Keep on Keepin’ On
29 weeks! This past week has been rather busy, despite the fact that I am off work now. Lots of niggly items to check off the list as I settle into a pattern of self-care and preparing for baby. Actually, my list of everything is about as long as me head to toe—I’m feeling rather overwhelmed to be honest, and I have to let go a little bit.
I have been practicing yoga nearly every day. I had stopped yoga for nearly two months because my arms were so achy that I felt a lot of hesitation about holding poses. However, I just need to remind myself that modification is okay, and moving my body is most important. I have been doing Twee Merrigan’s sessions on My Yoga Online, which are very gentle and focus on body movement that is open and natural. There are also some great sessions on YOME that I am enjoying. My plan is to practice yoga everyday and to put together my own program that will help with labour when it’s time.
This week I visited one of my two midwifes. I’ll be going every two weeks now until the end of March, and then it’s once a week. I’ve been trying to deduce which way baby is situated but it’s difficult. I asked my midwife as she was poking my tummy. “Well I know where his head is,” she says. “Want to feel?” Ahh, YES I DO. Amazing! I felt a body part! It’s hard. His head is down already and hopefully it stays there for the next 11 weeks. He seems posterior and facing to the left, as the most movement happens on my left side. He’s super active and I seriously can’t get enough of it. There are no words—it’s just such a wondrous feeling to have a growing, spirited, human being alive inside. Being pregnant is really extraordinary.
I have to visit the diabetes clinic for nutrition counselling due to my slightly elevated 1-hour GD test. My midwife said not to worry too much about the numbers, but I am watching my sugar and carbs a bit more closely. However, this article cites a recent study that showed a low-carb diet didn’t affect pregnancy outcomes or change the need for insulin for women with gestational diabetes. I’m really questioning all of the GD information out there—there just isn’t any consensus on a variety of levels, from the testing itself to what to eat. Common sense tells me to continue eating the way I have been: I eat frequently, consume as many whole foods as possible, and ensure my body is receiving the minerals and vitamins it needs to grow a healthy baby. However, I have quite the sugar cravings, and I usually quell them with a sweet decaf coffee drink or fruit (or ice cream!), or I snack on whatever is near me to satisfy my appetite (usually nuts, seedy crackers, cheese…). So I’ve put the brakes on high sugar foods. My cravings aren’t insane so it doesn’t bother me much.
My iron levels were 117 in November. I was the Valedictorian of Iron Stores! I eat lots of meat, as well as other healthy sources of iron. There’s also iron in my multivitamin. My iron levels a week ago? 23! Which means I’m almost anemic now. However, I do not feel overly fatigued or tired, nor do I have any other symptoms of iron-deficiency. My midwife suggested that I continue to eat the same and to start drinking nettle tea. I had no idea nettle tea was high in iron, as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, and more. I found this informative article on safe teas to drink during pregnancy. I started drinking red raspberry leaf tea this week as well, which also has many beneficial vitamins and minerals, and helps tone the uterus. There is also evidence that it can help lower blood sugar. ALL GOOD THINGS. (Pregnant women should talk to their doctor or midwife before drinking any herbal tea.) Adding 3-6 cups of tea a day to my diet has helped me to get more water in too. I seem to be drinking less water now that I’m not working. Need to put a system in place at home for drinking plenty of water… My scale says I’m down almost 4% water in the past few weeks.
My fibromyalgia pain has been at about a constant 4 (with 10 being the worst pain) or higher and it’s always my arms that ache the most. I’ve been able to manage it mostly by modifying my daily activities, and walking and yoga helps. I worry about how I will manage after baby arrives. Sometimes I can’t hold my arms up for more than a few seconds. But I’m sure we will find a way to manage.
This was a pretty factual update. Next week I’ll try for something more emotive!