I agree with many of you that the blood glucose test generally sounds ridiculous - "Hmmm, let's see how a pregnant woman's body will react when we give her total junk that has artificial colors, flavors, and a much higher sugar content than would be healthy for anyone, let alone a pregnant woman. Oh, and also, let's make sure that she deprives herself (and hence her baby) of nutrients beforehand". I'm glad to hear that at least some doctors let people eat before the test. While my midwife insists on the test as well, at least I don't have to fast beforehand, and I have the choice of drinking either a large glass of orange juice or eating a small handful of jelly beans, which seems reasonable. It seems to me that if a person really did have a problem with GD, the OJ or jelly beans would be enough to trigger a reaction.
I'm sorry to hear people are sick! I had a really bad cold for about a week and a half; I was amazed to discover how much more of a whiner I am when sick while pregnant. Apparently DH is now coming down with something - I want to be as nurturing to him as he was to me when I was sick, but I really really want to be careful not to get whatever he has. I'm going to make us a really good, spicy, garlicky soup for dinner tonight.
Weeks/Days along: 21w, 2d
Appointments: I had a midwife appt last Saturday; everything is going fine. I asked her what would happen if I ended up with a breech baby that just wouldn't turn (I don't know why I'm worried about this; maybe just because I was breech and my mom had a C-sec), and she gave me a very reassuring answer that involved me laboring at my home with her until I was 7cm dilated, and then us going to the hospital, with her strongly advocating for me to have a vaginal delivery if possible. I love my midwife!
I also had my first (and probably only) U/S yesterday; everything was normal, the baby is 19oz (whoa!), and it kept trying to eat its hand and grab its feet. SO CUTE!
Symptoms: Having some really annoying sciatic/hip/butt pain on my left side, which stretching doesn't seem to help. I have an appt with a PT who specializes in myofascial release on Thursday, so hopefully that will help.
Food: Other than the fact that I eat at least 1 dessert every day (usually ice cream, but I also made some cookies the other day), I'm eating pretty well; yogurt, fruit, and my homemade bread seem to be my favorite things right now. Also eating plenty of veggies.
Exercise: So-so. I'm managing to walk at least two miles about every other day. I have a series of prenatal exercises that I'd like to do every day, but so far it's only been about 3-4 times a week.
Body changes and other milestones: Not much different, just a slowly growing belly. It's a little scary to think how much bigger it's going to get! I've gained about 18 lbs total.
Thoughts: I know I want to cloth diaper, primarily for environmental reasons, but also because of the cost. However, the initial cost of cloth diapers seems SO expensive! Even though I'm a very mediocre seamstress, and sewing with elastic really intimidates me, I think I'm going to be brave and try to sew all of my own diapers. I found a great page for free cloth diaper patterns (I'll post it on the diapering thread here).