28 Week Bump and Glucose Tolerance Test

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I guess it speaks to how looooong pregnancy feels that I’m already beginning to lose interest in making these updates. Last week was actually more eventful than others, too! On Thursday I had my appointment where My fundal height was measuring 3-4 cm ahead. It was 4 the first few times the NP did it but she finally said, “well, I guess I could call that 31” since it’s less extreme. Fundal height is supposed to be within 2cm (+\-) the week you’re in so at 27w6d i should have been somewhere between 26 and 30. Other than asking if I was a big baby and being shocked enough to do it several times, she didn’t say anything about it although a lot of ppl get an ultrasound when it’s more than 2cm off. Im already getting an U/s at 34 weeks because he was so big at his anatomy scan, so maybe that’s why.

After that I grabbed a latte and breakfast sandwich before heading to the lab for my 1 hour glucose test. I wasn’t told to fast or anything, but ending up failing by 2 points. They like to see the number under 140 and mine was 141. So now I’m sitting here at the hospital lab, waiting for my last of 4 blood draws. I got here at 730 after going to the other lab first since no one told me about the venue change and will finally be leaving at 11:13. My fasting level was 91, which is passing, but not by too much and the rest of the results will go to my doctor’s office about 2 hours after my last draw. I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long.

Total weight gain: 19 lbs

This week stuff hurts some, like the round ligaments holding up my 4 cm too big for this stage uterus. Baby is moving a ton still, my whole belly jolts and vibrates and jumps. I took a short video to capture this crazy phenomenon.

A Rant on Counting/Math dealing with Pregnancy

Now everyone would say I’m in my third trimester, hurrah, we can all agree! I don’t know where this whole 28 weeks is the third trimester thing came from, maybe What to Expect because math and my Dr. and the insurance company all say it starts at 27 weeks (as in, when you’ve completed 27 weeks and are starting on your 28th week) but I’ve noticed that baby center and WTE call it 28, for no reason I can figure out since that makes for a very long 2nd trimester and a short third, when trimesters are just a construct designed to divide the pregnancy into three basically even parts.

[Editor’s note: here’s where we realize that my 28 week update has turned into a rant and its not coming back]

I’d say don’t get me started, but clearly I’ve already started. I have other pregnancy counting pet peeves, the biggest of all being when people say they are 7 months pregnant when they are IN their 7th month, but are actually 6 months pregnant thanks to these stupid charts that tried to simplify the whole week to month thing but obviously failed due to a lack of critical thinking. I mean, it seems pretty obvious that if theyre calling weeks 1-4 month one that you wouldn’t consider yourself to be 1 month pregnant at 1 week, except it apparently isn’t. By that logic I’d have to call myself 30 since I’m in my 30th year and we’d be calling our day-old babies a month old since they are in week 1-4. I mean. Gah.

Well, now I’ve just ranted and its probably boring to most and probably ticking off fellow pregos who just want to make themselves sound more pregnant by saying 26 weeks is 7 months pregnant because a chart said 26-30= month 7. My main problem with this is that people who are properly reporting how many months they are when asked are being treated like they’re monstrous because they’re so much bigger than other women were/are at 6 months pregnant (when of course they are bigger because they’re 4 weeks further along than other ladies claiming to be 6 months pregnant). I’ll leave the lunar month people out of this because at least there is logic behind that. I think the WHO actually tried to standardize our way of counting months during pregnancy and chose lunar months as the way to go. By regular months I am 6 1/2 months pregnant, by lunar months I am 7 months pregnant and by the super common misreading of that chart I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant. THIS is why we count weeks.

I don’t even think I can blame this on hormones, I think it’s just my Sheldon-like nature and pure vexation at inconsistencies, especially when the logic is clear. Follow the logic…. my husband thinks I’m insane and should let it go and I keep insisting that I cant because it’s WRONG. I think know he genuinely wishes he could sedate me sometimes.


26 and 27 Week Bumps and Updates,

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Guys, I put off week 26 (white shirt) for so long that I figured I might as well combine the two. Last weekend was busy with B and then Mother’s Day and then I hit one of those lazy, no motivation patches which mean that baby is growing furiously and my bump is about to pop for the 15,000th time.

Total weight gain:

At 26 weeks- 20 lbs, at 27 weeks- 17

Yes, you read that right. I had another weight explosion last week where I packed on four pounds in a day and ballooned up to 20 pounds gained, officially putting me just over the recommendation for the week! The first two times this happened (19 and 23 weeks I think) I let it go because I was behind in my weight gain anyway and I figured my body was just catching up all at once. This time, I was like oh helllllll no because I have a ways to go and cannot afford to be gaining 4 lbs a week on the regular. So, I upped my daily mileage to 2 miles per day instead of my former 1 mile goal and started using Myfitnesspal again to track my calories and nutrients. I even made a log in my planner where I note calories, sugar, fat and sodium along with weight and miles walked in case my weight gain didn’t slow and I needed to show my OB or a nutritionist what I was doing so they could tell me what I was doing wrong. Well, I lost 3 lbs this week, which really surprised me and just goes to show how much being aware of my diet and a little “exercise” can do.

Baby:

Baby Sam jabbed me in a painful way for the first time during my 27th week… I was in Amato’s trying to order a veggie sub on Saturday and kept getting this sharp little pain in my side ribs. It kind of makes me nervous about what’s to come, im just hoping he doesn’t break any ribs when he’s all big and strong in there. He feels lower this past week, but maybe it’s not that he’s lower because he’s also higher up in my abdomen. It’s just that when I stand up or, especially when I walk, I feel a weight and pressure in the bottom of my belly… probably just because it’s getting heavier and heavier.

Mommy:

Both B and Daddy got me flowers for Mother’s Day, which was especially sweet because it’s kind of a gray area when you’re really pregnant but haven’t had a baby yet. Ok, I told your Daddy he should get me flowers, but he didpick out a beautiful bouquet which the kitties have enjoyed tearing apart and shredding all over the house. I went to Fairfield to church with my gramma, aunt angie, cousin and a couple uncles for Mother’s Day, a tradition as it’s all Gramma wants every year. B and I went to see a movie, Hot Fuzz, mostly as an excuse to eat buttery movie popcorn and junior mints (cheat day!). I read Maria Semple’s “This One is Mine” which didn’t take long because she knows how to keep her readers engaged. I’m still really enjoying my espresso machine and have taken to making an iced double half-caff nonfat latte in the morning so that I still have a little caffeine allowance left over for an afternoon pick-me-up if needed.

Symptoms:

Allergy season has arrived, and added to the annoyance that is rhinitis of pregnancy. My feet and ankles get a little swollen sometimes but no one believes me because they’re normally pretty bony, so they look totally normal, but not normal for me!! But my rings still fit- I’ve made it 2/3 of the way wearing my rings, woo-hoo! I still feel good, but I make more noise getting up or down, I definitely cannot see certain parts of myself and I touch my belly an obnoxious amount because I can feel hard spots where his head and butt are, not to mention all those kicks and jabs! I was more tired but I think it was the drizzly cold weather and a growth spurt because now I’m back to my usual 7 hours of sleep and energy levels.

25 Weeks and a Nursery Update

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It’s my first public bare belly bump shot!! I made it black an white because that somehow makes an expanse of bare skin less… Well, it looks less like I’m showing you lots of skin. I don’t know, whatever. It’s a thing, I think. So here’s my real 25 week baby bump and my stretched out belly button…. I bet I’ll be one of the women whose belly buttons pop out towards the end.

Total weight gain:

this one is getting tough since my weight has begun to vary by 2-3 lbs day to day. I will go by my average weight this week, which puts me at a gain of 16.3 lbs…

Baby:

Seriously, I don’t really know much new about baby except from what the apps say. He is still a mover and a shaker, is apparently the size of a Napa cabbage and putting on baby fat!

My week:

It just started to warm up yesterday… Which means 50s and 60s and monday should be low 70s. Finally!! I got together with a friend from H.S. This week to do the crossword puzzle at Dunkin Donuts like old people. It took us 2.5 hours (with a lot of chatting) and we had to look up 2 answers at the end. Had dinner with B. At Pepinos (a chimichanga, so unhealthy but soooo good!!) And more progress was made on the nursery thanks to my dad biking up for a morning to set up the glider and hang the curtain.

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