Saturday, January 24, 2009

Status Report - 87 Days to Go!

I'm in Week 27, the start of the 3rd trimester. Some of the pregnancy guides say the final trimester actually starts at Week 28. But fuck those guys, I don't like them very much anyway. It's the home stretch for this kicky little baby and I.

The worst symptom for me in the 1st trimester was the exhaustion. Fatigue has reared it's ugly head again in the 3rd. I get home from work and can't be bothered to make dinner. I want to nap pretty much all the time. When I'm not too tired to go to the gym, which is rare, I can get through a whole workout no problem but walking up a flight of stairs to go pee leaves me gasping for air. That one, I just don't understand. Otherwise, symptom wise I'm doing OK so far. I haven't had any of the more unpleasant digestive problems that come with the squished internal organs, which can probably be attributed to the shitload of fibre I take in every day. I also drink water like a thirsty fish, so there's been no swelling extreme swelling of the extremities, though I did break down and buy a bigger pair of shoes because my current shoes are pretty snug by the end of the day and my wedding band and engagement ring have been on a chain around my neck since about Week 9.

I had planned to work right up to the bitter end, but knowing how tired I already am, I moved up the start of my leave to give me the last two weeks of pregnancy in the comfort of my own home. I feel no need to expose the world to the last two inches of my giant belly when the maternity clothes can no longer keep things under wraps. My biggest concern about going early was having the baby late, as in "What if I go on leave two weeks before the baby is due and then I go two weeks late?" That's four weeks of leave I would burn off for nothing! But I have Gestational Diabetes (it's only a big deal if it's untreated) and with this condition, the placenta can deteriorate rapidly at the end of the pregnancy. If we get all the way to the due date, I'll be induced. It's crazy to be excited about having a condition that requires strict management, but when it means I know I have a definitive end date, I'll take it!

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