What has two thumbs and passed her glucose tolerance test with a super awesome 84 yesterday?
Oh, and me, of course.
I’m pretty excited and blown away by the rocking glucose number to be honest (normal range is 60-140). How did this happen when I failed the one hour glucose test a couple of years ago with a 143? Not to mention, I had sugar pee a week ago. My plan of attack on passing this time around was to eat a hard boiled egg about 2 hours before I chugged the orange drink to give my body a chance to warm up to food, making sure to keep whatever I ate high protein. I then chugged the orange drink at 8:30, went on a 15 minute walk, and had my blood drawn at 9:30. I didn’t monitor my carb intake that much in the days leading up to the test but I did stick mainly to eating fruits and salads the day before.
This alleviates one worry from my mind, that’s for sure.
In preparation for what I am hoping to be a natural, drug-free childbirth, I just finished reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Can I give my honest review here?
I know she is the golden un-episiotomied guru of natural birth, and gosh darnit do I respect the woman for delivering thousands of babies naturally, but I didn’t find the book to be all that connected to what I’m feeling my birth experience will be like. According to all of the recommendations for the book, I may be the only one. About half of the book are birth stories from women who birthed in the 70s and 80s (some more recently, but not many). I know it shouldn’t matter what decade a woman births in for me to be able to connect with the story, but it distanced me a bit. I am also not against “natural communities” or any sort of place where a “natural lifestyle” is encouraged and practiced, but try as I might, I couldn’t get into the whole idea of The Farm (a “village/co-op”-type place in Tennessee where Ina May practices). The whole thing sort of skeeved me out for some reason and felt like some unreal birth utopia. She did have some good insights as to how important it is to be relaxed and stress free for birth to progress, but overall, I was left wanting more.
And then I came upon another title: Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds.
Two VERY enthusiastic Justin Beber thumbs up for this one!
The author is savvy, smart, and really speaks to the modern woman who, for whatever reason, is aiming for a natural birth but is going for it in a hospital. She goes through all of the ins and outs of patient rights, what you should request, and how to prepare mentally and physically for a hospital setting birth. It’s awesome! Highly recommend it.
I’m finding myself getting cautiously excited at the possibility of birthing naturally, and assuming my placenta moves up a centimeter or so, it will hopefully be possible. I want to go into the experience with confidence, armed with Hubs and my doula, and lots of knowledge about my patient rights. It makes me giddy to think about!
My back is feeling 90% better this morning, so it’s time for a 3 mile weekend stroll with Hubs to our Coffee Bean and back. Happy weekending, folks!