Self-care in-between

…I’ve always believed it’s important for me to take part in my own care, as no one can tell me what I feel in my body…& most times, when things go wrong, there would have been some type of sign if I had just listened to what my body was telling me. It doesn’t work that way always, but most of the time it does, so I feel as though it’s my responsibility to take care of myself as best I can. I called my health insurance, reminded them I’m pregnant & asked them for a glucose monitoring kit. They asked no questions & I had it within a few days. Since I opted out of the gestational diabetes testing [not quite sure what the ingredients are in that sugary drink as I honestly wasn’t comfortable giving it to our baby…& also wasn’t interested in the 2nd option of eating tons of jelly beans instead], I told my OB’s physician’s assistant that I’ll just monitor my glucose at home for a few weeks. My levels have remained normal, if not low since I’ve eaten pretty healthy most of our pregnancy, so that’s good.

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In addition, as an plump woman of color experiencing my 1st pregnancy, statistically, I’m at risk for pre-eclampsia. So I wanted to make sure I check myself regularly for those signs as well. I have a blood pressure monitor at home & my pressure has remained good thusfar, thank God. I also ordered a urinalysis strips kit, which shows what the protein, leukocytes, glucose, keytones, etc. levels are in my urine. This helps to keep me on track & thankfully I don’t have either of these pregnancy-induced conditions as of now. I am starting to get a bit of swelling in my feet after I’ve been out all day, but that’s to be expected since I’m rounding the last few weeks & as long as it’s not extreme, I’m not worried…checking on my body just gives me piece-of-mind as I want to remain low-risk & in-between appointments, I can easily stay accountable when working with my midwife. It also helps that I can compare my results to her’s when we meet for prenatal appointments.

 

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