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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

34 Weeks!!

34 weeks is a huge milestone in pregnancy! Babycenter.com says "If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies."

34 weeks, 1 day
For a mom who has been on bed rest and honestly quite scared her baby would come early this is a great feeling! Now I want our little one to stay put for several more weeks, but how nice to know that such an important milestone has been reached!

So far I'm not totally miserable! This is especially good because my sister Beth who just had my darling niece in March had blogged that 34 weeks was when she hit her miserable spot. Now without question I have had miserable days, but some days I still feel pretty good, so that's great. Especially as I apparently have a stubborn UTI. I had routine blood and urine tests done before my last appointment and while I have no gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia (yay) I did apparently have a UTI. So I was given antibiotics, which were working and I was feeling a difference.. but the five day dose I was given was not enough and when I had the follow up urine sample it's defintely still there, which I could already tell from just feeling not quite right. However my doctor wants me to re-test, which I admit I find annoying because I have trouble getting to the lab during the hours it's open so instead of starting on the antibiotics the day I got the first urine results back I'm having to delay getting on them for a couple days while I try to get to the lab and then get the results. Sigh. I wish she'd just given me the prescription, but whatever. Soon I'll be back on them and hopefully this time it'll actually knock the infection out.

I actually got really emotional and was crying when I found out I still had the UTI because I am so sick of infections. It was of course an infection that caused my bleeding in the first place. That is an infection creeped up into my body and into my uterus and tried to kill my baby. And while a UTI is probably not life threatening, I am just SO SICK of bacteria thinking it can attack me and my baby!! All infections must die! BLEH!

But overall I am okay. I was having trouble sleeping for a few days... keep waking up to pee or because of a Braxton Hicks contraction or because I was getting uncomfortable and had to turn over... turning over requires too much effort nowadays for my body to do it in my sleep. I also was having indigestion problems and just lots of blehhhh...

So yesterday I crashed. I slept for 14 hours straight! I woke up and had two bowls of cornflakes and some watermelon fairly right away... then some chai tea. Then some hours later I got hungry and had two eggs. I was still hungry but wasn't really sure what I wanted so I dithered for an hour or so... and suddenly I began shaking and being all wobbly. My blood sugar had hit the floor. It was bad. Luckily I had some chai in the fridge so I had that (I had started cooking but was too wobbly to be able to finish without something in me!) and started feeling better within five minutes. Looking back I realized not eating something for 14 hours when your pregnant and then not eating a great deal afterwards (I'd probably been up for at least 7 hours when the wobbliness started, so that's not a lot of food for that time period) meant I hadn't recovered from the fast. So I need to make sure I remember to eat! When I had my blood tests I mentioned earlier a fasting glucose was amongst them and I actually had a blood sugar a little below the lowest normal range. (I think normal was 70-100 and I had 65.) So I know my blood sugar is already running low. But the tea pepped me up enough to finish cooking and now I'm fine.

I showed my mom the picture above and she said "You look pregnant!" Haha, I should... I certainly feel it!

It's crazy to think I have 3 weeks until I'm "term" (yes, I know not full term according to new definitions, but still term) and 6 weeks until my due date... Crazy!!

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