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It’s 82 days to go before my big day according to the due date calculator. Eighty two days – does that sound soon to you or still a long way to go? As the one carrying the baby, it feels like a distant time for me. Anyway, I’m 28 weeks pregnant this week so since the last time I took and posted belly pictures was at 24 weeks, it’s that time again.
I was through a Glucose Screening Test for gestational diabetes last Sunday. It’s a routine test in government hospitals here (or so it seems) between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. I don’t know the result yet and I hope the fact that I didn’t get a call from the clinic meant I did ok.
From the Mayo Clinic website:
The glucose challenge test measures your body’s response to sugar (glucose). The glucose challenge test is done during pregnancy to screen for gestational diabetes — a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy.
The glucose challenge test is done in two steps. First you drink a sugary solution. It was like Mirinda/Fanta Orange but maybe a hundred times sweeter! One hour later, your blood sugar level is measured. The results of the glucose challenge test indicate whether you might have gestational diabetes.
If I passed it, well and good. If not, I have to go through another round of glucose test that will last longer – about 3 hours.
The baby is moving a lot and I could feel the bones already. You know, those elbows and knees (I think) and shoulder blades rubbing against my skin. Also, this baby hiccups a lot.
The ultrasound indicates normal baby weight but I am carrying as if I’ll have twins, at least according to people except my husband (he knows I look just fine since I’ve never been really ‘tiny’). I am big and they ask me whether there are two babies or if I’ll give birth next week.
I am sometimes tempted to answer back: “Oh you didn’t know? I am actually carrying 8!” or scream at their face while holding into their necks, “Call an ambulance, I’m in labor now!!”
Anyway – I have an appointment on Monday and then every two weeks after that until the 36th(?) week. Surely this will psychologically speed up the waiting time for me.