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Week 28
~ Doctor Appointment & Glucose Test

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all have had a wonderful week. As you can tell by my title, I had both my glucose test and my doctor check-up this week. I went in on Wednesday to the lab right after my doctor appointment to do my glucose test. I took Alainna with me and she was very good. We listened to the baby's heartbeat and my doctor measured my stomach. I was measuring at 29 weeks, which is normal for me because I always have big babies. The heartbeat was 144 bpm and strong. I still have my moments of tiredness and I have been getting short of breath more often and having a few contractions as well. Of course, they are just the normal Braxton Hicks contractions, but at times they stop me from whatever I am doing and I just have to wait it out for a minute or two. My baby girl is growing and healthy and I am so grateful that she is getting stronger and her development is staying on track. I look forward to the day when we get to hold her and I can gaze into her eyes and see her face to face.

Well, Wednesday went well and on Thursday we did our normal homeschooling routine and I took Quinton to speech therapy. However, Friday rolled along and I had left my phone charging on my husband's desk in his office in our basement. When I had gone to check it after a while, later that morning, I realized that I had missed a call from my doctor's office that morning. I couldn't help but think, "Oh great, something has to be wrong with my testing". I returned the call and my nurse was out for lunch, so I called back an hour or so later. When I finally got a hold of my nurse, she had informed me that I had failed my glucose test by three points and my iron was low. I was not happy about any of that news. I don't want to take the three-hour glucose test, but now I have to. I don't want to have to worry about gestational diabetes. I don't want my iron to be low either (I know I sound like I am whining, but I just wanted everything to go well). Ugh!!!! My nurse asked me about my eating and if I had been taking my pre-natal vitamins. I don't take them regularly and eating has been difficult because I still get nausea and certain foods just don't sound good at all. I have not been able to eat very much meat because it makes me feel like I am going to get sick or I start gagging. She told me that I could take children's vitamins if that was easier on my stomach. Needless to say, I was a little stressed after that phone call.

Ok, so after I got the news I decided I definitely needed to try harder to eat better, so I have been. I have made sure I am getting more protein and have been eating nuts and dried cranberries and raisins. I have been trying to eat a little more meat, but I am still really finicky about what kind of meat I try to eat. Some things just do not sound appealing whatsoever. However, I have made a more conscientious decision to eat better and it has definitely helped. Before most of my food choices were fine, but now I'm just making myself more aware to get a good balance of things like protein in my daily diet. I have been able to eat fruit my entire pregnancy, so that hasn't been a problem and I can usually eat either salads with romaine or spinach in them, so I am getting my green leafy vegetables too. I just make sure I am getting enough of all the good things my baby and my body needs.

Well, that's about it for this week. I will write again soon. I hope you have a fantastic week!

Until next time,

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