Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Week 28: Blood Test for Gestational Diabetes

Yesterday, I made my way to Casey Hospital bright and early at 8.30am for my Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) to basically check if I have pregnancy diabetes (or Gestational Diabetes) or not. Leading up to this test, I found the more I try to avoid sugary foods, the more I tend to give in to temptation! Perhaps it's just me constantly thinking about NOT eating / drinking sugary stuff... it gets in my head, and I craved it more and more. I probably had more Coca Cola the week leading up to the test than I ever had throughout the entire pregnancy!!

But anyway, I started fasting the night before the test - and by 9am when they took my 1st blood sample I was already pretty hungry. Oh well, only 2 more hours to go... after the first sample was taken, I was asked to drink a bottle of this sweet fizzy drink.

There were a few people at the Pathology Waiting Room, and one of the guys there started "warning" me about this nasty drink and watched intently as I took my first sip....
Hey, it wasn't bad at all! In fact, it tasted like SPRITE. I had no problems drinking it. Some people have told me the drink made them gag. Thank goodness I liked it!

An hour later, at 10am, they took my 2nd blood sample. During this whole time, I wasn't allowed to walk around (except if I needed to go to the toilet).

And finally, another hour later at 11am, they took my 3rd blood sample. By this time I was getting so bored I couldn't wait to leave!

And so it was done - I was already getting used to Blood Tests and no longer have this "fear" for needles and blood.

This morning, my midwife sent me a text message and said:

"Hi Kim - Good news your blood results are all good! Your Vitamin D coming up but still low so keep taking your Vit D supplements"

Oh YAYYYY I DON'T have Gestational Diabetes!

It was a bit of a surprise, I fully expected to have GD because 1) I am Asian (and Asians have a higher risk of developing GD and 2) My belly is HUGE and I thought maybe our baby is big because I have GD, turns out he's just a big baby thanks to hubby's genes.... and 3) I have been GOOD most of the time, but the week leading up to the test I was an epic failure!! Chocolates and Coca Cola were my main cravings!! My midwife did mention that my 1-Hour result was a bit high - but maybe it was a bit high because I only went to the toilet AFTER they took my 1-Hour blood sample?

Either way, TEST RESULTS ARE OK - so I am HAPPY and it's all GOOD and praise God!!

Now I just need to continue being mindful of my sugar intake and steer clear from "bad carbs". It's actually not that hard, moderation is always the key. It's quite easy to indulge in small amounts whenever I get a "craving" that way I don't feel deprived!

As for the Vitamin D, my midwife's told me to just keep taking the same dose every day but the baby will get a dose of Vitamin D syrup when he is born.

Learn new things everyday... :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Week 26: (Good) Changes at Work

Just a quick update: I had a chat to my boss at work on Friday about dropping down to part-time work, only 4 days a week and having Mondays off - and he said YES! I am sooo happy, the extra day will mean that my weekends are longer and therefore I am more relaxed, I get to recover if I just had a busy weekend, I get to schedule my house chores and "To Do"s and doctor's appointments on a Monday, and I get the extra day to go to the gym for a swim. Basically look after myself a little bit more, and less stress from work / house work perspective....

Well today's my first Monday off and hubby's decided to work from home - so I'm happy!

There's only about 7 weeks left until I'm off on maternity leave anyway, then I'll have all the time in the world before the baby arrives. Hopefully my body doesn't get too sore with all that extra weight, so I can actually get everything I want to get done, DONE!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Still in Week 25: Too soon for nesting?

And the pain continues... but I don't want to dwell on the pain on various parts of my body. My wrists / thumbs are not getting any better, the hips and pelvic bones get extremely sore especially after I do house chores and go for a walk (even a short walk around the supermarket - I come home and they get really painful) and my back has been annoying although not as bad as my hips. I just had a warm soak in the bath though, and that seemed to have relaxed everything completely and I am now able to walk around and feel half decent again... hallelujah! I know I should see a physio, etc.. but most of the time when it hurts most I can't be bothered going.. and when it feels all better without the problem, I can't be bothered going either. That's just me.. I procrastinate and I whinge. I find a bit of sympathy is all I need to get through all of this, lol.

Too early to be NESTING?

Apparently most pregnant women start "nesting" aka go on this crazy cleaning spree in preparation of arrival of the baby in the last month of their pregnancy.. so considering I am still months away from that, is it too early for me to be nesting? 

I've recently cleaned the study in our house... and it is one of those things around the house that I would never normally touch, simply because it is an impossible task and it is also impossible to keep it tidy and clean for too long.


So why then did I even want to attempt this almost impossible task? Why then did I spend almost 8 hours in total over two separate days to complete this massive clean up? It is hard to explain - it is partially because I want to help hubby be able to work from home, after all who can actually work in that messy study in the "Before" pic. Another part of me just went "OK that's it - I am going to do this, and this time it's for real - I will NOT tolerate anymore mess in this room" and that was it.

Do Not Buy Me Newborn Nappies for my Baby Shower

Pampers Swaddlers Nappies for Newborn Babies were half price on Cudo so I bought a pack of 144 - although I probably won't even get to use all of them because apparently babies might not fit in them for more than the first two weeks. Oh well, they were at a good price and if I have some leftover I'll just pass it along to the next person expecting a baby.

I've told people in my "Save The Date" Facebook Invite for my Baby Shower to look out for updates on my blog so they know what to get / not get us for the baby shower, so DO NOT get us Newborn nappies... but feel free to get the next level aka "Infant" or "Crawler" nappies, thanks!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Week 25: Basketball Uterus

LOL sorry for the weird blog post title... I just recently read from "What To Expect When You're Expecting" that the uterus is about the size of a basketball at this stage of my pregnancy, so I found that really funny. Lots for me to write about at this stage, as I approach the end of the tunnel of my 2nd trimester and new "problems" have started to affect me and that nervous feeling occasionally pops up and at the same time the excitement of meeting our little baby for the first time as the moment draws closer and closer...

I seem to be "experience first, then read up" when it comes to my pregnancy - so many times I have no idea what's really happening to me until it bugs me so much I get motivated to pick up the books and read, and look it up on the Internet and start asking people about it. This time around, especially when it comes to #1 and #2 below, I had no idea it was "normal" until I've started experiencing them and when I opened the chapter in the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book.. there it was! Right in the correct week, apparently very common. Somewhat feels reassuring to know I'm not "weird" and that the pain is pregnancy related and there is nothing wrong with just me.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I have had to deal with pain around my wrists, and especially the joints around the thumbs for a few weeks now. At first, I thought it maybe because I tend to sleep on my hand - and therefore it gets numb and it hurts when I wake up in the morning. Turns out it is perfectly normal during pregnancy and because I am lazy, this article explains why.

Sleeping Discomforts, Leg Cramps
My level of discomfort during sleep is not at its worst yet. Apparently it gets worse in the 3rd trimester, and I am starting pretty early. That's mostly because of the hand though, it's quite annoying to try and toss and turn with my pillows when my hand hurts so much to move around. Plus, the occasional back aches don't help either. So it just naturally results in sleeping being a much less comfortable experience compared to when I wasn't pregnant.

Leg cramps have only happened a few times - but when it happened, it was annoying. This article sums it up quite nicely: Leg cramps during pregnancy.

Support Pillow
Over the weekend, hubby and I popped in at Baby Bunting to research prams, fix our eBay change table and for me to look at support pillows to help ease the leg cramps and provide back support.

The "Summer Infant" Ultimate Comfort Body Pillow $99 at Baby Bunting
I ended up choosing this pillow because it looked comfortable, and I can use it now during pregnancy right up to breastfeeding and then pass down to toddler. It looked like a 3 year investment rather than the remaining 3 months of my pregnancy - so I thought that justifies the purchase.

Financials and Budgeting
Hubby and I also sat down during the weekend trying to work out our budget and how we are going to "survive" on a single income. Yes, I know we probably should've done this BEFORE we decided to have a baby - but this time it was more definitive based on his current job and not based on his previous job. Basically, having a baby and going down to just one income in the household instead of the luxury we've always had on two incomes - means having to make sacrifices and be more mindful when we spend. It is of course do-able (after all, a lot of people have done it!) just different. Also means we will no longer be able to splurge on unnecessary things and go on expensive holidays. Thankfully we do have a "cushion" of savings we can dig into if we really needed it - but for now I believe we are going to be just fine and thank God for His provisions in our lives.

Baby Shower!

I have set the date for our baby shower (12th November) and sent out "Save The Date" invites to people but the venue is yet to be confirmed - depending on how many people we are expecting - and it will definitely NOT be the traditional "girly" Baby Shower instead just a gathering of people over a BBQ to celebrate us being parents-to-be. I just think men should very much be involved in the celebration - after all, they are very much responsible in the creation process anyway!!

If my sister-in-law wants to plan some games for the day, I will not object... hehe *hint hint*

P/S: We are also thinking and researching purchase of a new car that will easily fit baby things e.g. pram, car seats, and STUFF in general for when we drive longer distances or go on a family holiday. Any recommendations as to a family-friendly, affordable, fuel efficient, spacious (for the growing family) and just great value in general? Thanks!