I feel awful.
That really sums up my week unfortunately. I feel like all the pregnancy symptoms decided to hit me all at once. I mean, they do say, “when it rains, it pours…” What symptoms am I talking about? Nausea, fatigue and migraines pretty much every single day.
I also finally got it together and went in for my gestational diabetes test. I botched the attempt last week because I didn’t give myself enough time to fast between when I started fasting until when the lab closed. I talked to my doctor about how I was going to do the test at my last appointment. I initially wanted to use honey as my 50 grams of sugar. It makes perfect sense to me that it would work out using honey. It’s a completely pure source of sugar with nothing else. It was my ideal way of making this test a little more natural.
My OB didn’t really love that idea… he gave me two options: drink the orange drink that is provided by his office or eat jellybeans. Neither of those two options eliminates the food dyes or artificial flavors that I was trying to avoid, but if given the option between a nasty sugary drink or jellybeans (which I was never fond of even as a kid), I’ll take the semi-enjoyable route with the candy.
I called my brother; king of fast food, candy, soft drinks and all things unhealthy and asked him if I could have some jellybeans. He came right over with a big bag to loan me a little handful. I had to look at the nutrition label and do that math on how many beans would equal 50 grams of sugar. Takes me back to my college nutrition lab days when I had to do these calculations! I decided the most accurate way to determine how much I would need, would be to weigh them on my food scale. The amount of jellybeans that made 50 grams of sugar was something like 1/3 cup or so.
I fasted overnight, which is the preferred way of doing the test according to my doctor. When I woke up in the morning I ate the premeasured jellybeans and headed to the lab to have my blood drawn exactly one hour after consuming the jellybeans. Starting my day off with 50 grams of sugar and nothing else in my stomach made me feel awful. I thought I might puke before I even got to the lab!
I know its just coincidence, but ever since that test, I haven’t been able to shake the nausea and its extreme nausea. I have had zero appetite and the nausea doesn’t stop. It’s accompanied by a headache that starts out as an ache then quickly becomes this paralyzing, brain freeze on the side of my head. Normally, it seizes one side of my head/face at a time but its so intense that I feel like my eye and face are going to start twitching from the pain.
I got these cluster headaches/migraines with my last pregnancy also. It is my least favorite part about pregnancy. I never get headaches outside of pregnancy and pregnancy is the only time I’ve ever had migraines. I definitely have a newfound sympathy and compassion for people who live with them chronically.
I also seem to have caught the first trimester fatigue again now that I’m in the third! This past week I’ve suddenly just been absolutely exhausted. I’m sleeping good hours of rest at night and taking a nap during the day when Sterling naps but its just not enough. I was feeling pretty good during my second trimester and all of this came out of nowhere so suddenly!
No bump pictures this week, I felt so awful I was just trying to survive. I know it sounds lame but I just had nothing left and setting up my camera for two quick photos was just too much. THATS how bad I have felt all week.