Yesterday I had my 28 week appointment. At this appointment I got to take a gestational diabetes test and get my RhoGAM shot along with the normal measurements.
During pregnancy the hormones can mess with your body and inhibit the production of insulin which helps your body digest sugars. So around 28 weeks most women get tested for gestational diabetes. When I checked in for my appointment I got my choice of flavored glucose beverage (fruit punch, orange or lemon lime). I chose fruit punch. You have to drink it in five minutes or less, and remember the time you finish it.
I got called for my appointment, and went through the normal routine with my doctor—measure the belly and listen to the heartbeat. I’m measuring a few weeks behind (only 25 cm when I should be 28) but she said she’s not worried because A. there is a three cm margin of error and B. I have a long torso which can flatten out the uterus and cause the measurement to be smaller. Her heart rate is still very healthy (140 bpm) and it’s always fun to hear her little heartbeat!
After the time with my doctor, I was sent downstairs to the lab to get my blood drawn for the glucose test. I had to wait 45 minutes because the blood need to be drawn one hour after drinking the “cool-aid”. During my wait I got to enjoy stories from an old retired trucker who was discussing the “good ‘ol days” with another patient just next to me. I love old people!
The blood drawing was uneventful (except the nurses told me how much they loved my red shoes!) and afterwards I had to go back upstairs to my doctor’s office so I could get my RhoGAM shot.
I am Rh negative which means that my blood, if mixed with my baby’s Rh positive blood, could build up antibodies to my baby, potentially harming this baby and preventing future pregnancies. Lucky for me, they’ve developed an injection that prevents my body from building up these specific antibodies. So I got my first injection at my appointment yesterday….in my butt. I don’t think I’ve ever received a shot in my butt in my adult life. It was entertaining, that’s for sure! I’ll get another injection after I deliver, and that should be it!
My doctor called this morning with my test results and both my glucose and iron levels “look very good” so I get to continue to eat as I have been! Yay! I’m pretty sure I’d be miserable if they made me give up my chocolate fudge truffle ice cream.
More baby news…
She’s getting BIG! I’m getting big! I’ve gained 23 pounds so far and I still have 12 more weeks to go! Average weight gain is one pound per week, so using that math I will have gained 35 pounds by the time this pregnancy is over. That’s on the high end of the average, which is 25-35 pounds. As long as I stay under that 35 pound mark I’ll be a happy camper.
Last week Matt and I toured the birth center at our hospital, which had mixed results. I had a mini-anxiety attack and we left feeling really unsure about this choice in birthing facility. We both feel very strongly that giving birth is not a medical event, and therefore does not need to occur in a hospital. We were really hoping that the “Birth Center” at our hospital would have more of a homey feel and less of a hospital feel…we were wrong! I was slapped in the face by how “hospitalized” everything looked.
In hindsight, I realize that it was really just the appearance that turned me off so strongly. The actual practices within the building were really quite progressive. For example, all of the rooms are private rooms with bathrooms and soaking tubs for use during labor. All of the rooms include a “pull out couch” of sorts for your partner to sleep on, non-fluorescent lights that can be dimmed to your preference, and individual climate control. In addition, babies all room-in with mom and the only time they leave is to get their blood work done 24 hours after birth, and mom or dad is welcome to accompany baby for that procedure.
Matt has been amazing at helping me work through my emotions on this subject. He reminded me that I really love my doctor and that my discussions with her about my birth preferences have all been really positive. So, I haven’t ruled out the birth center completely. At my next appointment I’m going to sit down with my doctor and go through some specifics about my labor and delivery to get her opinion on them and whether or not they can be accommodated. All I know is that labor and delivery can be extremely unpredictable, and my biggest agenda is just that the staff at whatever facility supports us in our desires for an unmedicated birth with little-to-no medical interventions. One thing I was very excited to learn is that the c-section rate at our hospital is only 20% compared with 30-40% at the other big hospitals in the Portland area.
In other news…
My cousin Brooks and his wife Heather had their baby last Wednesday! He is a beautiful baby boy! Seeing their pictures and hearing about their experience as new parents makes me sooooo very excited for when our little angel arrives! Congrats to both of you!