The glucose tolerance test consisted of a fasting blood test (I was asked not to eat or drink anything except water from 9pm the evening before). Straight after the first blood test I was given 500ml of Lucozade to drink. I then had an hour wait (which wasn’t too bad as I had some lovely company of other mums and mums-to-be) till the next blood test- this gave the “sugar rush” levels of blood sugar and then they tapped me for another small file of blood a futher hour later. My GP got back to me with my results mid-week (4.2, 8.6, 6.4) which were all deemed to be normal.
One tick where I complied against my gut feel (deep down I knew I was fine)- As I sat in the waiting room on the morning I was so nervous I was really ready to do a runner. (I HATE needles and needles in my vein are only topped my needles in my spine or eye on my fear scale!) … I didn’t run! I stuck with it. *pats self on the back* 🙂
From the research- Sticky Bean should be measuring around 15 inches (38 cm) and weighing around 2.2 pounds, that’s 1kg in new money… that’s the average though. The foetal brain is developing in complexity- developing the folds and grooves. Fat layers are being deposited and the muscle tone is improving.
Well, I certainly know about the later: Sticky Bean is growing well and strong, as well as being very fidgety and active. It is very easy to let the Littlins and Oh-so-lovely-daddy feel the movements because this Bean is a reliable fidgeter. My tummy shifts are a great source of amusement and distraction during bedtime stories especially.
On Tuesday we also had the first batch of hiccups which lasted a good 15 minutes. They now come at least once or twice daily.
Although week 28 is around the time the foetus turns head down, I have so much space in my tummy that this Sticky Bean is still doing somersaults. Once up, once down, all over the place.
I had a chance to listen in to the heartbeat during my midwife appointment. All sounded very normal to me and to the professional. She also measured my bump- it was 33 cm (about 5 weeks ahead of the average of 1cm per week). However that’s not a surprise- my physiotherapist (who I’m seeing for the SPD), said that my muscles have split considerably. She didn’t even tell me how many fingers anymore. Yickes!
The past weeks have spurred me onto a healthier eating plan. The next step is to tackle those split muscles so they don’t split too much further. The plan is to exercise… but there’s not much I can do with the SPD. Aquanatal classes are too far away (in Bicester) and I’ve had to give up on those.
I am going to give swimming a try. I love swimming anyway! My plan is to go swimming 2-3 times a week. It will give me a much needed cardio workout as well as help tone muscles up.
I think I can concentrate enough during laps that I don’t let my tummy “dome” (when the bottom layer of tummy muscles come out through the top layer… this pushes the top layer even further apart.) However, I have been racking my brain how to keep me on track with this regime and realised I have to set myself a target. The only thing I could think of was to do a sponsored swim- set a date, a length and name a cause.
Yesterday I swam 500m in 45 minutes comfortably, about 15 years ago I swam 5k across a choppy lake without prior practice and after summer spent lounging around…so I know I have the stamina in me.
I was thinking Friday 18th May, when I will be 37 weeks pregnant. I’d have 2.5 hours to complete a challenge. It will good prep for a 12 hour labour 4-5 weeks later. 🙂
What do you think? Is a sponsored swim a good idea? What distance would you set- 2 mi, 2,5 k? What cause would you choose?