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The Nova Story: Chapter Three: The Cliff's Notes

Previous "chapters": One & Two

So, how did the pregnancy go?

The pregnancy was trouble-free for most of the first two trimesters. No morning sickness, no sensitivity to odors, no discernible fatigue (I didn't work, but had class from 6pm - 10pm, so I could sleep in, I'm sure that helped!), you name most pregnancy complaints, I did NOT have them.

However, my hands did start to swell and ache starting in the second trimester. However, that coincided with the start of our weekly Massage Clinics, where on a full session we'd have three back-to-back hour-long massages once a week, in addition to the hands-on stuff we'd do during regular class at least two other nights a week. How much was pregnancy-related, massage-related, or one feeding off the other? Who knows.
Sleep was a precious commodity: with Nova pressing on my bladder, I had to pee every two hours or so. Yes, through the night too. And I couldn't get comfortable anymore in bed, so was hardly sleeping. That was not fun, ugh.

I was also being monitored for Gestational Diabetes since diabetes runs strongly in one parent's family: I squeaked past the 3-hour challenge, but when the fetus doubled its weight in one month at ~ week 25, we knew we needed to start properly monitoring my blood sugar levels. I had was issued a blood sugar testing device, and had to test myself four times a day while recording all I consumed. The numbers were slightly higher than they should have been, but not atrociously so. The folks in charge wanted to me to meet with a dietitian to get better about my meals.

Then the PROM happened.

I guess that'll be Chapter Four.

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