Wednesday, September 21, 2005

25 weeks, 4 days checkup: No more ice cream

Despite my elephantine swelling, my blood pressure remains perfect, so no one is worried. I called CHEO to see if my genetic test results are in, but no dice. Rebecca's heartbeat is fine, my pee test is fine. Apparently it is quite normal for babies to be lethargic on some days and hyper on others (good, because I was beginning to be concerned).
My rate of weight gain over the last few months has been normal (1-2lbs./week) but... it would seem at this point that I have put on about 39lbs. since the start of the pregnancy. This is not good. My doctor originally anticipated that I would put on about 40 lbs over the course of my entire pregnancy. There are still three months to go boys and girls, and I won't be getting smaller. Obviously, there is some variation between individuals but... no more fruit juice or ice cream. My GP will now be monitoring my weight a little more closely. I could potentially gain another 12 or 14 lbs (and please note, Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Year's and my birthday are still on the way). I fully admit that I have been indulgent on occasion. Overly so? I didn't think so. I still get in a half hour of walking per day, plus lane swimming and prenatal aquafitness. I was probably the worst about indulging at the beginning of the pregnancy when I was mega hungry. But you can't go back - you can only go forward. The worst part is, Greg just bought me some truly excellent creme caramel vanilla ice cream. He said he is going to give it away now. :( I suppose it's for the best. I don't want a behemoth baby!
On an unamusing side note, the dry skin on my belly that I have been religiously moisturizing about five times a day - well, it's not dry skin, it's either a fungal infection or a yeast infection which developed as a result of a nasty, humid, hot summer and changes in my skin chemistry. I don't think my skin has ever previously harboured conditions friendly to living things, but there you have it. My moisturizing has only been encouraging it to spread. I have never had any infection of this type before, so I didn't know any better. I based my actions on my extensive experience with eczema, which was not that relevant (as it turns out). So all this pain has been for nothing. I now have a custom Rx cream and hopefully, it will do the trick and I can prevent future suffering. As for the weather - I can only pray that these abnormal temperatures go away soon.
After my checkup, I went for blood testing (hemoglobin and glucose tolerance). For the glucose tolerance test, I was given a bottle of something that is nearly indistinguishable from Orange Crush. I had to drink the contents in the space of 5 to 10 minutes (not too hard), and then remain immobile for an hour. At the end of the hour, they took my blood. Why didn't they take my blood prior to consuming the beverage too, to establish a baseline? I suppose this is just a gross measurement where they check to see if my blood glucose returns to a normal range.
My next appointment is in 2.5 weeks. I am drawing close to the time when I will switch over to my obstetrician.

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