Well, I was 22 weeks on Thursday, so over halfway done. Yay! I had an OB appointment on Wednesday, and everything was fine. The doctor said everything on the ultrasound looked good. She also said I was only a point or so off on my failed glucose tolerance test at 16 weeks. I guess it's good that I wasn't pulling in sky-high numbers, LOL. She said for my 28 week glucose test, I had the choice of taking the 1 hour one again, or just going straight to the 3 hour one, since my 16 week one wasn't very abnormal. Ha--I don't have a chance of passing the one hour test, and I'm almost positive I won't pass the 3 hour one, so I definitely opted to go straight to the 3 hour one! I don't want to wast my time AND have to drink more of that nasty glucola that I have to! The baby's heart rate was the low 140s, which would normally be a boy heart rate for me. I guess I'll be bringing blue and pink outfits to the hospital this time, just in case the ultrasound was wrong!
I was concerned about my weight because I feel like I have gained more this pregnancy than in all my others. I think I've gained about 20 pounds, and usually I only gain a total of 30 pounds. But she calculated I had only gained 16 pounds, which she was fine with. Maybe I wrote down a higher number for my "original" weight? Who knows? That got me to thinking about differences in pregnancy now that I am over 40, and metabolism is a big one--I gain weight really easily now! I've always been able to just eat normally and not gain too much, but now I find if I am not really careful, I'll gain a pound every few days. Ack! And this is with exercising twice a day most days, ever since my failed glucose test! Crazy. I know it's going to be really, really tough to get this weight off once I deliver too. Ah, something to look forward to.
I also am already having a lot of round ligament pain. That may actually not be a function of being over 40, but rather of this being my 10th pregnancy though. But if the pain can be so bad at 21 or 22 weeks, I am really dreading weeks 38 and 39! It's really bad at night, and it can be hard to fins a good sleeping position that doesn't cause ligament cramps. I'm going to have to start wearing my maternity support belt already during the day, especially when I am walking, I think!
I think those are the only big things I've noticed, so hopefully no one is scared off by a pregnancy at such an advanced maternal age, LOL. The biggest thing is that being pregnant is not the novel condition that it was back with numbers 1 and 2. No time for naps or any other special treatment! It's more like just a normal, everyday condition--which is good in some ways, but hard in others. Oh well, only 18 more weeks to go! I think I can, I think I can . . .