30 Week Checkup…and…Man It’s HOT…

06 Jul

I’ve already talked about my “higher risk” of gestational diabetes, and the test that comes along with this, as well as the results of my test (low blood sugars and therefore NO diabetes, if you’d rather not go clicking on links).

This was a big thing for me as I really REALLY want to be able to use the Meadow Birth Centre at Worcester Royal hospital for the birth of our baby and to do that I have to be classed as “low-risk” at week 36, and having gestational diabetes would completely write that option off for me.

Last Thursday was my 30 week check-up with the midwife (I have one every 3 weeks at this point) and a chance for me to find out about other test results.

I’d had my blood count done the week before and according to that my iron levels were great. I needed to be over 105, and got a score of 122. I have no idea what those numbers mean but as long as my iron count is above what they need it to be, I am happy. My MW suggested that I could keep it high by eating lots of dark chocolate. Result. The only problem with that is that I have to ALSO keep my BMI below 35 if I want a birth centre birth, and I’m getting closer to that with every mouthful of junk that I eat…

I said before (in a rather meepy blog post) that I had put on three and a half stone. That gave me (at 5 ft 5 inches) a BMI of 31.8. Yikes. In the 17 days that have elapsed since that post I have managed to pile on another half a stone, putting me at a BMI of 32.9.

know I should stop obsessing over it, but I just can’t help it. I have issues with my weight and my size, and I desperately want to be able to use that birth centre. The thing is that I’ve been really good about what I’m eating, and I can’t eat as much as I was because my stomach is a lot more squashed up these days, so it’s really disappointing that I just keep getting bigger and bigger. Lets hope I don’t get much bigger than this…

Other than that, everything else is fine. My blood pressure is fine and the baby seems to be growing and moving well.

30 week check-up successful!

Besides all that, the weather has been causing me a few problems. For one, I just can’t handle the heat. I couldn’t handle it when I was a “normal” size, but now I’m over 14 stone and carrying a child and extra blood I am finding hot weather completely unbearable. We only reached about 27 degrees last week so I’m dreading July and August being hotter.

My second issue with the weather has been my puffy, swollen feet. Water retention sucks ASS.

Luke thinks I’m silly for getting upset about it, and I get that – there’s not much I can do about the swelling (I drink lots of water and do all the appropriate exercises and massages, and I try and put my feet up whenever I can). I should do as he tells me and stress less, but it’s just awful when you look down and see these things on the ends of your legs. I know what my feet look like – I’ve been looking at them for the past 33 years – and they definitely do NOT look like this.

The silly thing is that last Tuesday we talked about ways to deal with swelling in your hands and feet in my yoga class, and I took a good look at my (unswollen) feet at that point and felt very grateful that they hadn’t begun to inflate. The next day BLAM…I had feet like Professor Clump…

Thank the stars that the temperature seems to be dropping a bit this week…


Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy


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2 responses to “30 Week Checkup…and…Man It’s HOT…

  1. The Pringle Diaries

    July 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been getting the dreaded puffy feet too in this heat! I must be just behind you, I have my 30 week MW appointment this week. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! x

    • onegirlandacampervan

      July 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      It’s terrible isn’t it? At least it gives us a good excuse to put our feet up or have a massage 😉 hope your MW appointment goes well! Good luck to you too xxx


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