Short Version: I risk offending everyone who's parenting or looking to parent through means other than their own pregnancy by harping on about how much value I place on the process, but I don't mean it like that, really. I also give brief updates on where my current signs, symptoms and plans are.

My memory may be skewed. A number of you have described the GTT drink as "not that bad", whereas the way I remember it, only my determination not to have to start drinking it all over again kept me from vomiting onto the phlebotomists' floor. More than that, I am worried about getting a three-day-long migraine as a result of the test, which seems to be my current response to anything high-GI, but in the end I am most worried about doing everything I can to deliver a healthy baby, so I will ask again about the test. Thanks for your comments - they have helped a lot.

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So here's a story. The other day, I was waiting for the train to pull up at the MRT* station when The Foetus starting pushing on my bladder. And I leaked a little, and I thought, "I really hope there's a seat for me, otherwise I am just going to empty myself all over the floor of this carriage and it won't be pretty."

As the train pulled up, I saw with relief that, indeed, there was a seat free. But then the doors opened, and my fellow platform-waiter - a woman with her standing-age son - leapt forwards in a great rush to claim it. I stood in front of her on the train, thinking, "You know, perhaps she adopted him, or used a surrogate. Or she could even be the infertile Aunt." Which is interesting on two counts.

1. Holy crap, I'm leaking urine now. In public.

2. Obviously I still think it's all worthwhile.

Because when I consider the fact that she may not have been through what I'm going through, I think, "That's ok - you take the seat. I got the pregnancy." And then, somewhat less charitably, "If I piss on your son, we'll all know whose fault it is."

A young man offered me his seat after a few minutes.

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I have some new belly pics up at the picture site. Email me if you want to see and don't have a clue what I'm talking about.

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We are getting storage shelves delivered this afternoon. This is because the apartment is inefficiently organised and therefore less pleasant to live in than it could be. It is not because we are preparing for the arrival of our baby.

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Pelvic floor exercise suggestions gratefully received.

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*Underground/tube/subway/mass rapid transport/you get the idea.


22 Comments

Jess said...

Ooooh, leakig in public. F

Caro said...

LOL.

I'm just trying to go to the loo as often as possible to avoid leakage. Doesn't always work though.

Portia P said...

Eeeuww - leaking in public! Makes me wonder why i'm trying to hard to get to your side of the fence!

Loving your recipes my dear x

serenity said...

Yeah. I often have those thoughts when I sneeze in a business meeting... and leak.

Good times.

The glucose test for me wasn't all that bad - gave me a wicked case of heartburn and reflux, but otherwise it was ok. I did only take the 1 hour one, though, and also didn't have to fast for it. That might make a difference, too.

Schatzi said...

Thank heavens for the mother who raised the young man that gave you the seat :-). The whole "leaking in public" thing is not something I am looking forward to!

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Some people! My pregnant friend, her 2 year old and I were waiting to be seated at a very crowded restaurant when a couple got off of a bench to let us sit. At that moment another woman (in her 50's and with a host of children and grandchildren) saw it, jumped in front of us and when one of her kids commented she spewed out, "I'm sittin' here and I'm not gettin' up for nothin'!" We got the last laugh when we were paying our bill and they were just getting their table!

Lori said...

Can't stop. laughing.

My Reality said...

Would it help if you wore some kind of pad, you know to catch the leak?

megan said...

the GTT drink is indeed nasty. i hope you can get tested though...might you want to jump straight into the three hour test in order to avoid doing it twice?

sorry to hear about the leaking... why can't these things happen in the privacy of our own home if they're going to be so bold as to happen in the first place?

i would love to access your picture site...

LIW (Lady In Waiting) said...

That must have sucked. I spend a considerable amount of time on public transportation so I can imagine your situation. Ugh.

I once accidentally bought a package of pads that were designed for leakage as well as AF and they were the most comfortable I have ever used. But I can't for the life of me find them. If I can remember the name, I will let you know. Wearing them would probably relieve the stress of worrying about leakage, if nothing else.

Excited that your pregnancy is progressing well!!

XOXO

Pamela Jeanne said...

Good to know that "a young man" -- sounds like a different chap? -- still has chivalry in this day and age. A full bladder with nowhere to go is excruciating...

Bumble said...

I didn't mind the drink, tasted a bit like Creme Soda... yum yum! Sorry to hear you're peeing on trains, when that sort of thing happens to me I find myself clutching my crotch in case its the waters going. Still can't admit to myself that I've peed in my pants hee hee.

I'd also love to get the low down on the picture site?

Geohde said...

I'd have loudly and obnoxiously asked her for the seat.

But I'm very uncharitable when it comes to anything between myself and public urination.

J

Mands said...

Love to see the pics!
I am of the Infertile Aunt persuasion, and I would have given up my seat for you. Really. People have lost their manners lately.

Barb said...

I agree with you. The drink is awful. However, I had heard that they changed it to make it slightly better and so that you have to drink less of it. GL! Sorry about the leakage. ;-)

MrsSpock said...

Would love to help you, but despite constant Kegel exercises, I am now reduced to wearing in incontinence pad myself...and everyone tells me it will never go away...shudder...

Karaoke Diva said...

Regarding the other blog's belly shots: I covet your red "pirate" shoes. :-)

Mel said...

WOW, I can't believe some people. At least there was someone who was polite enough to let you have a seat.

Mel said...

I just had a look at your belly shots. You look so great and so radiant. I love you "mum cut' it looks great.

GLouise said...

Wow, how rude of this woman not to offer the seat! Glad to hear that someone else had more manners.

The Princess said...

Some sadistic side of me laughs and cringes at the *fun* things that go along with pregnancy. It's actually my green green green envy that causes the point and laugh....
Hell, not pregnant and still have the occasional uh oh issues (0:

projgen said...

I gotta say, my GTT (and it wasn't even pg related) is right up there with worst experiences of my life. My doctor told me it would be "mildly unpleasant" but I'd be able to go back to work.

He was a big, fat liar. I was knocked down by the worst effin' headache I've ever experienced, barely made it home and crashed for 2 days. Okay, so I just realized this is probably the most unhelpful comment you'll get... Um... I got over it. And it was just a headache.

Sorry about the leaking, but nice to know some people still give up their seats.

And seriously. It's just a headache. ;)

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