I was booked to have my GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) on Friday 4th of March, I wasn’t looking forward to the fasting, especially in the morning as I do like a cuppa to get me going. I was up bright and early and made my way to the Drs surgery. Luckily they called me in almost straight away for my fasting blood test. After a few minutes of my veins not cooperating finally blood was taken and I had to drink Polycal. Now I am not one for sugary drinks at all, this tasted like flat Fanta and was awful, there were several times I thought it was going to come back up again, but I did it and was told to rest for two hours but I was not allowed to go home so I sat in the car reading rather than sitting in the surgery waiting room with sick people.
Two hours later my next set of bloods were drawn (entering the exact same hole they made earlier ouch!) and I was allowed to go home, I detoured to the local supermarket to get a well deserved cheese and onion slice.
Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon, I had a call from the hospital, my results were abnormal meaning I do have Gestational Diabetes and they wanted to see me ASAP and so I was told to go in the next day.
Wednesday morning came and another morning of rushing about as I needed to be at the hospital at around 10am. I wasn’t waiting long before they called me in and explained what GD meant and that I had to now monitor my blood sugar levels, I have to do it pre breakfast, an hour after breakfast, an hour after lunch and an hour after dinner. I was also told that my readings should be less than 7.8 after meals and less than 5.3 before meals.
I was booked to see the midwife the same day but the hospital said that they would do my antenatal check whilst I was there.
Another shock was coming, my belly is measuring 4 weeks ahead which going my where it was plotted on my graph and if it was correct (belly measurements never are thank god) my boy would be weighing over 4lb already. My eyes almost popped out of my head.
I have now been booked for a growth scan next Tuesday and I have to see the diabetic team straight afterwards to discuss the scan and also what my blood sugar readings have been for the week.
Now I do not eat much, I have to force myself to eat breakfast now (I am not really a breakfast person). I have learnt in the last 3 days that Fruit & Fibre cereal will give me a very high reading, which I thought was terrible considering it is supposed to be healthy, but cluster cereal with fruit gives me a normal reading.
My dinners although varied seem to give me the same readings daily as does my lunch.
Obviously as this is all new to me it is going to take me a while to find foods that will keep my levels within range and ones that also fill me up as baby doesn’t like it when I am hungry.
I guess I will know more next week, I am not sure whether I will see a dietician this time but I do hope I do so I can get more of an idea what to eat.
I have been told if my blood sugar levels cannot be controlled with diet I would be put on Metformin and worst case insulin. We will cross that bring if/when we reach it though.
The pregnancy itself is going well, little man is kicking, squirming and poking feet out all of the time, he is getting bigger and apart from the GD and SPD it’s all good. On the note of SPD or Pelvic Girdle Pain, is getting worse, bed time is awful, I dread it as rolling over is so painful. Walking around starts hurting after a short time. It will all be worth it though when he is here.
How far along are you?: 28 weeks
How I’m feeling: Still very sore with PGP, anxious about new GD diagnosis.
Total weight gain: not sure, haven’t weighed myself
How big is baby?: as big as an egg plant between 13.6-14.8 inches long (I think he is a bit bigger than this)
Maternity clothes: Yes I am wearing them.
Stretch marks?: I am stretching quite a lot I think, my skin is very itchy around old stretch marks especially and I can see more purple ones appearing.
Sleep: I don’t sleep well at all.
Best moment this week: Seeing him stick a foot right out of my tummy
Food cravings: None
What I’m looking forward to: Scan on Tuesday