Tea anyone!) I left the appointment feeling worried, because if the test shows I have gestational diabetes then I’ll have to be consultant led, and that means no midwife unit. It’ll be delivery suite. And that means a less relaxing environment, more monitoring and doctors clock watching. I’d recently come to the decision that despite good intentions and really loving the idea of it, I won’t be having a home birth. The midwife unit is where I had chosen to give birth.
I’m now waiting to hear for my appointment which will hopefully be soon. The leaflet I’ve been given says not to change your diet before hand. But already I feel the urge to go swimming. I’ve not been as much as I did in my previous pregnancy. Last time I went it just aggravated my round ligament pain. So my instinct is to avoid things that cause pain! I have been upping my walking a bit, but I suppose if you eat a chocolate orange to yourself a couple of times a week, a walk to the park isn’t going to do much. Miss Belle will be having some extra time in nursery from November, so I must make sure I use this time to go for a swim, however slow I go, and look after myself a bit more.
I’m also wondering if I can up my caffeine intake. I have one proper cup of tea at breakfast and then switch to decaf for the rest of the day. And I have to say, when I’m knackered, like I am today (toddler who woke at 4am, I’m looking at you…) a hot chocolate or a bit of cake is what picks me up and gives me a bit of energy for a bit. I know chocolate still has caffeine in but I feel it’s more the sugar that helps me. My question is, would I be better with just anther cup of tea? And if so how many cups of tea can you have a day? It doesn’t help that I have slight bladder issues so I’ve always avoided too much caffeine as it triggers it and makes me pee even more than I am at the moment.
It’s funny because other than feeling exhausted thanks to the lack of sleep, I’m feeling pretty good at the moment. I’m definitely not “glowing” (does anyone actually do that?!) but I actually said to Matt a few days ago, I feel pretty good compared to how I was feeling at 17/18 weeks when I had a constant aching back and ligament pain. I had kind of put it down to the extra walking, better pillow arrangement (if you’ve not read it, check out my pregnancy essentials post for a top tip there), and the yoga I’ve been doing.
Anyway, I suppose I’m looking for some reassurance. Have you measured big in pregnancy and then things either evened out, or been fine in the end? My midwife tried to reassure me. She said it could just be the baby’s position today when measuring. She measured big when she was pregnant and had to have a GTT and then had an 8 lb 1 oz baby on a midwife unit. I can deal with that. I know it’s possible, and actually I know the likelihood is all will (hopefully!) be fine. But, as you all probably know by now, I worry a lot. Waaaah! Let’s hope we find out soon enough. I don’t need more things to worry about at 3am. (Past few days I’ve thinking about packing my hospital bag, even though it’s too early!)
I’ll update you soon. In the mean time, don’t give me any cake…
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