Good morning! How are you guys doing so far today?
I was up before the sun because I had a 6 a.m. spin class to teach and headed out to the gym to get nice and sweaty with my usual crew. I blasted a throwback playlist with some classic rock jams (always a hit with this group) and left the class feeling about 10,000 times more energetic than I felt when I arrived. Exercise is a magical thing, I’m tellin’ ya!
The rest of my day today will include more work at the gym, but I’m off through lunchtime because I have my 28-week prenatal appointment on the agenda at 10 a.m. The appointment has me feeling a combination of nervous and excited this morning.
I’m excited because I always like meeting with our doctor, hearing our baby’s heartbeat and learning the answers to whatever lingering questions I’ve had on my mind over the course of the past month.
I’m nervous because I have my glucose screening test today, too. The 60-minute test involves one round of blood work and since needles always make me queasy, I’m already feeling a little anxious. Plus, I’m a bit stressed out about my results since the test screens for elevated glucose levels that may be related to gestational diabetes, which my mom had when she was pregnant with both me and my sister.
According to my doctor, my chances for having gestational diabetes are elevated a bit due to the fact that my mom had gestational diabetes while pregnant with me. I’m just set on following my doctor’s instructions going into the appointment (eat a protein-heavy breakfast and avoid anything too sugary/carby – I opted for scrambled eggs and unsweetened cashew milk which the nurse I spoke to yesterday said sounded good) and will go from there.
I know gestational diabetes is quite common in pregnancy (as high as 9.2% of all pregnant women have it) and the cause seems to be widely unknown, but fortunately from most things I’ve read, it sounds like it’s largely manageable through diet. If my results from this screening come back high, I’ll return for the three-hour glucose tolerance test.
One of the things that has surprised me most about pregnancy is the mental shift I’ve seen within myself surrounding blood tests and needles. I just wanted to share this on the blog because I’ve connected with a handful of readers who share my aversion to anything medical and freak out over needles. There is just something so different about getting blood work done because it’s important for my baby.
Yes, I’m still nervous. Yes, I still have to lie down to have my blood drawn or I’ll get queasy. Yes, I am anxious for a couple of days leading up to an appointment involving blood work. But the minute I hear my baby’s heartbeat before it’s time for blood work, it’s almost like that rhythmic thump thump thump puts everything into perspective. At my 12-week ultrasound, when I saw our baby move for the first time, I honestly thought to myself that I would have 100 blood tests done in a row if it meant I could see my baby dancing around on that fuzzy black and white screen.
And now it’s time to shower because I’m pretty sure my doctor would prefer that I not show up to my morning appointment looking like a sweaty mess! See ya after my appointment!
Questions of the Morning
- If you’ve managed to overcome a fear of needles/medical things, how did you do it?
- For the needle-phobic moms/moms-to-be out there: Did you notice a change in the way you handled needles/medical things during pregnancy?
Though I feel like I am getting better with needles and blood work with each appointment I go to, I am still very nervous for childbirth… I still cannot make it through 99 percent of all the birth stories I’ve seen on the internet without clicking away and feeling totally freaked out!