Tuesday, October 20, 2009

25 weeks

Pregnancy is scary. Infertility is scary too, but getting pregnant was far scarier because all of a sudden, someone's life was actually at stake. Before it was just my sanity... my sanity is important, but if I lost the baby, someone would be dead and my sanity would be doubly shot.

So 24 weeks was a good milestone, but getting past that I really feel reassured that everyday my baby is getting stronger and more prepared to survive outside the womb. It is more comforting than I thought it would be.

And it's a good time to reacknowledge that every day pregnant is a blessing.

It's not that I haven't always felt this way, but the fear has been so strong at times I completely bury the blessings that I should be feeling and fixate on the fear. Now that the fear has subsided it's easier to get back where I should be.


I got the results from my blood work a couple days ago. I officially passed my GTT. The level the lab reported was 107 and my glucometer picked up 118, but there were a few minute that elasped, so I'd say my glucometer did a decent job. I apparently had elevated fasting glucose levels which is weird cause THEY DIDN'T DRAW ONE. So we are disregarding that but WTH people? Where did that value come from, cause it didn't come from me.

My homocystine and folate were good, but I'd already been supplementing the folic acid for a few days, so those could be a bit skewed.

My iron was good but my calcium was a little low. I was pretty disappointed about that because I make a really good effort to take in the right amount of calcium every day (spaced throughout the day for better absorption). I have been told to take some tums. I hate tums, but I can live with it.


Kymberli said...

An alternative to Tums (I agree- they're grody and I take them only if the heartburn is killin') are the Viactiv Calcium chews. They taste like chocolate and I'd rather have those any day over those rancid, chalky circles that are Tums.

Glad to hear that you're doing so well!

wannabmomma said...

Wow! Can you believe you're 25 weeks already?!?! I don't know about you, but it seems like it is going along quickly!

Mary said...

I've tried to get my docs to check my homocystine levels and they all say you can't do it when pregnant. Hmm.

Good job with passing the ggt!

I feel better being in the 25th week too:)

The Wife said...

Yay! for 25 weeks. It's so exciting that you've reached this milestone. Also, thanks for the comforting words you've left on my blog...they really help.

Michelle said...

I'll agree that pregnancy is scary. Especially when you are educated on all the what ifs. I'm glad to hear you're doing good though! And 25 weeks seems to have went by fast from over here!

Suraita said...

Congratulations on 25 weeks! I just got to that point today.

I just wanted to add to the homocystine discussion - I have MTHFR too (also a prothrombin gene mutation) and a homocystine level test this week so I'm getting them tested in pregnancy too.

Buck said...

Some clever blog jumping and I happened upon your blog. I'm almost 13 weeks and have been a lacto-ovo vege for 18 or so years. I'm curious if there's anything brilliant/special/obvious that you do to make sure you get enough protein. I've been so sick the last 8 weeks I haven't really worried about protein as much as just eating something, but I am hopeful that morning sickness will end and that I'll finally be able to eat real meals, at which time I'll probably worry about protein.

My doctor says my vegetarianism is no problem, and I've never had protein problems before, but I'm neurotic and pregnant, and powerful combination!

So if you feel like giving advice to a stranger, my email is rebucka21@gmail.com.

Thanks! Becky

Sophie A. said...

Tums taste awful :(! I don't like them either. I just bought a supplement from iherb.com that's nice because it doesn't taste funny, it's Calcium Carbonate with D (you prob. already know this, but it absorbs better than other forms of calcium). That's basically what's in Tums. They're HUGE pills, but I prefer 'em to tums.

Congrats on the great numbers and making it to 25 weeks :).

Anonymous said...

Yay for 25 weeks and yay for good blood work results.

Regular tums are nasty, but Tums Smoothies (smooth dissolve) are like candy compare to chalky regular tums! They might be a little more expensive, but soo worth it! I like the tropical fruit, but assorted and berry are good too.