Last Tuesday, I had my 28 week appointment with the midwife. He’s measuring absolutely fine, but had some not so great news about my 28 week blood results. My blood sugar level was measuring too high, and so in a couple of weeks I have to go for a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) to check for gestational diabetes.
I’m gutted, because I know the likelihood of me having gestational diabetes is very high, although it has never crossed my mind before and it’s never been an issue. Diabetes runs in my mum’s side of the family, with both her and my granddad having type 2, and my mum also had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me. Those factors alone make me high risk, so with my sugar levels measuring high I’m not feeling too positive.
If I have the condition, I will be monitored a lot more often during the rest of my pregnancy. Luckily my last growth scan showed Ben is measuring just fine, and I have another one booked at 34 weeks anyway, so I don’t think size is an issue. However, I wouldn’t be allowed a water birth as I would be classed as high risk, and there would be a good chance I would be induced from around 38 weeks onwards. The only positive thing about this would be having a clear idea of when Ben would be born, meaning no panicking about Graham and my mum getting home from work when I go into labour! It would also mean I potentially only have 9 weeks left before he is born – eek!
I have my test on 6th October, and it doesn’t sound a great deal of fun. I can’t eat or drink anything other than water from 10pm the night before, and need to be at the hospital (two buses away!) by 9am. Doing this without any coffee or food in my system makes me a bit worried, as I feel so sick if I don’t eat first thing. They will then do a blood test, make me drink some sort of sugary drink and then I need to wait two hours before another blood test – after which I can finally eat! The only bright side is I get a couple of hours alone to read a book, a rarity these days!
Apart from that, everything seems fine. As I mentioned last week, Ben was breech at the scan, and at my midwife appointment. At playgroup the other day I think (hope!) he turned. I felt and saw a huge movement which was pretty uncomfortable, like he was turning sideways. Since then, the movement seem to have changed, which makes me think he’s finally the right way. I also feel like I can breathe a little easier, which I think would happen if he hasn’t got his head lodged right under my ribs. We’ll find out in a couple of weeks!
Here is Benjamin bump at 29 weeks!