I survived my gestational diabetes test! I'm so glad it's over. This is a standard test given to all pregnant women between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation. Basically, I had to drink this bottle of orange syrup (it contains 50mg of glucose), wait an hour, then get my blood drawn to see how my body was processing the sugar and to determine whether or not I had to be on a diabetic diet regimen for the rest of my pregnancy. They also tested me for anemia, just as a precaution.
I was so thankful that my midwives let me take home the "Glucola" (doesn't that made-up name make it sound appetizing?) ahead of time, keep it refrigerated so it would be super cold to help it go down, then drink it at home before driving into the office so I didn't have to sit for an hour in their waiting room. I love those ladies. The drink made me somewhat nauseous so I was glad to be at home as long as possible before going in.
The great news is that I passed my glucose test! I don't have to take that awful test again and I get to eat pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm very happy about the pie.
The mediocre news is that I'm borderline anemic. This explains so many things: the drama after the blood draw, as well as the fatigue, headaches, and irritability I've had for basically my whole pregnancy. I really wish I hadn't dismissed these symptoms as normal pregnancy pains and asked for help earlier.
I've done some research and realized that my diet is all wrong for getting enough iron and being able to absorb what little I was getting, which led to my low hemoglobin numbers. I just don't like red meat, clams, cereal, beans, or dark green leafy vegetables (I basically eat turkey sandwiches and romaine salads every day). I do like coffee and tea, which impedes the absorption of iron. Also, not only had I stopped taking my prenatal vitamins, but the ones I was taking didn't have any iron in them to begin with!
I have 12 weeks to build back up my hemoglobin numbers before my due date. I really want to go into labor feeling as strong as possible and not have to have a blood transfusion after it's all done, so I'm back on another brand of prenatal vitamins that has all the iron I need and I'm planning my meals better, with more red meat (gag), dark green salads, and maybe even some beans. Tim, lover of cow, is thrilled.