Pregnancy Diary #1- WEEK 29: Blood test results and RLS

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Pink is in the air! I know five other couples who are pregnant…and they are ALL girls! What are the odds?

I've finally started getting down to my baby shopping! Was starting to feel like a terrible parent for procrastinating so much. I will never be one of those women gushing about their impulse baby buys on their blogs or discussing which are the best prams or cribs or whatever to buy though…I'm a horrible shopper! I'm very practical. If you have followed me for a while, you would have probably realised that I tend to discuss my pregnancy more from a healthcare perspective- that's the stuff I know and love to talk about! Shopping is not my field of expertise. I might mention what I've bought or recommend the things I've found useful…but it's definitely not something I'd rattle on about.

Got my blood test results on Friday. Normal blood glucose levels! Yay! So no diabetes for me. It just means that I'm peeing out sugar because pregnancy has lowered my kidney's abilities to reabsorb sugar back into my bloodstream. Not a concern because it's only temporary and not like my blood glucose levels are too low either. So that means I'm NOT eating too much sugar after all…didn't make sense that I was anyway!

Everything else on my blood test is also normal! Well, that is everything that I can control anyway (can't control some parts which having thalassaemia affects). I'm  very happy because I feel I've worked very over the years to get here through diet and supplements. I'm most impressed with my Vitamin D levels that has jumped from 33nmol/L to 103 in the last year! 103 is still considered low-normal but at least normal. The minimum for optimal health is 75nmol/L. The only thing that has dropped slightly (but still falls within low-normal levels) in the last few weeks is my hemoglobin levels- baby is sucking me dry! My iron and B12 levels are actually normal so I don't need iron supplements or anything. Just need to increase my intake of red meat and green leafy vege.

This week I experienced a night of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). I actually used to get it a lot when I was younger but since overhauling my health in my Uni years, it's disappeared…until now! Apparently it's common in pregnancy. If you don't know what it is, it's where you get slightly painful tingling and numbness in your feet and legs. It's called "restless legs" because you feel like moving your legs to try to shake off the sensation. It can get quite nasty. Doctors don't really know what causes it but some find that calcium and magnesium supplements help relieve symptoms. Luckily it was just one night for me though…I hope it doesn't come back!

Miss A has been moving slightly less crazily lately. I think things are starting to get a bit squishy in there. She is still head-down and although technically babies can change positions up until 34 weeks, I have my doubts that she will change now because she has been happy to stay that way for the last couple of months! I'm glad she has stayed like that as it means I'm one step closer to having a natural birth. 

Hard to believe but it is now the start of summer…and Miss A will be here before the season is over! 🙂

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