Throughout my pregnancy, “because you have a high BMI you have too…” is pretty much all I have heard from everyone. This week has been no different.
Despite being 28 weeks pregnant now and officially in the third trimester (woo hoo!) I have sailed through all of my tests but still have to have more. Surely, if everything is fine, you shouldn’t have to keep taking tests just because of your BMI? My midwife tells me I am very boring which is apparenty a good thing in her world as trouble-free pregnancies are rare. Yet, I still have to have every test imaginable “because you’re high risk…”
I do not want to sound ungrateful to our wonderful NHS and I would much rather they found a problem if there was one, sooner rather than later BUT you have to ask if they are all really necessary?
Yesterday, I had to have a glucose test which will check if I have caught gestational diabetes. It wasn’t great for someone who hates blood tests and you can’t eat or drink water from 9pm the night before the test. I had my first test at 7.30am, then was asked to drink a horrible glucose drink then go home and relax for another few hours before a final blood test. I wolfed down a banana and some water as soon as the final blood was drawn. (Sounds very Game of Thrones – “blood will be drawn!”)
Thankfully, I felt ok, didn’t faint or puke and headed off to work. I am hoping this means I’ll be ok and the tests will be negative but I now face a worrying week waiting for the results. It is something that can be managed but I am so determined to prove to people that just because my BMI is high, doesnt mean my body will fail. I have passed all my tests with flying colours (for the first time in my life!) and I really want that to continue.
Fingers crossed for next Wednesday…