Today I have hit the half way point in my pregnancy – 20 weeks.
I am so happy I can’t explain, I feel great, I have more energy than I have so far in the pregnancy, I no longer feel sick for no apparent reason. A lot has happened since I last wrote on here so here we go.
As I explained before, I am overweight therefore more complications and more tests than usual. So I went to the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ and they then referred me to the ‘hypertension’ clinic, because my blood pressure was ‘high’. Now I am no doctor but looking at my blood pressure which is 127/72, that is not high in my opinion. Like I say though, I am not a doctor so I went with it. I got my appointment for the clinic. I got seen by a nurse who did the usual, took my blood pressure, and checked my urine. Everything completely normal as I expected. In fact everything was so normal that when I then went to see the doctor who is the specialist asked me what I was doing there. She was shocked that I had been referred there, because my blood pressure has been normal the whole way through so far. She discharged me from the Hypertension clinic as she said it was not needed.
After this I was also booked in for a Glucose Tolerance Test, where they check how your body reacts to sugar and then in turn gets an idea if you will or have developed diabetes. This was again booked in from the doctor at the Health and Wellbeing Clinic – I am starting to think he doesn’t know what he is talking about!
The blood test involves 2 separate tests; I went in a 9am to have a blood test, with no food and only water for 12 hours prior. This was fine, got the blood no problem – usually I am quite difficult as I have deep veins – then you have to drink a bottle of Lucozade. Now I never have full sugar drinks, and while I have been pregnant I’ve not had many fizzy drinks either, they make me very gassy and its not comfortable. Anyway I drank the drink – you have to do it in front of the nurse before you can leave. Then I was told to go away and come back in 2 hours, again with no food and only water.
Well with all this sugar going round and nothing else I was on the ceiling! I went back at 11am for my second blood test, it was a different nurse this time, and she had a lot of trouble finding a vein. 7 attempts later she is trying my hand. Now at this point I have had no food for 15 hours, I have only had sugar and she is on her 7th attempt to take some blood. Having blood from your hand does feel very uncomfortable, with all the adrenalin and the sugar going round my body decided to shut down.
I felt my eyes go heavy and I was sweating, I felt sick and I knew I was going to faint – I told the nurse and she said ‘I am going to keep going because we need this blood’ I agreed and just let it happen. When I came round, it was all over, she had taken the blood and that was that.
It was a very strange experience – I mean should pregnant women have this test, no food, nothing but sugar. I think that with the mix of it all it was just too much for me.
Anyway the blood test got sent off and when the results came back they were completely normal, not even a trace of diabetes.
Now personally I cannot wait to go to that doctor at the Health and Wellbeing clinic and tell him these results, I told him I was healthy, yes overweight but healthy. I am pretty sure he is expecting me to go back with high blood pressure and diabetes. Well I am not, and I am over the moon about that.
I am 20 weeks pregnant!
And I couldn’t be happier. Last night my partner and I shared a lovely moment. We were just sat on the sofa together and he was sat rubbing my belly, and I felt the baby move, he couldn’t but I could, and it was such a simple moment, but so beautiful and precious, something I will remember forever.
I am so happy to be at this point, I have my 20 week scan on the 2nd February and that is when you can find out the sex. I can’t wait, I can plan and shop and get everything ready. I am not sure if we are going to keep it secret though, just us and my parents, or if we are going to tell the world. Either way I just can’t wait!